SADNESS ALWAYS FINDS PEOPLE. "I'm writing this instead of killing myself" states the narrator of Forever, Thomas Moore's most compelling novel yet.
A young man travels alone to Paris, to see out his days in painful reflection and sexual abandon until the money inevitably runs out.
By turns hauntingly elegiac and viscerally brutal, Moore charts with forensic precision the topographies of violence and self-harm that flourish within the dehumanised environment of predatory global capitalism.Unflinchingly crafted in exquisite prose, Forever is a vividly political and intensely personal vision of life and language pushed to the very limits.
"We are always told that things should be more, everything should be bigger, better, owned, ownable. Things should be forever even though nothing is."
"Thomas Moore is one of the best writers the world has in stock." - Dennis Cooper
Thomas Moore's previous work include In Their Arms, When People Die, Small Talk at the Clinic (with Steven Purtill), and most recently the novel Alone, also published by Amphetamine Sulphate.
FURTHER BACK AND FASTER That day we met was the day MH370 went missing. I think she may be still crushed out over some black metal guy in Norway who uses a wheelchair. I love knowing such odd people but a lot of them seem to die young.
Between 2009 and 2015 here are the people I’ve known who have gone before their time… FATE FOR BREAKFAST When ‘Bright Eyes’ was number one and Garfunkel was away acting in Bad Timing was when Laurie killed herself. What a cruel fucking universe this is. ERASERHEAD If you love this film, you are a total creep, not right in the head, and I like you.
Originally published in an edition of just 100 copies, Amphetamine Sulphate is proud to bring back to print Consumer Guide, the long-lost first book by Simon Morris. Merging memoir, scabrous cultural reviews and road-tested advice to the lovelorn, this new, expanded edition of Consumer Guide, includes an introduction by Simon’s first publisher, John Howard and appendices charting the creation and production of this most idiosyncratic of publishing ventures.
It’s comedy night on the terminal ward. Jason Williamson returns with thirteen all-new short stories from a grim and desperate world where everything is either ‘knackered and shit or new and shit.’
Sound familiar? Here you’ll meet roaming loners, twats in fast cars, hard men telling porkies, strong women who know the score, various music maniacs and sex-addled, whizz-infested pub warts galore. But it’s not all abject fucking misery, Williamson’s characters come alive and somehow manage to conjure some happy days from the endless, panicked slog of caged poverty and bad choices.
So settle down for some porn barks, crap nature, terrible housing and dogging hotspots. Life à la fuckin sniff innit.
Jason Williamson is, of course, in the Sleaford Mods. He is also the author of ‘Grammar Wanker’ (2015) and ‘Slabs from Paradise’ (2017).
With a new introduction by Gabrielle Losoncy. 88 pp. Perfect Bound
Simon Morris (1968-2019) is the author of Consumer Guide, Creepshots and Sea of Love, amongst others. Of his considerable recorded output, Black Pool Legacy is recommended as a useful starting point. Gabrielle Losoncy (b.1990) is the author of Second Person and co-author with Sam McKinlay of The Rita: Anatomical Charisma (both Amphetamine Sulphate). Her music is best explored via her dedicated YouTube channel.