An excerpt from chapter 3 from my new novel Pharmakeia entitled ‘Soho Books’, read at ‘Gay’s The Word’ bookshop in Bloombury, London. Mahvand, a queer underground comics artist, works at Soho Books and has been sketching customers including Crystal, a Liverpudlian crack-whore. Crystal steals Mahvand’s sketchpad and is then confronted about this act of theft down in the basement by Candy Darling, a Geordie transsexual ‘cabaret artiste, sex shop impresario, entertainer extraordinaire.’ Penelope Maynard reads for the character of Crystal, Karim Jabri for the part of Mahvand. I read the narration and for the character of Candy Darling.
Pleased to announce that the whole manuscript has been copy-edited. Richard Sheehan has done a great job. Just responding to his suggested edits – there are a lot! – then it will be sent to Kristen et al at The Curved House, based in Berlin, to be typeset. Richard was very complementary: ‘ I very much enjoyed your work and definitely think there’s a market for this sort of novel, as seen recently by releases from Galley Beggar Press, such as ‘Randall’ and ‘How to be a Public Author.’ Having read ‘Randall’ I take this as a real compliment 🙂
Really please that The Curved House will be using the ‘Dante and Virgil in Hell’ image. ‘Dante et VIrgile en Enfer’ was painted by William- Adolphe Bouguereau in 1850. The painting was inspired by a short scene from Dante’s ‘Inferno’, set in the eighth circle of hell, where Dante, accompanied by Virgil, watches a fight between two damned souls.