Schools of Thought
Schools of thought, like fish darting thru mercurial water, what should and shouldn’t be, what’s appropriate and not, fears and resentments and righteousness.
I take flak from different quarters for different reasons–for not queuing up properly at the voting booth, for delighting in the beauty of young women, for playing music by ear, for dropping out of school and writing without credentials, for living hand-to-mouth, for doing a young man’s work, for bouncing back from injuries and sickness you’re not supposed to bounce back from, for healing.
I’ve outlived threats and black prophecies, and now “You’re going to die if you keep smoking” is about the best they can come up with, which at my age puts a smile on my face.
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…