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Someone named Stan Lorne promotes a fine new book in comments at the SMH:

There’s a couple that have been discussed on MySpace that have caught my attention.

One novel is called ‘Dead Sydney’ by DP Mason and is about a bird flu pandemic hitting Sydney and killing all but a few hundred people.

I read the first three chapters last week, now I can’t wait for the rest. It reminds me a little of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ …

It’s an interesting idea that DP Mason has to publish a book online in instalments.

It’s even more interesting that “Stan Lorne” is actually lefty blogger Darryl P. Mason, author of the work in question. Here’s Darryl at his own site:

I’ve just started writing a novel about a bird flu pandemic breaking out in Sydney. The virus kills all but a few hundred people, who choose to stay in and around Sydney’s central business district.

That post features two comments praising Darryl’s online publishing idea. They’re also written by Darryl. For more Darryl, visit Road to Surfdom or any other of the eight cross-promotional sites Darryl currently maintains.

UPDATE. Other Darryl aliases – assuming Darryl itself isn’t an alias – include Max Dreswell, Sam Lowry, Ferris Fremont, and PitchMaster:

I heard Universal laywers are very unhappy at this Mason guy who posted his take on Scanner Darkly for free at a fan site … Darryl Mason has also written a very detailed outline for a Philip K Dick bio-pic, also available to read free at philipkdick.com. There was a rumour kicking about the message board there that this young Australian writer has had a number of offers and is working on a full screenplay …

Darryl’s a big fan of Darryl. Of course, around here we know him best as Leftie Latte Lover, the Loser who Lied.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/25/2007 at 11:32 AM
    1. Betcha he wrote the comments.

      Posted by J F Beck on 2007 01 25 at 12:08 PM • permalink


    1. ‘Get your hand off it, Darryl’

      Posted by Softly on 2007 01 25 at 12:11 PM • permalink


    1. “Hi, I’m Darryl, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl…”

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 01 25 at 12:14 PM • permalink


    1. Well, as long as he’s being truly objective.

      BTW, check out these completely unsolicited, objective comments about the Detective Paco series:

      “Detective Paco? What a man!” – Mrs. P, Fairfax, VA

      “An interesting mix of Raymond Chandler and Donald Westlake” – Mr. P., Fairfax, VA

      “I’m flunking out at school because I keep getting distracted by these stories!” – P. II, Fairfax, VA

      “I had 20 years of experience in law enforcement, and these tales ring true!” – P., Sr., Fairfax, VA

      “An eclectic potpourri of mayhem, farce and two-fisted, red-blooded Americanism” – P., Esq.

      “Mind-numbing drivel” – W., Ohio

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 12:22 PM • permalink


    1. Sock Puppetry: Catch the fever!

      Posted by Hoodlumman on 2007 01 25 at 12:32 PM • permalink


    1. What a capitalist!

      Posted by Rob Read on 2007 01 25 at 12:39 PM • permalink


    1. This has to be a textbook example of being the pivot man on a circle jerk.

      Posted by swassociates on 2007 01 25 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. “One novel is called ‘Dead Sydney’ by DP Mason…”

      Personally, I’ll stick with the Detective Paco series.

      Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 01 25 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. “But more people have fallen ill and died from the avian influenza virus in the first 21 days of January, than in any three week period since the virus surfaced in 1996.”—Darryl or Stan (who knows which?)

      This typically happens in nations where people share their dwelling with their livestock.

      Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 01 25 at 12:45 PM • permalink


    1. > This typically happens in nations where people share their dwelling with their livestock.

      Damn I thought only those living according to the wishes of GAIA would be saved.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2007 01 25 at 01:01 PM • permalink


    1. The virus kills all but a few hundred people, who choose to stay in and around Sydney’s central business district.

      Lessee.  The survivors are mostly lefty, progressing pacifists who will band together to build a socially just new world against the opposition of a small cadre of right-wing villains who want to steal all the food, hoard all the fuel, and burn down Sydney’s central business district.  And maybe molest the Hero’s virginal Girlfriend (no one ever gets around to the actual icky rape in these things).  There will be lots of descriptions of gardens and goat-raising, with maybe a little technical know-how about generators.

      Um… former reader of lefty apocalyptic novels.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 25 at 01:03 PM • permalink


    1. Oops.  Should read lefty progressive pacifists.  Preview and all that.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 25 at 01:04 PM • permalink


    1. .Dude,  The Stand.

      Darryl Darryl Stanley Darryl, it’s already been done

      Posted by ushie on 2007 01 25 at 01:33 PM • permalink


    1. Man, this 24-hour bug has me tyhping like Margo.

      Posted by ushie on 2007 01 25 at 01:33 PM • permalink


    1. #11 Rebecca: Sounds like you got a best-seller there, for the Left Coast. Oughta give it a whirl!

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 02:00 PM • permalink


    1. Speaking of books, did you know that Glenn Greenwald has a NY Times best selling book and has one of the most read blogs on the internet (one of the top 100,000) and Senators read from his blot?


      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 01 25 at 02:38 PM • permalink


    1. Paging Shirley Ardell Mason. Must be exhausting keeping track of all those personalities. One of the Darryls sure has a hard on for George Bush.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 01 25 at 02:40 PM • permalink


    1. #15

      Already taken.  “Lost Horizon” (1937) with Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 01 25 at 02:42 PM • permalink


    1. #18, Oh, Christ, yojimbo, I still have nightmares of the movie musical of that.

      “The world is a circle without a beginning and nobody knows how it really ends…”

      Posted by ushie on 2007 01 25 at 02:46 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmm.

      A movie musical of yojimbo?

      … with tapdancing …

      … and midgets …

      Someone call Brad Pitt!

      Posted by memomachine on 2007 01 25 at 02:53 PM • permalink


    1. #20: A movie musical of yojimbo?

      … with tapdancing …

      … and midgets …

      Been done. Wizard of Oz, 1939.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 02:56 PM • permalink


    1. Well I regard that as a Toto fabrication!

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 01 25 at 03:04 PM • permalink


    1. BTW, yojimbo, saw the pictures on the news of snow-covered saguaro cactus in Tucson. So, how long is Al Gore going to be with you?

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 03:13 PM • permalink


    1. “… since the virus surfaced in 1996 …”
      Someone needs to do some better research, since the first case of this incipient pandemical virus burst on the scene in 1957.


      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 01 25 at 03:36 PM • permalink


    1. Paco

      He is boarding his private carbon debit jet even as I type this.  We are approaching the 60’s now.  Trying hard to organize a return visit for July and August!

      Bye the bye.  It is good to know that some school districts still allow a person in uniform into school.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 01 25 at 03:39 PM • permalink


    1. The Brazilian Bookdealers Association has fully endorsed the works of D.P. Mason and will be awarding him the Congratulations from Rio for Advocacy Puppets award. And believe me, in Brazil we know CRAP like the back of our hands.

      el Glenn Greenwaldo, el PACO
      Presidente Agindo Certificado da Organização

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 25 at 03:44 PM • permalink


    1. O que os críticos dizem acerca do novo livro de D.P. Mason: “Assombroso!” . . . “Monumental!” . . . “Este livro chupa!”

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 03:58 PM • permalink


    1. #11 RebeccaH:  “Day of the Triffids”?

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2007 01 25 at 05:37 PM • permalink


    1. Sooooo, Tim – you’re saying there was a big sale on socks?  ;-p

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 01 25 at 05:41 PM • permalink


    1. so…andycanuck and paco…chupacabras are books for sale?  Am I getting this right?

      Posted by ushie on 2007 01 25 at 05:48 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, fuck, it’s snowing again.  Algore must be near.

      Posted by ushie on 2007 01 25 at 05:48 PM • permalink


    1. #30 Ushie: In this case, yes, you are right.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 05:56 PM • permalink


    1. Killing all but a few hundred…

      The survivors were the staff of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2007 01 25 at 05:59 PM • permalink


    1. #13 Ushie
      I thought the same thing.

      Stephen King is so boring now.

      Posted by kae on 2007 01 25 at 06:28 PM • permalink


    1. Moonbats, like Greens and the Left, hate people.  They get off imagining scenarios where millions of people are killed.  Of course, the Left actually engineer scenarios where millions are killed…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 01 25 at 07:11 PM • permalink


    1. If the survivors are typical progressives, they’re all doomed.  None of those people know how to actually doanything.

      Seriously, what are they going to do?  Form a commune dedicated to holding poetry readings and interpretive dance cycles?

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 01 25 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. #35 – rebase, you’ve got something there.  I have been pondering the past week or so the following phenonomon:

      When RWDBs such as myself give way to political reverie, it’s usually about lefty obstructionists stepping out of the way briefly enough for the rest of us to do things like win the war or reduce taxes.

      When compassionate head tilting lefties do it, they imagine having unrestricted political power, with their opponents marginalized, disenfranchised, and herded into camps.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 01 25 at 07:35 PM • permalink


    1. Nothing new here. Darryl just cannot resist a good disaster story. He’s been making them up for years.




      I guess that’s what he means by
      Your New Reality.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 25 at 08:51 PM • permalink


    1. Stephen King is so boring now.

      He needs to get back on drugs.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 01 25 at 09:11 PM • permalink


    1. #39

      I just found that after reading the first dozen or so* books they were all the same.


      * maybe it was less than that, too boring to bother remembering.

      Posted by kae on 2007 01 25 at 09:28 PM • permalink


    1. #18—ushie, hope you feel better soon. I’m headed off to lead a retreat this weekend & SO FAR I haven’t felt the heavy hand of My Yearly Bout of Crapitis…then again, the weather finally cleared AND cooled, might even see some freezing here in the northern reaches of the Sunshine State. Makes hanging out in the State Park a real treat & I’ll miss you all – I’m very happy Algore has decided to spend the weekend somewhere else. Our own private version of Lost Horizons, eh? I love being lost…

      Posted by KC on 2007 01 25 at 09:45 PM • permalink


    1. Just to prove anyone can write a crap liberal novel about bird flu in an Australian city.

      The World’s Most Isolated City

      My RW WoT stuff is much better.

      Posted by phil_b on 2007 01 25 at 10:05 PM • permalink


    1. #30 & #32 I don’t know, paco. I babel fished it from Portuguese to English and couldn’t get a translation (with and without the “s” ending), but when I divided it into its two base words, chupa cabras, I got “it absorbs goats” and I thought books like that were only written in Arabic.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 25 at 10:22 PM • permalink


    1. #43: I think Ushie’s construction, while not gramatically accurate, does suggest “goat-sucking”, which may be applicable to Mr. Mason’s literary efforts – or maybe not; I’ve never read any of his stuff.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 10:31 PM • permalink


    1. Alternate heading for this thread:
      Lorne Mown

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 01 25 at 10:37 PM • permalink


    1. #45: Ha! Blogstrop, I’ve always suspected that you were the actual author of the post headings!

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 25 at 10:38 PM • permalink


    1. #42 phil_b

      What a great story! A real pageturner, so to speak. I read the first paragraph and couldn’t put it down.

      Have you sold the screen rights yet?

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 25 at 10:49 PM • permalink


    1. I have not as of yet read this ‘literary feast’. Would it be possible, that the author has been ‘inspired’ (copied) the idea from the TV series ‘Jeremiah’? I make a point to avoid lefty doom fiction, though Jeremiah is a good series, and quiet entertaining.

      Posted by BJM on 2007 01 25 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. This thread needs Margos Maid.

      Like the fabled Gurkha with a sword, no one else can remove the head of a dickhead like DP Mason with the precision and exquisite timing of Margos.

      Which raises the question. Where the hell is Margos? I don’t think she been sighted since giving Mr Lefty a thorough hound-slap for crimes of similar tosserism a week ago.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 26 at 12:02 AM • permalink


    1. around here we know him best as Leftie Latte LoverFrom L3 to 3D. Progress?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 01 26 at 02:16 AM • permalink


    1. #46 – I’m lucky to produce one from time to time! Tim has the gift, he’s the Heading Honcho.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 01 26 at 02:22 AM • permalink


    1. He’ll probably outsell Loewesntein….

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 01 26 at 04:00 AM • permalink


    1. Sheesh. It’s just his name. It is probably in the phone book. Just look up:
      Darryl P Ferris Fremont Latte-Max-Lowry-Lover-Dreswell-Sampitchmaster-Loser Darryl-Mason-Darryl

      I understand he is the product of an ongoing genetic experiment by the most brilliant minds of the internationale left. Some of those minds have more brainpower than a saguaro . (Colour me impressed)

      The aim is to produce the uber-leftard.


      Posted by MarkL on 2007 01 26 at 05:30 AM • permalink


    1. Where is IT when required? His one liner would be nicely directed at the Darryls.

      Posted by curious george on 2007 01 26 at 07:35 AM • permalink


    1. Here’s another piece by famous Sydney fanfiction writer Darryl Mason.

      Tuesday, September 13, 2005



      By Darryl Mason.

      At least 30 eyewitness accounts have shown up on the internet, in blogs and chatrooms, on alternate news sites, but also in the online editions of the Washington Post, the London Observer, the Globe And Mail, all claiming the flooding in New Orleans was the result of explosions they heard echoing through the night as the rain grew heavy.
      These witnesses claim the 17th Street levee was blown up.
      These witnesses claim the explosions brought down hundreds of feet of the 15 foot high retaining wall that sat on top of the levee. The wall that was designed and built to keep the neighbouring lake out of the suburbs of New Orleans.

      And so on…

      “What about the insurance companies?” Don’t you just love it.

      Read on. No doubt there will be stuff about alligators stealing babies from the Superdome and trading them with packs of dingos for Cuban cigars.

      With an imagination as marvellous as this can there be any wonder Darryl has such a vivid worldview and political outlook.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 26 at 07:47 AM • permalink


    1. Leftie Latte Lover —a “complete and utter twat” whose studied, muddied syntax and gratuitously garbled grammar gave us so much grist for the mill.

      Trolls like him/her/it don’t come along every month, you know.

      Ahhhh, good times…good times.

      Mirabile dictu! An author, you say?

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2007 01 26 at 08:05 AM • permalink


    1. I once got a private email from Leftie Latte Lover. He had been spooked by someone leaving the strike cupboard open and thought he was being picked on by Andrea.

      Don’t know why he picked on me. Maybe because I made a point of departing the scene immediately after the strike tag got loose. (Just in case anyone erroneously and unfairly thought I had anything to do with the escape, you understand)

      Posted by geoff on 2007 01 26 at 08:45 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, he’s LLL? That’s hilarious.

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 01 27 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. I’m sure that Darryl and Darryl both have the backing and full support of the Film Institute of Brazil. And it’s very rare that F.I.B. puts its full weight behind one foreign screenplay writer, let alone two.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 28 at 01:03 PM • permalink


    1. Betcha he’s also Monty


      Posted by alcuith on 2007 01 28 at 11:35 PM • permalink


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