The Lion’s Den

THE LION’S DEN by Steve Duffy

posted Tuesday, 24 August 2010


I’ve just been informed that ‘The Lion’s Den’ by Steve Duffy has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award!
Many congratulations to Steve. That’s great news.

from CERN ZOO (Nemonymous Nine).


1. Weirdmonger left…

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 11:17 pm ::

My ‘Editor’s Commentary’ (october 2009) on THE LION’S DEN from link immediately above:


The Lion’s Den

“They both saw the lions fall upon him, and then he was lost beneath their colliding bodies…”

This could be the enduring Zoo story of all time (i.e. all Zoo and nothing but Zoo at length) – a substantial experience of supreme stylistic accomplishment by someone who surely must have worked in a Zoo for the whole of his or her life. As well as its sheer plot-driven power, there are moments of feral wonder and secret machinations well in tune with this whole book’s own onward drive. Much video time-shift … and a photographic angst which reminds me of the frantic day a year ago when I took the photograph that is now on the book’s cover because I had to run back a long distance with a borrowed camera to capture the image before my transport left without me. An image that is also in tune with this story in so many inscrutable ways.

I have now discovered that a variation on the theme of THEORY is of this story’s essence, giving even more dimensions to it. The action takes place before and after the 1999-into-2000 New Year when the Millennium Bug was rampant, a phenomenon that reminds me of what we have been talking about in relation to the Hadron Collider. And this story’s new Memes meanwhile are perhaps quietly roosting like Hitchcock’s Birds, except they’re not just birds…

“Along the walls, the watching worm-lizards pressed greedily against the windows…” (17 Oct 09 – another 3 hours later)

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