F. A. Nettelbeck readings

I had a long drive today and brought along a CD of readings by the late poet F. A. Nettelbeck to pass the time.  I was expecting to be entertained.  The material far exceeded that expectation.  There is something so powerful, so raw and visionary in his work.  Frankly, I was blown away by parts of it.  He was tapping into something very primal.  He had his finger on the pulse of our culture.  Amazing stuff.  I’ve heard that much (all?) of his early work that appears in BUG DEATH is cut-ups — appropriated texts.  Even if that’s true, there’s genius and skill in what he snipped, the words he borrowed from various sources (many sound like lines from newspapers), what he decided to use, how he organized it.  And his delivery is masterful.  I wish he were still alive so I could tell him this.


About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on Shoggoth.net. He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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