Are you prepared to change the world?

Dear friends,

It is with perhaps a modicum of trepidation that I recommend to you the fittingly titled Errata, the latest work of penmanship from Mr. Jeff Vendermeer, published this day at the web journal of I should not have to tell regular readers that despite my interest in the fantastic, I am not in the habit of giving way to common superstition. Hence, while I have often found myself entertained, fascinated and on more than one occaision deeply moved by the meta-fictional cavortings of Mr Vandermeer, I have not until this day been so genuinely terrified of the consequences such linguistic acrobatics might have upon the world as we know it. Perhaps it is the suspicion, seeded by the artist himself, that in this story Vandermeer has lost control of whatever otherwordly power infected the stories of City of Saints and Madmen. Or worse still that this control has been wrenched from the strong hands of the author by the machinations of James Owen and whatever forces are at play in the rise and fall of Argosy Quarterly. It is possible that the seed sof suspicion would never have bloomed into the full foliage of fear itself without the further intervention of Vandermeer, who at precisely the time I  was preparing to engage with his creation, quite out of the blue and with no prior warning, chose to initiate communications with me via the medium of electronic mail. So it falls to me to issue to you the reader, if not a warning, then a strong word of caution. It is possible, if however unlikely, that should you choose to read the following story you will find yourself embroiled in events that however mundane in appearance have the potential to change your life, the lives of those closest to you and indeed the world entire. So please, ask yourself, are you prepared to chage the world?

Read Errata by Jeff Vandermeer at

Damien G. Walter
Writer, editor & gentleman of the world.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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