Specter of Love

My last review was for Wade Radford’s movie, Necrophiliac, and now he’s back with a very different love story. Switching mediums for this project, Wade jumps into fiction writing. While he’s done this before, it’s certainly not what the UK based indie artist is known for. And he’s definitely not known for love stories mixed in with ghostly musings.


All the Way to Mundesley Bay is a quick read, as is befitting a novella, but there’s so much to chew on and digest, that you speed through it at your own peril. This is a story to be savored, like a morning cup of coffee as you sit on a porch watching the sun rise. It’s a respite from the hectic, 24 hour news cycle bombarding us with half truths and reality TV.

Mundesley Bay tells the deceptively simple story of two young men, Tom and JD who are meeting for the first time at a small cottage by the sea. We are privy to their innermost thoughts, fears, desires and hopes. Also inhabiting the cottage is a ghost who has been there for 500+ years. We learn about him throughout the book, as well as his family, other ghosts, and his own fears as well.

That’s all you need to know for the setup, and even that may be too much. When Wade told me about the book, prior to his writing, I didn’t know what to expect, other than it would be interesting, and I looked forward to seeing him work outside his comfort zone. What I wasn’t prepared for was the steep philosophical meditations on life, death, love, and what happens after we die.

Those are all topics that we can relate to, especially those of us closer to the end of the line than the beginning. I was truly moved to tears several times while reading this potent piece. I found myself thinking about some of the ideas long after I finished reading. And while JD and Tom are presented as the main characters, it is the ghost I became enraptured with. It was the ghost I wanted to know more about and wished above all he had a happy ending. In fact it is his love story that is the heart of the story, and not the burgeoning romance between the boys.

JD and Tom may seem like characters from Radford’s other works like Sex, Lies, and Depravity, they are still wholly original and well developed. These are real people painted as such, and you believe in them, and root for them, even as red flags are thrown up. It’s a fine line Radford crosses and he does so with the maturity of writers twice his age. In fact, my first thought after reading Mundesley Bay was, “I wish I’d written this.”

It’s always difficult reviewing work by someone who is a close and dear friend, as the reader is likely to assume it’s all bullshit. In this case it’s not. I genuinely love this little book, and I urge everyone to grab a copy in ebook or paperback. It’s an antidote to the negativity we face within ourselves and the outer world.. All the Way to Mundesely Bay deserves to be read, and it deserves to be read now. You’ll thank me for it later.

You can pick up your copy at Amazon.com

Nikit’as Obsession

Nikita’s rainman like obsession with gay sex is truly showing. No matter how much he tries to sound homophobic, it’s very clear, gay sex appeals to him. Otherwise, why would he spend so much time trying to pretend he hates the act? If anything, the anger comes from the fact no gay man would EVER find him appealing and want to pierce his sphincter, the way he craves.

His lates rant is a doozy. http://nickolauspacione.blogspot.com/2008/08/more-thieving-slash-writing-assholes.html He manages to wrap up all his fetishes in one incoherent post.  From plagiarism, to gay sex to m/m slash fiction, he has it all. Rusty has done an excellent job of dissecting and analizing his mess here : http://therustynail.wordpress.com/2008/08/20/nicky-takes-aim-at-sa/. so I’ll only comment on two things he wrote.

The first is this little gem: yeah I can see where authors J.K. Rowling and Larry Niven are coming from. They are right there with that asshole who tried to write a real person fic with my son as the subject of it.

I’m assuming he agrees with Niven and Rowling about fan-fic, yet he lumps them in with somebody who write a story about his son. Why’s absolutely hysterical is he has the nerve to mention himself in the company of two well respected authors who have sold millions. Nikita, people love their work. No one can even finish reading yours. That you try and legitimize yourself by mentioning them is an insult not only to them, but defamation of character. You know, the same thing you claim about everyone else.

And then there’s this: I guess AutoAim is getting a lot of “fame” now for stealing my characters and impersonating me. The son of a bitch is just another faggot who takes turns fucking Raingoddess in the ass.

well, Ive never met AutoAim, let alone been fucked in the ass by him. I will say that no matter who AutoAim is, he’d havea far better chance of doing that than you Nikita. In fact, if we were the last two people on earth and begged me for it, I’d kill myself first. The fact you ever managed to procreate is astonishing and I have to wonder how many ruffies did you put in her kool aid so she didn’t know what you were doing?