Getting things in order for what will be our final anthology before Dumpster Fire Press officially shuts down in February 2023…not that we won’t be back but for a plethora of reasons a one year sabbitical at the very least is needed…
Earlier this year we hit you with BEDROOM ANATOMY LESSONS focusing on a wide array of romantic and erotic experiences touching on the pure and toxic.
Then came along WORLD ON FIRE: PROPAGANDIE…pandemics, war, the erosion of civilization, and all sorts of apocalyptic variable fueled by you guessed it…political propaganda.
Now in the traditon of our third and final anthology akin to last year’s CHILDHOOD’S END which encompassed two themes…TWILIGHT OF THE SUPERHUMANS and WAITING FOR LUCY…we present GODS, GUNS, GLORY & GREED
What brought that world on fire fueled by propagandie that teaches us bedroom anatomy lessons?
First off, I’ve always been a fan of comics and the foundations of pulp fiction which birthed them…an American invention and what is the most American genre that shined thorughout pulp and even cinema…the western!
Good old fashioned western pulpiness of rugged individualism full of greed, guns, glory with a touch of god via Amerikan Biblicism. The first half of the anthology will feature poetry, art and stories in homage to that bloody fisted and bullet drenched genre illuminating a whole slew of things. Organized like a silver age comic almost with satiric ads here and there as well.
Country western stuff with some cityfuck twist, I don’t know…if this press actually knew what it was doing would the logo really be a flaming dumpster? Hell let’s make it a cheeky homage to pulp and consider the Lizard King and his almost famous catch phrase “When the Music’s over”…possibly directed by Sergio Leone and starring John Wayne.
Now onto final half which gets to the cornerstone of most this shit derailing a progressive evolution…religion!
Cults, religion…what a way to control humanity. Going backward as we thrust into the future, have our beliefs really changed all that much. World on fire amid the inflictions of bedroom anatomy lessons…do you like Jung? What do you know about totems? WE ARE CULT! IT’S A CULT THEME! How about just doing something wickled, violent and depraved or even hopeful and redeeming in a primal idenity most complimentary or a dreamscape nightmare vision. Pick any side of the ever varying spectrum in the modern animal kingdom both hidden and blatant.
of course there’s poems, stories and art dealing wtih cult antics and mysticism but we alslo look at political animals via various covers of Time Magazine provided by DFP heavy hitter Paul Warren and various totem-esque tribes…did I mention the EIC of DFP will also be attempting to weave a frenetic unifying religious text around these words and images?
Shit is getting real and hard boiled as we head into the sixth extinction and head toward the twilight of DFP’s second phase.
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