He had enough insider information to turn the whole thing inside out. Secrets became commonplace and common knowledge became secret. Hit lists became obsolete and prisoners were pardoned and set free. High-ranking officials made for the hills.
Deeply-buried memories rushed to the surface causing people to burst into tears in public places and fall into each other’s arms. Old vacuum-tube radios were dragged up from the basement and plugged into wall sockets, but there was nothing but static when the dial was turned. Fathers dragged their young sons into the backyard to play catch, the boys reluctant, alarmed. “Fire it on in there!” the fathers called out in choked emotional voices. “Put it over the plate!” But it was too late.
Children began holding secret meetings in chat rooms and networking on Twitter. The old ones had a death wish, they were out to destroy reality. Something had to be done.
From deep in cyberspace the children created a virtual world and moved in lock stock and barrel. The old ones were left behind in retrograde confusion, watching Amos and Andy reruns on grainy black-and-white TV and trying to piece things back together.
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…