Malingerer. Thomas Phillips.


Ex Occidente / Zagava Press:
Bucharest / Dusseldorf: 2014
First edition, Hardcover, Limited, New with audio CD sans dust jacket as issued,
115 pp.

This edition limited to 75 numbered copies. “Thomas Phillip´s collection of 5 new stories comes bound in black fabric, red silk bookmark ribbon, illustrated color endpapers after a painting by Thomas Phillips and frontispiece. In addition in being a fascinating author and painter, he is also a renowned composer, who has shared concert bills with Francisco Lopez, Sunn O))) , and members of Opera McGill, among many others. So we thought it would be a splendid idea to attach a CD with music composed by Thomas Phillips. A book with a soundtrack! Like most of his music, which draws on a range of electronic and modern composition genres, his fiction typically embraces a minimalist aesthetic not unlike certain contemporary French writers associated with Les Editions de Minuit. He received his multidisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montréal and currently teaches comparative literature at North Carolina State University. Like its precursor, The Light is Alone, Malingerer is what might be called a discursive inverted cross. On one level, it aims to exhibit various manifestations of Satanic practice because, quite simply, the latter’s representation in the horror genre offers a perverse but
delectable pleasure; the liminality of horror always entails an element of fun. And yet the collection is also devoted to perpetrating a kind of violence against those evils that are distinctly unpleasant, specifically the Luciferian nature of religious and political
fundamentalisms, abominations of conscience. Hence Malingerer’s alignment with the aesthetic diabolism of Lovecraft’s powerful oeuvre,
among those of other esteemed writers and thinkers, while it carefully critiques and collapses the convoluted bigotry that, for better and most certainly for worse, found such sublime, unholy expression in the picturesque city of Providence.” #54035

Price: $85.00

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