john bennett | excavating the lost castle

Excavating the Lost Castle

I’m so sorry I missed the wedding. I’m sorry I spaced out your birthday. Sorry I rode bareback to the funeral.

Obligations are what were there before mood pills, a way to drift into outcomes. These are the tools we’ve been given to excavate the lost castle where knights sharpen swords and witches spin spells. What goes down once we get there, what excuse for our tardiness can we offer, and who do we offer it to? The King is long dead.

Perhaps it’s best to let the knights rust in their armor, leave the witches to their wart-covered voodoo. Who’s to say, who measures such things?

We’ve dallied too long in the ale house, excuses don’t mean squat to knights fuming with virtue and witches who turn men into frogs.

Well, we’ve no one to blame but ourselves for our cockeyed dilemma. Let’s flip a coin to see who pulls down the drawbridge.

click the Hcolom Press logo to visit the web page...HCOLOM PRESS is the heir to Vagabond Press, which began as a main player in the Mimeo Revolution of the Sixties and continued publishing right into the jaws of the new millennium. HCOLOM PRESS embodies the spirit of Vagabond Press, retooled for the times we live in.

Hcolom is Moloch spelled backwards. Moloch is an Old Testament deity to which children were sacrificed, a practice society still engages in with increased enthusiasm. Consumerism is the new Moloch, manifesting itself like cancer in war, politics, the arts and religion, in every nook and cranny of human endeavor, draining the intrinsic beauty out of life and mutilating the innocence and magic of childhood with its commercial meat hook. HCOLOM PRESS intends to publish books that by their nature repudiate this pernicious force–novels, poetry, children’s books and books that transcend genre.

Our launch book, in June of 2006, was John Bennett’s novel, Tire Grabbers, a fable of sorts, a reality book rooted in the fantasy of our times, the story of the coming of Moloch and the children who rise up in rebellion against it.

Books of kindred spirit will follow close on its heels. Go for it by clicking here… or hit the Hcolom logo above… or just hit any of the following covers…

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