Thirteen Tales of Textural Arousal Vol. 2
by Robin Anderson
Paperback: 161 pages
To create ROBIN ANDERSON’S perfect pot-pourri of mischief,
murder, mystery, the macabre and more take one kilt, one Zhivago, a Siamese cat,
a taxi, a cough, a pencil, a portrait, a mouse trap, a wannabe chef,
cobblestones, a rattan screen, dentures and a sprinkling of nursery rhymes;
blend well and indulge yourself with the THIRTEEN aphrodisiacal flavours!
Paul Dot Go
by Robin Anderson
Paperback: 199 pages
Meet WILLIAM (WAN.W) WANDSWORTH, portrait painter extraordinaire,
whose diverse backgrounds for his carefully selected subjects (and to their
cost) vary from a converted country barn, a startlingly ‘reinvented’ and
‘mechanised’ chrome and mirrored 14th century Italian castle, a
refurbished Victorian candle factory and last but not quite least, an eerie
cemetery where clandestine midnight assignations could and do go horribly wrong.
Added to this bizarre palette is a vibrant clashing of cocks, personalities
and multi talents when the larger-than-life artist crosses paintbrushes with the
likes of ruthless interior designer HARRY HUMPHRIES and boy wonder pop
idol TOMMY TYLER.
Aiding and abetting WILLIAM in his determination to become ‘a legend in his
own time’ is his hand-picked coterie comprising the sinister dwarf duo,
PAUL and NELSON, the olfactory major domo SKIDS along with his bête noir, the
rapacious RUFUS, plus the dark, dubious PRINCE ALBERT.
An innocent victim caught up within the artist’s ruthless ambitions is the
long-suffering MIC SANDFORD whose infatuation with the aforesaid HARRY sees
situations ranging from loss of body parts and even a soul or two.
Prepare for a fast, twisted rollercoaster ride - part scenic and part
terrifying – of jealousies, perversions and violent revenge but always within
the presence of the darkest of humour. As with WILLIAM’S nemesis PAUL GAUGUIN -
the original PAUL.GO – this reincarnation is an acquired taste; for some a feast
of unsavoury delights and for others a banquet of despair.
Paperback: 178 pages
‘Hell hath no fury as a cross-dresser scorned’ proves a poor elucidation for
Anthony Fortesque’s reaction over his thwarted Out of Africa campaign. The
hapless Anthony, his romantic misconceptions ruthlessly spurned by the dashing
Hamish MacFadden - an indifferent substitute for Anthony’s ‘big white hunter’
fantasy figure - sees his African ideal rapidly changing to the more vengeful
Hate of Africa. Aided and abetted by the glamorous Petra (cojones) Gonzales and
cohorts Mike and Damon, Anthony finds himself drawn into an evil scenario way
beyond his wildest imaginings. From the elegant drawing rooms of London’s
exclusive Belgravia to the hidden savagery of Zimbabwe and the superficiality of
Cape Town, Anthony’s anticipated African dream soon degenerates into a nightmare
which can only end with its grotesque awakening.
Paperback: 172 pages
Not content as a child with frying his pet mice, boiling his
sister’s goldfish, pulling the heads off fledglings or docking innocent dogs’
tails, the elegant, sophisticated grownup Jeremy Spiers sees himself bound for
even greater - and more sinister - amusements. Flirtatious dalliances between
the likes of Franchot ‘Tone’ Seaton, a black artist on a meteoric rise to
international acclaim all thanks to the Svengali-like Jeremy; the formation of
Spiers-Seaton Fine Arts (set in a revamped undertaker’s premises), and the
artist’s so-called ‘doppelgänger’ the complex Sybil, Jeremy’s Auntie Mame-like
uncle, all lead to twists and turns of increasing complexity. Enter the
mysterious Mary Magdalene, the ‘do badder’ Howie, his loutish colleague Nev the
Rev, the dapper but devious art critic Giles and the darkest ‘Comedy of Terrors’
ensues. From the glamorous galleries of London, Paris and New York to an
unexpected cremation in the Australian outback there is no holding Jeremy and
his hell-bent ambitions, both predatory and businesswise. Throughout the fast
moving pages Jeremy strives to ensure nothing is ever truly past its ‘sell by’
date, his attitude at times becoming an even more chilling one.
Thirteen Tales of Textual
by Robin Anderson
Paperback: 157 pages
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds showed these creatures not to be our
feathered friends but do the herons found in London’s Hyde Park go out of their
way to disprove this? Will DAVID and PETER really build their own nest or does
the flighty, fledgling PETER have other plans? And while PETER plots and
prevaricates with his own Mommy Dearest is the heroine of the Seventh
Tale, the saccharine-inspired Mary Poppins, responsible for a spoonful of
something else as opposed to sugar? As a besotted NIGEL COLLINS finds to his
cost, for ‘charm’ read ‘harm.’
These cautionary tales – most with terrifying consequences – continue.
Beware of what you whisper in the middle of a sex show in downtown Bangkok! This
could easily cost you an arm and a leg!
History also repeats itself in the reincarnation of Julia Bovary, the
flawed heroine of Gustave Flaubert’s historical novel. Meet the modern day
Monsieur Bovary in the form of JULIAN MASTERTON and for rustic, idyllic France
of the 1800s switch to the hedonistic pleasures of today’s South of France.
Unlike the tragic original the ruthless JULIAN triumphs!
More folkloric history emerges with Hamelin’s famous Pied Piper replaced by
bumbling ERNEST CRAIG whose surprise Day Of Reckoning Party does exactly
this and more!
And last but not least, with the old still inspiring the new, while Oscar
Wilde’s disfigured Dorian remained banished to the attic, DORIAN MONTAGU’s
modern muse sits being constantly adored and adorned, the final embellishment
being unwittingly donated by the avaricious TONY BURTON.
With thirteen such tales offering such a combination of terror, titillation
and tragedy perhaps some form of textual arousal is to be excused!
by Robin Anderson
Paperback: 216 pages
Meet ETHELRED JONES, acclaimed film director of the bizarre;
CLYTEMNESTRA, his beautiful ‘bacterial’ artist wife and the rest of this
discordant quintet, the disgraced ‘donor’ doctor, CHARLES CONRAD CROSBY; the
priapic black giant Man Friday named MONDAY and TRISOMY - a child old beyond her
years – all melded together in the creation of the ultimate cinematic and art
LIFE.Into this monstrous mélange comes the unsuspecting OSWALD
ARGENT, an aspiring thespian more narcissus than actor, who finds himself –
literally – taking ‘a step too far’ when accepting a misleading role in the
meticulously planned STILL
LIFE scenario. On entering the rarefied world of Bethlem Báthory, the
JONES’S mysterious isolated country mansion known to the locals as Castle
Dracula, the devious young OSWALD finds his film debut more gourmet than
Enter BRYAN SCIMA, his former lover who, by chance, ends up
as Lady of the Manor with distant neighbour, SIR MILES ANSTRUTHER, a wealthy
property developer. Coincidence follows coincidence through never-ending scenes
of gratuitous violence mixed with glamour and the grotesque.
London, Italy and Morocco, STILL
LIFE is an
articulate, cynical novel filled with black humour at its most humorous; a
volcanic-volatile hot bed of sex, greed, money and destruction. The story, which
runs at a breath-taking pace, will keep the reader riveted in more ways than
LIFE is an ‘up
and down’ ride which gathers momentum leading up to an unprecedented climax.
Think EDGAR ALLAN POE meets FREUD, THE MARQUIS DE SADE and NOEL COWARD in a
mind-blowing gang bang and you are almost there. To quote ETHELRED JONES, ‘We
stuff the snuff!'