john bennett | tangled in spider web

Tangled in Spider Web

How many angels can dance on the hood of a ’42 Hudson? How many sailors have gone down to the sea in ships? What time was it when you dialed the unlisted number? Who answered? Did you hang up or sit there on your porta potty breathing into the phone? Careful how you answer.

Do you ever wish you’d hung up? Have you talked with her about it, or have you grown apart? Do you still eat the same food, sleep in the same bed, listen to music in the dark? Why do you come in after midnight with your shoes in your hand?

What about the children, are they still locked in the cellar? Talk to them thru the floor vent. Tommy, Susie, little Greg with the goiter, can you hear me, loved ones? Dig thru the concrete to China, that’s about the best I can offer. Mommy can’t come to the phone right now.

Chances are they won’t answer. They weren’t raised to make small talk. Close the vent.

Add the rent to the phone bill and subtract the utilities. There’s your common denominator. We’re getting close to the place where we started. Shrug your shoulders, say whatever, that’s how to keep the ghosts at bay.

There you stand, all tangled in spider web.

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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