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Headworks
Headworks
by Desmond Morris
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Limited signed edition - collector's item., 21 May 2014
This review is from: Headworks (Hardcover)
HEADWORKS is the very first anthology of poetry by the surrealist artist, writer, zoologist and broadcaster, Desmond Morris. The book has been published by Dark Windows Press and is illustrated throughout in colour with 80 paintings from a suite of works produced in 2013. The poems cover the period from 1945 to 2014.

Published in a limited first edition of 200 numbered and signed hardback books. A beautifully made book which is bound to become a collectors item in this rare first edition.

"The very first juxtaposition of Desmond Morris's dreamlike images with his poetic writings conjures up strange narrative and unanswerable questions that inexorably lead the reader towards the irresolvable paradoxes of surrealism." Silvano Levy

Another limited edition hardback Desmond Morris book from Dark Windows Press is a new edition of his novel, Inrock - (this was published in 2013, in an edition of 200 and may no longer be available).
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Inrock
Inrock
by Desmond Morris
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Limited Edition of Desmond Morris' only novel, 26 Nov 2013
This review is from: Inrock (Hardcover)
INROCK is a novel by the artist, writer, zoologist and broadcaster, Desmond Morris. It is Dark Windows Press' first hardback book and is published in a strictly limited edition of 200 numbered copies with no reprint. A wonderful fantasy novel produced in an illustrated edition for the first time. The book can be read by both adults and children (from about 10 years) - it works on two levels like Alice in Wonderland (Wordsworth Classics).

Desmond Morris has led a double life as an artist and as a scientist. His first solo exhibition was held in 1948 and his most recent in 2012. His first scientific publication appeared in 1952. His first book was published in 1958 and his most recent in 2013. Eight books have also been published about his paintings, the first in 1987 and the last in 2012. To date, INROCK is his only published volume of fiction.

Desmond Morris writes a brief outline of the book below...

"An earlier, shorter, un-illustrated edition of this book was published by Jonathan Cape in 1983. Its history was as follows:

The story of INROCK was written as a subjective escape following the strict objectivity of THE NAKED APE. In the summer of 1967, after the editing of the text of THE NAKED APE had been completed, my wife and I took a break in Cyprus. There, sitting on a beach near Kyrenia, I started scribbling the story down in a notebook. I finished the first draft on the plane flying home to London.

In October THE NAKED APE was published and its unexpected success changed our lives. INROCK lay forgotten in the chaos that ensued. The following year we left England to live on the island of Malta and in October 1968 our son was born there. His name was Jason and in 1970 I decided to type up my scribbled notes, using his name for the central character, so that one day he might enjoy the story. In the process the tale became enlarged into a full-scale book, but because Jason was too young to read it it was put away and was again forgotten.

It was not until over a decade later, in 1983, that it was finally published. Some readers told me that they found it difficult to visualize the very strange beings that inhabited the world of Inrock and I decided that, one day, I would work on a series of drawings to illustrate the story. I started these drawings in 2009 but did not complete them until 2011. I also re-wrote and extended the opening and closing sections of the book - before Jason has entered Inrock and after he returns home. It is this enlarged and illustrated version of the story that is appearing now in this second edition of the book.

It is my hope that one day the story will be made into a film. When Stanley Kubrick died in 1999, a hand-written note was found among his effects, where he had scribbled "Looks like MY kind of story" on a summary of INROCK that one of his staff had prepared for him. One can only wonder what he might have made of it, had he lived."
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The Outsider: Patricide 6
The Outsider: Patricide 6
by Neil Coombs
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Outside, 2 July 2013
The Outsider (Patricide 6) is an investigation into the notion of the Outsider Artist. Including essays from Roger Cardinal (author of `Outsider Art', 1972) and Michel Remy (author of `Surrealism in Britain', 2001) alongside articles by Outsider Artists (including George Widener, Chris Hipkiss and Tony Convey) and those who have worked with them.

The book is 174 pages, fully illustrated throughout in colour and black & white. Featuring interviews with collectors and artists as well as essays, poetry, fiction and visual art - the book includes all new material -contributions from international writers and artists covering a broad range of topics around the idea of The Outsider and it raises as many questions as it answers. The most fascinating Dark Windows publication to date.


For Myra, for Iris
For Myra, for Iris
by Edward Knight
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid first novel., 19 Dec 2012
This review is from: For Myra, for Iris (Paperback)
For Myra, For Iris by Edward Knight. The first impression of this new book is limited to just 50 copies and it is now available for a limited period.

Through a one-way mirror, which hangs in a toilet, which sits on a train, Arthur is observed by a team of unknown researchers. He is commuting on this train, though to where, if he is forced to consider it, he is not quite sure. He observes a sleeping man, overhears a prattling nurse and talks with a young girl, and then the train crashes.

His quest to find meaning in his survival leads him through the inkier boroughs of the city and his mind. Lost in this foggy hinterland he finds himself writing of another man in another place, a character who is perhaps more real than Arthur understands...


The Surrealist Cookbook (Patricide)
The Surrealist Cookbook (Patricide)
by Neil Coombs
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surreal Treat, 30 Nov 2012
A splendid festive gift: The Surrealist Cookbook is now available from Dark Windows Press. You may be keen to boil someone's head, make vegetarian brains or curried love, perhaps you fancy a communist cocktail or a cup of touareg tea? All of these recipes and many more are included in this book along with poetry, prose and pictures from around the world. The Surrealist Cookbook will sit on your bookshelf along with your other favourite cookbooks and will be returned to again and again for that one special recipe that you choose to keep close to your imagination.

In parts, The Surrealist Cookbook is a fairly conventional cookbook as it contains recipes for a number of meals, drinks and desserts. Some of these are adapted from ideas by people associated with the history of surrealism (including Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, David Gascoyne, Conroy Maddox, J.G. Ballard, Remedios Varo and Luis Buñuel) and others are used to link together visual art and poetic works. The majority of the recipes are intended for use in the kitchen although some are complete flights of fancy.

Recipes Include:
Absinthe. The Anarchist Cocktail, Anarchist's Demo Flapjack, Aşure, Avocado & Brains on Toast, Ballard's Late Lunch, Buñueloni, Buñuel's Perfect Dry Martini, Casanova Cocktail, Casserole of Calf 's Head, Cheese & Raisin Tart, The Communist Cocktail, Conroy Maddox's Tomato Finger Soup, Curried Love, Dali and Buñuel's Man Snacks, Hard-Boiled Egg Dice, Horchata, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Potted Caws Guisada Pobi, Prickly Pears with Anise, Rayograph served with Suicide, Sausage Boats, Torrijas, Touareg Tea, Vegetarian Black Mole from Oaxaca, Vegetarian Brains, Unión General de Trabajadores Bread & The Washington Colorado Brownie.


Alpine Phantoms: On the Fantastic Lure of the Mountains
Alpine Phantoms: On the Fantastic Lure of the Mountains
by Neil Coombs
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Phantoms, 23 Nov 2012
Alpine Phantoms is a book project that explores the mystical lure of the mountain. It features new essays by Adrian Dannatt, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Michael O'Pray and VD Collective alongside newly created artworks by 33 international artists. It is 108 pages long and is beautifully illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. If you can no longer purchase it from Amazon, it may still be available from the Dark Windows Press website.

Artists involved include Ron Sakolsky, Megan Jones, Simon Bartholomew, Michael Harford, Bill Howe, Rachel Fijalkowska, Richard Misiano-Genovese, Andrew Torch, Jacqueline Utley, John Welson, Lesley Guy, Bedwyr Williams, Kathleen Fox, Rafet Arslan, Tippi Tillvind, Felicity Roma Bowers, Rik Lina & CAPA, Ayse Özkan, Jude Montague Cowan, Zazie, Stephen Kirin, Sue Page, Jaan Patterson, Gregg Simpson, Aurelia Milach, Janie Nicoll, Elle Zwandahl, John Richardson, Daniel Lehan and more.


The Phantoms of Surrealism
The Phantoms of Surrealism
by Neil Coombs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.66

5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantoms of British Surrealism, 23 Nov 2012
This catalogue for Neil Coombs' Phantoms of Surrealism exhibition is well designed and fully illustrated in colour and black & white. There are two very interesting essays in the catalogue, one by Krzysztof Fijalkowski on collage, modernism and Coombs and another by Catriona McAra specifically on the "Coombsian collage". The book includes illustrations of the full set of Surreal Phantoms trading cards in a mock catalogue as well as numerous other illustrations of his photographic and collage work alongside extracts from his blog. In order to produce the work for this project, Neil Coombs travelled to a range of locations in the UK in order to collect a body of photographs that have been used in the construction of the "Surreal Phantoms" - locations visited include Bolton, Freud's Home, Farley Farm and J.G. Ballard's home.

"The Phantoms, like some Easter Island statues for the so-called modern world, mute, terrible remnants heralding a message even they have forgotten how to utter, stand as sentinels for the disintegration of our world view." Krzysztof Fijalkowski
"Coombs quickly reveals himself as a latter-day Joseph Cornell, caught up in a productive nostalgia for the materiality of surrealist practice." Catriona McAra


The Fluxus President
The Fluxus President
by David Berridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If the world must end..., 23 Nov 2012
This review is from: The Fluxus President (Paperback)
"If the world must end, let it be whilst reading books like these". The Fluxus President by David Berridge is the marvellous new novella from "one of our most exciting writers and supporters of text art and experimental writing in Britain at the moment" (3am Magazine). Berridge's book begins during the two weeks of the COP15 climate change talks in Copenhagen in 2009. Excluded delegates form a single entity, drifting around a city filled with deflating Earth balloons, discovering the legacy of the Fluxus artist Arthur Köpcke, before reconvening in the coffee shops of London's Mile End. Where President Obama failed can The Fluxus President succeed?
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Monomono-Banza Diaries: Volume 1
Monomono-Banza Diaries: Volume 1
by Eze Chimalio
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars African Surrealism, 4 Mar 2012
Eze Chimalio is a Nigerian writer, artist and filmmaker based in London, England and Enugu, Nigeria. His previous work includes the surreal comic book series PARAFFIN (1989 - 1991) and ALIEN BLUES (2003), a collection of illustrated stories from the lives of Africa's forgotten people.

MONOMONO - BANZA DIARIES VOL.1 deals with sex, death and politics in a disturbing and restless world. The past and the future, the developed and developing worlds coalesce in vignettes played out through a filter of love, relationships and human evolution. On one level it is a heartfelt love story and on another, a gradual descent into madness.

"You cannot draw anything serious or meaningful until you have shed the suffocating blanket of formal instruction. You need it but you must also lose it. It is only after 20 years in the pursuit of line, form and rhythm that you begin to see properly with your fingers." Eze Chimalio


Director's Cut
Director's Cut
by Nicholas Royle
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Cinematic Thriller, 30 Aug 2009
This review is from: Director's Cut (Paperback)
A disenchanted cast of former friends are forced to revisit a secret from their past. This is sophisticated thriller that blends a psychogeographic exploration of London with an appreciation of cinema. The novel weaves together a number of intriguing plots and ideas but the tension never lets up and keeps you guessing until the final dénouement.


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