A259 Multiplex Bomb "Outrage"
The irrational, all-pervading violence of the modern world is the subject of this powerful novel. The central character's dreams are haunted by images of decomposed teen-icons, discredited philosophers and defunct beat-groups as he traverses the screaming wastes of Brighton, Hove and far beyond. Seeking hedonistic excess, he casts himself in a number of roles: necro-pornographer, drugs baron and so on. Finally, though the black, perverse magic of violence he transcends this psychic turmoil to find the key to a bizarre new sexuality...
It's more than ten years since my debut novel came out and took the cogniscenti by storm. It was so fantastically impactful that the forces of reaction suppressed it almost immediately and now it goes for big bucks on Abe Books.
Palmer (who still resides in Brighton) told me that he was sick of hearing from people who told him they'd moved there after reading it (like the geezer from 7+7is in his story The Creeping Past. The droves that left the town coz of it obviously couldn't convey the complimentary reaction in person. Soon after it came out, I went to give a copy to Donna and Michael but they had it already. Some guy I never heard of had gone to visit them a couple of days previous and been reading it on the bus. He was so fucked off with it that he said they could have it. Heh heh heh. I know how you feel, dude, it makes me fucking spew just to think about it. What can you do, eh? 's not like you can tell it like it is.
If you're nice I might upload some bits.
The long-awaited Russian translation from T-ough Books of Moscow seems to have transpired some time in 2006. 99roubles folks! Approx eight squid (pre-postage)... Nice tiny hardback. ROBUST!