Memes are cunning and fecund. They teem. They multiply. They invade. They rampage mercilessly through your most cherished beliefs. Nothing is sacred to them. Everything is fair game: love, life, food, sex, children, doughnuts, wine, god, the devil, farts, arts, science, dogs and everything in between.
MANIC MEMES holds no fewer than 184 memes from eight meme-species, each perfectly adapted to their respective environments:
- Mind your Brains
- New Age Crapola
- Metaphysical Mumbo Jumbo
- Gods, Devils and Demiurges
- Love, Life and Death
- Human Culture
- Miscellaneous Pompousities
- “It’s Only Words …”
In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a meme is “an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.”
As varied as the minds they infest, memes can be words, phrases, images, perfumes, melodies, harmonies, styles of beard, flavours of ice cream, mathematical formulae, recipes for roast chicken, medical procedures, rites and rituals and much more. Memes are the mindchildren of controversial biologist, Richard Dawkins. The word “meme” first appeared in Dawkins’ book, The Selfish Gene (1976), in which he applies the principles of Darwinian evolution to human culture and finds that natural selection applies just as harshly and unforgivingly to thoughts and concepts as to material organisms.
They may not be flesh-and-blood, but memes are born (come into being), reproduce (spread from one “host” mind to another) and die (are forgotten or distorted beyond recognition). As non-material organisms they reproduce by various non-fleshly means including language to convey meme ‘DNA’ from one human mind to another.
With one or two exceptions, the memes in this book are my own dear brainchildren. I gave birth to them over a number of decades starting from when I first acquired language and continuing to the present day. My teenage years were particularly active in terms of generating memes not based on language, but let’s not go there right now.
Memes compete for mindspace in their human hosts. A “catchy” song spreads quicker and further than a less memorable one. Memes that breed less efficiently become extinct. The Darwinian “survival of the fittest” meme itself is a great little breeder!
NIGHTMERRIES: THE LIGHTER SIDE OF DARKNESS This so-called "book" will chew you up, spit you out, and leave you twitching and frothing on the carpet. More than 60 dark and feculent fictions (read ‘em and weep) copiously illustrated by over 20 grotesque images you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.
AWAREWOLF & OTHER CRHYMES AGAINST HUMANITY (Vot could be Verse?) We all hate poetry, right? But we might make an exception for this sick and twisted stuff. This devil's banquet of adults-only offal features more than 50 satanic sonnets, vitriolic verses and odious odes.
MANIC MEMES & OTHER MINDSPACE INVADERS A disturbing repository of quotably quirky quotes, sayings, proverbs, maxims, ponderances, adages and aphorisms. This menagerie holds no fewer than 184 memes from eight meme-species perfectly adapted to their respective environments.
FIENDS & FREAKS Adults-only Tales of Serpents, Dragons, Devils, Lobsters, Anguished Spirits, Gods, Anti-gods and Other Horse-thieves You Wouldn't Want to Meet in a Dark Kosmos: 4th EditionHAGS TO HAGGIS Whiskey-soaked Tails of War-nags, Witches, Manticores and Escapegoats, Debottlenecking and Desilofication, Illustrated