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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby MattWieringo » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:11 pm

That was us! We finally traded in that boat for a new car last year and felt a twinge as we handed over the keys. "Slade was in this car!" :)

That was a fun weekend. I think Rush and maybe Steve (Maryland Manson) were in the car with us. I remember the tour guide telling the story about how bodies were shipped to medical schools in barrels of rum and then the rum being drained off and sold to less reputable taverns. Slade snatched out his notebook and pen at that and said, "Wait, go back! Repeat that!" I keep waiting for it to appear in a SpecialX novel but nothing yet.
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby The Doctor » Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:20 am

Okay Mr. Slade,
It appears since my longish stint away from the site (mainly because I haven't found a thread for a new book!! (Hint hint!) I have become an extremely menacing Doctor in an Indie film being made in the UK.
So, as we all do these days, my pseudonym has become a reality!
For those of you with a blood-lust and a tinge of British filming please check out the teaser for the film in the link below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m37hp4RmFZc
The film is due for release in 2016 and there will be a follow up film being made in 2016 called "The Realities OF Edgar Davenport" (Doctor Edgar Davenport) and I will try my hardest to portray one or two of the sick and twisted villains of a Slade type character. I have used menace as my initial take.
It has been fun taking part in the filming and I think it duly deserves a watch (Even if I say so!)
Like minded people... beware!

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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby dreab trawets » Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:35 am

Will keep an eye out for it..

Keep on posting links and threads for us on here..

We may not comment or participate much but most of us are looking now and again
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby Muso » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:03 am

Hi. Jim here. Was once on the older site. I was away, but now I'm back! Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself again. So, hello everyone!!
Anytime anyone asks me "what book should I read?", without exception, the answer is GHOUL -- Irrespective of age, gender, taste preference of the person asking. Why? Because it is simply a masterpiece. As a rule, I'm not a fan of Science Fiction movies, however, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favorite movies. Why? It's a masterpiece.
Great art is great art. Period. In my opinion, Stanley Kubrick was one of the best filmmakers in the short, but vast history of film. Same sentiments for Slade. I've read many books. Few I can recall even the main story-line. But, I will NEVER forget the opening scene In GHOUL. I think about it, I can't breathe.
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby Mbwun » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:17 pm

Hello Jim. Welcome back.

Unfortunately, you've returned at a time when pretty much everyone has moved on elsewhere. Slade hasn't even posted here for a while. I drop around here every few days to see if anyone has been here recently, but that's about it.

I was registered on the old message board, but don't remember you, so you must have been there before my time. Did you use the username Muso back then?
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby Wayne R. » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:26 am

Hi Jim and whoever's left.
I go back a while, too. It's shocking to note that it's almost exactly a year since my last post and that was the first in more years than I want to know. As the place is now pretty cobweb-strewn and empty, I thought I'd share something. A bit like Ripley's last broadcast from the Narcissus. You might remember it or maybe have a copy stashed away somewhere. Here's the first ever comment from the man himself on what went on to become this board. Enjoy...



NOTE TO THE SLADISTS #1
Halloween, 1999
BOOOO!
This is Slade.
To borrow a phrase from the one and only H.P. Lovecraft, I have been a "lurker at the threshold" of this website. In a perfect world, virtue is rewarded, and since I - like you - think Eric has done a fine job on his own, I have asked the Webmaster if I may use the site to commune with you.
He has kindly agreed.
The first question I should answer is "What is a Sladist?" The name was coined by Steve, a journalist in Vancouver, to refer to anyone who has read all the books. To date, Slade has published seven Special X novels:

HEADHUNTER (1984)
GHOUL (1987)
CUTTHROAT (1992)
RIPPER (1994)
EVIL EYE (1996) (U.K. title: ZOMBIE)
PRIMAL SCREAM (1998) (U.K. title: SHRINK)
BURNT BONES (1999)

A new Zinc Chandler novel is underway.
THE HORSES OF CENTRAL PARK is not my work. That's another Michael Slade. When I heard about it, my initial reaction was: "A children's book! This will ruin my reputation!" But then I thought about it from the other Michael Slade's point of view. Imagine a parent who bought THE HORSES OF CENTRAL PARK for junior going into a store to purchase a follow-up book and coming out with GHOUL. Who's reputation is more at stake!
Okay, why the split titles?
Agatha Christie was an early influence on Slade. Most of her books have different titles in the U.K. and U.S. I used to wonder: "How did that happen, Aggie?" But not anymore.
The original concept was the books would all have one word titles, each the name of a psycho. Book Four - as you know - was almost SKULL AND CROSSBONES, because there were two psychos. It ended up RIPPER. Book Five was delivered to New York, Toronto and London with the title ZOMBIE. BANG! the British were out the gate and putting it into print. By coincidence, Joyce Carol Oates had also written a ZOMBIE about Jeffrey Dahmer. She and Slade shared the same New York publisher, so to avoid confusion, the North American title of my book was changed to EVIL EYE.
A similar situation occurred with SHRINK. The British liked the title and were out the gate. My North American publishers preferred one of the chapter titles, PRIMAL SCREAM. The split title precedent had been set so both got their way.
To stick with the racetrack metaphor, you have it from the horse's mouth. The world of publishing, my friends, is a wild and woolly one.
A note to collectors. The book you want is the W.H. Allen edition of HEADHUNTER, published in Britain in 1984. After the book was in print, it was re-edited in North America, and the edition now on sale in Britain is the American one. Because it is an anomaly, the W.H. Allen edition gets rarer by the day.
A few years ago, I was doing a signing at a local book store when Federal Express showed up with a box containing that edition packed in bubble wrap. The FedEx man (obviously following customer instructions) donned white gloves to keep the book pristine, and the signing came to a halt while I autographed the rarity for a reader in the States. Then it was repackaged, and off it went. "Who was that masked man?" the next Sladist in line asked.
I have no idea.
He must be a collector.
A final note on the pen name "Michael Slade." Because HEADHUNTER was jointly written by Jay, John and Rick, a pseudonym was essential. Jay and John were sitting at the kitchen table in Jay's home when Jay said, "What about 'DeClercq'?"
(DeClercq v. The Queen is a Supreme Court of Canada case on the admissibility of statements by an accused.)
"It's like John le Carre," Jay enthused. "A capital in the center of the last name. That catches the eye. How often do you see a 'c' and a 'q' together? No need for a first name. It will be like Voltaire. It will be like Homer. It will be like..."
When Jay has a weak idea, John deals with it by saying, "Let's put it on the back burner." The hope is it will boil away.
Jay's wife, Lee, was a bit more blunt. She came in from gardening and overheard the suggestion. The exact words said are in dispute, but one recollection is her comment went something like this: "That's a bad idea. 'DeClercq' will be confusing. Shy readers who can't pronounce it will come out of a book store with Wilbur Smith instead."
Jay, a mite miffed, replied, "You think it's easy to come up with a pen name? You try."
Lee thought about it for about five seconds and said, "'Michael Slade'."
"Michael Slade?" said Jay. "Where did you get that?"
"Michael's a name in the Bible. It has a certain sensitivity. I don't know a woman who doesn't like it. And Slade...he's tough as nails." "Sensitive, but tough. Sold," said John.
Jay was outvoted two to one.
So, Michael Slade it was, and Michael Slade it is.
Which is a good thing, don't you think?
The possibilities are endless.
Each sleight-of-hand whodunit is a "Slade-of-hand."
Slade is in the "Slade trade."
His fans are "Sladists."
It would be much harder to work with "DeClercq."
Happy Halloween!

SLADE
p.s. Thanks to Sam for the message from John Dickson Carr's granddaughter. Carr, Christie and Ellery Queen inspired the whodunit aspect of the books.
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby EZ Rhino » Fri May 13, 2016 7:33 am

How's things? Hope there's some news coming up soon. Been too long since a Michael Slade book appeared in the stores.
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby Mbwun » Sat May 14, 2016 3:10 pm

EZ,

From the looks of Slade's posts to his Facebook page, it would seem that he's still busy with his re-imaginings of his early works for the e-book format.

I dunno, by the time he gets done with them, I'm wondering if there will be much point in them, since I understand that e-book sales are starting to nosedive, and people are starting to buy paper books again. Amazon has even opened a bricks and mortar outlet to sell them.
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby krista in ma » Sat May 28, 2016 9:03 pm

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and many more!
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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby Mbwun » Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:39 pm

krista in ma wrote:Image

and many more!


I found this link to go along with your picture Krista.

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Re: Sladists Unite!

Postby EZ Rhino » Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:11 pm

Here's a phrase you Sladists might appreciate from The Onion:

Jurisprudence Fetishist Gets Off on Technicality
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