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Words by Ben Peek. Video by Film14. Voice acting by Nicola Lindsay.

Leviathan’s Blood is one of the most unique and enthralling epic fantasies that I have read in recent years.  Peek’s vision and execution are wonderful, and his deft and creative touch with this series is a a joy to behold.  If Peek continues to write to this standard he will go down in history as a master of the genre.”

-Smash Dragons

“I’m not overstating things when I say that Ben Peek is one of the most accomplished writers of richly detailed and intricately plotted epic fantasy working in Australia today.”

Newtown Review of Books

Zaifyr

Zaifyr

Qian.
Muriel Wagan

Muriel Wagan

Lady of the Spine.
Heast

Heast

Captain of the Ghosts.
The child god

The child god

Bueralan

Bueralan

The exiled baron.
Aelyn Meah

Aelyn Meah

Ayae

Ayae

Little flame.
Ce Pueral

Ce Pueral

The Queen’s Eyes.
Aela Ren

Aela Ren

The Innocent.
Zi Taela

Zi Taela

The Queen’s Voice.
Zeala Fe

Zeala Fe

The Queen.
Orlan

Orlan

The mapmaker.

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Welcome to No Substance.

Hello there.

My name is Ben Peek.

I am author who lives in Sydney, Australia. I write strange, fantasy driven things, I guess. Odd stuff.

My books include The Godless, Leviathan’s Blood, Black Sheep, Above/Below, Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth, and Dead Americans. In June, The Eternal Kingdom, the third and final book of The Children Trilogy – The Godless and Leviathan’s Blood are the first two books – will be released.

In April, my novella, Saboteurs will be released. A cheap little ebook that goes for a dollar, set in the world of The Children Trilogy.

In NSW right now, the warning is for catastrophic weather conditions. By the end of the weekend, we’ll all be living George Miller’s Mad Max dream.

This is a small newsletter to start, mostly a test, but also a short notice for people who are on it (some of you signed up for one a few months ago, and probably forgot) and to let others know about it. Regardless, it won’t be a newsletter that clogs up your email. Once a week, hopefully. Probably Australian Monday’s, or as those of you in the past prefer to call it, Sunday. It’ll talk about books, mine, but others as well. I like talking about books. A few movies here and there as well.

We’ll take it as it goes, one newsletter at a time.

Ben.

No Substance: Witches and Auteurs

Out in my yard, there are plants burnt by the sun. Big streaks of brown run along them, made over the weekend.
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The Golden Age is a cinema in Surry Hills in Sydney, a renovated screening room in the old Paramount building. It has about sixty seats in it so it fills pretty quickly.

I saw Anna Biller’s The Love Witch there. Released late last year, the film is an obsessive delight, a comedy about a witch, Elaine, who arrives in a small town in search of love. Naturally, it doesn’t go quite right, and a few deaths occur.

The film has two stars. The first of those is Samantha Robinson, who plays Elaine. Robinson plays the whole thing with a straight faced earnestness while channeling the knowing camp of Cassandra Peterson’s Elvira. It is, I imagine, a difficult trick to sustain for two hours, especially given the heavily, 60s stylised pastiche of bad films from the era that it is referencing, but Robinson never falters in it. From the moment she appears in her vintage mustang, until the end, she remains a compelling presence on the screen, and well worth the time.

The second star of the film, however, is its director, Biller. Not only did she write and direct the film, but she also designed the costumes, the sets, and the soundtrack. Each of them form a part of the lavish style of the film, and help generate the film’s aesthetic and tone. It’s an impressive feat, really, an auteur’s feat in film making, I would argue. I can only hope that it isn’t another nine years between films for Biller. Her first, Viva, was released in 2007.

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I picked up these things called MY HEART NEEDS BLOOD ORANGE BABIES WITH BELLIES today. It’s just jelly babies, but I liked the name.

They’re awful.

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Along with The Love Witch, I saw Suspiria, Dario Argento’s 1977 Italian horror film with Jessica Harper in the lead. Despite what it might seem like in this first newsletter, I’m not actually a huge horror fan, and I’d never seen it before. The soundtrack is by the band Goblin, and its all screaming guitars in a prog rock fashion, which is just perfect for the ballet school it is set in.I wasn’t going to mention it – it’s not a bad film, but I liked The Love Witch a lot more – but I discovered that it’s been remade by Luca Guadagnino, and will be released this year, sometime. Tilda Swinton is in it.

I can only imagine she is playing a witch of some kind that preys on polite ballet students.

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On the news last week, one of Australia’s politicians brought a piece of coal into Parliament. It was a day before heatwaves began across the country, before fifteen of the hottest places on the planet could be found in one State. He patted the piece of coal, stroked it like a pet, and told everyone that they need not be afraid.

How could you even make a satire of that?

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Alright, time to wrap this up. First newsletter. Hopefully you liked it. Tell a friend if you did. Next week, there’ll more things. Maybe I’ll tell you why remakes are terrible, even if Tilda Swinton is in them.

Stay safe,

Ben