Archive for October, 2019

Yes, Today is indeed St. Crispin’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2019 by marksamuels

And I can’t resist commemorating it yet again by once more posting this clip on the 25th of October.


I mean, crikey! Even Pericles is now being retrospectively accused of the dread crime of “populism”.

Mark S.

True Blasphemy

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2019 by marksamuels



Oh, I think blasphemy is equally applicable to those who dare to stray from the path of atheism, scientism and nihilism. Especially on the TLO. So much for its professed values of  “inclusion and tolerance”. Go preach your warped gospel of atheist post-Enlightenment to the Muslims in China and to Christians worldwide and also in North Korea. All martyrs to the philosophical-materialist yoke you adore so very much.

Taking moral lectures from those who regard morality as a game of who comes out on top on social media and in this venal world, rather than upholding an objective, reasoned standard is absolutely pointless. Even for the most lukewarm of theists. One (me, for example) can scarcely put such an argument forward on a platform when one has been permanently banned if the sole moderator has been co-opted by a gang of pessimistic fanatics seeking to form their own sect. Of course if you really believed in free speech and debate you’d be petitioning for my return.

“The TLO as a place to represent the whole of weird fiction”? Give me a break. It’s now a safe space for the wilfully and gleefully depressed who do not wish to change but require self-affirmation.

Any orthodox Abrahamic monotheist, whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, left on the TLO had better start rapidly examining their own consciences. The deal there is you either shut up, or the mob, and its dictatorial enabler, will soon shut you up.

But why you’re at it, Bendk, why not try dragging the family of anyone who dares disagree with you into the equation? You yourself have specialised in such disgusting tactics in the past. As I know all too well, and, moreover, so do you.

Mark S.

Nobody But You

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2019 by marksamuels

I happen to like toast.

“Be not angry because you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” Thomas à Kempis.


You’ll never be banned permanently from the TLO, my dear old chap. There’s always a home for you there. It really doesn’t matter what you do. Happy days!

Mark S.

Yikes! How Many More Souls Over at the TLO Must I Try to Save?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2019 by marksamuels

I mean, come on, haven’t I already more than left my own now-indelible mark?

Mark S.

The Amusement Never Ends

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2019 by marksamuels


My dear “Prince James Zaleski” (aka) it ill behoves a self-described Corbynista to smear and damn impoverished and proletarian authors as both “far-right, etc. etc.” and “small press” when “evil capitalist corporations” unapologetically publish avowed Marxists and socialists in the global mass marketplace. Or have I missed some vital first principle here?

Mark S.

Welcome me to the Night Land

Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2019 by marksamuels

… which I didn’t realise is now located in the Land of the Rising Sun. They’re very keen on William Hope Hodgson it seems (well, I’ve seen Matango, even if you haven’t).

Anyway, it’s a delight to announce that my first story to be translated into Japanese will be “Court of Midnight” in issue #19 of Night Land, that splendid country’s only weird fiction magazine. I’ve sort of lost track of all of my foreign language translations (I recall some German, Spanish, Russian et al) but this will be definitely the first time I’ve landed up in print on Nippon’s noble shores.

Here’s a link to the aforementioned magazine.

Mark S.