In my writing I like to slip in references to art and music that I like. Call it a Poppy Z Brite habit. I learnt it from her. I feel it adds colour, especially if the references are obscure from the mainstream. I often refer to Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees... Bands that people "in the know" are aware of and would appreciate the inclusion to flavour the setting.

So, what I want to know is, Sal, would you mind horribly if I drop in references to APHND in my current submission? Reason being, is I've just had a friend who's published with a big South African publisher offer to slip my novel past the slush pile and present it to her editor.

I've done this for friends of mine, writing their band into one of my novels that is releasing in September, and I'd love to do the same for APHND.

That being said, I've a guest column appearing (I hope) in a national paper in mid-March, themed along the lines of "If the music's too loud, you're too old" and I've given APHND, TON and Seventh Void honourable mentions.

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Comment by Nerine Dorman on February 27, 2011 at 2:53pm
Now there's a thought. I could write some sort of post-technological, post-apocalyptic saga where a bunch of adventurers stumble upon an ancient road sign half-buried in weeds...
Comment by Scary Carrie on February 27, 2011 at 1:18pm
Probably will be there longer than the street itself.
Comment by Nerine Dorman on February 27, 2011 at 12:45pm
During the 1990s kids kept stealing the sign for Nirvana Way in one of the 'hoods where I used to hang out. Eventually City of Cape Town got so fed up they made the street sign out of moulded cement that's part of the sidewalk instead. It's still there.
Comment by Misha Dukic on February 27, 2011 at 11:34am
Yes. It was dark blue background with a times new roman font of SofM. I should have taken a photo. I know who works there I will give him a shout! It was a long time ago though!
Comment by Scary Carrie on February 27, 2011 at 11:31am
That's awesome Misha. Did it have like block lettering or something? And SOM hospital was begging to be used. ;)
Comment by Misha Dukic on February 27, 2011 at 11:28am
@ Scary Carrie, I like your Sisters of Mercy hospital tidbit. There is a Sisters of Mercy convent in our city and they had their sign stolen a few times already. When I was in a recording studio in Edmonton a while back. There was the sine in the control booth. I had such a laugh and it looked great!
Comment by Scary Carrie on February 27, 2011 at 7:38am
I've a Sisters of Mercy hospital in one of my stories. And I throw in tidbits all the time. You're weird if you don't, you know?
Comment by Nerine Dorman on February 26, 2011 at 11:44am
Once my guest-column is printed, I'll be submitting it to a local arts website for publication, which will provide me with a convenient link...
Comment by Nerine Dorman on February 26, 2011 at 11:43am
Sal, so you're happy for the mention? I'll post the scene here if and when the novel sells.
Comment by Misha Dukic on February 26, 2011 at 11:43am
Hello Nerine, that sounds like a fantastic idea. You are very creative! The Sisters were some of the bands that changed my view of music as well as Joy Division. I have huge Sisters collection of all the old 7 and 12inch vinyl. Good luck with the article.

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