Love After Love

January 11, 2018

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

The Archer

The Unexpected

January 11, 2018

you hold a large knife

January 11, 2018

a man with knife

There is a woman on the sidewalk below, across the street. She is young and fit, dressed in a dark business suit and black heels. The woman stops on a corner, at the mouth of a narrow side street, which is hidden from the sun by the height of the surrounding buildings and full of shadows. The woman is focused on her phone, texting or searching for a trendy restaurant. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that she is distracted.

You see yourself stepping out from the shadows, one hand covering her mouth as you pull her back into the alley. You feel the heat of her breath against your palm as you muffle her attempted scream. In your other hand you hold a large knife, a chef’s knife. The same type of knife Michael Myers used in Halloween and the psycho used in Psycho. The same knife you use to chop onions and slice fresh bread and cut and slice and slit. Your face is flushed. Your heart races. The woman presses against you as she struggles. But she is helpless, and you feel so completely alive.

Kevin McNeil
The Ghost of you lingers

Spacemen in my cupboard

January 11, 2018

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As a child I came by an almost full run of ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland’, purchased from a used book store, courtesy of a substantial amount of saved pocket money. These periodicals were edited by Forrest James Ackerman, who was also known as: 4SJ, or The Ackermonster, or Dr. Acula, or even Mr. Science Fiction. Besides being a writer, editor and agent, Forry was an actor and appeared in such classics of the silver screen as: ‘Nudist Colony of the Dead’.

Some years after my initial acquisition of this wonderful collection of magazines, I came across ‘Spacemen’, another (less successful) publication edited by Forry which was (more or less) totally Science Fiction based – and in its pages first discovered Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and that fabulous silent film Metropolis (not to mention ‘Girl on the Moon’, ‘Things to Come’ and ‘War of the Worlds’).

Forry said he’d fallen in love with Science Fiction at nine years of age after purchasing a copy of ‘Amazing Stories’. He kept that magazine for the rest of his life. Ultimately it formed a part of his 300,000 plus piece collection of SF/horror books and film memorabilia. Forry if nothing else was a true fan of the genre (see below).

My own fascination with Science Fiction began about age ten when I was given a number of used books which included Stanley G Weinbaum’s wonderful ‘A Martian Odyssey, and Others’. Reading those stories I became hooked –