I thought, "Maybe, if I use a pen name, readers won't associate the author printed on the book covers of the tainted messes the Pazuzu Trilogy and the Horrid Tales of Wister Town had originally manufactured." And that's what I did. It was a test, but now I've got volumes with Mr. Binger as well as Matthew Sawyer listed as the author. The change didn't affect interest in my new stories. My effort went wasted...
All the same, those books, the Pazuzu Trilogy and the Horrid Tales of Wister Town, have been scrubbed again and again. Okay, the Horrid Tales, not so much, but I have other books for sale. As an author, I've gotten better - conscious of my skill and building expertise.
So, I make myself a publisher of myself and my alter ego. Welcome to my world of self-publishing. The crazy part is, I'm not so different from any other author, professional or self-published. That said, "Read me, I and my split personality are a single alternative to mainstream fiction."
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The Plagiarized Forgery Of The Chosen Gospel
The Chosen in Matthew Sawyer's Pazuzu Trilogy have only this gospel. The text of this corrupt book of Mark is restricted to the officers of the Church. And this is the same oral history of heathens.
The Strange Apocrypha Of Mr Binger
The Strange Apocrypha Of Mr Binger is a collection of strange stories and poems the author originally posted on his blog. That blog is titled My Isylumn (proprietor Mr. Binger) – isylumn.wordpress.com.
It's still live and the stories are there. Readers can search for them but here they are, all in one place.
Debbie Menon has a unique pseudo-Victorian house she must sell – because her soul is held in proxy for that same disowned portal into Hell. Yet the evil nature of the place makes it unsaleable. Fortunately, Debbie’s not totally helpless – she’s been to Art school.
Our Lord Weathercock
In this godless world, who is more evil - wicked kids or a mad old man? Luke 17:26 - "And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man."
By Mr. Binger
Published: December 8, 2012 by
Unction is an icky story of a mad necrophiliac and his homeless nemesis who sleeps in a park across the street. Brian Tucker is that dysfunctional killer. Faceless nuns tell the young man he must kill and rape the corpses so that they will resurrect and become an army on undead. Brian is certain his hallucinations are true – there are demons. Monsters do hunt the residents of Los Angeles.
A Codex of Malevolence
A Codex of Malevolence tracks the spread of weird and unholy evil from Wister Town, Wisconsin. Witches and the pagan religion become entwined in these short, creepy tales of gore. Witness the horror invade Wisconsin, incorporate in Texas and gain entrance into California.
(this short story compilation was originally titled Cancerous Exodus)
Gaunt Rainbow lives in a bleak dystopia twenty years after the destruction of the walled city Khetam. In this lifetime, a solitary young woman called “Rainbow” is cursed and drains life from the living. She goes alone into the Shur desert. Rainbow desperately hopes she will find an errant messiah. He will remove her murderous curse.
Horrid Tales of Wister Town
The Horrid Tales of Wister Town is a collection of modern, urban horror short stories by Matthew Sawyer, the author of the Pazuzu Trilogy. Wister Town is a small, ingrown toenail of a place in southern Wisconsin where everyone has a creepy, and often noxious, story.
Pazuzu – Abeyance
Before dying, Tamara Ikraam proclaimed her demon-possessed son the reincarnation of the messiah. Heathens then attack the Chosen's Promised Land. In Pazuzu – Abeyance, the demon and his heathen minister cross the fires burning across Capital. They search for the flock gathered by the mother of the possessed boy.
Pazuzu – Abeyance is the last book in Matthew Sawyer's Pazuzu Trilogy.
Pazuzu – Emergence
Pazuzu – Emergence continues the bleak tale begun in Pazuzu – Manifestation. Horror comes to the battered squatters at Saint Erasmus. Lost in the chaos, Hen Cortras is taken prisoner and followed into the Shur desert. There he meets heathens - nomadic terrorists who fight the Chosen's Church and military.
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- A Pair of Creepy Shorts
on March 11, 2011
"Uncollected Temptation" is a gripping and rewarding tale - definitely a recommended read. "Review" delivers strong writing, but it's nightmarish headiness can be unappealing. Skip straight to "Uncollected Temptation" for immediate gratification.
- The Shaking
on May 23, 2011
Very descriptive and explicit - that's your warning, so hopefully you'll have read the review first! But don't let that dissuade readers. The writer uses rich, descriptive language and effectively portrays a nerve-wracking event.
Criticism: The writing-style reaches too far during the dream-hallucination - short sentences are friendly, despite the mood the author seeks to invoke (But again, that is only during the hallucination). In the same vein, reign in those adjectives - but then that is my fussiness.
Recommendation: A rewarding foray into an author's intense writing.
- Like Clockwork and a Tangled Mind
on May 23, 2011
I like how Lea Ryan's mind works - I feel like we live in similar fictional atmospheres, because her writing reminds me much of my own - which in my perspective, is decent writing. Ryan's Like Clockwork and A Tangled Mind begins with the short story A Great Man. The questionable protagonist, Charlie, reminisces about a girl he met last night. He remembers Juni, but relies on a brochure to remind him that he wakes in old, lonely Mason's Inn. The only greeting Charlie gets that morning is the scent of the pale girl he met yesterday. He follows her aroma outside. Once Charlie is orientated, she introduces herself. Still, in the end, he decides who she is. It is his divine privilege.
- What the Dead Fear
on May 23, 2011
Wonderful conjuring of ethereal planes and beings. The author does seize on the concept of the Egyptian god Anubis and pays respectable and creative tribute. My favorite piece from Lea Ryan yet.
- The Crows: A Campfire Tale
on Jan. 08, 2012
The author has a promising story - it begins with a old man outside shooting crows for recreation. The author implies the murderous pastime is a result of being fired from a job. The reader doesn't learn much about the man, or even his name, but "The Crows" is a short story and is written to feel in-the-moment - telling more might interrupt the sprint. Unfortunately, the ending is predictable and the story itself quickly moves lockstep into shopworn rhythm. Still, it's an enjoyable and fast read. I'd recommend the tale and tell it at a campfire.
Although, I'd polish the tale and fix the instances of overlooked, novice-like flaws - none of which really disturbs the story but the tale has potential to become poetic prose - probably not great, but stronger. I'm talking about examples such as "he heard a sharp squawk and a blur of shadow." I just can't imagine what a blur of shadow sounds like - blur is a visual word, so the author can step in and make suggestions. Also, there is a little confusion with verb use - ie. swoop, swooping, swooped. This story can generate more dynamic images if the author drops the "-ing." Then again, that's me being picky and my own writing has plenty of room for improvement. I must reiterate, "The Crows" is an enjoyable story, even if it does sound familiar.