Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hellound review - Jane Crown

Pleased to receive this from Jane Crown:

""What is your pleasure"? This line from Hellraiser sings in my head as I open the new book Hellbound from David Mclean.

David Mclean does something you might not like. He is a Nihilist in the purest sense of the word,and probably that lack of Dogmatism and his love of the Void will scare the living Hell out of you. Having read Pushing Lemmings and having enjoyed his dry sense of humor, his sad sense of humanity, I am reminded of my own Nihilism that oft propels my work as a poet too.

David is taking us into the very black of existence, that truths we find significant are just specks of taffy for this writer. He's asking you to unclutter the modern mind, much as Nietzsche did. To free yourself of the fetters that find us in the chasm of living. He asks us to suffer pain in the path to knowing why we reach and why we deserve or even ought to be here at all. Teaching philosophy and using it in the real world are two harsh and vastly often disconnected realities. David is that teacher of philosophy, a raiser of men--David is giving you a parcel of sadness, wrapped in a blanket of dirty beauty. He wants us, you, me, everyone to open it with great craft, and not to forget to look inside, and to look deeply. "Living safely is what is dangerous" Nietzsche says, and David will reinforce this in his book Hellbound, yet it is not for the faint of heart. Read it slowly, read it lovingly. Open your heart, and your mind!

He uses a grand metaphor (in film) one which I also admire and seems appropriate in a viscerally turned on post-modernist point of view; Hellraiser!

David if he is to be one of the Epic Rites "workers in blood" does this in his natural voice, he does not sugar coat, nor over-do his imagery. His pen and hand are adept at deepening language by taking away certain words - by using as Nietzsche himself touted

"To say in ten lines what it takes most writers an entire book to say"

This is 48 pages of an unadulterated piercing look into self. He's asking you to do the same. And,finally, as in the film Hellraiser- he might very well torment and peak your interest in the end with these worlds of hyper realism from Pinhead, the leader of the cenobite crew and underworld bringer of pain, anguish and sweet nightmares come to fore:

"No tears please. It's a waste of good suffering"

Get yourself a copy of Hellbound, it's a strangely righteous read in a tumultuous world."

Thanks Jane.the link to buy is here.