The Scream began back in the early 1980’s as an idea to publish in print form the very thing that this e-journal is now doing. I knew a lot of artistic and literary talent that needed (was screaming for) a venue, yet after all was said and done—and reality hit— the cost and time to produce such a venture proved too daunting. At the time I had too much on my plate and the “grand idea” was limited to only a few prototype copies. One of the items it contained was a call for submissions inspired by Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” a painting that rather sums-up the horrors of seeking legitimate representation—not to mention getting published—as an artist or writer. The drawing above could have been my entry.

With each new issue, links to previous magazines will remain so that at any time one can always go back and reread favorite articles or simply catch up on issues missed. The ScreamOnline promises that you will be entertained. Every issue will offer a variety of thought-provoking articles, great artwork and photography, irreverent humor, and off-the-wall items from off the beaten path. Each editorial will provide an opportunity for The ScreamOnline to pick on anything and everyone from loggers, politicians, three-year-olds, slackers, composers, and western civilization to gardeners, the wealthy, young lovers, cigars, bigotry, Russians, those who can’t express themselves, and those who “like, can’t talk right.” So, let’s get started....

ART
Illustrations by the multifaceted film director Sam Balcomb. His having drawn since before he could walk, you will understand why his talents are much in demand, from website and graphic design to conceptual art and storyboards. His first feature film, Ancanar, is in post-production.

EDITORIAL
In “Dare to be Accountable” editor and chief ranter Stuart Vail suggests that society’s inability to be accountable for anything is reflected in how we speak. I mean, like, you know?

ESSAYS
Is Photography Art?” is by featured June photographer Robert Balcomb. His article is another in a long-continuing dialog in the debate between the purists (Ansel Adams and the Group f/64, for example) and those whose creativity extends beyond the click of the shutter.

Also, “What—and give up show business?” by Stuart Vail.

FICTION
In the midst of attempting to improve her job skills at a Public Speaking Seminar, Karen finds herself completely clueless as to how to approach a man in “How to Approach a Man,” by John Kilgore. New Yorker magazine, eat your heart out.

While in bed with his wife, the narrator of “The Hug,” by Jim Burns, relates the various embraces he has had in his life, from awkward and fumbling clasps laced with uncertainty to a mind-numbing, deep-bosom bone-cruncher he received while suffering from a bout of shingles.

POETRY
With phrases such as “Natives staring in fifty languages” and “But still it’s you who navigates the memory,” John Kilgore leaves us wishing he would quit his day gig as Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and write more gems such as “Columbus Day.”

Also, “Easter” by Wendy Hall and “The Royal Tutor” by Stuart Vail.

View the Poet Index for access to all poets in every issue.

EPIPHANIES
The “Epiphanies” page will always contain something very special. It is reserved to chronicle those unique moments of synchronicity, self-discovery, and insight that appear to those who are in the right place at the right time to appreciate them. Also we may pay tribute to unique individuals who have lived, loved, performed, and created in planes of existence that most of us can only aspire to. One such example is this month’s tribute to Weather Report bass player Jaco Pastorius. Our other epiphany contribution is from eighteen-year-old Ross Calvin who writes from Kathmandu, Nepal. We look forward to more enlightening submissions from exotic places as he continues his travels around the globe.

PHOTOGRAPHY
This first issue features the renowned photographer, William Mortensen, who practiced his craft in the first half of the last century. His work is highly sought-after and his two out-of-print collections, Monsters and Madonnas and The Command to Look, sell for hundreds of dollars. Mortensen scholar Larry Lytle provides an illuminating article on the Master. A second article focuses on WM's pigment process, providing, for the first time ever, an inside look at the Master's own notes and test prints.

Also featured is Mortensen’s protégé Robert Balcomb. He perfected the Mortensen technique and incorporated it into his own, developing a masterful style that is unsurpassed in portrait photography. Balcomb continues his practice in the Seattle area where he has photographed clients from all parts of the United States, as well as Thailand, Sweden, England, and Mallorca.

Three never-before-published photos of Marilyn Monroe debut HERE. They were taken on the set of “Let’s Make Love” and include Ives Montand and Gene Kelly.

THE STRANGE & BIZARRE
Rounding out the June issue are “Strange & Bizarre” items from around the world, this month featuring the naked and the dead, . . . really.

FAVORITE LINKS
Wonder where TheScreamOnline crew surfs during downtime? Click here to view our favorite places.

BOOKS
Want some suggestions for good reading? Check out TheScreamOnline Bookshelf.

ARTISTS & WRITERS INDEX
View an alphabetical list of TheScreamOnline talent with links to all articles in every issue.

SPLASH PAGE GALLERY
Each new issue of TheScreamOnline brings a new splash page—the page you first see when entering the site. We have received so many compliments about the artwork that we decided to create a “Splash Page Gallery.”

Not all links are “in-your-face” obvious. Poke around a bit. There are some hidden items. Maybe an image will reveal another as the cursor rolls over it, or perhaps it may be a doorway to somewhere else.

Enjoy.

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The Fine Print

Editor-in-Chief:
Stuart Vail

Art Direction & Site Design:
Vail Graphics

Contributing Artists & Writers:
Robert Balcomb
Sam R. Balcomb
James Burns
Ross Calvin
Wendy Hall
Larry Lytle
John Kilgore
Stuart Vail

Creative Consultant: Joanne Warfield

Entrance page art: "Crimson Athena" ©2001 Joanne Warfield
Photograph on the Fiction page ("The Hug"): "Stones" ©2001 Joanne Warfield

The ScreamOnline logo, images, and written material are
©2001 Stuart Vail unless stated otherwise.
All artists and writers retain their own copyrights.
The copying or distribution of any material for commercial gain
is strictly prohibited unless authorized by the webmaster.
All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer: While we applaud innovative ideas and concepts, opinions expressed by articles in TheScreamOnline do not necessarily reflect those of the editor/publisher, staff, or anyone connected with the magazine. We fully respect those who have an opposing point-of-view and welcome any feedback by concerned readers who wish to communicate accordingly. Vive le difference!

TheScreamOnline regretfully cannot accept
unsolicited submissions of any kind.

Publication in this magazine is by invitation only.

 

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