Reviewed: The Theosophical Teapot by John D. Chadwick

A little thematic unity can go a long way in bringing a thread of cohesion to a collection of short stories. The Theosophical Teapot, which features some of Chadwick’s earlier works of fiction, some of which have featured in various small publications and others which are previously unseen, present the reader with a disparate range of strange, desperate and ugly characters, from all walks of life and spanning a range of historical times.

Stylistically diverse and presenting a litany of different voices and scenarios, Chadwick returns – like a dog to its vomit – to the maladjusted, to the dark, to the mysterious, to magic, to Aleister Crowley, to Jack the Ripper, to William S. Burroughs.

There’s some strong writing to be found in here, but what really stands out is Chadwick’s knack for a killer twist. On many occasions, just as you find yourself wondering where he’s going, he’ll slam the most unexpected of turns, and often save it as late as thee last two or three lines.

By turns funny and bleak, The Theosophical Teapot shows Chadwick to be an innovative and imaginative writer, while the illustrations that separate these twisted tale prove he’s pretty adept on the visuals front too.




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I’m Not Afraid Any More….

I’m generally too busy writing to look for reviews of my work. In fact, half the time I’m not even sure what’s been published or when, although since I decided to cut back and focus on some longer works in 2010, it has been a little easier to keep tabs on things (besides music reviews, that is). Having had 370 of the things appear last year, and having got off to a busy start in January (42 reviews so far), it’s fair to say that the short fiction has taken a bit of a back seat.

I daresay I will find the time and motivation again once my current, longer projects are done and dusted.

Anyway, the tail-end of 2010 saw a piece I’d been thinking about for an age but hadn’t got around to writing finally chiselled into shape and published in the second issue of the rather excellent northeastern zine I’m Afraid of Everyone. From what I can tell, it’s being well-received, and I was particularly heartened to find this review (and it’s nice to see that Ian Chung @ The Cadaverine is loving my work, too):


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