Shawn-Da-Lay Boy Productions

The tradition of various text-file distribution "conglomerates" is an old one, reaching back to the very dawn of BBS history. Before the warring ANSI groups existed (indeed, before ANSI itself existed), before the rise in popularity of the mostly European "demo" (graphics + music) scene, there was the simple storyteller. Dating back to a time when text-files were the hottest-traded commodity online (and sometimes the only thing available), there are few of these pioneering groups left intact in the graphically oriented online world we see today. Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) comes to mind; Lunatic Labs in Los Angeles. The San Francisco Bay Area had its own contribution: Shawn-Da-Lay Boy Productions, more commonly known as simply SDLBP.

Contributions to this group came primarily through three East Bay BBSes: The Electric Pub (defunct, Sir Death sysop), The Pirate's Hollow (now simply "The Hollow," Doctor Murdock original sysop, later - and currently - Powerful Paul), and RatHead Systems (now PolySpock, Ratsnatcher sysop). The group flourished primarily in 1988-90, with an average of two or three new files per week shooting through the transom.

Many of these files are gone forever. Some of them deserve this fate. The writing is intensely young here, which isn't to suggest that there aren't a few hidden treasures among the muck. Don't expect much in the way of rational, well-thought opines: what follows is a product of its own age, with its own rules, not to be judged on any standards other than its own. What is most rewarding about the SDLBP files, however, is the opportunity to watch young writers emerge from a spot where nothing lay before. Many of the participants have gone on to much bigger things; some are sysadmins at major UNIX sites, others engaged in graduate study. Some are unemployed and some are lost.

These files remind you that the place that you came from is gone.

The Rum Diaries

they drink Budweiser...

  • When the world runs out of beer: The Beer Blues
  • The Beer Mystic's Last Day on the Planet, a story by Rabid Liberal
  • How to Get Fucked Up on Things Laying Around the House, a primer
  • "Oh How I Love My Heather": Pickups, hot dogs and beer

    Introspection and Mute Nostril Agony

    they contemplate their navels...

  • How to Make a Zombi Out of a Dying Man, and other tidbits of Death Lore
  • How to Eat Your Shoe and Become Enlightened, for Fossil Pigs' Sake
  • So you wanna fnord know, eh?
  • The Absolute Truth About The Fossil Pigs and Omibot 2000
  • Pressed Rat's Hypothesis on Jello Knox Blox and Quantum Mechanix
  • Just one of them nights... sinking into a Shadow... is Madness really a bad place to be?
  • Sir Death's Laboratory: How to Build a Nuclear Reactor in Your Backyard
  • The Amazing Brain of the American Pit Bull Terrier
  • A Portrait of a Brain Cell: We Are Legion
  • Do You Remember the Question? The Answers to the Fnordian Question of Existence
  • More Answers to the Fnordian Question of Existence
  • The Aliens Are Eating My Heart Out! In Memory of Mark Twain; the Damned Human Race
  • The Best Way to Die (if you HAD to)
  • The Sid Gnarly Users: A Guide to Various Users and Freaks

    The Shroom Docs

    they take hallucenogenics, like the Beatles...

  • shroom01.txt: The Land of Else
  • shroom02.txt: Yet Another Moonie Trip to the Land of Else
  • shroom03.txt: Else Revisited - A Dark and Stormy Night
  • shroom04.txt: A Search for Surface
  • shroom4b.txt: Big-O Jet Airliner
  • shroom05.txt: A Trip to the Wonderous Wonderland of Wildcat
  • shroom06.txt: (Shifting) Through Time and Fading Fast!
  • shroom07.txt: Green Mooncakes With Dr. Seuss
  • shroom08.txt: The Meaning of "RoR-Alucard"
  • shroom09.txt: Latex and Lobotomy in the Land of Else
  • shroom10.txt: Fancy White Jackets, Runaway BART Trains and Stargazing on Acid!
  • shroom11.txt: The Adventures of Harry the Milkman & Humpidy Earl Jr's Malicious Terrorist Mob

    A Simple Request

    If anyone out there has any of these files that are not listed above, would you please at least consider emailing 'em to me? I'm also looking for any digitized art from this era, as well as photographs. Thanks.

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