Zoning

by Spencer Kansa

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About the Author

Spencer Kansa has written for a wide variety of publications including Hustler, Mojo, Erotic Review, Vox, Headpress, Hip Hop Connection and the NME. He is the author of Wormwood Star, a biography of the American artist and occult icon Marjorie Cameron (Mandrake of Oxford). His interviews with literary legends William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles and Herbert Huncke feature in Joe Ambrose’s book Chelsea Hotel Manhattan (Headpress).

 

Synopsis

Zoning is travelling without moving. A magical, mind-bending story revolving around the intersecting lives of a teenage occultist, Astral Boy, and a young, budding porn star, Skyrise Kid. Fuelled by sex, drugs and black magick, the two protagonists crisscross an increasingly nightmarish dreamscape, where an ancient death cult traffic snuff movies, Hawaiian twins shape-shift live on the Oprah Show, and strange heavenly orbs threaten to blast the planet to smithereens.

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Reviews

“Spencer Kansa’s Zoning is contemporary Fantazius Mallare with kaleidoscope slivers from everyone’s past and future refracted through hypnagogia-psychedelia in glorious Technicolor film noir.”
- Zeena Schreck, co-author of Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left Hand Path Sex Magic. 

“Zoning is terrifying, page-turning fun.  A collage of fictionalized autobiography, diary entries, cultural reportage, girlie mag sex stories (decidedly hetero here) and a well-mapped delirium from territories of acid visions, opiate dreams, and occult scrying.  Dreams, visions, drugs and conventional reality all seem equally weighted. The good word is that Kansa has enough of his own voice to break new ground. 

- Marc Olmsted, Sensitive Skin.
 
“Zoning reads like an urban Celine.”
- William S Burroughs.
 
“The spirit of the Beat Generation comes alive in the writing of Spencer Kansa. This is hardly surprising since he hung out with the like of Burroughs, Ginsberg and Huncke. An unruly Beat attitude and stance has skipped several generation to surface once gain in our own time.” 
- Joe Ambrose, author of Chelsea Hotel Manhattan.