Shiori Darkship and the Revival Fires

The truth won't save you now.


JT Wilson published works (WIP)
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CEMETERY DRIVE
(2010, Hirst Publishing, novel)

Immortality, suicide, magic and demons in this comic thriller.

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Amazon
Waterstones
WH Smith

# ISBN-10: 0956641725
# ISBN-13: 978-0956641724

SPACE 1889 AND BEYOND

Steampunk adventure series of Victorian spacefaring to which I contributed the last in the series.

'Dark Side of Luna' (2012, Untreed Reads) can be reserved here.

SQUALLING BRATS
(2012, Untreed Reads, short)

LGBT com-dram short story about meeting a father's new girlfriend. Features prejudice, pride and a better cellar than usual.

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RE-VAMP
(2011, Mad Docs of Lit)

Anthology featuring 'Ghostwalk' (a supernatural tale) and 'A Place For A Girl With Hair Slides' (from the new genre 'twee horror').
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Other published work

'On Mystery', in 'Hirst Books Showcase 2010' (Anthology, 2010).

'The Indie Chart with JT Wilson', on The Welsh Londoner (Blog, 2011)


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Lyrics

Coybito lyrics archive

Titanic: The Legend Lives On
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The largest resource of public domain narratives is real life: every day, the news provides at least one compelling narrative with the added spice of truth. It’s understandable that these attract the attention of film-makers. Hence Hollywood, often with one eye on the Oscars, focuses on biopics (‘Ray’, ‘Ali’) or ostensibly-fictional movies based on a true story. If there’s a unique wrinkle or, even better, if it touched a public nerve, adaptation seems almost inevitable. Yet fictionalising real-life events is also the quickest route to litigation: even films that spent years in production, like ‘Titanic’ or ‘U-571’, were full of historical inaccuracies to which the filmmakers were forced to admit in the face of furious families.

You would imagine, then, that filmmakers too inept to depict a real-life event with accuracy and sensitivity would shy away from doing so. As the inexplicable ‘Titanic: The Legend Goes On’ shows, however, this isn’t the case. An Italian animation targeted at children, the film’s lack of respect borders on iconoclasm: the audience are treated like imbeciles; the ship’s crew are treated as villains; historical accuracy is shat on. The sort of film whose destiny is traditionally Poundland, its notoriety is due to IMDB, where it’s currently #1 of the Bottom 100. But how bad is it?

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Pump up the Volume
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The best art that exists in the world was made to both reflect and provoke intense emotion. Art can be bleak and horrifying, touching, uplifting, heartbreaking, all of that great stuff. Loads of people who are better writers than I have said this thousands of times. The great thing about art, of course, is that as well as all that provoking-emotion stuff, it's highly subjective, meaning that what is just a black line on a red background to some can be an example of devastating minimalism to others. Here, for example, is my favourite Rothko:



It loses something if you don't see it live. Anyway, No 14 is an expression of dull rage giving way to oblivion and despair, but to others, it's just a stupid square-on-square picture isn't it?

I'm going to risk a cliche and float the art vs commerce argument: that the art world constantly throws up works which are shocking to the public. The British artists, Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst, are obvious examples of this. Rewind further and you get Pablo Picasso or Marcel Duchamp. Over time, art gets commodified, either through tastes becoming more sophisticated, impact deadening, or art getting more and more far out. Gustav Klimt, for example, has never been more ubiquitous. Meanwhile, art continues to be produced in a commercial form: literally through advertising, but also through greetings cards, film posters, Athena prints and blah blah blah. The art world views this stuff with suspicion. Yes, it sells well, but is it art? Has Purple Ronnie ever done a major exhibition? Have Bubblegum's hacks?

Music, of course, has a similar debate raging at its core. I could go on about music's fractious relationship with art - from the Velvet Underground to Gorillaz via The KLF and Fat Les - but this is a whole different debate and we'll get sidetracked. What I want to talk about is the art vs commerce debate in music. While major galleries like the Guggenheim or the Tate Modern fetishise the new, huge spaces being given over to vast weird installations, music magazines and musos themselves worship the old. Art is - of course! - respectful of the old masters, its great history, from Michaelangelo to Bosch, but it's always looking for the latest hot new artist to lionise. Music worships its old masters in the same way that Hindus respect their gurus, or Japanese wrestling promotions respect their legends. Nothing competes with the Buckleys, Lennons or Floyd. 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was the best song ever and Muse's attempts to do, basically, the same thing are just pseudo-muso art-school teen-angst bullshit-wank. Let's not pretend that the generation that grew up in the 90s aren't doing the same thing with our fawning over Oasis or Radiohead as if they were the greatest thing ever. It doesn't matter if Oasis's lyrics are nothingness, or that Radiohead's first album is boring, because things were better then.

How does this relate to commerce? Let's for a moment leave aside the "I liked their earlier, less commercial stuff" cliche, not because it's not relevant but because there's a different point I want to make. Veneration of old music is compared favourably against modern music. Twas ever thus, of course, and not just with music. Yet nostalgia, or legislated nostalgia, clouds the senses, obscures the memory like an ether-soaked rag. The 60s and 70s, for example, were the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, The Who and Led Zeppelin striding along like Godzilla with a string of Number 1 hits, each new album worshipped like a tablet from God. By comparison, modern music is just so many Biebers and Pixies and One Directions. Look how many people it took to write 'Baby Baby' compared to 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. How dare Ed Sheeran cover 'All Along The Watchtower'. Music really is in the doldrums. So the argument goes.

Of course, any dolt can see immediately that it's an apples and oranges comparison. The 60s and 70s had all sorts of dopey novelty garbage (1972 especially had 'Mouldy Old Dough', 'My Ding-A-Long' and 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool' at Number One) and the 2010s have all sorts of interesting music going on. As for the integrity of multiple songwriters and producers, 'OK Computer' has six producers and five songwriters credited for every song, while, say, 'Survivor' by Destiny's Child has three songwriters and two producers, but this is of course overlooked (and songwriters and producers don't matter anyway, not really).

Yet this sort of tripe is bandied around Reddit and the likes as if such artistic snobbery is even remotely relevant. An example:



Regardless of whose music I'd prefer to listen to, my immediate reaction to such stupidity is to immediately take the opposing side. To this extent, I'd like to propose a new movement. We can call it Movement Against Rockist Shite and it can celebrate, say, how great a Whitney Houston 80s track sounds, or Madonna's vocal performance on 'Ray of Light', while sneering at the lumpen try-hards like The Kooks, or picking on the bloated esoterica of a later Radiohead (or, frankly, Muse) album. We can venerate Sugababes album tracks or vote in droves for silly pop albums in a way of undermining this stupid muso snobbery which, actually, feels almost as though it's worse for music than a disposable pop record from someone like Rebecca Black. It helps if you love music, of course, but the actual point is to tilt against and lampoon snooty attitudes.

I haven't thought it through fully yet, I admit. The manifesto only extends to this:

- The past was no better than the present is, or the future will be.
- 90% of all genres of music is rubbish. 10%, though, is amazing.
- It is harder to write a three-minute pop hit than an eight-minute artwank.
- Bieber hatred is acceptable providing that it can be matched with Oasis hatred, or a similar set of dullards.

I'd love you to join me; and if you still seriously think 'Sex on Fire' is a better song than, say, Beyonce's 'Sweet Dreams' then we really do have nothing in common (musically at least).
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Fragments
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Because I'm not certain whether writing talent is something that should be cherished and used only on special occasions, the inclination to write only in the sphere of fiction has resulted in my LiveJournal atrophying. I should save my metaphors and jokes for my stories, I think to myself, in the same way that one would stay awake for days in preparation for a sleeping competition. In fact, developing a writing talent is like developing a stomach for an eating competition: you have to build up to it and practise daily. If that writing only manifests here in the form of bite-sized morsels, rather than the 96lb steak of a novel, it's still better than nothing. So here's a quick overview of what I've been up to in the first seven months (!) of 2012.

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So that's pretty much it. Now to go and do something exciting like gardening.

In which JT watches horrible films so you don't have to!
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In 'Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws', a deliberate attempt at making a naff movie, the directors amuse themselves by arranging a scene in which Juliette Danielle from 'The Room', Alan Bagh from 'Birdemic: Shock and Terror' and George Hardy from 'Troll 2' interact. The three are cast solely on the strength of their CV: the three films are notorious for being the worst movies ever made. But which of the three is actually the worst? Let's find out.

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And yet more stuff going! EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!
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I realise my LiveJournal is epically boring at the moment. More enjoyable posts to follow, when I'm not so hatefully busy.

You may recall earlier posts in which I gave away stuff in a clearout of my house. Things have now escalated to this epic point. Everything has to go, as I am moving in with Sarah-Beth, likely in three weeks' time. Anything not taken will go to charity and, failing that, the skip.

I'm going to have to say collection only, apart from the smaller stuff.

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More junk going: Furniture edition!
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As I prepare to move in with SB, it's time I offloaded the following stuff. I'm not getting my hopes up, but I thought I'd give it one last chance to avoid the tip:

SOFA
Cream colour. Two-seater. Extends into Z-Bed capable of sleeping two. Poor condition, will need re-covering.
Dimensions: 180cm length x 78 cm depth x 82cm height


SHELVES
Set of four black metal shelves. Suitable for garage, workshop, tool shed. DETACHABLE so can be two, three or four shelves high.
Dimensions: 92cm length x 35cm depth x 135cm height (maximum height)

2 WOODEN CHESTS OF DRAWERS

First set: white finish, tall set of drawers. Five drawers.
Dimensions: 40cm length x 40cm depth x 125cm height

Second set: cream finish with wooden drawers. Five drawers.
Dimensions: 76cm length x 41cm depth x 94cm height


COMPUTER/OFFICE CHAIR
Adjustable height and back.


Collection only, I'm afraid. I'm in Earlsdon.
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It's another Clearout O'Crap!
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I'm giving away the following stuff before I move in with Sarah-Beth (mooted to be in November). If anyone would like some of this:

- If you're in Coventry, we'll sort out a collection
- If not, please send me an SAE. Everything's free, but I know full well that I won't do anything about it otherwise.
- If you've requested any of this previously and I haven't done anything about it, your previous request overrides anyone's request at this stage- and, sorry.

Here's the stuff. I'm not expecting too much demand for some of this:

Books

'The Da Vinci Code', Dan Brown- Wrecking Ball
'Mobius Dick', Andrew Crumey
'The City of Ember', Joanne DuPrau
'Client', John Grisham (quality is dire)
'Bag of Bones', Stephen King
'Gerald's Game', Stephen King (hardback)
'The Colour Out Of Space', H.P. Lovecraft (also includes 'The Outsider' and 'The Hound'. I really like these stories, but I have a book with all three already)- Jennifang
'A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Vile Village' Lemony Snicket (this is a duplicate)

CDs

'Here We Come', A1
'BRMC', Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
'Take Them On, On Your Own', Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
- both taken by Cait
'The Back Room', Editors
'You've Come A Long Way, Baby', Fatboy Slim
'Franz Ferdinand', Franz Ferdinand
'Hot Fuss', The Killers
'Keep On Your Mean Side', The Kills- taken by Bratby
Nine Inch Nails Special Tribute
'Chain Gang of Love', The Raveonettes

Ankst compilation 'Ap Elvis'
Creeping Bent compilation 'Bentism'
Kerrang 'The Best of 2001' compilation
Melody Maker 'Steve Lamacq's Bootleg Session Vol 3' compilation- Killham
Rock Sound 'Rock Machine Turns You On' compilation

Bare Jr 'You Blew Me Off' single
Bille Piper 'Walk of Life' and 'Something Deep Inside' singles
Kill City 'Three Song EP'
tATu 'All About Us' single

VHS

Disco Pigs (Cillian Murphy film)
Life or Something Like It
Live and Let Die
The Best of the WWF 2001- Snakeman
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
There's Something About Mary

DVD (don't all shout at once for these)

The Catherine Tate Show, series 2*- W. Ball
ECW Cyber Slam 98- Snakeman
Gen X Cops: Metal Mayhem
The Giant Leeches- Bailey
The Marine- W. Ball






*- look, I know. I bought it for Lucy and it turned out she already had it. What's a boy to do?

A Brief History Of Rhyme
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Just time for a quick sweep around my life in the annual LJ update.

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Coming up- moving, published stuff, more wrestling fun, the same chaos but more so.

New J.T. Wilson stuff!
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Two new J.T. Wilson writing bits:



Save $5 by ordering the whole 'Space 1889 and Beyond' series here: http://bit.ly/odqfRW
The finale is my second novel, 'The Dark Side of Luna' (yes!), whereas Andy Frankham-Allen, K.G. McAbee, Mark Michalowski, L. Joseph Shosty and Space: 1889 creator Frank Chadwick all write stories earlier in the series. I've had the opportunity to peek at what they've got planned: trust me when I say it's awesome!

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