Emanations Vol. 8

The eighth volume of the critically acclaimed Emanations literary anthology series, Octo-Emanations , includes a new Penny Turin story by Bill Ectric, “The Psychogeography of the Gnostic Phalanx Society.” The book also contains stunning new art, illustrations, and writing from around the world. The forty-two contributors represent South Korea, Canada, India, Oman, Kenya, Nepal, France, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Kosovo, Spain, the Philippines, Sweden, Japan, and the United States. Comprising a broad range of perspectives, this edition also includes a special new section featuring visual fine arts pieces with artists’ statements, making it one of the most exciting projects of the International Authors publishing house to date.

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Bill Ectric, Gary Westfahl, and others appear in an Iranian documentary called No Heaven For Gunga Din, written, directed, and produced by filmmaker Seyed Gholamreza Nematpour.

Bill Ectric
Gary Westfahl

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The Art of Leo and Diane Dillon

As a follow-up to my article about Ali Mirdrekvandi’s book, No Heaven For Gunga Din, here’s a page dedicated to the Art of Leo and Diane Dillon. They illustrated the covers of books by Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Clifford D. Simak, A.A. Milne, Madeleine L’Engle, Mark Twain, Philip K. Dick, Roald Dahl, and many, many more.

Shedding More Light

Some time ago, I wrote about my wish to learn more about Ali Mirdrekvandi, whom I first heard about from Gary Westfahland several people got into the discussion. A few days ago, someone with a website called ShahreFarang dropped in to Bill Ectric’s Place to post this link about Mirdrekvandi from the Encyclopaedia Iranica.

The creators of ShahreFarang.com tell us, “Shahre Farang is the Iranian version of peep boxes, a form of entertainment provided by wandering showmen. Shahre Farang were made of metal in the shape of an oriental castle with several holes. ShahreFarang.com is hoping to bring you visual treats. It is the brain child of two Iranian designers & culture vultures, Mehrdad Aref-Adib & Surena Parham.”

I also read that ShahraFarang translates to “chequered-world” in the Farsi language. Reminds me of a quote from Omar Khayyam, which I seem to recall was ripped-off by William S. Burroughs in one of his cut-up books, “Tis all a checker-board of nights and days/ Where destiny with men for pieces plays / Hither and thither moves, and mates and slays / And one by one back in the closet lays.”

Deep.