My Novel – Dust Devil on a Quiet Street –Lethe Press

“It’s like hanging in West Village bar with a gay Joseph Mitchell or Jimmy Breslin.” David Pratt, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Bob the Book

“…breathes with the intimacy of a diary and the irresistible power of an ongoing dream.” –Paul Lisicky, author of Unbuilt Projects      

“Rick Bowes is a marvelous writer whose fiction captures NYC’s downtown scene like a WeeGee photo.”
Elizabeth Hand:

“In the tradition of Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, not in content but in style: a remembrance of things past mixed in the alchemical chambers of the imagination. “Christopher Barzak Crawford Award winning author of One For Sorrow and of Before and After Lives.

His surprise at lasting when so many around him didn’t keeps his books honest. They never turn into “How I got clean” stories or “Redemption through art” fables or some queer mythology of survivial.
Kelly Cogswell Gay City News

 “Decades of a troubled and magical life in New York are described in this fascinating fictionalized memoir. Adapting previously published stories, Bowes creates an alternate version of himself, inhabiting a world where magic might or might not be real. Ghosts appear and disappear, a runaway kills with his mind, a Lovecraftian adept returns to a deadly building to destroy an old tome, and Bowes lurks on the periphery, sometimes participating in the supernatural and sometimes only briefly touching it through others. Woven in are decades of queer New York experience, from a doomed love triangle and the Stonewall Riots through the AIDS epidemic and into a modern, more accepting, less raucous city. There is no overarching plot, but the vignettes are powerful, and Bowes the character comes across as a very real individual, surrounding himself with a host of memorable and eclectic people. Bowes the author depicts a New York at once beautiful and terrible, dangerous and glorious, where mundane life is only one step away from the supernatural.”(July)
Publishers Weekly

From the Bowery to Times Square, from The Saint to Saint Vincent’s, from Sleepy Hollow to Hoboken, Richard Bowes takes us on an eerie, bittersweet, wonderfully nostalgic tour of a slightly bygone (and very haunted!) New York, New York. It’s like hanging in West Village bar with a gay Joseph Mitchell or Jimmy Breslin. A delightful read for anyone ever captivated by Gotham, by art, by youth, or by the spirits that lurk within ever-shifting cityscapes.” — David Pratt, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Bob the Book

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WBAI PLEDGE DRIVE – DUST DEVIL ON A QUIET STREET

Wednesday Night 8/7 – Thursday morning 8/8 from 12-3 AM I will be on WBAI FM 99.5 for an Hour of the Wolf pledge drive. Pitching, pushing, talking, reading, begging, divesting myself of any shreds of dignity I still posses.
Please join Jim Freund and me.

Pledge Premiums will include copies of my new novel “Dust Devil on a Quiet Street” and CD’s of my reading my award winning story 9/11 story, “There’s a Hole in the City.” as broadcast on WBAI on the Fifth Anniversary of 9/11.

Follow this link:
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/47233-the-queen-the-cambion-and-seven-others

Opens for entries on March 11, 2013.
Giveaway dates: Mar 11-Apr 01, 2013
2 copies available. Available in the U.S. only.
Release date: Feb 26, 2013
Myth is the sea on which the Fantasy story floats. Legend is the wind that drives it. Its place of birth is the Fairy Tale.

Richard Bowes’ collection o…more

[close] Myth is the sea on which the Fantasy story floats. Legend is the wind that drives it. Its place of birth is the Fairy Tale.

Richard Bowes’ collection of modern Fairy Tales, their Fantasy offspring, and their legendary ancestors presents eight of his stories including “The Lady of Wands,” in which a Fey cop tells her story, that appears here for the first time. Also original to this book is Bowes’ afterword, “A Secret History of Small Books,” which traces the path of Fairy Tales as a refuge for women, gay/lesbian writers, and LGBT readers from the 17th century on.

The collection also includes “Seven Smiles and Six Frowns” a story of the evolution of a Fairy Tale; “The Cinnamon Cavalier,” a Fairy Tale variation a critic has called, “The Gingerbread Man, writ large,” and “The Margay’s Children” a modern take on a “Beastly Bridegroom” tale; “The Progress of Solstice and Chance,” with its complex sexual relations and invented pantheon of gods, the outrageous situation and characters of “The Bear Dresser’s Secret,” and the “The Lady of Wands,” set in a fairy/mortal demi-monde; and two Arthurian tales, “Sir Morgravain Speaks of Night Dragons and Other Things” and “The Queen and the Cambion” in which the eponymous queen, though famous, is not Guinevere. [close]

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Now Available

From Aqueduct Press, my fairy tale collection,

The Queen, the Cambion and Seven Others
Is now available, in print and e-book!

http://www.aqueductpress.com/books/QueenCambion-Vol35.html

The collection includes the original story “The Lady of Wands,” in which a Fey cop tells her story; “Seven Smiles and Six Frowns” a story of the evolution of a Fairy Tale; “The Cinnamon Cavalier,” a Fairy Tale variation one critic called, “The Gingerbread Man, writ large;” and “The Margay’s Children” a modern take on a “Beastly Bridegroom” tale. Also here are “The Progress of Solstice and Chance,” featuring complex sexual relations and an invented pantheon of gods; the outrageous situation and characters of “The Bear Dresser’s Secret;” and the “The Lady of Wands,” set in a fairy/mortal demimonde. Rounding out the collection are two Arthurian tales, “Sir Morgravain Speaks of Night Dragons and Other Things” and “The Queen and the Cambion” in which the eponymous queen, though famous, is not Guinevere.

Also original to this book is my afterword, “A Secret History of Small Books,” which traces the path of Fairy Tales as a refuge for women, gay/lesbian writers, and LGBT readers from the 17th century on.

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Reading at KGB Bar – April 17th

Wednesday, April 17th
I’ll be reading at KGB Bar, with Alaya Dawn Johnson.
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A ZOO IN WINTER

Ever go to a big zoo on a Winter’s Day. Some in habitants are very happy!
Same with a toy zoo.

It reminds them of the good times!

Creatures great and small, furred and feathered (though all are lead  hollowcast in the toy zoo).

Horned and hooved…
All on a Winter’s Day.

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My Nebula Story Favorites

In 2011 I published eight pieces of short fiction.  I love them all. But a couple stand out in my award preferences.  Read them here and see if you agree (or not).

For Short Story my favorite is my contribution to Ellen Datlow’s Blood and Other Cravings  anthology  (Tor)


“BLOOD YESTERDAY, BLOOD TOMORROW” – a story of Flea Markets, Night Walkers and long delayed revenge.

http://www.sfwa.org/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=985

For Novelette I prefer my contribution to another Datlow anthology Supernatural Noir (Dark Horse)

“MORTAL BAIT” set in 1950 is the story of a private eye in Greenwich Village caught up in an affair with a Fey  seductress and caught the middle of the Elf/Fey wars.

http://www.sfwa.org/forum/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=851

                                      Voting Deadline is 2/15/2012

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Twelve Days of Christmas – Toys

FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS – Coldstream Guards

By Minikin of Japan! Lead soldiers have had a place at Christmas since The Nutcracker Ballet in the 19th Century and maybe before. These 2 1/2″ tall, beautifully detailed figures may be more collectible than toy. But any kid would love to get his hands on them.

SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS – British Lancers 

By William Britains c. 1950′s. I was selling the figures. But shooting the “Castle Blocks” the winter landscape with bottle brush trees was the joy. Toys are hard to leave behind.

 
THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS : German Winter Flats.
  Like Anderson’s “Steadfast Tin Soldier” these 1 1/2″ -2″ two dimensional figures have great paint and poses. Begun in the early 1800′s, still made, in sets of 30 or so pieces – skating, sledding, driving sleighs, selling hot cider – everything!
 
FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS: Toys from Outer Space!
Or at least from Archer Plastics Co of the Bronx circa 1950′s. 3 1/2″ tall. 2 are wearing their detachable oxygen masks. The third, regrettably seems to have misplaced his.

FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS – Winter Figures by Barclay.  When I was a kid in the 1940/50′s these were a fixture of store window displays and living room mantelpieces. Called “Dimestore      Figures” because that’s where they were sold – these are the basic pieces in an appropriate setting.

 
SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – Marx Imagination Dollhouse.Toys reflect their times. And this modular kitchen with furniture is very much in late ’60′s “modern” style. It’s from a Marx all plastic, multi-level dollhouse that could be laid out in a variety of ways. Now it looks as much like a design model as a toy.
 
SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – A Porcelain head doll.
Perfect visual for New Year’s Day morning hangover: disturbing as all get-out. There are more scary stories about dolls than of all other toys combined (You could look it up!). This china-headed 20th century European item shows why.

         EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOY  -Marx Super Circus  The early 1950′s were the Play Set’s heyday. This 100+ pc set – a tie in with a Saturday morning TV show -    boasted a tin litho big top and sideshow platforms plastic and metal accessories, animal acts, patrons and performers like these acrobats swinging from a trapeze in the center ring!

 
NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS  – Knights of AgincourtLead handpainted figures, designed by Selwyn Smith produced by William Britains, circa 1950′s. Four poses 54mm (3″ tall mounted figures). A signpost as lead figures went from being children’s toys to
adult collectibles.

 
TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – SF Toys
Nothing says “1950′s” as clearly as the ‘Science Fiction’ toys made in that decade. This Outer Space Jet Car by Gilmark is a fine example – half U.S. Air Force fighter and half G.M Pontiac sedan.

 
ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS TOYS – Salvation Army Band
Salvation Army Band a modern maker.H.G. Wells in FLOOR GAMES his wonderful 1911 book about toys and playing with children decries the absence of civilian figures and the overabundance of toy soldiers. A few years later the First World War meant that even eleven year old boys weren’t interested in war. Toy makers turned to civilian themes including Salvation Army figures and remains so as this fine set shows.

TWELFTH DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Casige Sewing Machine
Toy sewing machine by Casige of Germany: Really, “miniature” would be a better description. These
were simply small, functioning machines. The company began making toy sewing machines in the early 20th century and continued into the later part. After WW2, from the “British” sector of Germany where they found themselves they continued to turn out these beautifully designed toys. The art work – in this case art deco – makes them desired collectibles.


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My Seven New Stories Published In 2011

 

The following are the new stories I published this year. “Mortal Bait” is a novelette (over 8K words). The rest are short stories (under 7.5K words).

‘Were’ actors are sturdy troupers giving their all every night. But under the full moon they’re ‘special’!

“A Song to the Moon”
Bewere the Night (Sedia ed.) Prime (April 2011)

A Private Eye in 1950 New York caught in a war between loneliness and love, Fey and Elves.

“Mortal Bait”
Supernatural Noir  (Datlow ed.) Dark Horse Books (June 2011)

A less than perfect knight of the Round Table shares his thoughts.

“Sir Morgravain Speaks of Night Dragons and Other Things”
Fantasy & Science Fiction (July/August 2011)

 

An actor born into the wrong time plays a cop in a movie set in old noir New York.

“On the Slide”
Naked City 2011 (Datlow ed.) St Martin’s Press (July 2011)

The daughters of Winter & Summer and Fate & Folly in the Twilight of the Gods

“The Progress of Solstice and Chance”
Realms of Fantasy (August 2011)                                     

Everything old is new again! And Vampires are IT in trend conscious Manhattan right This Minute!

 “Blood Yesterday, Blood Tomorrow”
Blood and Other Cravings: (Datlow ed.) Tor (September 2011)

The best is saved for last. An aging gay writer searches for a Destruction of Manhattan story!
  (Icarus Magazine from Lethe Press is too fine and too rare to pass up)

“Hoffmann, Godzilla and Me
Icarus: Lethe Press (October 2011)

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Russian Christmas – Mechanical Wonders

MECHANICAL WONDERS – RUSSIAN CHRISTMAS

Via Linda Tsao. Check out the video

A La Vieille Russie and Parmigiani
present
Mechanical Wonders:
The Sandoz Collection

Parmigiani Fleurier-Mechanical Wonders – YouTube

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DOLLS FOR BOYS: PFEIFFER 1898 TO G.I. JOE

The (approximately) 5″ tall Coldstream Guards of England pictured above were manufactured by Pfeiffer, a doll maker in Vienna in the very late 19th/very early 20th cenutury. Pfeiffer dolls’ heads, hands and feet were made of composition- a mixture of sawdust and glue. They were hand painted with great life-like detail.  (examples of Peiffer/Peiffer- like dolls are shown below).

Around 1898 it must have occured to the makers that half the toy market was missing out on their products. Thus they introduced a line of soldiers (British guards, Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, etc. The detail and accuracy of their handpainted dolls carried over into the soldiers.

In 1904 Pfeiffer was purchased by Hauser, another doll maker. This company, under the brand name “Elastolin” manufactured a huge line of toy composition figures, soldiers of all nations, knights, Native Americans, farm and zoo animals. Elastolin is in business to this day though the figures now are plastic.
In Elastolin’s pre-WW2 heyday the specialty was fighting men like this duo from the “Old Shatterhand” novels of Karl Maye locked in mortal combat

Somehow, though, almost in tribute to their doll origins, among Elastolin (and Lineol the other great German composition figure maker) most interesting, most human creations are camp scenes with an injured man toting a pail of water, a band master with a “Kaiser Wilhelm” mustache, or a bugler in a tense moment.

History, as we know, repeats itself. In 1964 Hasbro Toys executives contemplated the amazing success of Mattel’s Barbie Doll, she of the endless wardrobe, vast accessories, even a boyfriend who needed to be outfitted. Barbie was a money machine.

The answer, of course, was G.I. Joe whose wardrobe rivalled Barbie’s in size and variety and whose accessories – everything from grenades to Armored Personnel Carriers – was at least as vast.

Ken may have been Barbie’s boyfriend but G.I. Joe was made for her (or at least for the brothers of the girls who played with her). Nobody at Hasbro ever said this was the ultimate boy’s doll.  But like many things never said it was true.Perhaps the last great toy soldier as play moves online. Joe was a doll for boys but far from the first one.

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