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21
Feb
19

Oedipus in Disneyland

Oedipus in Disneyland: Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman by Hercules Molloy.

Published by Paranoid Press, 1972.

Paperback.

I can’t pretend I’ve read this- I only bought it yesterday after all- but on skimming it seems to be a (badly written) cross between a Freudian nightmare and a Foucault’s Pendulum conspiracy theory horror story.

I’ve found a couple of reviews on-line- one from Angtime:

But nothing, nothing, nothing in the world will mess your head up more than “Oedipus in Disneyland” by Hercules Molloy. I have a first edition, for the simple fact that it never made it to a second. The title, snappy as it is, gives one only a small glimpse as to its range. The subtitle: “Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman”, while also intriguing, is likewise only part of the tale. What will melt your mind is Clark Kent, unaware of his destiny, sitting alone in a Mexican jail cell, reading “Alice in Wonderland” and providing a subtextual play-by-play. Copies are hard to come by, not surprisingly, but a google search turned up one review that began with the words “It is positively disgusting….” And one webpage that just had some keywords: Classics-Alice-Wonderland-Kent-Clark-Dirty-Sex-Superman-Bad-Words which I think surmises it pretty well.

…and one from the International Journal of Social Psychiatry:

There’s also an amusing review/article here.

I think I’ll stick to skimming it!

Available via Amazon: Oedipus in Disneyland

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21
Feb
19

Alice D.

Alice D., by Cath Lorina Dodgson

Publisher: Troy Book Makers, 2017

ISBN: 1614684030, 9781614684039

Cover blurb:

On Christmas eve, 1860, eight-year-old Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s original Alice, falls through the frozen Thames breaking a mirror-page in the sacred BOOK OF TIME, to end up in Atlantis. In her curiosity to decipher an obscure inscription and escape, she breaks a second mirror, letting the Gorgon Medusa out to terrify the sunken continent. Alice realises she must identify Medusa and her two immortal sisters and return them to Greece before she can go home with honour, but they,  along with the Walrus and the Carpenter and the corrupt Caterpillar frame her on a charge of eating the Oysters!

There’s a Youtube video too:

 

18
Feb
19

alice through the needle’s eye

Alice Through the Needle’s Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll’s Alice by Gilbert Adair. Published by Macmillan, 1984. Hardback first edition.

22 illustrations by Jenny Thorne.

Alice is trying to thread a needle by the fire on a snowy afternoon, when she finds herself in an alphabetical land populated by Siamese-Twin Cats (joined at the tail), the Welsh Rabbit (with his toasted cheese), the Kangaroo, the spelling bees, the Italian Hairdresser who uses a small crocodile as a pair of scissors, Jack and Jill, and best of all- the Grampus. It’s fun trying to find all the letters in the right order: this is one of my favourites of the sequels/ rewrites. The pictures are perfect too: I’ll try and get organised and scan some in.

ISBN: 0 333 37361 8

Bought in Hay for £15 to replace a copy given to me by my father, and lost.

Alice Through the Needle’s Eye: A Third Adventure for Lewis Carroll’s Alice

17
Feb
19

Malice in Kulturland

Malice in Kulturland by Horace Wyatt.

Illustrations by W. Tell.

Published by The Car Illustrated, 1914.

Hardback: brown boards with pictorial onlay, this copy has a damaged spine, but this seems to be fairly typical for this book. No dust jacket: I’m not sure if it ever had one?

This is an anti-war Alice parody, with references to the Kaiser and events of the first year of the 1914-1918 conflict. The illustrations are close parodies of the Tenniel originals.

There’s plenty of verse, including a version of Jabberwocky:

‘Twas dertag, and the slithy Huns

Did sturm and sturgel through the sludge;

All bulgeous were the blunderguns,

And the bosch bombs outbludge

Beware the Ulsterman, my son—

The jaws that bite at kin and kith;

Because the Carsonclan, and shun

The frumious Ridersmith…

…‘And is the Kaiserhog at large?

Then show him to your blarney boy!

Oh, frabjous day! Hurroo! Hurray!’

They chortled in their joy.

You can buy both the original version:MALICE IN KULTURLAND, and a modern reprint: Malice in Kulturland

I bought my copy on abebooks.

16
Feb
19

More Alice

More Alice, by Yates Wilson.

Illustrated by the author.

Published by T.V. Boardman & Co, 1959. Hardback with dust jacket.

A follow-up to the Alice stories in response to a request from the author’s daughter, and according to the jacket:

“written unashamedly in the style of Lewis Carroll and illustrated with John Tenniel’s illustrations in mind.”

I love the chameleon on the dust jacket, and the black and white internal pictures are also charming. The only thing I can find out about Yates Wilson is that he also produced public information posters in world war two. Any other information welcome!

Bought for £15 on abebooks.

Available on amazon: More’Alice,’

12
Feb
19

Alice in Wonderland Studio Commemorative Edition

Alice in Wonderland Studio Commemorative Edition DVD/ Bluray

Directed by Tim Burton

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Contains both the DVD and Bluray versions of the film.

Comes with two sleeves. Special foil sleeve and then an additional outer sleeve given to staff at the studio as a thank you.

Outer sleeve decorated with Tenniel style drawings of characters from the film, and sealed at the back with a large gold sticker.

Currently available on US ebay for $299.99. Or on UK ebay for £8.99.

07
Nov
17

Snark

otago623236Snark: Being a True History of the Expedition That Discovered the Snark & the Jabberwock & its Tragic Aftermath by David Elliot.

Published by Otago University Press (1 Nov. 2016)

ISBN-10: 1877578940
ISBN-13: 978-1877578946

The story of the expedition to find the Snark as told by the Boots. Includes Carroll’s poem, with lots of surrounding text and illustrations. The surviving explorers go on to find the Tulgey Wood and the Wabe, and then the Jabberwock, before facing the terrible possibilty of bringing a Boojum within reach of civilisation… for the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

Publisher blurb:

Gabriel Clutch was a thief and a liar but he was right about one thing. He told me he had a great secret in his collection that would shake the literary world to its roots if it ever got out… So begins the delightfully dark Snark, a tumultous romp through worlds created by Lewis Carroll and here brought to life through the vivid imaginings and fabulous art of award winning author and illustrator David Elliot. What exactly did happen to the Snark expedition? Did his dagger-proof coat protect the Beaver from the Butcher? What befell the Boots in the Tulgey Wood? Who fell foul of the Jabberwock? The Bandersnatch? The Jub-Jub Bird? And, finally, the big question: what precisely is a SNARK? David Elliot’s hero, the Boots, here reveals the whole truth for the first time, from his recruitment to the Snark expedition, to his return from a journey of unimaginable, death defying adventure … In this charming book for grown-up children of all ages, David Elliot is at his spellbinding and artistic best.

There’s a lovely selection of back story and pictures on David Elliot’s website, and an interview with the author/artist here.

Available from Amazon.




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