February 13th, 2012
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October 31st, 2011
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Trick or Treat?  
The Weaponized store has now officially reopened. 

Trick or Treat?  

The Weaponized store has now officially reopened

September 5th, 2011
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The Ravens Head



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Weaponized is proud to announce the publication of ‘The Ravens Head’ a powerful new book by author Craig VI Slee. 

Once upon a time, the first story was told – somewhere deep within the fields of memory, a vision was transmitted from one person to another. Once upon a time, a tale touched you and changed your world. It transported you somewhere else and left its fingerprints upon your life, and then when others saw the marks, you told of how they came to be. Over time, you wrapped yourself in stories, tattooing them upon the skin of your existence to make sense of all that happened. When others offered you stories, you took them gladly and spliced them with your own, until you could no longer discover where yours ended and theirs began.

Who exactly is it that tells your tale, guides the monologue and direct your actions? How much of your world is actually your own, and how much of it is painted scenery put there in the years before you were born? What is actually wallpaper over Plato’s cave walls, put there to soothe humankind and conceal the bare, unyielding rock?

What happens when you boil it all down and you are left with ash, ground down to the bone and struggling under the weight of loss and incomprehension?

Welcome then, to The Ravens’ Head.

A story about stories, about the search for the language of the birds, the tongue of the Angels – it chronicles the life and work of a man engaging in the oldest quest. The quest to become more human than human, and recover his nature from the mob-spectacle known as “reality.” 

The Ravens’ Head is part travelogue, part mythic narrative and part journey inward into the depths of consciousness itself. Written by a figure steeped in mythic landscapes and tales, it presents a unique take on life and the notions of disability and impairment.

Focusing on the inescapable notions of physicality and sensation, it examines the conventions of power and control – revealing them to be nothing but stories and charms to ease the discomfort of life in an indifferent universe. 

A furious exploration of the connections between poetry and communication – between stories, myth and magic, it serves as a gateway into the world behind the wallpaper; through the metaphors of ancient myth and personal experience, it opens doors for the reader to examine their own life and partake in a glorious phantasmagoria of inspired creation. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
CRAIG ‘VI’ SLEE or MR. VI if you’re feeling formal, lives in the North of England in a place charmingly nicknamed ‘Hanging Town’. Crazed spastic: poet, storyteller and philosopher, he embraces a peculiar life of furious seizure. 

Gripped by the ecstatic awe and dread known by the ancients as wôdh, he makes deals with the grandfathers of ravens and counts the Furious Host as blood brothers. He sits at crossroads in the middle of the night and knows the scent of blood and frost as well as he does mead and woodsmoke. 

He’s more than a little bit dead. He drinks dark ale and smoky whisky and can send you places by the power of his voice. The waters of the dream-sea flow in his veins and pain is the herald and gateway of his vision. 

He made a deal with the Devil in the grounds of a thousand year-old church, giving up his soul for skill with words. Or he conjured up the Headless One and ignited the immortal fire, and he walks without walking, striding through your dreams and over the graves of giants. 

At least, these are some of the stories they tell of him. He has a beard and a hat, and if you asked about them and called him a sorcerer, he couldn’t possibly comment. But he does like cats, which is nice. 

ABOUT WEAPONIZED: 
Weaponized publishes experimental forms of fiction, prose and art that offer new ways to experience stories and myth. They are passionately committed to finding unique narrative hybrids that challenge, engage, inform and inspire readers. 

The imprint was founded by FoolishPeople, FoolishPeople create film, theatre, music and books and curate and engineer immersive experiences that have the power to raise the numinous within the spectator. FoolishPeople are currently in post-production on ’Strange Factories’, a ground breaking immersive film that will be toured and presented within an immersive event created by FoolishPeople that explores the early history of cinema and film via the touring traditions of Phantasmagoria and theatric arcana. 

Since its launch in August 2010 Weaponized has published FoolishPeople scripts ‘Cirxus’ and ‘Dead Language’ by John Harrigan, ‘The Sparky Show’ by Xanadu Xero and ‘Forum’ by Richard Webb and ‘Citizen Y’ written by John Harrigan and James Curcio and ‘The End of the Word As We Know It’ by Wes Unruh.

‘The Ravens Head’ is published by Weaponized late 2012. 

Artwork by P. Emerson Williams 

PRESS CONTACT 
For further information please email press@weaponized.net

August 26th, 2011
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Weaponized is proud to announce that 'The Immanence of Myth' is published today.

The book will begin to show as in stock with retailers in the coming weeks.

Due to the titles popularity, pre-orders of the book should arrive with our customers in the next two to three weeks as we work through our back orders.

The Immanence of Myth is available from Amazon and all major retailers.

May 26th, 2011
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Stories and myths are given life by those who engage with them….

May 17th, 2011
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Weaponized and ‘The End of the Word as We Know It’







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
London, May 17 - Weaponized is proud to announce the publication of ‘The End of the Word as We Know It’, a cycle of poetry composed by Wes Unruh. 

In this work Wes Unruh writes about our relationship to text, tied as it is into the restlessness, of the unburied dead and the impressions our words leave on the as yet unborn. Contained in these pages is a poetry cycle wrapped in the neither/nor initiation of self as an event and consciousness as a cascade.

'The End of the Word as We Know It' was written over the course of several years, but the bulk of the work was completed during the tornado outbreak of April, 2011 while the storms raged outside. Each poem in this cycle sets the stage for the next, an extended meditation on what text, words, and even letters mean. The book begins with the poem the title of the book is taken from, previously published as a lyrical element of Unquiet Mind's 2004 album TEOTWAWKI, which situates the rest of the book at the crux between time and death where the great engine is fueled by us, as we seem to be meaning.

Outcry this Dark Story is narrated by Thorn, a letter, a giant, a whirlwind force of nature called up by the anger of the displaced and unburied dead. Thorn itself is subsumed into a morpheme, and the wind dissipates. 

Additional poetry thorughout the book establishes the neither/nor construct of signifier without sign, balanced between what does matter and what mind does. The energy that continues throughout this book criticizes the present for dishonoring the dead, yet flowers into an appreciation for the bewilderment and sorrow of the coming generations of humanity.

John Harrigan, one of the founders of Weaponized comments: “The End of the Word as We Know It’ is a rare and important book that examines the wonder and horror of being part of humanity’s procession through time. Wes Unruh is a gifted, talented writer who understands his true role as not only a writer, but as a seer for past and future generations. 

The End of the Word as We Know It’ will be published by Weaponized and available in print through major retailers and in Kindle and other eBook formats from July 2011.

About Wes Unruh:

Wes Unruh has previously published stories and poems in several collections and journals, including several poems published in the playbook for Terra:Extremitas. Wes is co-author (along with Edward Wilson) of the non-fiction book ‘The Art of Memetics’ and he has written for a number of online publications including Alterati.com, ModernMythology.net, and FoolishPeople.org. This is his first widely available book of poetry, and he is currently working on several novels which further develop the themes present in this collection.

About Weaponized:

Weaponized publishes experimental forms of fiction, prose and art that offer new ways to experience stories and myth. They are passionately committed to finding unique narrative hybrids that challenge, engage, inform and inspire readers.

The imprint was founded by FoolishPeople, a group that has been creating theatre, collaborative events, live art, books, music and film for over fifteen years. FoolishPeople combine mythology, shamanism, drama therapy, strategic forecasting and open source collaboration in the creation of this work.

Since its launch in August 2010 Weaponized has published FoolishPeople scripts ‘Cirxus’ and ‘Dead Language’ by John Harrigan, ‘The Sparky Show’ by Xanadu Xero and ‘Forum’ by Richard Webb.

Leading up to the publication of ‘The End of the Word as We Know It’ in July, Wes Unruh will be publishing Unrelated Thoughts, past poems which did not make it into this collection as a supplemental to the work featured in ‘The End of the Word as We Know It’.

www.wesunruh.com

PRESS CONTACT
For further information please email
press@weaponized.net

August 16th, 2010
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Cirxus, Forum, Dead Language - Hardback Editions

We’re happy to report that the standard hardback editions are now available of Cirxus & Dead Language by John Harrigan and Forum by Richard Webb.

You can pick up your copy of these books direct from the Weaponized Store or if you prefer from major retailers including Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, WHSmith and of course your local independent bookstore.

You can view previews of featured art by P.Emerson Williams and photography by Yiannis Katsaris and follow updates of Cirxus and Forum on the facebook pages for these books.

August 5th, 2010
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"On the conference’s second day, when it came time to deliver my own love letter, it seemed little better than a triumph of paraphrasing. My thesis was that Pynchon’s characters (and by tenuous extension, all of us) invent utopias from which we have been cast out, so the ills of the present can be explained as the karmic price for the sins of those who came before us."

Nick Holdstock:N+1 on International Pychon week held in Lublin Poland.


Image:
The muted post horn of Trystero. March 2006. From Jake Dobkin.

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