What is North of Reality?
North of Reality is an explorable fiction space updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each piece can either be read as an independent work, or as part of a larger cosmology.
Who writes all of this?
Uel Aramchek is the site's sole author.
How can I subscribe?
Why are the pieces so short? I feel like X could have been much longer.
It could have been longer, but then it is far less likely that you would have read it. That, and if I spent more time on each individual idea, I wouldn't be able to produce as many. My goal is to create a space for a wide exploration of topics, rather than an in-depth study of a handful.
I do occasionally revisit older works and expand upon them, however. When I do this, I include the original text in the comments.
What do you call this genre?
Weird fiction? Speculative fiction? Magical realism? Whatever feels right. Every piece is different.
Can I make something based on or inspired by your work?
Of course! I'd love to see it when you're done.
Can I use this in my role-playing campaign?
Definitely. Tell me how it goes!
Do you have any writing in print?
There is a book in the works- a project called Hexward. Beyond that, it takes some hunting to find my other work. It's out there in a few zines and podcasts.
Why not pursue traditional publishing for North of Reality?
I do plan to pursue traditional publication for other endeavors, but I like having this space to myself.
Do you need an editor?
It would be nice to have one, but I'm not looking at this time. Like many independent online publications, this is a one-person operation, and there isn't room for two. Not yet, anyway.
What are some of your influences? Do you have any book recommendations?
Here's a few:
VALIS, by Philip K Dick
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami
Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
Pataphysical Essays, by Rene Daumal
The Book of Imaginary Beings, by Jorge Luis Borges
Vurt, by Jeff Noon
Cyclonopedia, by Reza Negarestani
The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut
House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Red Book, by Carl Jung
Codex Seraphinianus, by Luigi Serafini
Hyperobjects, by Timothy Morton
The Illuminatus! Trilogy, by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow
The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, by Harlan Ellison
Out of the Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis
Synergetics, by Buckminster Fuller
Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle (inspired the secret fiction)
What did you use to make the website?
Where did you get the logo?