WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
What is it we talk about when we talk about what we talk about? It could be love but usually isn’t. It’s seldom what we have on our minds, like a slab of iron, weighing down our true concerns. Usually it’s a knee-jerk barrage of transformed fear.
Why is it we clamor for Christs and Buddhas and one-eyed shamans to save our bacon when we invent our own salvation? Some go transcendental, some drink themselves to death, others fend off intrusions with pepper-spray delusions. Everyone jockeys for position.
The bell sounds and the gate drops and we pound around the track, hoping for a photo finish, while in the stands people not much different from ourselves make wagers they can ill afford and drink warm beer from plastic cups.
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…