Beat To Death By A Snare Drum

The clipping below from my 1960s experimental novel, WRAETHROM, is unusual in that it may be the only evidence in the book that suggests I reworked text from a first draft traditional first person past tense piece of fiction into a new draft that uses concrete poetry methods.  I remember taking a page from an existing story and cutting from it a circular block of text that I pasted onto the new page.  I don’t think the unused leftovers surrounding the circle have survived.  I’m not sure if the passages I’ve been calling psychedelic / surreal prose poetry were written before or after the concrete elements were added, but my sense is that the order was: 1) traditional narrative 2) prose poetry added 3) concrete poetry added.  If that’s true, then the sample below is a third draft reworking of a first draft passage.

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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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