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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:51:35 AM »
Thanks, Mike.

I should end up having some copies of my own before too long, so if anybody encounters this thread later and is dying for a copy of this book, I'll probably have some available.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Dredd film
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:42:21 AM »
I love the newest Dredd too.

We need to keep talking this up. It's a good one!

Also, I need to watch it again. Both Lena and I really loved it. Karl Urban is boss.

Also, good to see you back here, 9dragons!

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Chromecast Fun
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:05:13 AM »
$29 is very cheap, and it sounds like it does most of what our Roku 3 will do.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:46:54 AM »
There were almost a hundred separate spam topics I had to delete individually this morning. That spammer was a determined bastard!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Does this woman want me to ask her out?
« on: June 03, 2014, 03:35:07 PM »
I believe Petekelly is kidding.

Hypnos Label Releases / RELEASE: Subradial - Ice Diving
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:24:44 AM »
Artist: Subradial
Title: Ice Diving
Label: Hypnos Recordings

Subradial is the musical alias of Tomasz Szatewicz, who was born in the small Polish town of Mragowo. He’s been creating electronic music for twenty years, and has previously released the albums Bioloophorm 1, Bioloophorm 2 and Biorephorm on labels such as dataObscura and AtmoWoroks. His more recent work combines drones, subtle rhythmic loops and textures into churning, visually evocative soundworlds.

Of his inspirations and approach, Tomasz AKA Subradial says: “I was always inspired by listening to the sounds of the environment… I use everything that sounds interesting and what I can further process to create the imagined soundscape, a vision of some place, express my emotions or moods connected with particular times or places, either existing in real life or just imagined/dreamed.”

Ice Diving, his first release for Hypnos Recordings, is an album composed around a theme suggested by the title: a soundtrack to an underwater journey. Like the title, the cover photo (from an actual ice diving expedition in Antarctica) gives a sense of the sound worlds evoked by Subradial’s music. Many ambient recording artists apply titles to their music intending to suggest a theme, but here the effect is especially strong.

Ice Diving is an extraordinarily visual and immersive sound journey, with a wonderful balance between atmospheric/drone elements, and more musical or rhythmic components. We hope the sound samples offered below will convince you to take the trip. Hypnos Recordings presents Subradial’s Ice Diving.

Track listing w/ MP3 clips (follow link at bottom for MP3 jukebox player):
01 Alpha
02 Below
03 Ice Diver
04 Decompression
05 D.A.C. Station
06 The Mirror
07 Dance of Shadows
08 Hydrostatic
09 Octopus
10 Core Oscillations
11 Drifting Downward
12 Batiskaf
13 Out & Dry

Purchase direct for $12.99 ($8.99 intro price until 6-5-2014 only)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:28:20 PM »
One last time, I'll mention my novella 'Far From Streets,' as it's about to go out of print  in pre-order. Just three copies left at the publisher.

Far From Streets

Modern life constricts. The swarming city, homogenous suburbs. Overscheduled lives accumulate layers of obligation. We add more, more of what we think life should contain, until we can't stand any more. The clutter starts grinding us away. We dream of escape, a simplier life among open spaces. Forests and rivers. Mountain wilderness.

Reverence for nature balances against the terror of isolation. Mutual dependency leads to resentment. Our fondest dreams drag us toward places that threaten our very survival. When the last remaining tether is cut, time spins away. We no longer recognize ourselves in the mirror. Our surroundings become strange. The end comes rushing.

Far From Streets combines influences such as Von Trier's "Antichrist" and Blackwood's "The Willows" into a confrontational psychodrama of craving and repulsion, emotional drift and dislocation, set deep in the Cascade Mountain forests of Oregon.

It's $7 plus shipping here:

Edited to add... the book is now sold out.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 18, 2014, 09:20:18 AM »

I can't really blame you for thinking you wouldn't enjoy King based on the MANY bad TV shows and films of his work. I believe his dislike for the film of The Shining was not so much because he judged it a poor film, but because it changed several central aspects of the story and especially the main character, whom King has since admitted includes many aspects or elements of himself.

The Stand is a great read, and if you want to pursue more of King's work after that, you'll find no shortage of great books. Some of the mid-period work is of mixed quality, like The Tommyknockers and that kind of thing, but his early work is all great up through Christine or Cujo, and his later work improved a lot after he cleaned up his substance abuse problems. Later books like Bag of Bones and Lisey's Story and 11/22/63 are very worthwhile. Also, there's the massive Dark Tower series!


Hope you'll enjoy Annihilation.. let me know what you think. I'm curious about Ancillary Justice, too. It just won the Nebula award for "best novel" yesterday. I've heard very good things about it and I love the idea of a writer tackling a big, traditional space opera with their first novel.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:49:06 PM »
I just finished reading Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, the first book in his Southern Reach Trilogy.

VanderMeer's publisher is putting out the entire trilogy within a year, which I think is kind of a cool idea. I hate waiting years between installments in a series.

Anyway,  Annihilation  was really good, slightly weird but also very accessible and straightforward.

Here's the link on Amazon.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 16, 2014, 04:44:34 PM »
Thanks, I appreciate the support!

I've heard of Black Crouch but haven't read him. Pines sounds kind of cool.

Hello Martyn-

Sorry I've been slow to welcome you here. Life this past week has been frantic! It's always nice to see new people joining up and contributing!


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Ambient Movies
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:21:21 AM »
Actually, both directors you mention have several films that could be considered "ambient," with long atmospheric stretches.

Another director like this, and perhaps the director I think makes the best use of ambient soundscapes as background (as opposed to soundtrack music) is David Lynch.

I understand about steering clear of red flags, but after the age of 30 or so,  the great majority of unmarried women you'll meet will fall into the category of "divorced single mother" so I'm not sure that's a red flag in itself.

Of course, if she's "wigged out mentally" as you say, that's a pretty big red flag right there!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:31:57 PM »
One last thing... Some of you know I also do some fiction writing. I don't normally want to push that on this forum, which is mostly an ambient music message board, but since we're talking about stories, I thought it wouldn't hurt to mention a few things. Some of my recent and coming-soon stories are as follows.

"No Mask to Conceal Her Voice" appeared in the special King in Yellow themed issue of Lovecraft eZine. You can read that story free online here:

I have a short piece "May Dawn Redeem What Night Destroys" in the Current 93 tribute anthology MIGHTY IN SORROW, available here:

My limited edition novella "Far From Streets" is very nearly sold out, here:

I also have a story "Firedancing" in the upcoming Laird Barron tribute anthology THE CHILDREN OF OLD LEECH, which can be preordered here:

Lastly, a story I wrote last year, "Diamond Dust" in the Thomas Ligotti tribute anthology THE GRIMSCRIBE'S PUPPETS, made the short list for the 2013 BEST WEIRD FICTION OF THE YEAR. Here's that list: Also, that book THE GRIMSCRIBE'S PUPPETS has been nominated for Best Anthology for the two major horror genre awards this year, the Bram Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:20:21 PM »
I just finished reading a book I really enjoyed. I wouldn't normally mention it, because it's the first story collection by a friend of mine, but it's receiving such unanimous praise and acclaim, I'm reassured that my appreciation for this book is not influenced by my friendship with the writer.

It's ANA KAI TANGATA by Scott Nicolay.


It's very dark and weird, cosmic horror along the lines of Laird Barron or the like. Here's what I wrote about it on

Scott Nicolay is a friend of mine, so I already knew the man could really write. But seeing several familiar stories together like this, along with others I hadn't read previously, I come from ANA KAI TANGATA away very, very impressed with his skill and talent. These stories overflow with invention and intelligence, and comprise what might well end up being the book of the year. Certainly it's one of the best debut collections I've ever read, and promises great things to come. Anyone interested in horror or weird fiction, or just dark and disturbing stories of troubled and broken people, will want to check this out.

I'll write a more comprehensive review later, but for now I'll just say this book is the "can't miss" collection of the year.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon in case anyone's interested:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:14:56 PM »
I love Iain M. Banks. We lost him too early... at least he still has lots of books I haven't read yet.

Also, Erin Morgenstern's THE NIGHT CIRCUS was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 22, 2014, 07:59:50 AM »
No, Subradial had some CDs released on dataobscura, the label owned by our forum's own APK. We've sold those Subradial CDs on our store for some years now, so the name and the work was familiar to me.

It's extremely rare that we'll stumble across sound clips by an artist we've never heard of before and decide to release their music.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:25:12 PM »
Thanks, everybody.

I have to admit, I vaguely remembered Tomasz/Subradial talking about someone else taking the images, but when I answered before I was in a hurry and the memory didn't come back to me until after I posted.

At any rate, welcome back to the Hypnos forum, Tomasz.

I'm very pleased to see everyone anticipating this CD. The music is wonderful too... it's not just a disc with a pretty cover!

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:34:35 AM »
I believe Tomasz himself (AKA Subradial) took the photograph. You should check out his photo galleries on Facebook. The man is seriously multi-talented!

Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:44:03 AM »
Same here. If someone is acting weird toward you, trying to force them to return to friendly interaction is most likely going to backfire. Not everybody has to be your buddy! People who send signals that they're not super-fond of you should just be given some room.

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