Books


Fiction


Fallen Cycle Book 1: Party At The World's End


$11 6"x9" format

Take a mad ride past the event horizon of sanity with the band Babylon, in the final days of the American Empire. Lyrical, surrealist and raw, Party At The World's End isn't afraid to defy expectation at every turn. 

  • “Curcio's novels resemble strange and intricate life stories, bubbles of fiction floating in the depths of the collective subconscious. Occasionally they rise to the surface and burst into the conscious mind, releasing dreamscapes where fantasy merges with the mundane. Demigods cavort with goth-punk teenagers. Ambivalent authority figures lord over underground networks. Pseudo-shamanic rituals and sex magick abound.” RealitySandwich.com review.
  • “Beautiful!” David Mack, renowned sequential artist of Kabuki, Daredevil, Dexter
  • “Brutal, darkly funny, and, above all, honest.” Powell’s Books 'Short List'. 
  • “A progressive fictional universe created by a wickedly talented scribe... Philip K Dick might have company someday...” Brooke Burgess, the Creator of award-winning flash animated graphic novel Broken Saints, and recently released The Cat's Maw. 
  • “A stick of dynamite strapped to reality.” Scenery Zine, on the musical accompaniment.
  • Includes 20 black and white reproductions from the concept art sketchbook. The website also has studio albums of fictional bands that you will meet in the narrative of the story. Babalon's live outtakes, Bradley the Buyer's industrial sludge, the mind-fuck of subQtaneous: Some Still Despair In A Prozac Nation, which Jared Louche of Chemlab called "talk about sprawling into myriad realms and building three albums simultaneously!!"
  • This is an edited, single volume containing what was first serialized transmedia style as 'Fallen Nation,' '404 Documents' and 'Words of Traitors,' as well as 20 black and white reproductions from the concept art sketchbook. 



Fallen Cycle Book 2: Tales From When I Had A Face


A battle between the light of remembrance and dark of forgetting, a war waged with stories and books rather than swords and guns. 


This chronicle is conveyed through the eyes of a girl named Ayta, and the voice of her Gran, the woman with a cracked face whom she was named after. A shaman from Siberia, Gran’s stories transport young Ayta out of the isolation of her youth and into Alterran, a land of the distant future, facing its own apocalypse.
Ayta is forever an outsider, living half in her Grandmother's world, and the other growing up a lesbian in the early 00s.

Many of the themes and characters established in the first Fallen Cycle novel are explored from a new angle in this 4 part series, to be released separately and then together as a single volume. This is a lushly illustrated graphic novel set in the Fallen Cycle world. Presently in production, we hope to place this title with an independent comics publisher for a first issue release in 2017.



Citizen Y


$15 6" x 9" format


More than a script, Citizen Y is a blueprint of a ritual experience. It is a demonstration of how you can create an immersive, transformative experience for an audience that goes beyond passive entertainment. Parodying our fixation on spoon-fed media, it transports the reader into a post-apocalyptic reality show where the grand prize is the future itself.
Citizen Y fuses characters from James Curcio’s Fallen Cycle books and John Harrigan’s GraveLand myth into a unique hybrid narrative. Both writers have decades of experience producing mythic, occult experiences that transcend the boundaries of media, audience and stage. The book also stands as an example of modern myth as discussed in The Immanence of Myth Anthology.
This release by Weaponized includes concept artwork by James Curcio, Daniele Serra, and P. Emerson Williams. Edited by Lucy Harrigan, it is published by Weaponized in print through major retailers and in eBook format from April 2011.





Words of Traitors


Words of Traitors was a limited edition, full-color short story collection. An emotionally intense, "notebook style" experiment in fictionalizing memories, produced with an international group of artists in the course of 90 days during the successful 2011 IndieGoGo campaign. Some of the short stories in Words of Traitors were adapted along with earlier writings into the first book of Fallen Cycle series.

Non-Fiction




Immanence of Myth

Immanence of Myth
$30 A4 (oversize) paperback


Myth's central importance does not end with our art or religions. It is not solely a dusty world of broken clay pots and tablets written in dead languages. Our myths determine how we engage with the world, how we enter into it. How we treat ourselves and one another. Far from being archaic relics of the past, myths will determine our future. Even if we are unaware of them, they will continue to affect us.
This anthology explores the subject of immanent myth from many angles, through articles, essays, and interviews from a variety of people actively engaged in mythic work and research. We must invent our myths—or re-invent them—ourselves. If you haven't already, take this as a wake-up call to join in and become a myth-maker of the 21st century.


Apocalyptic Imaginary: Best of Modern Mythology 2011

$11 7"x10" paperback.


This book captures and expands upon the unique commentary and analysis that has helped define the Modern Mythology project in 2011. Through the voices of many contributors, we collectively take a hard look at the blurred lines between narrative and truth, philosophy and literature, personal history and cultural memory. All of this is done with an eye towards the imagined apocalypse that is always just around the corner.
  • Featured in curriculum of "the Apocalypse of Love," and "Cutup and In Dividuality," two 200 level classes at SUNY Binghamton, 2012.
  • Read a free sample on Scribd



Web Publications




Disinformation




Longtime contributor to the Disinfo website, as well as one of their published anthologies (Generation Hex.)

Launched on September 13, 1996, disinformation was designed to be the search service of choice for individuals looking for information on current affairs, politics, strange science and “hidden information” that seldom slips through the cracks of corporate-owned media.



The Nervous Breakdown


Read some of James' essays and non-fiction on the popular literary site The Nervous Breakdown.





Reality Sandwich

Read some of James' essays on Reality Sandwich, a well known psychedelic and evolving conscious site.



Hillbilly Tantra


Essay published in Immanion Press' Magic On The Edge anthology about the basic sexual premises of tantra, framed in a modern way, stripped of religious ideology. (2004)
Read the PDF.


Modern Mythology

The following are some of the over 1000 articles, interviews, gonzo forays, and editorials James has written for ModernMythology.net