Prometheus | Painting by Theodore Rombouts, 1597 – 1637
Perhaps we’ve got things ass-backwards, perhaps the Big Bang wasn’t darkness exploding into light but light shattering into darkness, maybe the Big Bang was Satan bursting free of his chains, like Prometheus, maybe that accounts for a sprinkling of genocide thru the ages, the Inquisition and the Crusades, Viking marauders and the Hell’s Angels rising up out of thin air, why God speaks thru politicians, He’s struck a bargain with the Devil.
Science is barking up the wrong tree, it’s all politics and packaging, the atom has nothing to do with the A-bomb, hydrogen with the H-bomb, deformed children are the fruits of our labor, it’s all some sort of bad joke, an ongoing nightmare of tsunamis earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the aftermath of a great brutal Mystery that doesn’t know we exist, that roars thru realms we can’t begin to imagine.
Here I sit on my hill in my van in the time-change darkness, squinting thru the fading light at the yellow pad, crossing swords with inconceivable forces.
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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