Basilisk Soup & Other Fantasies

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BASILISK SOUP & OTHER FANTASIES

by Oliver Smith

For Claire Smith

First published on CreateSpace,

September, MMXvi

 

 Magdalene  first published in Land’s End by the Inkermen Press edited by D P Watt & James Scott 2008

Gorgoneion  first published in Spectral Realms 3 edited by S T Joshi Hippocampus Press 2015

The Sulphur Remedy  first published in Transactions of the Flesh: a Tribute to Joris Karl Huysmans edited by Peter Holman and D P Watt, Ex Occidente Press, 2014

Museum Piece first published in Spectral Realms 1 edited by S T Joshi Hippocampus Press 2014

A Present for Jack Price first Published by the Inkermen Press in ‘Cold Turkey’ Edited by D P Watt & James Scott, 2009

Deeper Flowers Thrive first published in Spectral Realms 4 by Hippocampus Press Edited by S T Joshi, 2016

The West Barrow a version of this quartet of poems was first published by Joey Madia in 2008 on NewMystics.com

Basilisk Soup first Published by the Inkermen Press in ‘Cold Turkey’ edited by D P Watt & James Scott, 2009

 St Ayer’s Gospel first published in ‘History and Horror, Oh My’ by History and Mystery LLC edited by Sarah E. Glenn, 2014.

Broken Angel first published in Horror-zine Fall 2015 edited by Jeani Rector

Caliban post Prosperum first published in Horror-zine Fall 2015 edited by Jeani Rector

After His Wrath first published in Horror-zine Fall 2015 edited by Jeani Rector

The Yellow Dust first published in Dark Hall Press Cosmic Horror Anthology edited by William Renehan 2014

With Shadow All The Marble Steps first published in This Hermetic Legislature: a Tribute to Bruno Schulz Edited by D P Watt and Dan Ghetu Ex Occidente Press 2012

Magdalene Regained first published in Land’s End by the Inkermen Press edited by D P Watt & James Scott 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

Magdalene 1
Gorgoneion 6
Oceans and the Void 8
The Sulphur Remedy 10
Museum Piece 19
Betwixt Her Lips and Mine 21
Cursed Sleep 29
Limnal /Liminal 30
A Present for Jack Price 31
Deeper Flowers Thrive 39
Celebrate the Silent Kiss 41
Dust 59
The West Barrow 60
A Distant Horizon 64
Basilisk Soup 74
Ember 80
St Ayer’s Gospel 82
Broken Angel 93
Caliban post Prosperum 94
After His Wrath 96
Days Less than Shadow 97
Talos Sleeps 104
Attic Verse 106
Eden 107
The Yellow Dust 108
Avebury 118
Reptile License 119
With Shadow All The Marble Steps 120
In Her Workshop 138
Magdalene Regained 141

 

 

 

 

 

In Basilisk Soup & Other Fantasies you’ll find a mermaid smoking French cigarettes in the bath and demanding a holiday, pickled brains plotting in the pantry while Father tangos the night away under the eye of the most honest spy in all Argentina. There’s Talos and Medea, Witches’ skulls, Caliban, Gawain, evil scientists, Anglo-Saxon poetry, and Frankenstein’s Niece. In  the story ‘The Sulphur Remedy’ there’s a giant flea sat where the flatmate used to be and, let’s face it, he’s an improvement. In ‘Basilisk Soup’ a green man has lost his head and isn’t going to take it lying down. There are surprise visits from dead girlfriends and Christmas with the nicest cannibal in town. There’s Saxon magic colliding catastrophically with Rock and Roll at sea, and in the pleasant valley Yellow Dust is covering the landscape and transforming everything it touches.

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