Cussedness Corner

"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane

Reprint from Xanga

On July 25th, 2007, I received a PM from Dagstine at myspace. I held back a day before posting it. During that time I ran the PM past a few of my friends who were also experts in semantics to analyze for me. It felt threatening and rather odd. He sent me this because I was telling people via my blogs that Dagstine was running a game. In particular, I used my xanga. Check out the posts starting with this one.

Therefore, I’m going to post a copy (for their benefit) of the PM that was the final tip off for me as to the nature of the game that Dagstine was running.

I think that when he sent the PM, he was already starting to panic because it was followed a few hours later by a post from him on the xanga blog of Peter Barnes.

You will note the section where he begins to talk to himself in hype language like an overwrought used car salesman. I had the PM examined by some top flight minds in the industry before I began the post to xanga about it’s existence.

Dear Ms. Frank:

I guess you might have enjoyed the interview with NP over at our MySpace component. Found it somewhat amusing. There is, however, a very scary aspect to the non-fiction book he is writing. Now three sides or three groups of people can constantly make fun of him… but here there is Libel the likes you have never seen (your name is included). If you analyzed the interview’s middle portions “carefully”, the way I ask my questions, (he said he posted it up at, you will have noticed I tried to make NP tell the public what this book is about, release as much information as possible. To defy the industry for publicity? No, a wake up call to some of the book’s contents (hopefully).

In the actual book he does not use names like wank or bastard or mother fucker. He uses first and last names. What he is going to do against the industry. And other stuff. I want people to know what this bastard is doing “beforehand”. Yes, I’m playing coy… pretending to be his friend. I have seen the drafts to this book (it needs to be gutted, but that’s beside the point). Whether he publishes this book on Lulu or with Publish America or wherever, it is an incriminating book. This man must be stopped! For your career and your reputation as a dark fantasy author (it shall be tainted), as well as many other well-known mass marketers in the horror field. You could take that with a grain of salt, something to consider, or let’s say info from a fellow friend and source in the so-called writing field who wants a peaceful outcome where none of us are stalked or preyed upon. Yes, we have lawyers for that. Both you and I. Big ones. But this book will cause damage that CANNOT be undone, once released.

But why publish Pacione, Dagstine? What’s your game? You’ll only lose sales either way. It’s like you want to destroy your magazine? Why? NP was in LB#2 for the beginning, don’t get me wrong, but after I read what he wrote in that autobiographical piece of crap, my MORALS stepped into the picture. As an expectant father myself, do you really think I would publish Nickolaus Pacione in the Literary Bone? After the slurs and scary stuff I have read in this book, where he plans to go further with it; I am somewhat scared myself of the repercussions.

This book could end careers.

I’m hoping you will keep our convo quiet. As I will be sure to get more pieces of the book to examine and “pretend” to give an editor’s opinionated eye over. Give Nickolaus Pacione enough rope, and he’ll be able to hang himself…legitamitely 🙂

Sincerely Yours,

Lawrence Dagstine


9 comments on “Reprint from Xanga

  1. Mike Brendan
    August 10, 2008

    I didn’t think you could pile bullshit that high.

  2. Mike Brendan
    August 10, 2008

    Wait… 2007… this wasn’t “Eye in Shadows” he was talking about, was it?

  3. cussedness
    August 10, 2008

    yes, this was “Eye in Shadows.”

    Lorenzo did everything he could to convince us that he was saving us from Pacione. Which, as we know, was bullshit from the beginning. I’m going to try and find the link to Peter Barnes’ xanga where Lorenzo carries it a bit further

  4. Mike Brendan
    August 10, 2008

    This makes me wonder all the more what this 2009 “genre-crushing” flop is going to be. With the way he went on about it at ODP, once this hit, this new project would just dominate the genre. His exact words were “you’ll work for us.” Which shows once again how little Lorenzo understands the industry.

  5. CritGit
    August 10, 2008

    I remember he went on about ‘look out for February 2009’ – although the reason I remember that is the film Valkryie is coming out then. 😀

    He seems to specialize in two-faced bullshittery. Once he just came across as a lacking writer, but now he really deserves utter comtempt.

  6. cussedness
    August 10, 2008

    He claimed that he and Philbin had major money backing them and that they were going to revolutionize the genre. You really ought to download a free copy of The Vampire Manifesto. The overall quality is poor, but Lorenzo’s piece, “Coffins for Humanity” is just plain pointless and stupid.

  7. Rusty
    August 11, 2008

    That was supposed to be a literary magazine? No cover art, no real table of contents with page numbers, just black text on white for the first few pages, then going into a two-column newspaper format, and reverting to single column?

    Contents be damned. Who did the layout?

    Was there ever a second issue?

  8. Mike Brendan
    August 11, 2008

    I hope not. That first one was bad enough. Daggy’s story was terrible. No plot, no sense, no action. The dialogue read like the script from an Ed Wood movie. Here’s a lesson for you Daggy (and I know you’re reading this), when you’re submitting a short story to something called “The Vampire Manifesto,” revealing that the main character (such as he is) has turned into one isn’t much of a shock or a twist. And the whole coffin theme enforced the Ed Wood imagery.

    Another failed story from Lawrence Q. Dagstine… soooooooper genius…

  9. johaha
    August 11, 2008

    I remember a guy named Lorenzo who thought he could terrorize people who were better writers than him.

    One day he went too far and got his ass handed to him.

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