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What the Giants were Saying

and Other Strange Tales

by David Rix

What the Giants were Saying

454 pages

What the Giants were Saying was simultaneously David Rix’s first book and the first release from the quietly maverick Eibonvale Press back in 2004. A ferocious, visceral and shocking fable on art and creativity … and blood, and flesh, and madness, and copper wire, and magic tattoos, and wind turbines. And the dark and selfish places that relationships can go when they break down.

Now, as we creep towards twenty years later, it was definitely time to take another look at this book and release a new revised and expanded version. Comprehensively edited throughout and with many new stories, this new edition of What the Giants were Saying joins Feather to provide a complete collection of Rix’s earlier works. In addition to the original contents, this volume contains stories that were published in various anthologies, notably the Strange Tales series from Tartarus Press, some unpublished pieces, as well as a small section of extremely early works and juvenilia, just for the curious.


Part 1 – What the Giants were Saying

What the Giants were Saying
Red Fire


Part 2 – Looking Back

The Execution
The Hunted Form
Dual Carriageway
Casting the Chips
Number 18


Part 3 – Strange Tales

A Taste of Casu Marzu
One Rainy Autumn
Islington Tunnel
Queen Rat
A Taste of Canal Burgers



"What the Giants Were Saying is a powerful and at times disturbing book. At one point I thought to myself 'This is a lot like J.G. Ballard's wackier New Wave material' [. . .] What we have here, as in Ballard's Crash, The Atrocity Exhibition and The Unlimited Dream Company, is a vision of transcendence through violence - [...] perhaps a yearning after some kind of personal fulfilment that has nothing to do with society, sanity or even life itself.

Let me add that ­ thanks to the author¹s skill in the visual arts ­ this is a beautifully produced book. But not, perhaps, one to give to a Presbyterian auntie for Christmas. While nothing is explicitly described, the mutilation level is almost enough to put Clive Barker off his Horlicks."

David Longhorn - Supernatural Tales website.


Rix weaves a wonderful tale that takes us along a man’s slide from a conventional life into something different, weaving copper into skin in an act that alters and defines the new life, leaving everything once known behind in the pursuit of art and the creation of Art. . . . Final comment is that Rix has contributed something solid and uncompromising that deserves a good outing.

Albedo 1, Issue 34


What the Giants Are Saying is an unnerving, edgy work. It asks the inevitable question, what is art? And then explores the issue in a supremely visceral and unflinching manner. Yes, it has become acceptable (though controversial still) to manipulate inanimate tissue, such as Damian Hurst’s sharks and sheep, or Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ corpse sculptures, but to carve and stitch your art onto living flesh, to mutilate the breathing, that is another matter, or is it? After all, who owns our flesh? We accept the tattoo, the piercing, gender change (whether medically necessary or simply a need), even genital mutilation—weren’t the Castratos of a bygone age mutilated in the name of musical art—so who is to say where it ends, what is acceptable and what is extreme, if not even criminal?

What the Giants Are Saying is a bold work, it eschews story-telling conventions, it is readable, but difficult. It gives no easy answers or comfortable conclusions. It asks mote questions than it answers. It is horror, and then it isn’t, not in the conventional sense anyway, it is that rare and wonderful thing, an unclassifiable work. Even the beautiful, striking and disturbing cover is ostensibly horror, but then, on closer examination probably not.

Terry Grimwood - The Future Fire


I enjoyed the spare, dynamic style and Rix is good at dealing with emotions at fever pitch. He explores the artistic impulse more thoroughly than much supernatural fiction . . . Perhaps the best thing about this book is the imagery, with seemingly disparate visuals and ideas pulled together to create weird pictures that sear the mental retina like a flare in the dark.

Most importantly, no-one can fail to be touched by Rix's bounding enthusiasm, and many artists may even be a bit inspired by the way Rix is willing to "take it to the wire", like his characters Don and Feather.

Joy Silence - Darkling Tales


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