Cussedness Corner

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


My review was clearly, very clearly, an opinion and not defamtory. I have finally been driven to the point of losing my temper with the little arsehole.

On and on and on and on run the semantic games. So let’s talk about MY country.

Here in the Uniited States of America, there is a growing backlash against pornography. I am of the opinion that the reason you cannot look inside the book on places like Barnes and Noble’s is because the content is so disgusting that it would offend the majority of American citizens.

Philbin’s novel is worse than the worst pornography I have ever edited and that is going some.

It presents itself as an important work of fiction indicting the corporate system, and yet it is written in the language and metaphor of pornography. In my opinion (yes, let’s make this clear that it is my opinion) the book is pornographic.

It is disgusting, ugly, and without artistic merit. There is no excuse in this country at this point in time to publish a book like this.

I did not defame the bloody author by stating my opinion and the review stands until I am forced to take it down by goodreads.

Mr Tweaker, if you are so pedantically stupid as to keep beating this dead horse, then it is on you head for your intransigent stupidity.

I made ever effort, except revising the bloody fucking review, to be conciliatory toward you. Now, I am all out of patience.

You sir, are a nitwit. You are a pedantic, ignorant, piss-proud idiot.

Considering the cover is of a naked female, even though the important parts are concealed by her legs, it is still a pornographic cover by the most recent standards of American Law.

I will always call Philbin on the indecency of his prose. His prose that is so clumsy and disgusting


that I am offended by it to the depths of my soul.

The metaphor acquires no virtue from its subject matter which has been done to death by better authors than Philbin will ever be.

Suck it up, Tweaker. You are a nitwit.



  1. CritGit
    August 31, 2008

    There’s something deeply wrong with someone trying to tell others how they should write their reviews. Especially as often as he has. It is bizarre.
    Also, if he flagged it, as he said, then Goodreads has decided to do nothing. Correctly.
    Also great to see murder brought into hypothetical discussions on opinion!

    Hmmm, he did spit in Philbin’s face when he thanked him. Maybe he’s a renegade nitwit?

  2. johaha
    August 31, 2008

    I won’t go as far as to call Theaker a Nitwit just yet.

    But I will say he is being rather obtuse about this.

    Theaker needs to reread her review. It DOES NOT attack Philbin. Rather, it does what a review should do–critique and point out errors.

    If this review does attack Philbin, I’d like to see the evidence pointed out for all to see. But there is no evidence because there is no personal attack.

    On another note, Cuss is right, the subject matter of Philbin’s books has been done before and by far better, professional writers.

    Did I just made a personal attack? No. I stated my opinion that the subject matter of his book has been done by more accomplished writers. I have said nothing about him as a person; I have given my opinion on the subject matter and his prose ability.

  3. johaha
    August 31, 2008

    But then again, I think Theaker has published Daggy in his Quarterly Fiction mag.


  4. nick astly
    August 31, 2008
  5. cussedness
    September 1, 2008

    He can’t leave it alone, so he keeps repeating himself. I have not yet gone back to look because it all seems pointless.

  6. nick astly
    September 1, 2008

    it is. let other people deal with it

  7. cussedness
    September 1, 2008

    He is not convincing anyone. I made one final point, suggesting that Philbin post the first two chapters so that the people at goodreads can read it and so far nothing came of it. I’m going to just drop it at this point. It makes not sense.

    The proof is in the pudding. There is enough material by Philbin out there to be read free on the net for people to get a taste of what the book/stories by Pilbin are all about. I do not intend to ever sub something to a British market is Theaker is involved. He’s giving me a very bad opinion of what the publishing world is like over there.

    Yes, I ought to be judging it by people like Adam Lowe, who knows his business well, but sometimes we (as human beings) judge matters based upon the worst examples and not the best of them.

  8. Mike Brendan
    September 1, 2008

    Theaker just keeps repeating a shaky premise and uses wall of text tactics. Which is, of course, a Nitwit tactic.

  9. cussedness
    September 1, 2008

    Yes, it is a Nitwit tactic and those things just keep going around and around until they run down hill like a hoopsnake.

  10. johaha
    September 1, 2008

    The verdict is in.
    It’s official.

    He’s a Nitwit.

  11. johaha
    September 1, 2008

    On another note, anytime Lorenzo comments about his editors and agents and bullshit like that, here is where he gets it from:

    That’s right, folks. My ex-lover is bragging about some unknown dude with no real industry contacts trying to get him a real gig.

    Wannabe land.

  12. cussedness
    September 1, 2008

    Dagstine is so dumb looking.

  13. johaha
    September 1, 2008

    He looks like he has learning difficulties, don’t he?

  14. cussedness
    September 1, 2008

    Yes, he does actually. He might have a learning disability or some other kind of disability.

    Whenever I took college courses, I always did volunteer work at the center for disabled students. One of the things I noticed was the general air of resentment and defensiveness that some of them had.

    It held most true for the deaf and partially hearing students. Disabilities that directly affect communication skills are among the hardest to deal with.

    Most recently, and not all that recent, back when the affiliate rules were looser for HWA, I encountered a girl who had all the personality patterns we see as being part and parcel for the Nitwits. The anger, resentment, and bad writing. Her grammar was terrible.

    She was hassled over her grammar and told to learn to write. I don’t remember what intially clued me into what was going on with her, but I picked up on some pecularities of her grammar structure that reminded me of one of the varieties of sign language I had encountered.

    There are two types in this country. The first type struggles to teach them to sign and write exactly as if they could hear even though certain word pattern do not make logical sense when you have never heard them spoken.

    The other grants a different type of syntax and sentence structure that come more naturally to the deaf.

    Her’s was the latter. So I emailed her and asked, “Are you deaf.”

    It turned out that she was.

  15. Sir Otter
    September 2, 2008

    Last week, I caught my direct supervisor signing at a computer screen. She had received an email from a former student who was deaf, and had to translate the message through sign language before it made sense in spoken English. I do something similar when I’m brushing up on my (very limited) Spanish or French. I find myself going through German, which I know a lot (a WHOLE lot) better. Somehow, exercising the translation part of the brain with a better known language makes stumbling through the lesser known one easier.

  16. Paige
    May 20, 2010

    Glad I found this thread. Stephen Theaker is a nasty piece of work.

    Please look at this review of Sam Stone’s ‘Fuitle Flame’ – what’s interesting here is that Sam (who is a female horror writer) is on the recommended list for the BFS Awards. She is also a finalist for Foreword Magazines book of the year awards. I’ve read this book and it is not a ‘bodice ripper’ but rather an emotive story, showing the life of Lucrezia Borgia and how she escapes the abuse of her family when she becomes a vampire.

    I actually don’t know what his problem is – I can only assume that it is because she’s a woman writer that he feels the need to put down her work, calling it cliched in places. There’s nothing cliched about Sam Stone’s writing – it is poeticly described, fast paced, and definitely a story with a difference.

    Since theaker abjects to your comments about Philbin – it’s amazing how he has a problem with the rape and sex scenes (which are really few but relevant to the story) – even so, you have to wonder – he did however mark the page numbers of these occurences – so maybe he gets off on it…

  17. Sue Dent
    April 5, 2012

    I had a “sort of” unexpected comment from Theaker (first time I’d ever heard o him) when the review for my third book was posted. Funny little guy to say the least. I’ve dealt with folks like him before though and took it to my yard after I was clear he was “one of those.” Good grief. Oh, here’s where I blogged about it, in my yard, 😉

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