The Alienist, longtime member and co-founder of Candelabra (now called Candelabra Productions: Ascension), is now putting together his own ezine. This will appear in HTML and possibly in print locally in Philadelphia.
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Here's the concept of the ezine as it stands now:
I was at first going to make it something of a sci-fi/fantasy zine. However that's been done, done, done. Instead, I'm going to make it a different sort of 'speculative fiction'. It will use any setting as a backdrop, but it will put human beings (or at least personalities, perhaps personified animals or whatever types of characters/analogs the writer chooses to use) in bizarre situations that one wouldn't ordinarily imagine. I get fascinated with stories I hear of people getting phone calls from people known to be dead, people who start assuming personality traits of recently deceased twins (I've seen this personally), the irony of some of the stories that come out of US Civil War history, that sort of thing. Weird tales, basically, with any useful backdrop
the writer chooses.
Setting isn't important. The story and the characters are. I'm going to call it 'Simony', which is a theological term for 'the power of deity put into the power of physical objects, often sold'. DON'T MISTAKE THIS FOR A RELIGIOUS BENT: You'll remember that the Catholic
Church, of which I have the shits along with institutional religion in general, used to sell relics (Saints' bones ad nauseum, etc.) and still does. This is a point of argument for protestants, who point out that Simon, who was a follower of the Apostles (during Acts, post resurrection) who was converted from sorcery, tried to buy God's power from the Apostles when he saw them heal people in the name of Christ. So, the zine will have stories that hold mystical power. I might institute a ground rule that, depending on the setting or theme or circumstance in the story, a particular physical object must appear somewhere, however insignificant but connected, and that it be imbued with power relevant to the story, just to provide unity with other material in the zine and keep a theme and atmosphere to it.
What do you think?