November

November - Ben A Albon

The living dead walk among us.
They hide behind pin-stripe suits, and in the corner of our vision, but they are everywhere.
On our streets, on our televisions, at our workplaces, littered about the peripheries of our lives.
They stand just out of reach, pulling the strings that dance the world.
And once you see them, you can never look away, and they will never leave you alone.
They corrupt our families, and our friends, and if we are not careful: they will corrupt us as well.
The only reasonable response? Violence, incarceration, and madness.

Once Upon A Beast - Issue Four (Gender)

Once Upon a Beast is an online magazine, but deliberately designed to give the impression of a physical medium. It welcomes contributions from writers, artists, designers, photographers and illustrators, and lovingly collates these contributions to emphasise storytelling, moral importance, and visual beauty.

Issue four is the Gender issue, in which Ben confesses to a fear of strippers.

Quiet Town

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Attracted by the mysterious promise of redemption and catharsis, Quiet Town is visited only by the desperate, the weak, the damaged, and the insane. Such visitors do not leave. The few lucky enough to find the closure that they seek, the few that manage to fight their way to that pot of gold and the end of a bleak, grey, rainbow, ascend silently into the night sky. Most, instead, are struck down in their quest, rot into the ground, and become a part of the throbbing ebb of Quiet Towns geoconsciousness.

Once Upon A Beast - Issue Three (Violence)

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Once Upon a Beast is an online magazine, but deliberately designed to give the impression of a physical medium. It welcomes contributions from writers, artists, designers, photographers and illustrators, and lovingly collates these contributions to emphasise storytelling, moral importance, and visual beauty.

Issue three is the Violence issue, in which Ben compares the conflicting philosophies of a martial artist, and of a video game enthusiast.

Lest a Monster You Become

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Beware he who fights monsters,
lest a monster you become.
As you stare into the abyss,
the abyss stares back at you.

- Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good & Evil

Lest a Monster you Become is Ben A Albon's debut novel: a grotesque coming of age story that blends romance, horror and surrealism. It draws on existential and Jungian themes common to Otaku culture and blends them with a black humour and bleak realism that is quintessentially British, to create a world that is neither here nor there.

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