A New Collection by Clifford Meth
"Like Comic Book Babylon. Only meaner." - Jim Reeber
I've been working on Promises to Rockaway my whole life. The book collects selected essays and articles on the things I love most, typically when those things are beleaguered by the things I hate most.
My articles have appeared from The New York Daily News to the Los Angeles Times. The only thing they have in common is my viewpoint. As my friend Harlan Ellison once noted, the chief commodity a writer has to sell is his courage. And if he has none, he is more than a coward. He is a sell-out and a fink and a heretic, because writing is a holy chore.
Uncensored stories take you behind the scenes in comics, martial arts, and other dark corners; a series of essays about school bullying that literally had a New Jersey institution begging me to turn my attention elsewhere; recollections of the 1978 Nazi march in Skokie; a tattering of hybrid fiction; and no Meth book would be complete without cameos from celebrated entertainment and rockstar pals. Or a fistfight.
There’s no art this time, just words. Every now and then it’s important to stand naked, if only to see how much weight you’ve gained.
I’m not asking for the order now, but I *am* asking you to reserve a book with just $3 down. That reservation helps determine the print run. You’ll be invoiced when the book is complete and if you change your mind—because $3 might be needed for a Big Mac or something—you’ll get a full refund. But if you stick, you’ll get a signed/numbered book for the same price as the trade paperback ($12.95).
Don’t forget to include your mailing address. And thanks in advance for supporting this.
"Clifford Meth is a modern day Don Quixote, tilting at corporate windmills with an impossible dream of winning every battle. The only difference is that he is also a bit of a pit bull and he isn’t afraid to drop his lance and just tear ‘em a new one from time to time." Amazon.com
"Meth is a dangerous writer. He doesn’t seem to care if you like him." Neal Adams
"I love Clifford. He's a mensch. " Harlan Ellison
Putting the finishing touches on the book. My goal is to have it at the printer by April.
"Bladder cancer. Now stop screwing around. This is serious."
So, months, later, I am well into my treatment. And, not terribly surprising, my projects have all been delayed a wee bit. And, not terribly surprising, I've written a bit more, this time on the topic of dealing with cancer, which is vastly overrated but a pain in the ass nevertheless.
So thank you for your patience. The book is being worked on. If you haven't reserved one, don't wait until I'm dead. I'm sure, by that point, the price will haver gone up.