Haunted Dublin - Ghosts and the paranormal in Dublin
Posted by daev at 8:18 PM on October 2, 2008
Only €14.99 + P&P!
By Dave Walsh
Introduction by Barry Kavanagh
Paperback: 93 pages, including 40 photographs by Dave Walsh
Publisher: Nonsuch Ireland
Published October 2008
Haunted Dublin, by author and journalist Dave Walsh, gathers together in one succinct volume, well-known legends with rare and chilling accounts of the supernatural in the city. With poltergeists and apparitions, lore, myth and the downright scary, this fascinating work will delight and unsettle those brave enough to explore this hidden world.
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A Load of Blather: Unreal Reports from Ireland and Beyond - €9.99
Posted by daev at 7:02 PM on June 28, 2008
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"[Blather] provides a low-key, entertaining weirdness unmatched elsewhere" - Fortean Times Read the full review here (pdf) »
Only € 9.99 + P&P!
By Dave Walsh, Barry Kavanagh, Damien DeBarra, Sue Walsh and others
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Nonsuch Ireland
Published May 20th 2008
Eleven years, three convictions, two deportations, ten thousand pints, six barring orders and a legion of leather-clad groupies later, Dave Walsh, Barry Kavanagh and Damien DeBarra (the cheap tarts that brought you Blather.net) bring you their latest labour of love: A Load of Blather: Unreal Reports from Ireland and Beyond, the first book that anyone has been nuts enough to let them publish. Shamelessly re-working articles which have been online for years anyway, this magnificent tome is a veritable smorgasboard of smut; bursting out of its trousers with a great heaving cavalcade of paranormal events, superstitions, mysterious happenings, conspiracy theories, hordes of rampaging kangaroos in the Dublin hills, and the previously untold story of General Michael Collins' forays into outer space. There's even a bit about talking cows in there. If the lawyers haven't cut it out. There's guest articles too, from the likes of Sue Walsh, Oliver Bayliss and Dr. Stewart Roberts.
Dacianos: "Gratis?" CD and downloads
Posted by barry at 9:27 PM on June 27, 2008
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Dacianos: In a Weird Chalet 2004-2006 CD
Posted by barry at 9:26 PM on June 27, 2008
The Norway-based band of Blather.net's Barry Kavanagh. Listen to a song.
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Dacianos: Hold Music CD
Posted by barry at 8:01 PM on June 27, 2008
The band of Blather.net's Barry Kavanagh, in its Dublin incarnation.
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Dacianos: Mis-showbusiness CD
Posted by barry at 7:56 PM on June 27, 2008
The first incarnation of the band of Blather.net's Barry Kavanagh.
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Orders to Kill: the Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted by barry at 5:14 PM on December 3, 2006
William F. Pepper
Orders To Kill - the Truth Behind the Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
This is the 1998 Warner Brothers edition, updating the first edition with new material. Reviewed for Blather by Angelique Stevenson:
Author William F. Pepper was the man who influenced MLK to oppose the Vietnam War. Quite some time later, convinced that his friend's supposed assassin was innocent, he became James Earl Ray's attorney. This book tells the story of Pepper's investigations into the assassination.
The Field Guide: The Art, History and Philosophy of Crop Circle Making
Posted by daev at 2:23 PM on December 2, 2006
Ah, crop circles. Those magical mysteries left in the cornfields of England and other countries every summer by passing extraterrestrials, smack bang in the middle of ley lines energy lines, and fuck knows what else. But wait. They're really made by humans?
Beyond Belief by Liam Fay
Posted by barry at 8:57 PM on June 19, 2006
Beyond Belief (Amazon.com)
Beyond Belief (Amazon.co.uk)
'Beyond Belief' is a concatenation of Liam Fay's religious writings in the Irish music and current affairs magazine Hot Press, a publication not particularly renowned for pulling its punches. Fay himself is infuriatingly graced with a seldom witnessed talent; the ability to heave his readership rolling into the aisles with life-threatening paroxysms of laughter, by passing corny remarks which made by anyone else would be intolerably dull.
Absinthe: History in a Bottle by Barnaby Conrad
Posted by barry at 8:41 PM on June 19, 2006
Absinthe: History in a Bottle (Amazon.com)
Absinthe: History in a Bottle (Amazon.co.uk)
Absinthe: History in a Bottle
(Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Why are we selling this? Read the related Blather article, How to Drink Absinthe
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs
Posted by barry at 8:37 PM on June 19, 2006
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs (Amazon.co.uk)
"How I hate those who are dedicated to producing conformity"
- Last Words
This tender and moving book, lovingly edited by Burrough's longtime companion, James Grauerholz, may come as a surprise to those who know Burroughs as a scary old homosexual junky who penned *Naked Lunch*, the man who shot his wife in the head when performing a 'William Tell routine' or appeared as the heroin-addicted priest in *Drugstore Cowboy*. More true to life, Burroughs was one of the last true gentlemen, a radical of any era, a painfully sensitive and an untouchable writer.
UFOs and Ufology: the First Fifty Years by Paul Devereux and Peter Brookesmith
Posted by barry at 8:27 PM on June 19, 2006
Paul Devereux and Peter Brookesmith
UFOs and Ufology: The First Fifty Years (Amazon.com)
UFOs and Ufology: The First Fifty Years (Amazon.co.uk)
It was with some hesitation that I chose to purchase Paul Devereux and Peter Brookesmith's 'UFOs & Ufology'. I had read Bob Rickard's review in Fortean Times 106, where he gave it an 'Excellent' rating, and I have deep respect for both authors - I've cited Devereux's endeavours in Blather before. But when I went to pay IEP£20 for their new publication, I was a little taken aback. I held in my hand a 'coffee table' sized tome, with an almost abstract rendition of 'extra-terrestrial' in front of a saucer. 'Potboiler', I muttered, and left it down. Eventually, after a few minutes thumbing through the pages, pacing and beard stroking, I was away with a copy under my arm.
The Hell-Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality by Geoffrey Ashe
Posted by barry at 8:21 PM on June 19, 2006
The Hell-Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality (Amazon.com)
The Hell-Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality (Amazon.co.uk)
The Hell-Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Originally published in 1974, *The Hell-Fire Clubs - A History of Anti-Morality* is Geoffrey Ashe's valuable study of the Knights of St. Francis a.k.a. the Monks of Medmenham - erroneously referred to these days as *The* Hell-Fire Club. This infamous mid-eighteenth century organisation of Sir Francis Dashwood, Lord Sandwich and John Wilkes amongst others was, ironically, the most tasteful, contrived and the least violent of all the groups of rich wastrels - the original Hell-Fires, or Mohocks - who roamed the streets of London and Dublin, literally raising hell.
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
Posted by barry at 9:55 PM on June 17, 2006
The Makioka Sisters (Amazon.com)
The Makioka Sisters (Amazon.co.uk)
The Makioka Sisters (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Originally published in 1943-48 (in instalments), this great novel is by the celebrated Japanese writer Tanizaki (1886-1965). It is set in pre-war Osaka/Ashiya and concerns a formerly upper class family that has fallen into decline. The writing style in this book has been labelled *realism* but there is more than that in operation here.
Spying in Guru Land - Inside Britain's Cults by William Shaw
Posted by barry at 9:49 PM on June 17, 2006
Spying in Guru Land (Amazon.com)
Spying in Guru Land (Amazon.co.uk)
Spying in Guru Land (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
William Shaw joined several cults in Britain, without telling its members or leaders that he was a journalist. This book is the result. The issues raised here are bigger than the title of the work would suggest. There is more here than just the cult world of Britain. It definitely has international value as a fascinating piece of research.
Franz Kafka's Complete Short Stories
Posted by barry at 9:39 PM on June 17, 2006
The Complete Short Stories (Amazon.com)
The Complete Short Stories (Amazon.co.uk)
The Complete Short Stories (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Franz Kafka's works remain as striking and as important to read after the 20th Century as they did during it. His writings came from an inner world and he wrote out of artistic compulsion: "The tremendous world I have in my head. But how free myself and free it without being torn to pieces. And a thousand times rather be torn to pieces than retain it in me or bury it. That, indeed, is why I am here, that is clear to me." This compulsion is what separates the mind of the writer from the immersed reader. Perhaps as a writer he was the reluctant nightwatchman of "At Night", in which he wrote "Someone must watch, it is said. Someone must be there."
Noah's Flood - the Genesis Story in Western Thought by Norman Cohn
Posted by barry at 9:34 PM on June 17, 2006
Noah's Flood (Amazon.com)
Noah's Flood (Amazon.co.uk)
Noah's Flood (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Over time, the Genesis 6-9 story of Noah, his Ark and the Flood has *taken on board* quite a number of different interpretations but it has also been a story that has had an affect on Western science and philosophy.
Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Posted by barry at 9:28 PM on June 17, 2006
Journey To The End Of The Night (Amazon.com)
Journey To The End Of The Night (Amazon.co.uk)
Journey To The End Of The Night (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen-name of Louis-Ferdinand Destouches (1894-1961). Journey to the End of the Night, first published in 1932, is a semi-autobiographical novel that has been hailed as a masterpiece, with some justification. Its uninhibited, vernacular style makes it almost contemporary, perhaps even timeless.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Posted by barry at 9:24 PM on June 17, 2006
A Clockwork Orange (Amazon.com)
A Clockwork Orange (Amazon.co.uk)
A Clockwork Orange (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Burgess (real name Anthony Wilson, 1917-93), influenced by Finnegans Wake, invented for this semi-futuristic novel an extensive system of 'futuristic' slang to be poured forth by the narrator, a violent young street thug called Alex. The title of the book comes from some real slang, the cockney phrase *as queer as a clockwork orange*, meaning very strange indeed, guv'nor.
The Greek Qabalah by Kieren Barry
Posted by barry at 9:02 PM on June 17, 2006
"...widespread awareness of Hebrew Qabalah in the West has often led to the mistaken belief that the Jews were the original founders of the literal Qabalah, and even that it was the Jews who first used letters as numbers... It was, in fact, the Greeks who, as early as the eighth century B.C.E., invented alphabetic numerals, the very essence of Qabalistic numerology" (preface p.xiii).
The Tomb of God by Andrews & Schellenberger
Posted by barry at 4:35 PM on June 10, 2006
The Tomb of God (Amazon.com)
The Tomb of God (Amazon.co.uk)
The Tomb of God (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Richard Andrews & Paul Schellenberger
The Tomb of God - the Body of Jesus and the Solution to a 2,000-year-old Mystery
Update your knowledge of the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery! What did the priest Berenger Sauniere find hidden in Rennes-le-Chateau, his parish in the South of France, in the late 19th Century? Whatever it was, it made him a rich man.
Daemonic Reality by Patrick Harpur
Posted by daev at 2:11 PM on December 2, 2005
Blather review to follow - here's one from Amazon in the meantime:
"Harpur has presented the evidence honestly and with a charming shot of whimsy. And what has he evidenced? That the collective human (and more than human) Psyche has a sense of humour, but far too few of us mere mortals have gotten the joke yet.
In this book Harpur sets out, like tawdry market wares, the irrational and comical side of Otherworldly phenomena, an aspect which is so frequently neglected in the popular literature on the Occult. But Harpur isn't setting out to poke fun at us mortals, nor is he pulling our leg. Instead he is trying to awaken us to the playful and comedic aspects of the Anima Mundi, the World Soul, from which springs phenomena as diverse as UFOs, elf-shot, Virgins of all faiths, phantasmic Social Workers, Men-In-Black and the playful dead.
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Posted by barry at 7:05 PM on November 10, 2005
I started reading this short book - I'm not sure it can really be classed as a novel, divided as it is into four parts - while flying between Dublin and Italy. As luck would have it, I didn't expect that a good half of the book would be set in early nineteenth century Venice - the next day day I was to visit Venice. And so, the tale of the Henri, and his worship of the that military deity, Napoleon Boneparte - to whom he serves chicken, and the parallel account of Villanelle, a beautiful web-footed Venetian girl with a penchant for cross-dressing set a scene for my experiences in what Henri describes as 'A city of madmen'.
The Walls Came Tumbling Down by Robert Anton Wilson
Posted by barry at 6:55 PM on November 10, 2005
The Walls Came Tumbling Down - Un Film de Robert Anton Wilson (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
From the writer probably most infamous for his penning of The Illuminatus! (trilogy co-written with Robert Shea) and the Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy , comes a screenplay that he would dearly love to film. For those of you unfamiliar with the work of RAW (called 'the world's greatest writer-philosopher' by the Irish Times) -- which includes psychology, surrealist fiction and downright fortean material -- I'm not sure that I will convince you to read him, as the *The Walls Came Tumbling Down* is perhaps not the best of his books to start with, and so I'm going to talk more about the cautionary nature of the screenplay, rather than the screenplay itself.
mushroom.man by Paolo Tullio
Posted by barry at 6:50 PM on November 10, 2005
Before procuring a copy of *mushroom.man* by Paolo Tullio, author of *North of Naples, South of Rome*, I was apprehensive -- even cynical -- about reading an Irish novel with a subplot which utilises an exchange of email message exchanges between the two first-person narrators. Indeed, I had an olfaction of bandwagon-hopping in pursuit of bestseller heaven. I was however, wrong. *Mushroom.man* diluted my doubts, and for me, shook dust from old oxidised trains of thought with a clarity I've rarely encountered outside the works of Robert Anton Wilson or Paul Devereux.
3 Shots of Hunter S. Thompson
Posted by barry at 6:11 PM on November 10, 2005
Lynch on Lynch
Posted by barry at 5:58 PM on November 10, 2005
Lynch on Lynch (Amazon.com)
Lynch on Lynch (Amazon.co.uk)
Lynch on Lynch (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
An fascinating foray into the abstract world of David Lynch, the director of Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Wild At Heart, Lost Highway and The Straight Story.
Holy Fire by Bruce Sterling
Posted by barry at 6:50 PM on November 2, 2005
Holy Fire (Amazon.com)
Holy Fire (Amazon.co.uk)
Holy Fire (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
h o l y f e c k !
Last month, I found myself several times guilty of the somewhat unsavoury practice of engaging in brief conversation with prominent authors, whilst hiding my embarrassment at not having totally immersed myself in their literature. One such example was Mr. Bruce Sterling, the man behind the legendary Dead Media Project.
Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson
Posted by barry at 6:43 PM on November 2, 2005
Them: Adventures with Extremists (Amazon.com)
Them: Adventures with Extremists (Amazon.co.uk)
Them: Adventures with Extremists (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Why are we selling this? See the related Blather article, Them & Us by Maria Behan
Also have a gander at Jon Ronson's homepage
2 from Tom Robbins
Posted by barry at 6:13 PM on November 2, 2005
The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
Posted by barry at 6:59 PM on November 1, 2005
The Third Policeman (Amazon.com)
The Third Policeman (Amazon.co.uk)
The Third Policeman (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
'Within the boundaries of this novel the reader will find: a murder thriller; a comic satire about an archetypal village police force; a surrealistic vision of eternity; the story of a tender, brief unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle; and a chilling fable of unending guilt.'
The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel
Posted by barry at 5:47 PM on November 1, 2005
The Mothman Prophecies (Amazon.com)
The Mothman Prophecies (Amazon.co.uk)
The Mothman Prophecies (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
For a thirteen month period from November 1966 until December 1967, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA was reportedly tipped into a state of chaos - overrun by UFOs, poltergeists, Men in Black in beyond-fashion-clothing driving impeccable old cars and fake service workers -- both groups had dark, sharp features, and wearing thick soled rubber shoes. If that wasn't bad enough, a surrealist abbatoirist left cattle cadavers strewn about the fields of Point Pleasant.
Carl Jung - Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky
Posted by barry at 5:41 PM on November 1, 2005
Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of the Things Seen in the Sky (Amazon.co.uk)
This is by no means a book that will entertain everyone, especially those who are partial to a sweet slice of the extraterrestrial hypothesis, i.e. that UFOs are most definitely craft from other worlds. Jung attacks the phenomenon from (obviously enough) a sceptical and psychological angle, with an emphasis on the *psychic* aspect, and correctly predicts how 'ufology' was to spawn a plethora of quasi-religious cults.
Druid Shaman Priest by Leslie Ellen Jones
Posted by barry at 5:31 PM on November 1, 2005
Druid Shaman Priest - Metaphors of Celtic Paganism (Amazon.com)
Druid Shaman Priest - Metaphors of Celtic Paganism (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
Druid Shaman Priest - Metaphors of Celtic Paganism (Amazon.co.uk)
Asking 'who were the Celts and what were they up to?', Jones threads her way the linguistics and archaeology of the Celtic countries, tackling the apparent and dubious 'victory' of Christianity over paganism, and how our modern perception of the Celts has been coloured by politically motivated commentators of the last 500 years.
Japanese Movie Posters: Yakuza, Monster, Pink and Horror
Posted by barry at 5:17 PM on November 1, 2005
Japanese Movie Posters: Yakuza, Monster, Pink and Horror (Amazon.co.uk)
On first glance, *Japanese Movie Posters: Yakuza, Monster, Pink and Horror* appears to be little more than a catalogue for DH Publishing's movie poster business. The last page even provides details on how to order the posters.
However, *Yakuza, Monster, Pink and Horror* is a delight in itself, with 96 pages of katana waving gangsters, bald lesbian nuns, giant pterodactyls, lizards and moths, hardy samurai made up like drag-queens, and several scantily clad actresses in questionable fetish scenarios.
2 Seminal books by Aldous Huxley
Posted by barry at 9:22 AM on November 1, 2005
Huxley's "drug book" The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell and his "cure yer own eyesight problems" book The Art of Seeing, as reviewed by our very own Daev.
2 Great books by Oliver St John Gogarty
Posted by barry at 8:56 AM on November 1, 2005
Classic Irish stuff... Yeats as a ghostbuster... Buck Mulligan and Kinch... yes, it's Gogarty's As I was Going Down Sackville Street and Tumbling in the Hay as reviewed by Daev.
The Books of Charles Fort
Posted by barry at 9:03 PM on October 19, 2005
"One measures a circle beginning anywhere" - Charles Fort
Charles Fort was a painstakingly erudite dissector of scientific texts and a ravenous predator of scientific dogma, who scrutinized how scientists formed their theories according to their own personal views, rather than the weight of evidence available. Fort gleefully trawled through the data that was suppressed, discarded or explained away in a less than satisfactory manner. He referred to this this data as 'damned'...
Review: The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
Posted by daev at 5:19 PM on February 16, 2005
The Hashish Man and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany
Posted by barry at 8:51 PM on June 19, 2004
The Hashish Man and Other Stories (Amazon.com)
The Hashish Man and Other Stories (Amazon.co.uk)
The Hashish Man and Other Stories (Powell's Books - new or secondhand)
A collection of twenty-five stories from one of the most underrated writers of early 20th century science-fiction and fantasy, Dunsany is often said to have been a major influence on both Lovecraft and Tolkien. In our opinion, Dunsany - who lived in Ireland most of his life - is nearly untouchable in his talent for painting literary pictures of bizarre adventures in exotic, otherwordly realms...
Why are we selling this? Read the related Blather article, No Such Place.
Making Waves: The Origins and Future of Greenpeace by Jim Bohlen
Posted by daev at 1:24 PM on March 28, 2004
The history of the environmental organisation...
The Fun Palace - by Agnes Bernelle
Posted by daev at 5:55 PM on March 16, 2004
A biography of one of Ireland's best loved performers...
Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis De Bernieres
Posted by daev at 5:41 PM on February 23, 2004
Beauty, violence, and saudade...
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Man Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
Posted by daev at 8:02 PM on February 15, 2004
Storms, high seas, and lost lives at sea. This book was hell of a surprise...
Granuaile: The Life and Times of Grace O'Malley: C. 1530-1603 by Anne Chambers
Posted by daev at 5:45 PM on February 13, 2004
The forgotten woman of Irish history...
No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O'Brien by Anthony Cronin
Posted by daev at 3:28 PM on January 21, 2004
A biography of the genius and tragedy of a writer ahead of his time...
A pound of paper by John Baxter
Posted by damien at 12:12 PM on January 9, 2004
An uproarious, delightful series of confessions from a book addict...
Review: MJ Harper - The History of Britain Revealed
Posted by daev at 5:48 PM on January 5, 2004
Benedict Allen: Mad White Giant
Posted by daev at 5:20 PM on January 5, 2004
A quick dash through some of the works of a travel writer with a difference.