A Coming Attraction


That life is far more strange than even we twisted writers with warped imaginations can imagine should come as no surprise. That serendipity/coincidence/kismet also happens is also a given. But that a series of events set in motion four years ago would lead to this  – a cover sketch for a novel to be published in December 17th, a Kickstarter campaign, and all sorts of over add-ons and tie-ins..that still blows me away.

On June 23rd, 2009, I walked into a record store in Copenhagen with a plan to buy a certain CD. It wasn’t available in Europe at the time, but it was a hot day and the shop assistant was very, very bored. So we struck up a conversation about the band, the seminal band two of its members also were a part of, and the even more seminal band one of them still is. And of course, the two (likewise seminal) bands that came before that. Between Milton, Marlowe, ritual magick and personal iconoclasm, I walked out two hours later with seven CDs, two box sets and a much thinner wallet.

Four months later, I began writing the story that would become the first draft of that book cover sketch above – Quantum Demonology, that debuted on the now defunct blog MoltenMetalMama and later moved to its own – first on Blogger, then on WordPress.

Shortly before I finished it. however, I came to discover I needed an outlet for my, shall we say, girlier writing sensibilities, and created the blog that led to this one.

The worst thing that could happen was that I became a better writer – so the theory went. Now, almost 400 perfume reviews/stories and general mayhem later, the writer I became is about to put my own ‘Kilroy was here’ on the hallowed walls of suspect literature, which explains why I haven’t reviewed much lately.

In the past month, the original story called Quantum Demonology – a Faustian ode to metal, madness, and manifesting a dream – has been rewritten, revised and re-edited to live up to the promise of its cover. It’s everything the original was, but the Marshall amp has grown a bit in the meantime…

Which could or would never have happened if I hadn’t begun to write about… perfume. Which is another way of saying…I could never have done it without you!

Thank you.

A Note To My Readers


Ladies, gentlemen and fellow perfumoholics –

As you may have noticed in the course of these past few months, I have not posted as frequently as I once did.

In part because life got in the way, but mainly due to a most propitious and auspicious occurrence of a fateful kind that doesn’t happen often and which I have been sworn to absolute secrecy about. This has swept all other considerations and obligations away, and must take priority over everything else for a while.

No worries – it’s all good and the world will know very soon!

At present, I have three reviews of major new releases from favorite brands I shall try to complete over the course of the next month or so as my time permits. Believe it or not, perfume writing satisfies an aesthetic itch my other writing does not, and I have truly missed being able to review as I once did.

But most important of all, I wanted to inform you that you are neither neglected nor forgotten.

Simply that when opportunity came knocking… I had no choice but to open the door as wide as I could!

Thank you for understanding.

Have no fear – I shall return with wonders galore!

Fragrantly yours –

The Genie