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The intended goal of Nameless is to meld divergent (even challenging) critical perspectives on a variety of subjects -- fiction, music, art, film, social commentary -- and present them with the best content (literary, artistic, and, in the case of the website, multimedia) we can muster. Nameless was conceived from the outset as a thought-provoking biannual print periodical, as well as a year-round online destination for the intellectually adventurous. We strive to achieve this via the alchemy of innovative discourse, high production values, and rigorous editorial standards.
Though the focus will always be on the macabre, weird, uncanny and esoteric, Nameless will also be a bastion for the under-appreciated idea, the unexplored possibility, the poorly understood concept. We are not a home for the pedestrian, the obvious, the common. It is a state of mind as much as anything, and as such is accepting of anyone that is curious, thoughtful and rational.
Nameless Digest is a professional market, biannual (twice yearly), perfect-bound, 6"x9" book/journal of 150-250 color and B&W pages per issue. It is published by Cycatrix Press, a division of JaSunni Productions, LLC, and will be printed in limited quantities in the Spring and Fall of each year. Along with each print issue there will be a near-simultaneous Electronic edition, available in a variety of popular formats (such as for the Nook, iPad, Kindle, PDF, Issuu, and so on). The website magazine aspect will be maintained on a mostly regular basis with exclusive content, and will offer the TOC, cover, and short excerpts of upcoming issues, as well as current articles that may or may not be in the print version. Online, there will be multimedia offerings from time to time as well.
The material in Nameless is wide-ranging and presented in an eye-catching manner. Each issue will vary as to theme, but will provide fascinating commentary on topical subjects, politics, science, criticism, philosophy, and reviews of current media. Nameless will engage subscribers/participants with fiction/poetry, interviews, memoirs, essays, multimedia (website only), artwork, reviews and more.
+Rahul Kanakia -- "Man-Eater"
+JJ Steinfeld -- "Captivities, or Béla Lugosi, 2031"
+Adam Bolivar -- "The Devil and Sir Francis Drake"
+Keith Kennedy -- "The Clock Tower"
+Ellen Denton -- "2323"
+JC Hemphill -- "Collections"
+Michael Aronovitz – "The Echo"
+Earl Hamner – "It was Raining the Day the Children Decided to Kill Their Grandmother"
+Wade German -- Selected Poetry
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+S. T. Joshi – An excerpt from Joshi's forthcoming History of Supernatural Literature
+David Perlmutter – The Optimal Mode: Television Animation in America, 1948-2010
+William F. Nolan – Rod Serling (Classic Interview)
+Jason V Brock – George A. Romero (Interview)
+Kaye Vincent – Kris Kuksi (Interview)+
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+Kris Kuksi (Featured)+
+James Wymore (Cartoons)+
+Jason V Brock+
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+William F. Nolan+
+Sunni K Brock+
+Jason V Brock+
Posted by DonaldmetE on 6th Nov 2015
Brilliant work. LOVED it.
Posted by Patricktor on 2nd May 2014
This is one of most beautifully done digests I've ever seen.
Fascinating articles and great fiction.
Posted by Morgana Phenix on 10th Jul 2013
I was so impressed with the premier edition of *Namel3ss Digest* that I paced the floors like an expectant father (oh wait...I'm a mother...but you get the idea!) for the arrival of *Namel3ss Digest 2*! When it finally did arrive in the mail I eagerly tore open the envelope and snatched it out from it's protective bubble wrap womb. I clutched it close to my bosom while I made my way to my rocking chair.
One tenderly handles these digests not because they are fragile but because they are to be savored like fine wine! I gazed down at the cover questioning it's symbolic significance. And then I gently turned the pages and began examining my new baby! *Namel3ss 2* is 227 pages long and contains social commentaries, short stories, artwork, interviews, tributes, book reviews, and poetry. One just doesn't read *Namel3ss*, nooo...one also experiences *Namel3ss* as well.
Where do I begin with my accolades? I had to edit this review a few times because I found myself getting lost in telling you about it and I ended up writing almost a novella instead of a review! There is so much one can glean and learn from in this edition!
So, I shall start at the beginning of course! Jason V Brock, one of the editors, writes an eloquent and intelligent editorial on gun control. It's been a long time since I have read any intelligent commentaries on either side of the issue. Spurred by the recent Newtown, CT school shooting, and using his keyboard for his weapon of choice (words) Jason presents his position: opposition to ALL gun ownership in his editorial entitled, "++After Newtown++." Sadly, the reality in our world is that guns play a vital role and are symbols of power and control.
Moving on William F. Nolan writes an endearing tribute to his dear old friend and colleague, Chuck Fitch or better known as, Charles Edward Fitch who left us on October 11, 2012. Mr. Nolan shares their adventures and highlights Chuck's life, including his achievements. His tribute left me realizing that sadly, the older ones that pioneered to bring dark fiction and horror to the forefront are leaving us and unless someone chronicles their contributions they will be forever forgotten.
David Perlmutter writes an incredible portrayal of the history of animation on TV in his article, "The Optimal Mode"! I realized that a lot more was going on back then on Saturday mornings other than cartoons and cereal commercials! Hanna-Barbera always appeared at the end of every cartoon and they became a household name by the time I was old enough to watch cartoons! He also hints at the sociological, psychological, political, economic, and cultural impact that animations, or cartoons, had on the American culture.
Nolan's interview with the late Rod Serling of "The Twilight Zone" fame is a long hidden gem from another dimension that he shares in this edition. I must admit here that I am old enough to remember watching "The Twilight Zone" every night back in the late 1960s at 5:00 PM on TV just before the local news. It felt literally as if one entered another dimension as one waited for the TV to warm up (the tubes had to warm up) then the grayish horizontal lines welcomed you to TV land and if you turned the TV on at 4:50pm you would be sure to be greatly promptly at 5:00pm with Rod's voice. Nolan takes you into Serling's life, his dimension, if you will, and allows his reader to meet the man in the black suit with that voice! Fabulous interview and thank you so much William Nolan for sharing it with your readers...it was a nostalgic walk down memory lane (at least for me)!
Speaking of nostalgia...Paul Bens takes us back in time to 1975 with, "+Dark Side of the Moon+ The Quiet Horror of Space 1999!" Who is old enough to remember the original, "Space 1999"? *carefully raising right arm* Apparently the fan base is as strong and devoted as ever and there is a huge resurgence of interest in this old sci-fi thriller. I realized after reading this article how I had taken what was on TV back in those days for granted. I think you'll enjoy this very informative journey into, "Space 1999"!
Jason V. Brock interviews the man behind the "Dead" movies, George A. Romero, in "King of the Dead"! Brock really does have a knack for interviewing, and those reddish blotches on the pages add to the sensation, the ambiance of the interview. "Night of the Living Dead" is where I first encountered Zombies all those years ago. (Jason if you are reading this, an interview or article on the original "The Mummy" in a future issue would be way cool and far out!)
Stephen Grendon just who was he? Find out in John D. Haefele's expose, "The Weird Literary Life and Times of Stephen Grendon". Lovecraft fan's take note!
S.T. Joshi writes a historical perspective on the infamous "Group", in "The Group: Bradbury, Matheson, Beaumont, Nolan!" An excerpt from "Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction".
Artist Kris Kuksi is interviewed by Kaye Vincent. Included are photos of his detailed work, perhaps the most stunning being the intricate sculpture, "Capricorn Rising"! Phenomenal *best* describes his talents.
Keith Kennedy, Ellen Denton, Earl Hamner, Adam Bolivar, JC Hemphill, Wade German, Michael Aronovitz, J.J. Steinfeld, and Raul Kanakia all contribute powerful stories and poems to further provide unique perspectives on the world we life in. James Wymore's "Parting Shots" cartoons will make you grin and feed your brain! Reading these stories and poems is an experience because the editors provide visuals to further enhance your reading experience/pleasure.
I highly recommend reading the *Namel3ss* Digests! *Namel3ss 2* is even better than issue 1, and I can't wait for #3! An evocative look at our world today as seen sometimes through the lens of yesterday! It's an experience that's hard to name!
I give *Namel3ss 2* a five star plus rating! Kudos to the staff!
Posted by Haluecelully on 4th Jul 2013
Posted by Matt Cardin on 11th Jun 2013
I just received my copy of the current print issue a week or so ago (#2), and it's stunningly excellent, not just in content but in design. I wasn't aware that it would be so purely dazzling on a visual level. Thanks for the great work, Jason, and Sunni. I'm proud to be involved.
Posted by Airika S. on 7th Jun 2013
If I had to sum up 'Nameless Digest' in one word? Awesome. One phrase? The thinking person's horror magazine. What I liked best about 'Nameless' was that, not only was it a highly entertaining read, I also learned a hell of a lot. 'Nameless' is a gateway to the world of the cool and the bizarre: the more you read, the more cool s*** you'll be writing down to look up and check out more on later.
For those of you not yet familiar, the first issue of Jason V. Brock's and Sunni Brock's 'Nameless Magazine,' self-described as a "Biannual Journal of the Macabre, Esoteric and Intellectual," debuted in spring 2012 (Issue 1: http://www.jasunnistore.com/products.php?product=BACK-ISSUES%3A-NAMELESS-Digest-ISSUE%3A-%231 ). This is the second issue. If names like George A. Romero, H. R. Giger, S. T. Joshi, and Kris Kuksi sound familiar to you--or if, quite simply, you have a rabid appetite for quality horror fiction--you are most definitely in the right place.
This magazine is not for jugheads. There's so much in this dense 225-page volume, in fact, I could talk your ear off for days, but I'll try to tie this review briefly and tightly together. Here's my nutshell view.
Upon an initial skim-through, the first thing that struck me was the art. It is stunning; not only the dark surrealism of the images, but the quality of the images themselves. The resolution is so pristine it's almost three-dimensional: imagine this quality upon a fantastical clock tower, a skeleton horse-drawn carriage in a foggy glade, the works of H. R. Giger seeming to leap up and off the page...or better yet, check it out for yourself!
When you crack open Issue #2, the first article (after the credits) is an intelligently argued anti-gun essay by Editor-in-Chief Jason V. Brock. Regardless of your viewpoint on this controversial subject, Jason makes an excellent case for the banning of all guns. When I started reading this column, my mind was fixated solely on the underlying anomie of our society as the cause of this recent wave of gun violence--but then Brock glides right past that and goes further, straight to the heart of the matter: the point isn't 'why,' but 'what' we need to do about it--which is to ban all guns. I must also admit to total hunyuck-edness: of that entire essay of well-pointed reasoning, my favorite quote was "Ted Nugent is a bloviating moron (and his music sucks, too.") And how! Once you learn the term 'bloviating moron,' you will begin to recognize them everywhere you go: at college graduations, company meetings, at bars...seriously, I have encountered at least four today!
But back to the subject. Regardless of whether you agree wholly, in part, or not at all, Jason argues a very compelling case to do away with firearms altogether.
Up next was a heartfelt tribute to writer Charles E. Fritch by "Logan's Run" legend William F. Nolan. Fritch was part of a notable cadre of writers called "The Group" (which included Robert Bloch and Richard Matheson), luminaries in the horror/science fiction genre spanning back to the 1940s. Although I wasn't familiar with Mr. Fritch's writing before this, by the article's end, I too felt sadness for the passing of such a colorful, talented individual. For a deep-deep look into the work of (the members of) The Group, mark the page to S. T. Joshi's excellent "The Group: An Excerpt," which includes an analysis on the works of Group member and literary titan Ray Bradbury.
After Nolan's tribute is our first piece of fiction, "The Clock Tower," a haunting, almost parabolic tale by Keith Kennedy. To sum up my impression of 'Nameless' fiction here, it is this: a gamut of moods, everything from creepily whimsical (Earl Hamner's "It Was Raining the Day the Children Decided to Kill Their Grandmother"), to as beautifully baroque as a medieval wrought-iron gate("The Devil and Sir Francis Drake" by Adam Bolivar), with a common denominator of quality and, neologistically speaking, well-writtenedness (it's a word *now,* dammit!) Pure and simple.
You won't find rehashed zombie crap and tired tropes here. If your experience is anything like mine, you will have a blast reading for hours.
Next up in the issue was "The Optimal Mode: Television Animation in America, 1948-2010," by David Perlmutter. This is a behind-the-scenes scoop on the development of what are likely many of our favorite cartoons, from "The Bullwinkle Show," to "The Simpsons," to "Ren & Stimpy," and everything in between. I couldn't help but feel a wave of nostalgia as I read it. Not only was it an interesting read, it was the kind of scholarly material people pay good tuition money to learn (I should know, having paid $50 for a pile of University photocopies on a topic not even fractionally as interesting as this!)
My only gripe was the fact that my Hanna-Barbera bubble has been officially busted--as it turns out, Hanna-Barbera were two men, not the friendly doily-crafting grandmother I'd always envisioned! Still, I would mark this as a must-read, and a good example of the kind of scholarly articles you won't normally find in a horror journal.
All of the columns and articles, in my opinion, were intelligent and engaging. One of my personal favorites was "Examining Weird Fiction," from Sam Gafford's 'Alternate Words' column. While not the most conclusive article in the world, I think weird fiction writers and readers alike will not only get a good chuckle, but will find themselves nodding their heads in agreement. I also made a mental note to check out "The Whatever-ing," a 'work' cited by Gafford as mass-marketed dreck from the 1980s (and with a name like "The Whatever-Ing," I envision the "Troll 2" of the book world. Sue me, I love terrible fiction!)
This review definitely wouldn't be complete without touching on the interviews in this issue--obviously, with names like 'Romero' and 'Serling' lighting up the 'Nameless' marquee, many people are going to pick this mag up specifically for those.
For me, William F. Nolan's classic interview with Rod Serling was an extra-special treat. I love the old "Twilight Zone" series so much it almost makes me misty-eyed to think about. How could any horror writer not?!! When I think about what a good short story should be structured like, I think of the old "Twilight Zone."
Anyway, I enjoyed the peek into Serling's life and mind: his issues with fame, his frustrations with the quandaries of the intermingling of art and commerce, and his behind-the-scenes anecdotes of the business side of the "Twilight Zone" (fun fact: after selling his first story for $100, Serling's manuscripts were rejected 40 times after that. Who knew?!!)
Fans of horror will also love Brock's in-depth interview with "Night of the Living Dead" filmmaker George A. Romero (and if you're not familiar with either Romero or his films, you may want to consider revoking your own horror credentials and start scrapbooking or selling windsocks on Etsy or something instead!) I enjoyed reading Romero's take on politics, his feelings on his success as a filmmaker, Barack Obama, zombies past and present, his body of work, and his true feelings on "The Return of the Living Dead," to name a few. I promise: a hell of an interesting read for anyone who likes horror movies and/or zombies.
Speaking of interviews, one of the things I was most delighted with 'Nameless' for, was opening my eyes to sculptor/artist Kris Kuksi (who had somehow managed to fly under my radar until now). Therein, Kuksi grants Nameless' Kaye Vincent an insightful interview on creativity. How do I even describe his art, his sculptures? I suppose we could start with 'frightening;' 'majestic;' 'bordering on profound;' 'phantasmagoric...' you really just have to see it. Look at Kuksi's "Reign of Caesar" and tell me I'm wrong. I could see this guy alongside Michelangelo rendering a much darker vision onto the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Or at least I would love to.
Lastly, I would strongly recommend reading the reviews section of the digest; these will not only give you ideas for cool things to check out, but provide you insightful overviews (on them) as well. I especially liked Sunni K. Brock's review of "Mutation Nation: Tales of Genetic Mishaps, Monsters, and Madness" (a MUST-read, as a fan of all things odd), and William F. Nolan's review of Joe R. Lansdale's "Edge of Dark Water" (I've been meaning to read some Lansdale for awhile now, and this seems like a great place to start).
The bottom line? If you like your horror as thought-provoking as it is dark, as edgy as it is engaging, and all tied together with a culture-wide perspective--'Nameless' is it. You're going to learn some fascinating stuff, and you'll come across weird, cool things you wouldn't likely have found otherwise. 'Nameless' is a dense volume of material, in my opinion well worth the cover price with hours of entertainment bound in a work beautiful and educative enough (it is pretty, btw: I would imagine you're going to find yourself being extra-careful not to smudge it up!) to add to the shelf your horror library.