john bennett | the uneasy game

The Uneasy Game

I’m going out on a limb bringing this out in the open, but I make people uneasy.

I must be getting old to blurt out something like that. But by a certain age most of the damage has been done and you don’t have much left to lose, so what the hell.

Old is not senile. And the senile aren’t uneasy. The senile are befuddled. There’s a common misperception that the senile long to reclaim the joys of youth, but what they’re longing to reclaim is something they never had. Senility has a lot to do with missing the boat one time too many.

I’m probably stirring up a little uneasiness, talking about senility this way–in the old, in the young, in people who’ve carved more than their fair share out of life, in everyone but the senile and the outlaw.

It’s hard to make a true outlaw uneasy. I’ll wager most of you reading this don’t have a clue what a true outlaw is, and I’m sorry if my saying so makes you uneasy.

You may be thinking right about now, “I’m not uneasy, I’m angry!” The better educated among you will say, “I’m not uneasy, I’m indignant!” which is enough to make a true outlaw puke.

All I’m doing here is pushing buttons–it’s how someone who makes people uneasy fools around in his spare time. I’m playing the Uneasy Game with you. It’s when I stop writing and go silent, which I’m about to do, that the true uneasiness sets in.

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.

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