In writing "The Journals of
Simon Pariah", I make reference to a lot of work by other
writers, artists and thinkers. Aside from the various influences
on my work, there are quite a few quite a few others from whom
I draw directly, and to whom I am greatly indebted. Here,
as well as in the books, I will credit as many of these influences
and providers of source material as possible. Where possible,
I will provide links to their websites or to sites that I find
to be very good ones about these people or their work. Through
this, I hope that you will discover something good: a new author,
a new artist, a good book or website. There is a lot of
good material out there worth the time, and this page is my way
of attempting to introduce you to some of it.
12 July, 2002
In a recent hard drive crash, much of the bibliography for this
story was lost, especially as much of it was information culled
from websites. However, the following items remain clear influences:
- "Africans in America" by Charles Richard Johnson,
Patricia Smith and the WGBH Series Research Team. There is an
excellent audiobook version of this that is worth a listen.
- "Life of Mary F. McCray, Born and Raised a Slave in
the State of Kentucky" by S. J. McCray (available from http://docsouth.unc.edu/mccray/menu.html).
- "The Experience of A Slave in South Carolina",
by John Andrew Jackson (available from http://docsouth.unc.edu/jackson/menu.html)
29 May, 2002
"Dust and Bones"
- "Ladakh: Gods and Mortals Behind the Himalayas"
by Heinrich Harrer
- "A Portrait of Lost Tibet" by Rosemary Jones-Tung
- "Seven Years in Tibet", film by Jean-Jacques Annaud,
starring Brad Pitt, based on the book by Heinrich Harrer.
31 July, 2001
"Hounds of the Forest"
10 May, 2001
"God of the Cave"
6 March, 2001
I suppose, to be fair, my first additions to this page should
be to acknowledge those people and/or companies who helped me
create this page. The following are a list of programs and
websites whose resources were tapped to create this site in its
- Adobe Pagemill 3.0. Although I am not aware of any
further development on this product, obviously in favor of their
higher end offerings, this program has proved an invaluable tool
to a neophyte web designer like myself. Unfortunately,
it does not seem to be available from Adobe (www.adobe.com) any
longer, and even Download.com has stopped carrying the demo.
- Adobe Photoshop 5.0 This tool is a favorite
of many graphics professionals, and is certainly my favorite
for any digital work I need to do, including scanning. Information
on the latest version can be found at Adobe's website (see the
- IrfanView. This remarkable piece of graphics
freeware is useful for all kinds of things, including basic image
editing, scanning, file conversion, thumbnails and slideshows.
It is an image viewer capable of many multimedia formats
as well. The latest version can be downloaded for free
at: The IrfanView HomePage.
- DocCompiler. This is another freeware app which
I have found highly useful for my particular purposes. It
is the program which generates the navigation buttons which make
my e-books possible. After trying a number of solutions,
this one turned out to be the one which was most user, resource
and financially friendly. If you would like to try it,
you can find it at Document Compiler.
- Ulead Cool 3D 2.0 and Ulead GIF Animator 3. Both of
these offerings from Ulead have been very handy in creating the
animated gifs and text images you see on these pages, and that
is only a small part of their functionality. To learn more
about them, go to the Ulead Systems home page.
- Keenspace. I think this must be THE place for
internet cartoonists right now. They provide unlimited
server space for online comics, and advertising banner support
for their members. They host a diverse and entertaining
selection of web comics, and their people seem to be truly dedicated
to promoting online comic art. You can visit them and their
selection of comics at www.keenspace.com.
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