UPDATE: The guy who did the video for my story, Joel Veitch, did this, too. I’m laughing my ass off. He’s demented and amazing. I’ve loved his work for years.
If you go to the Manchester International Festival site, you can now watch Playstation-sponsored videos based on my “New Face in Hell” and stories by Steve Aylett and Nick Royle. The links on the site are from Joel Veitch (my story), Espen (Royle), and Yuko Kondo and Studioplum (Aylett).
I think the guy who did the video based on my story totally got how tongue-in-cheek the whole thing was. It’s got a mechanical duck in it!
These stories are part of the Perverted by Language: Fiction Inspired by the Fall anthology edited by Pete Wild.
It’s more or less common knowledge that that crusty old bastard, Mark Smith of The Fall, has distanced himself from the anthology, which I can only take as a badge of honor (although the book is still advertised on their official site). I can also only hope that my insane tale of a mechanical duck is what sent him over the edge. (Smith: What the f— does a duck have to do with my song? Me: About as much as you raging against the establishment at a well-paid gig at the Manchester International Festival…) It’d be only fitting considering the perverse, contrary career of The Fall. So here’s two affectionate fingers shoved in Smith’s direction, and an excerpt from the story, posted below, under the cut.