Salt Mass : A Hookland Suite


Glorious artwork by Josh Godin

The Ephemeral Man was delighted to get his ears on a copy of William Wright‘s Salt Mass: A Hookland Suite in advance of the release on the 28th June.

Salt Mass is a deep and rousing suite of music, a journey through imagined place and feeling yet no less moving for it. I found myself so captivated that I entered a trance while listening and channelled some words inspired by the music as I listened again and again. This “review” can be found below, but first, take a listen to this track from the suite: Swans Coming Ashore


William Wright is a composer and Music Director at DF Productions. He had this to say about his inspiration for and process behind the album:

“The first time I saw Hookland on Twitter, I think it was a retweet by a songwriter I love, John Darnielle (of The Mountain Goats). I was just floored by the sprawl and relentless creativity of it. Everything I read set off bombs of music in my brain. David Southwell (Hookland Orator) offered to send me a libretto after seeing something I tweeted about Hookland, and the next day I woke to a massive email of Hookland odds and ends. I read through and my mind really fastened on Spitstone, a dark coastal town preyed upon by a thing in the water. Throughout April, I just let my mind be there, and let my ideas soak up the celebrations, frustrations, and legends. In the end, I had this 5 movement suite of songs that I feel really lives in that space. David Southwell was good enough to write liner notes for the album, and seems to really like the music.  I’ve spent a lifetime writing music, but this experience has been unlike any project I’ve ever attempted. I’m really proud of it, and that my work is perpetuating the brilliance of Hookland.”

The following is an excerpt from David Southwell’s liner notes:

“There is sympathetic magic in Salt Mass. Like calling to like. The saltwater in the score brought out tears from me on its first listening. I cried because in it, I heard all that I had found in Spitstone as I wandered it. Heard the people, often broken, often bitter, living on bruised lip England.” 

Salt Mass: A Hookland Suite
is available to buy via Gazellig Records

Grammy-nominee Wayne Bledsoe, who has written expanded liner notes that only appear in a very limited edition score book to accompany the release, says this about the suite:

“It’s beautiful. It’s gentle. It’s mysterious and sometimes even ominous. It’s bathed in fog that melts away as the day goes on.”

Hookland Guide cover

The Ephemeral Man reviews Salt Mass: A Hookland Suite whilst in a trance:

The Black Windmill

Deep earth and radio transmissions. Tattered sails creaking in the wind as the mill churns bones to dust. There was a lady that came to the Black Windmill: a daughter or wife, dependant on who is telling the tale. “Blood in the bread and gone in the head, blood in the bread and gone in the head!” Her cries and laughter can still be heard in the creaking of those tattered sails as the mill churns dust to dust.

Stella Maris

Star of the Sea, I beseech you: may the ghosts of regret not haunt me, nor the goblins of desire. Grant me understanding and purpose to light my way, and I will worship you with every fibre of my being.

The Blessing of the Boats

A crisp optimism of tide; an awareness of something bigger than oneself. Exegesis.

Swans Coming Ashore

Cavalcade turned carnival as the swans fold their wings to roost. A moment of bliss ends time. Gestation.

The Wedding of the Fathom Brides

I linger in the depths of it all (shadow an inexorable urge). Prototransformation.
As below, so above. Siren sing me back where I belong.







Wyrd Daze One

Wyrd Daze One cover art

Greetings Wyrdians, and welcome to a new era of Wyrd Daze!

Click the link below for free access to this issue. (a PDF and an mp3)




The cover art for this issue was provided by The Implicit Order – there are more haunting images like the one below to be found inside…



Hookland Guide cover

The Phoenix Guide to Strange England: Hookland by David Southwell returns, and there’s also a Hookland wordsearch, a “Where’s C. L. Nolan” game, and some classic quotes and writing extracts from C. L. Nolan as well.


Revenant Winds

I am delighted to present an interview with Aurealis Award-winning fantasy and sci-fi author Mitchell Hogan. His Sorcery Ascendant Sequence is one of my favourite fantasy series, and he took the time to answer my questions in depth. There are some great lesser-known reading recommendations too!


Zenith's Edge

An introduction to the Zenith’s Edge multiverse can be found in this issue, including three lost tales that have been cut from the first novel…



23 is an special mix by The Ephemeral Man for Wyrd Daze. Harnessing the mighty power of ordered chaos, the number 23 was integral to the mix. Whereas usually all audio clips and tracks are meticulously placed to ensure their optimum position, this mix was enigmatically optimised by placing each track using the number 23. For example: the second track comes in at 2:23 of the first (and the second track, by Coil, is 23:03 minutes long), and the third track come in at 6:23 mark of the second track.

The result is a mix that is as well crafted as any The Ephemeral Man has done, much to his amazement. Hail Eris!

Also worthy of note is spiralling synchronicity with The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu – I use an extract from a recording of A La Fu Live at Burn the Shard 23-11-17 in this mix. There is much to be discovered for those who want to explore the connections. Fnord!

You can download an mp3 of the mix from within Wyrd Daze One or stream below.


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Thank you for your time – I hope you enjoy Wyrd Daze: One, and I wish you the wyrdest of dreams…


ZENITH’S EDGE : an auditory experience

An addition to the Wyrd Daze: One – a music mix / audio drama / audio collage hybrid based on the Zenith’s Edge multiverse. Crafted by The Ephemeral Man.

You can download a copy with the rest of Wyrd Daze: One or stream below…




All quiet on the Western Front?

Greetings Wyrdians!

It’s been all quiet on the Western front here on the Wyrd Daze blog during an arduous Summer, but plans are afoot! Here’s an update of what’s been going on behind the scenes.

There have been two recent Wyrd Mails:

Wyrd Mail 014 came with the announcement of a forthcoming new era of the Wyrd Daze zine. ‘Wyrd Daze Issue One’ is currently under development, and will feature the return of David Southwell’s The Phoenix Guide to Strange England: Hookland.

I’ve recently put together the “cover” for the new look Phoenix Guide, and here it is:

Hookland Guide cover

(all photographs by David Southwell)

Wyrd Mail 015 was released just before Halloween and announced the sixth annual Samhain Seance mix by Wyrd Daze’s resident audio wyrdo The Ephemeral Man.

Triffid Witch

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There is also now a Wyrd Daze Facebook Group – a place for fellow Wyrdians to hang out, discover, and enthuse about things from the Wyrd Daze world and beyond – come take a look!

That’s all for now but there will be more anon.

I wish you the wyrdest of dreams…