Making a Break for It
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. Sometimes I feel like Emily Dickinson off on a rampage. Sometimes I feel like a punch-drunk fighter saved by the bell. Three minutes on a stool in my corner, a new mouthpiece and water down my trunks, and out I go again.
Sometimes I just feel uneasy, like I’ve misplaced a grenade with the pin pulled. “Fire in the hole!” I cry out, and the house explodes.
Sometimes I grow goofy with false hope. “Ally ally in free!” I sing from a dark street in my childhood, but no one comes out of hiding.
Sometimes I rearrange the furniture, other times I pile it on the front lawn under the mistletoe and kiss it goodbye. Garage-sale people descend upon it, and by nightfall it’s gone.
Down to seeds and stems again. My head full of antics, I slip out the back door and over the fence.
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…