AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Adrian J Watts (Editor of Psychopomp)

posted by Lisa Knight

Psychopomp volume 1.

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The idea of Psychopomp is to guide readers on a journey into foreign waters. It is an endeavour to present a doorway to worlds of fiction previously unexplored, by voices previously unheard. By picking up this, the first of many collections, you yourself have begun your training as a Psychonaut.

Featuring short stories by seven new and upcoming authors from North London and around the world, Psychopomp showcases the best in both genre and literary fiction, a combination of challenging and engaging tales to intrigue all readers.

Originating within the leafy calm of Hampstead and established to give voice to local authors and likeminded friends and colleagues the world over, Psychopomp intends to address and explore themes of loss and departure within the context of modern pop culture and shifting genres. The work is structured in such a way that each author approaches their conflict on a personal level, coaxing and inviting the reader into communion with the heart of their themes.

Present for dissemination within the first volume are tales of time travel, isolation, obnoxious passengers on public transport, public executions, endless shadows and failed romance. Each story is both a challenge and a secret, an invitation to delve deeper into ideas and events that underpin our everyday lives yet are forever set apart by emotional resonance.

Each collection of Psychopomp is intended as a series of tales from worlds we have only previously heard of by hearsay, worlds where we hope never to find ourselves; worlds that may await all of us during darker
moments.

Psychopomp intends to walk, to sprint, to sail and fly across the geography of shadows, of which we live in blissful ignorance.

Imagine Kerouac searching across America in the company of Barker’s Aaron Boone; imagine Holden Caulfield on the shores of Unknown Kadath, Jack London stumbling through Interzone, the Marquis de Sade a guest of solemn Arkham Asylum, Saint Paul composing letters from the world unhallowed by the Messiah in which he professes belief.

Imagine that this is a guide book and that your instructor now awaits you at the stern of a boat composed of rotting wood.

Step inside and leave the shore on tides of silence.

You are now us.

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Psychopomp Volume 4.

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Centred on the experience of what it is to love and to refuse, the fourth volume of Psychopomp features eight stories and two poems detailing the voyage from the need to share experience with another to the desire to withdraw from them. From the giant sea beetles of a remote island to a crippled star ship caught in a gravity well, our volume this month is about the things we do to one another in order that we might survive.

Featuring work from new contributors Dale Carothers, Tim Mathias, John Paul Fitch, Michael Lindquist, Joseph W. Patterson and Sarah Tsang, as well as contributions from regular Psychonauts Samuel Shiro, Lisa Knight, Adrian J. Watts and Martin David Edwards, Psychopomp volume 4 also continues Jack Buxton’s on-going Love Amongst Strangers serial.

Available now for Kindle, Psychopomp volume 4 is our largest issue to date.

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Psychopomp Volume 5.

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Ladies and gentlemen,

Whilst you were otherwise engaged, the world has ended.

Psychopomp Volume 5 arrives with eleven new tales of woe and surprise from regular authors, Simon O’Brien, Jack Buxton and Samuel Shiro, as well as established authors, Mark Bousquet – fresh from his triumphant entry in the recent Psychopunk special – and E.N. de Choudens, author of A Quick Look to an Insane Mind.

Zachary Houle and Gregory Rosa are present from Artifice Comics’ free Bento Box anthology series, as well as Drive88 reveiwer, Karl Volmer, and both new editor Shaun A.J. Hamilton, and new author, Zach Smith.

The approach to this, our largest collection to date, is flippant and playful, a larger-than-life collection of comic book sensibilities and darker meanings. Inside you will find superheroes, the restless undead, an antiquarian monarch and an even older curse, and two distinct sets of exploding intestines.

With one serial drawing soon to a close – Love Amongst Strangers by Jack Buxton – and another just beginning – The Blood is the Life by Samuel Shiro – the fifth volume of Psychopomp promises to be the most explosive (literally) and flippant yet.

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A Nation of Shadows: Astonishing Adventures.

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“You can’t keep a pet once its tasted blood, so my father used to say…my real father. He liked animals, you know…well, killing them at least. I like killing too. Do you?” In a world beset by aliens, vampirs and ancient Babylonian daemons…

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Guardian Force Roboman Complete Collection.

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When young science graduate Sato Kiko took a job with her mentor inside a giant robot head in Antarctica, she couldn’t have imagined that her first day would begin with a battle against the world’s most elite soldiers — or that she’d end up on the run with two complete strangers, fighting for their lives against artificially-evolved animals and hordes of robots. Now, along with her friends Sei and Nagura Ikku, Kiko counts herself among the elite, super-powered group called Guardian Force Roboman, protecting the world from those threats only a giant robot and a very big sword can stand against!

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Guardian Force Roboman: “Let’s Go, Robo!”.

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When young science graduate Sato Kiko took a job with her mentor inside a giant robot head in Antarctica, she couldn’t have imagined that her first day would begin with a battle against the world’s most elite soldiers — or that she’d end up on the run with two complete strangers, fighting for their lives against artificially-evolved animals and hordes of robots. Now, along with her friends Sei and Nagura Ikku, Kiko counts herself among the elite, super-powered group called Guardian Force Roboman, protecting the world from those threats only a giant robot and a very big sword can stand against!

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Bento Box #1.

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Last year we started a new anthology of short fiction called Bento Box. The purpose was to give readers a quick dose of new stories and allow authors a way to introduce new characters while committing to a regular, short segment. Some things conspired to derail the project but with the return of Artifice comes new doses of “bite-sized fiction”.

We’re happy to present the re-issue of Bento Box #1 in EPUB and PDF formats for your reading pleasure. Come back later for #2 and then an all new issue, #3! Gasp!

Original introduction to Bento Box #1:

First, I’ve got to explain what a bento box is. At least, to my understanding. It’s like a lunchbox. With small compartments for tiny bits of food. A Japanese Lunchable. Only more sampler and less complete “meal” (if you would call a Lunchable a “meal”). Maybe Tupperware’s a better example. Minus the burp.

So now that that’s clear (oh so clear), what is this? Tastes, teases, tid-bits of stories to whet your appetite and make you come back for more month after month like an addict to awesome. Here you’ve got yourself four starts, the first parts to ongoing stories that’ll come out in monthly segments packaged with other short ongoing bursts and maybe some oneshots while we’re at it. It’s like an anthology of serialized stories. Woah, novel idea, right?

We’ve got flesh devouring things, Shanghai in ruin, an exploding man, and a riot. Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am! How’s that for a taste of great?

And we’re just getting started.

So enjoy the first installment, go searching for the pants we blew off of ya when you’re done, then hold on tight for next month when we’re back with more of what you want.

Excelsior and stuff.

J~

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Bento Box #2.

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By Jae Lizhini, Jason Kenney, Adrian J. Watts, and Emmanuel Goldstein (starring Jacob Milnestein)

Guys, this is good stuff!

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Bento Box #3.

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THE DEAF MUSICIAN’S MELANCHOLY ON WARPED VINYL
OTHERWISE,
ANOTHER CLAUSTROPHOBIC ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
by H.H. Neville

DUAL
Origin #3
by Adrian J. Watts

THE BLACK IRON PRISON tome #4
“yes”
by Emmanuel Goldstein (starring Jacob Milnestein)

JACK DIAMOND
Hell Of A Way To Live Part 1
by Jason Kenney

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Bento Box #5.

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HER BLACK DEVICES
‘Part four’
by Jae Lizhini

SKULL x BONES: RIPPLE 1
Head Of The Class
by Adrian J. Watts

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by VOCODER (starring Jacob Milnestein)

JACK DIAMOND
Hell Of A Way To Live Part 3
By Jason Kenney

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Bento Box #7.

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The latest release of Artifice Comics’ bite-sized fiction anthology, Bento Box. Featuring new chapters of Jae Lizhini’s historical fantasy, Man in Black, cold, hard detective work in Phantasmagoria: Smoke and Mirrors by Nairda St. Taw, and pirate battling action in Skull x Bones by Adrian J. Watts, as well as giant robots storming Nakano Broadway in Jacob Milnestein’s Otona Kawaii. A more varied mix you have not seen this side of Blackfriars! Suggested for mature readers.

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