posted on July 1, 2007 at 1:15 am

the jungle trembled and shook
it was one huge living thing
stretching from beach to beach
canopy vines and lianas
its atmosphere was suffocating
sweet moist omnipresent
it hindered penetration
the trees seemed to move and reach out and grasp
the ground gave and a disgusting mud sucked at the feet
killer pushed on ahead
after all he was a timebeing
the thorns and nettles made no difference
his crew were close to mutiny
he cursed their lack of faith
ronson and peake had already been lost
back there
in this inferno of a jungle
a jungle ripe with ghosts
spirits of trees
voodoo hidden people with tipped darts
half human monkeys screaming and hurling things
in this dank jumble of wet wood and whispering voices
in this no mans land tangled twisted spiteful
bolan walked alongside him
these cats are ready to flip he said
they want to know whats in it for them…
killer sighed
maybe theres nothing in it….for any of us
bolan looked down
i dont wanna hear that right now druid…..
look i know theyre upset about mick and melvyn said the killer
melvyn was never gonna make it…you know that
but ronson…..
too impetuous
such a shame
we’ll miss him thats for sure
the killer called a halt
lets have a fucking smoke for godsake
mclennan took him aside
steven we’re in the middle of a jungle…
you wanna get stoned?
killer nodded solemnly
and the last of neils purple heads
were rolled up into a 2 paper tally-ho spliff
with a rolled up bit of cardboard as a filter
killer puffed deep and exhaled coughing and wheeezing
tolkien puffed on his pipe
while the rest passed the spliff around
except ian curtis
no thanks killer he muttered
and stood outside the circle on lookout
gentlemen said the killer
we are approaching our destination
soon will come the most perilous part of this journey…
this quest…interrupted bolan quietly
the killer continued
how much do you lot know about atlantis?
all began talking at once
merlin suddenly became agitated
and banged his staff upon the ground
all magic
all power
all knowledge
comes from fair atlantis
the druids
the bards
the magicians
all take their art from her
the royal blood of atlantis flowed through
christos and our own celtic kings
houdini said
you know guys i never really made up my mind about atlantis
but i sure am interested in whatever this has to do with us
tolkien nodded
atlantis way down below the ocean
where i wanna be uh she may be
arthur rimbaud said
oh sweet city in the seaside afternoon
on the day you sank
we slept unaware
like babies at the tit…
errr thanks arthur for that said the killer
there was a polite round of applause
for godsakes steven go on with it said mclennan
this is it
the atlanteans had discovered the secret of life
and had determined the existence of a vital ray
this ray was captured and stored in crystals
like batteries…
what is battery? asked dante
never mind
its a way of using energy
one small crystal could contain enough power to…
to do what ? someone asked
an atlantean crystal is the most powerful object in the world said merlin
i saw one once
when i was a child
it was nearly used up
but still an object of great magic…
gentlemen said the killer
i seek the last atlantean crystal
its name is bel-tyne
its power is as yet untapped..
yes said houdini yes!
killer put out the joint
pulled off a leach
and stood up
gentlemen he said
lets get our arses into gear



43 Responses to “islands of the dead”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 6:33 am #

    C’mon, shake some action fellas!!

  2. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 1 July 2007 at 6:58 am #

    Tottering turtles !

    Plundering porpoises !

    Suffering seagulls !

    Coddling catfish !

    Kipper me capstans !

    Blistering barnacles !

  3. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 1 July 2007 at 7:00 am #

    “were rolled up into a 2 paper tally-ho spliff
    with a rolled up bit of cardboard as a filter”

    Good to see you do it the old fashioned English way.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 7:16 am #

    Tolkien probably had ice in his pipe and thought you were a bunch of schtoogs

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 8:52 am #

    todays blogge goes out to all you lovely folks who…….need another person to tune a radio{coz when YOU get anywhere near it,it crackles too loudly}…OR…you have an entourage of animals following your steps,or a choir of cats in your yard on an odd night.if you ,in heightened states change the channel on the telly{without the remote}or the colour of your eyes entwined with these emotions….and you bring calm and solace,and peace to those kindred,ancient souls who cross your path…and if you love truly and unreservedly?…you share in beltyne……what a KILLER tale!……bed time stories ….for BIG GIRLS and BOYS….thank you MR Kilbey,love,as always,genx xxxxxxxxx

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    matthew | 1 July 2007 at 9:07 am #

    please can there be a bit where bolan rides a large white swan?

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 9:55 am #

    At first I’m kinda taken aback to Pirates of the Carribean, then Lost. Alas….we near Atlantis.

    I’ve always wanted to tell you Steve, that I’ve been to the Acores…and the earth there is rich rich rich. Dark as 80% Dark chocolate. For this and some other reasons, I do believe that Atlantis is in that vicinity. It went under at a greater steep angle than any of the other plates.

  8. avatar
    davem | 1 July 2007 at 10:02 am #

    It’s Sunday morning here…any chance of part 3 before my bedtime??? Please Killer??
    Less of the moist, difficult to penetrate stuff though…….
    Love you more,


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    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 10:30 am #

    holy snappin’ duckshit cap’m…why should you need to push your way through the jungle when you’ve just smoked a doobie and you can astrally project yourself and your band of swashbuckling mateys to your destination…
    wish i could project myself as a spirit to wrap myself around the flesh of my lover…my skin is crackling where he touched me today…i burn, people…
    -The Hellbound Heart

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 10:51 am #

    Too much information HBH, that kinda stuff should stay between you and “lover” dontcha think?

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 10:55 am #

    no…you guys are the only ones i can tell about it ‘cos you listen and don’t judge…if i didn’t tell someone i’d go fucking bananas…

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 11:15 am #

    Curtis is gonna be a turncoat for sure.

    May I suggest replacement crew members?

    Keith Moon, Brian Jones or Ronnie Lane.



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    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 11:22 am #

    i must admit…..Im waiting for Spike Milligan to appear at any moment…and present you and the “not so merry men” with HIS version of treasure{a squashed banana or “Griselda”}…..but please dont do that!….this lil trip is too extraordinary to “silly ify”….twist it/us..oh lord of intrigue and you have any clues as to the meaning of this “Grail” that is so often referred to in Atlantian and christian lore?…..sweet dreams…love genx…xxxxxxxxxx.. p.s.hellbound heart…Im hearing ya..and here for ya kiddo..xoxoxoxo i love and respect your open ness xxooxo

  14. avatar
    Tim | 1 July 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    pirates of the caribbean meet cheech and chong…

    i love it!

    nothing better than smoking
    a big fat cannon…

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 12:49 pm #

    definitely get keith Moon on board

  16. avatar
    davem | 1 July 2007 at 12:57 pm #

    Would never judge you, but….it’ll end in tears me dear!!!
    Have fun anyway!!

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 1:34 pm #

    – riddle

    is it a leaf
    falls on loneliness?
    is it a rose
    blooms with glories?
    or is it a promise
    that there won’t be any stormy days any more?
    is it a smile?
    or… a light kiss?
    it’s like a riddle like you
    sometimes drizzling
    the other day pouring
    sometimes burning
    the other day freezing
    today in summer
    tomorrow in winter

    a cloud with hundreds of faces
    a cloud changes it’s shapes every seconds

    an real big adventure

  18. avatar
    restaurant mark | 1 July 2007 at 1:54 pm #

    hello steve…and hello everyone else. just got back from vacation in florida yesterday…would love to go back today…wish i could post pics here. it was just gorgeous all week. our beach house was surrounded by water basically. i can still smell the salt water. huge pelicans, herrings, and king fishers constantly landing on our dock. could walk up about five feet from them and they wouldn’t fly away. everyday we had a family of dolphins cruise through the deep water canal behind the house that led to the gulf. one day they played like children right in front of us for an hour. splashing, rolling, slapping their tails on the water, and finally two of them having a jumping contest to see who could get higher out of the water…i called it a tie. amazing…i could watch that every day…that would never get old. i understand why you love living by the sea steve. the sunrises were brilliant…layers of purple, pink, and orange. the last day we rented a boat and went out pretty far…saw hammerhead and black tip sharks…not as friendly looking as the dolphins, but still awesome. we all came back as bronze gods…well, maybe more like pinkish, redish, peeling gods. i could babble on and on, but don’t want to write a book…besides i’ve got a weeks worth of reading to catch up on.
    take care

  19. avatar
    gavgams | 1 July 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    Hey Steve
    Talking things NZ (a few posts back), have you heard of Stinky Jim? Another fan of Shane Carter and great promoter of quality indie NZ music ncluding some pretty bloody intersting electronica / fusion whatever stuff outside the box. Here’s a playlist from a guest thingy he did a few years ago which was a top little show.
    Thanks for all your words.
    You got integrity too. Don’t bloody forget it.

  20. avatar
    CSTCoach | 1 July 2007 at 3:17 pm #

    you’ve captured the nature of jungle really well. nice details that make all the difference – the way the sticky mud sucks at your boots, the living tangle of life growing upon life, the heavy still air, the primal screams and screeches from its dark depths…

    this is a great cliffhanger… waiting to see where the next installment will go…



  21. avatar
    MR. BLUE SKY | 1 July 2007 at 5:36 pm #

    me am sorry to say this, but that last atlantean crystal, the beltyne, is sitting here in me dark room, me have almost used up its power writing me stories…
    The Captain

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 6:37 pm #

    better than terry brooks too

  23. avatar
    zebob | 1 July 2007 at 6:53 pm #

    Loving the imagery. The jungle as a single living organism, similar to an episode in “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. Some mindbending stuff in that book.
    I’m sitting here with a bucket of popcorn, waiting to see what happens next with the blogge.

  24. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 1 July 2007 at 7:10 pm #

    I am Glad restaurant Mark actually experienced nature and wildlife in Florida. Our family owns a condominium on the East Coast of Florida. I enjoy it but it is so depressing to see all the residential, commercial and even industrial development that is decimating South Florida’s waning nature havens,wildlife habitats and marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Florida needs a powerful environmentalist lobby before it is too late. Too made Jim Morrison isn’t on Steve’s crew He could croon “This Is The End”.

  25. avatar
    kat | 1 July 2007 at 8:15 pm #

    ya already lost ronson? arrgh well the tb gonna’ forge ahead stoned… hmm, not unusual ;]=~~

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 8:24 pm #

    ……Aligheri, “What’s a battery?”

    ah shiiiihahahahaa!

    ….pirates meet cheech and chong. bravo.

  27. avatar
    craig1.618 | 1 July 2007 at 8:26 pm #

    now that’s my kind of quest!

  28. avatar
    mattdavison | 1 July 2007 at 9:38 pm #

    I keep singing “Day of the dead” I hope Cortez isn’t there @ devils Island.

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2007 at 10:00 pm #

    am constant,and consumed…literarily recovering,from a “lightly varnished” flux o tail spin…riddle?…will never bore its beholder…nor will this riddle bring uncertainty . or doubt.tis,on many angels,an old fashioned one…in the light..this is a riddle…not needing to be solved…just enjoyed…venus di milo…… trinity.xo

  30. avatar
    knot | 1 July 2007 at 10:20 pm #

    take me along with you
    you might need a typist

    You cannot spell you only lean
    Where magic words direct the stream…

  31. avatar
    fantasticandy | 1 July 2007 at 10:37 pm #

    did i read that right?
    ‘lets get gear into our arses’.
    i didn’t realise you could take it like that!
    still youv’e a few experts in your crew,
    who am i to argue?
    andy L.

  32. avatar
    Thelonious | 1 July 2007 at 11:43 pm #

    Nothing is lost if that resolves, and nothing is ever really lost forever.

  33. avatar
    Rock'n Roll Ghost | 2 July 2007 at 12:35 am #

    Long John Kilbey – this is horse shit by your ususal standards ;P

  34. avatar
    steve kilbey | 2 July 2007 at 1:57 am #

    fuck off then

  35. avatar
    JJ | 2 July 2007 at 1:58 am #

    I need to go put on Donovan now…..”on board were the twelve; the TimeBeing, the Poet, the Musicians, the Magician….” I loved that song when I was a kid, way back when, still have a soft spot for Mr. Leitch. Have his autobiography, a pretty good read.

    Culture would be emptier without the myths and legends that enrich it by capturing universal and shared desires.

    Onward, towards the Dark Crystal. Perhaps it is deadly to he who would possess it without true heart.

    The Creole “Voudou/Voodoo” culture lives on in Savannah GA, a disturbing place at nightfall sometimes. Going back in the Fall.

  36. avatar
    craig1.618 | 2 July 2007 at 2:07 am #

    dear mary contrary aka r’r ghost

    i couldn’t disagree more……’s entry for sunday is fucking brilliant………..the man’s got talent in spades ( to borrow his own phrase)

  37. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 2 July 2007 at 3:18 am #


    Your June 17, 2007, blog was divinely inspired. I have placed it inside Gandhi’s “Moral Basis For Vegetarianism” and “Ellen G. White’s Heavens Foods. In a future blog let’s reincarnate Leonardo Da Vinci, Empedocles, Leo Tolstoy, Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer and Boston’s Brad Delp to finally convert the human world to stop killing sentient nonhuman creatures for food. I just saw a BBC report about Mountain Gorillas being slaughtered for bushmeat. It’s unbearble to watch. I can’t even watch a tiny fish being killed by a purported “sportsmen”. Like Ian Curtis “I’ve Lost Control Again” and I don’t trust “The Leaders Of Men”.

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2007 at 3:42 am #

    ummm, brien, enough already. you are starting to come off as kinda deranged which i’d say is not the eefect you want to have. we all resepect your beleifs and we are all pretty clear about what they are, so how about giving us a break?

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2007 at 4:59 am #

    A great day in Sydney eh?
    Roll on spring!
    No wonder theres so many roll ons with the word spring in them.

    Dutch Pierre

  40. avatar
    boogy | 2 July 2007 at 5:38 am #

    come on Killer, get your arse into gear….next installment please!

  41. avatar
    brien comerford's an attention seeker | 2 July 2007 at 6:08 am #

    Read this –

  42. avatar
    calling down baal and zeus | 2 July 2007 at 7:45 am #

    hey time out …you read our blogs too,…dont ya

  43. avatar
    Anonymous | 2 July 2007 at 9:45 am #

    no no! this crew is the best…..keith moon? arrgghhhh


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