Today is the day we slaughter millions of turkeys and eat them to celebrate the near-annihilation of millions of indigenous peoples who got in the way of our flight from religious persecution and tomorrow is Black Friday (not to be confused with Good Friday) when my favorite drive-thru coffee house opens at 4 a.m. to accommodate the turkey-stuffed hordes who before the sun rises descend upon Walart and Bi-Mart and Fred Meyer and every other retail corporate outlet you can think of to max out their credit cards buying everything under the sun made in China.
And there we have a truncated version of the American Dream, leaving out such things as the slave trade and lynching and drones that wipe out “bug splats” in oil-rich countries far from our shores.
Ah, the dime-store symbology of it all. Give your new winter coat and boots to a street person and then let’s get together and have us some face time.
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…