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About Díre McCain
Díre McCain is a five-dimensional creature who fell through a Lorentzian traversable wormhole into a three-dimensional universe, landing on what was, at the time, the second rock from the Sun. After a nebulous sojourn in the Zone of Avoidance, while trapped in a self-induced state of suspended animation, she was unwittingly converted into a transportable energy pattern and ultimately rematerialized on 21st century Earth. She was Publisher and Editor of literary and arts journal Paraphilia Magazine from its inception in 2008 until its retirement in 2017. In addition to her two books, Playing Chicken With Thanatos and A Scar Is Borne, her words can be found scattered about in various places, online and in print.
Featuring some of the most exciting up and coming writers, as well as a number of more established cult figures, this collection is a short, sharp shock: clinical, brutal, cutting edge. It’s all about those small, everyday random acts of violence, not all of which are physical or even necessarily entirely tangible, that are common to us all, written in blood using direct, precise and powerful language. There’s more to Clinical Brutality than violence and gore, and there’s no shortage of humour to be found in the poems and prose pieces here.
This is writing for the post-CSI generation. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
A Scar Is Borne is a potent cocktail of ten grotesque yet true-to-life human condition tales driven by characters frequently encountered in the surreal and often absurd seriocomedy called Life.
Irresistibly disturbing, morbidly hilarious, and suffused with heart, A Scar Is Borne is not for the squeamish or narrow-minded, whatever their views. Possible side effects include an inability to stop devouring pages despite recurring discomfort, and experiencing exquisite guilt for feeling certain emotions evoked along the way. Intemperance is encouraged, while bearing in mind that no one is watching, and it's not only permissible to feel any emotions that arise, but also perfectly natural.