Lightning Paw

Lightning Paw


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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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About Me

My background is mainly in music and film, with significant involvement in punk scenes and underground movements.
In my writing, I tend to explore shifting psychological landscapes with various experimental techniques. Straight, linear narrative has its place of course. And I don't believe that any writer should be deliberately obscure. Nonetheless, I like to play around a lot.


My inspiration continues to hail mainly from these fields, in addition to a melange of particular obsessions; political and cultural history, outsider art, post-modernism, situationism, post-humanism, intellectual anarchism, trash culture, satire, consciousness manipulation, psychic insurrection, small press, the beat generation, existentialism, scars & wounds, altered states, post-structuralism, Adbusters, collages, animals, post-industrial landscapes, train tracks, pylons, derelict factories, empty warehouses, crumbling buildings, smokestacks & cooling towers, rusted mesh fences, peeling wallpaper, broken toys, old faded postcards & photos, psychopathology, alternate realities, tattoos, freaks & carnies, burlesque & vaudeville, true crime, antique weapons, The Haymarket Affair, The Spanish Revolution, The Spanish Civil War, The Paris Uprising, The Mexican Revolution, EZLN, Palestine.

Among those writers to whom I owe a debt of inspiration are William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard, Kathy Acker, Franz Kafka, Angela Carter, Thomas Pynchon, Hunter S. Thompson, Pierre Guyotat, Julio Cortazar, Herbert Simmons, Joan Didion, Guy Debord, Jean Baudrillard, Alfred Korzybski, John Cage, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Carson McCullers, Wyndham Lewis, Isabelle Eberhardt, Albert Camus, Cookie Mueller, Michael Gira, Hubert Selby Jr, Mary McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, Djuna Barnes, Flannery O'Connor, Oscar Wilde, Tristan Tzara, T.S. Eliot, Anne Sexton, Ryu Murakami, Clarence Cooper Jr, Jorge Luis Borges, Alasdair Gray, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Marquis De Sade, Georges Batille, Susan Sontag, Jean Genet, James Joyce, Mina Loy, Iceberg Slim, Eudora Welty, Herbert Huncke, Henry Miller, Benjamin Zephaniah, Yukio Mishima, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Will Self, e.e. cummings, Gertrude Stein, Dylan Thomas, in addition to a plethora of pulp novels and comic books.



"Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us."
- Guy Debord