The Applecart Vendor
The overturned applecart. Where did all those apples comes from? The jolly green giant? No, he was into beans and lived high in the clouds. He made big money and didn’t have to come down off his high horse to peddle apples.
Where did the vendor disappear to after the cart overturned? Did he speak broken English? Inquiries like these keep the busy bees at Homeland Security buzzing.
See how far we’ve disintegrated since the day of the five-cent apple, the days of the counter culture, hot babes in blue uniforms pouring joe* into mugs?
There aren’t many left who haven’t traded their pounding hearts for a pedigree, who’ve got the guts to squirt hemlock in the henchman’s ear, who can tie up the loose ends. The apple vendor might be one of them, but we’ll never know unless Sherlock Holmes rises up from the grave and gives hot pursuit, smoking who knows what in that pipe of his, frying pipsqueaks into ash with his over-sized magnifying glass. Homeland Security sure won’t get the job done, they don’t have the apple vendor’s profile in their data base.
The past is black gunk gumming up the works of the megabyte mind.
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…