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Title: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 09, 2010, 10:59:17 AM
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2259/1515580266_6a3a2b89c8.jpg)

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhys_Hughes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhys_Hughes)

My Blog: http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com)


My list of publications:

Books:
* Worming the Harpy (1995)
* Eyelidiad (1996)
* Rawhead & Bloody Bones (1998)
* The Smell of Telescopes (2000)
* Stories from a Lost Anthology (2002)
* Nowhere Near Milk Wood (2002)
* Journeys Beyond Advice (2002)
* The Percolated Stars (2003)
* A New Universal History of Infamy (2004)
* At the Molehills of Madness (2006)
* A Sereia de Curitiba (2007)
* The Crystal Cosmos (2007)
* The Less Lonely Planet (2008)
* The Postmodern Mariner (2008)
* Engelbrecht Again! (2008)
* Mister Gum (2009)
* Twisthorn Bellow (forthcoming April 2010)
* The Impossible Inferno (forthcoming summer 2010)
* Tallest Stories (forthcoming September 2010)

Chapbooks:
* Romance with Capsicum (1995)
* In Praise of Ridicule (2003)
* The Skeleton of Contention (2004)
* Madonna Park (2009)
* Plutonian Parodies (2009)
* The Fanny Fables (2010)
* To Err is Divine (forthcoming 2010)
* Flash in the Pantheon (forthcoming 2010)

Books in Preparation:
* Lots and lots of them...


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Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: allybird on March 09, 2010, 02:46:05 PM
Ah! TALLEST STORIES on here...

http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: allybird on March 10, 2010, 05:39:17 PM
Great blog as usual Rhys and very good that you mentioned the BFS and linked back to here to increase traffic :>) I'll do the same tonight...I'm lagging behind you and some others!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: John L Probert on March 10, 2010, 06:14:22 PM
Hi Rhys

Did I read somewhere that there's going to be a reprint of Worming the Harpy? It's the only volume of yours I don't have.

Cheers

John
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 11, 2010, 10:19:03 AM
Hi John. I might have some good news on a second edition of Worming the Harpy later this year. Unfortunately I can't say anything until then. Portugal might be connected with this news, or it might not... Harpy was supposed to be reissued by Prime Books five years ago, but after twiddling my thumbs for ages they finally dropped it last year. It's high time this volume was reprinted, in my view!

What have I been up to recently? The year started strongly. I wrote a novel in five weeks. The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange is a humorous homage to the forgotten science-fiction pulp writers of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Then I wrote a piece for a forthcoming anthology themed around 'creativity in the wilderness'. Then I wrote a story intended for an anthology with a theme I can’t yet reveal!

I've just finished writing a story that's a tribute to the Italian writer Dino Buzzati. I wrote this for an anthology that won't even be soliciting submissions until next year, but I couldn't wait! I'll sit on it until the publisher opens his doors to submissions for that volume. I'm very pleased with it, and in fact I regard it as one of my best stories.

Next I'm going to finish a pirate story that's actually more like a mock interview with the eight pirates who feature in my book The Postmodern Mariner. It's a sequel to that book, or rather a bonus that I'll post on one of my blogs. There's a link to that blog in the book itself, so the whole thing is a sort of a joke (but in a good way, I hope!) And in fact the blog in question can be found here:
http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)

Then I'm going to write a short tale for a forthcoming 'Futurist' anthology. After that I'm going to try writing a story aimed at 'young adults' for a Robinsons Books anthology. Mike Ashley is editing this and asked me to contribute and I agreed even though I've never written for that age group.

Then I'm going to write a Philip Jose Farmer tribute for an anthology featuring stories based in one of the worlds or futures he created. The PJF estate is involved with this project.

Then I need to write further instalments of various story cycles that are ongoing -- an 'Albarracin' tale, a 'Chaud Melle' story and a 'Happenstance' story.

Then, fingers crossed, I can finally get back to writing the novel I abandoned two years ago, The Pilgrim's Regress. I can't wait!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Steve Lockley on March 11, 2010, 04:29:37 PM
You are without doubt the most prolific man I know! Long may it continue.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 12, 2010, 10:49:28 AM
Thanks Steve! But I'm not nearly as prolific as some writers. In the past 20 years I've averaged between 300 and 400 words per day. That's not much really -- but it has been every single day. It's the tortoise method... Lately I've speeded up a lot, but that's because I'm not doing much other than writing. This situation will probably change very soon and then I'll slow down again...

I've just booked for ODYSSEY 2010 (alias EasterCon):
http://www.odyssey2010.org/ (http://www.odyssey2010.org/)

So if anybody around here is going to that, I'll see you there!

I've just heard that Twisthorn Bellow now exists as a book. Yippee!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Gary Fry on March 12, 2010, 12:15:07 PM
Has The Crystal Cosmos sold out in both editions, Rhys? Very few PS authors manage that trick, you know . . .




Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 12, 2010, 12:21:31 PM
Hi Gary. I have no idea. I could ask Pete Crowther, I guess. I'm hoping that one day it'll be reprinted together with all my other SF stories in one volume (probable book title, The Isle of Chrome). Don't know when that'll be, though!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Gary Fry on March 12, 2010, 12:28:26 PM
Check out the PS archive. Both editions are in there, which means they're gone.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 12, 2010, 12:58:49 PM
Great! Later this year (via my agent) I'm going to pitch Pete Crowther another SF book called Ditto and Likewise, which is about a 'Counter Earth' on the far side of the sun. I've only written part of it so far, but I'm sure it can progress in the coming months.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Rolnikov on March 12, 2010, 03:28:38 PM
Twisthorn Bellow was great fun - I should have a review of it ready for the next TQF and Prism. I enjoyed the cameos! Did you try to capture PJF's real character? I don't know much about him beyond the books.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 13, 2010, 11:08:41 AM
Thanks Stephen! I look forward to your review!
The scene with PJF (where he disaparages Stanislaw Lem) was partly inspired by the fact that back in the 1970s there was a big spat in the SF writing community, and at one point PJF and Lem were at loggerheads, so to speak. The irony is that they are both two of my favourite writers and those petty squabbles are of no consequence to me at all...
Readers often perceive the writing world as one big happy community and are mostly unaware of the infighting and minor disputes that goes on -- but the fact is that those disputes ultimately mean diddly squat.
The fact that Lem hated all American SF (except for Philip K. Dick) doesn't stop me enjoying Silverberg, PJF, Vance, etc, in the slightest; and the fact that plenty of Western SF writers railed against Lem (Brian Aldiss had some sniffy things to say about him; I love Aldiss too) doesn't stop me regarding Lem as one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
Anyway... that's the unnecessarily long answer to your question. :-)
Regards and thanks again!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 15, 2010, 10:30:48 AM
Ally mentioned something about putting a picture of my book The Postmodern Mariner here...
I took this one last year.
Even though the book was published in the summer of 2007, it hasn't had an official launch yet.
I'm hoping there will be one at the end of April, here in Swansea Central Library.
Dressing as a pirate isn't mandatory if you decide to come!
But it's not a bad idea...
The book launch will in fact be a minor literary event involving readings by other writers as well as me, all with a piratical or ghostly theme. The event will be called SHIVER YOUR TIMBERS!
More details when I know more!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/3092890092_2e6aa16786.jpg)

On a different note, I've written a short blog post about the writer Ernest Bramah here:
http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)
He was a very interesting writer and definitely worth checking out!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Screaming Dreams on March 15, 2010, 09:43:17 PM
The Postmodern Mariner by Rhys Hughes

(http://www.screamingdreams.com/images/mariner.jpg)

Essential reading for fans of Rhys' work. A book of implausible adventures featuring absurdities, anachronisms, exaggerations, outrageous puns, pirates, mythological beings, giant cups of tea and the occasional metafictional trick.

Find out more at : http://www.screamingdreams.com/mariner.html (http://www.screamingdreams.com/mariner.html)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 16, 2010, 12:11:21 PM
That marvellous cover was created by the supremely talented Steve Upham... (who also did the cover for my just published Twisthorn Bellow novel).

The first chapter (story) of The Postmodern Mariner appeared on Podcastle a while ago, so if you want to listen before buying the book, follow this link:
http://podcastle.org/2009/08/04/pc064-castor-on-troubled-waters/ (http://podcastle.org/2009/08/04/pc064-castor-on-troubled-waters/)

I am indebeted to Steve Upham for publishing this book!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 17, 2010, 11:14:37 AM
My latest blog entry is about Odyssey 2010, also known as EasterCon:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)
If you're attending I'll see you there in the flesh...

And a different blog entry continues the series of conversations between the Postmodern Mariner and the eight Sea of Tea pirates:
http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)
This is a sort of online bonus to my book The Postmodern Mariner. Hopefully these interviews will make sense even if you haven't read that book...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 18, 2010, 05:58:08 PM
A great review has just appeared of The Postmodern Mariner at The Future Fire here:
http://tff-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/hughes-postmodern-mariner-2008.html (http://tff-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/03/hughes-postmodern-mariner-2008.html)

My thanks to Terry Grimwood for writing this review!
For some reason, this book hasn't had many reviews so far, so I'm extra delighted by this one!

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Screaming Dreams on March 18, 2010, 08:00:21 PM
Thanks for the great review, Terry!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 19, 2010, 12:14:01 PM
I think that The Postmodern Mariner has been my poorest selling book, which is ironic considering I wrote it to be lighter and less overtly philosophical than my usual stuff!
I thought it would be my most commercial book -- which goes to show how bad I am at constructing business projections!

Having thought long and hard about this, I can only conclude that the word POSTMODERN in the title is putting people off. I should have called the book The Futurological Mariner.
I'll just keep plugging it... Copies can be obtained here:
http://www.screamingdreams.com/mariner.html (http://www.screamingdreams.com/mariner.html)

I intend to plug it at the forthcoming Odyssey 2010 convention, if I can... and there's the proper book launch at the end of April, of course!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 20, 2010, 11:46:38 AM
I'm delighted that my novel Mister Gum has made the BFS longlist in the 'Best Novel' category:
http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=592&Itemid=35 (http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=592&Itemid=35)

The longlist is a very long list though! A very very very very very long list!

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/SrYBbSVpmyI/AAAAAAAAAEY/2MrKGFc-WlQ/s320/mister+gum+marina.JPG)

A 10,000 word extract from Mister Gum has already appeared in a 'Best of' anthology, this one:
(http://www.edgeboston.com/display/viewimage_story.php?id=98150)

Although I'm not gay, I'm very happy to side with brave minorities, to support the underdog against the overwolf, to lay the cards of defiance down on the poker table of oppression. Indeed I regard it as a duty...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: ColinHarvey on March 20, 2010, 12:07:55 PM
Congratulations, Rhys!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 20, 2010, 12:13:00 PM
Thanks Colin! I doubt I'll progress from the longlist to the shortlist, but that's life, I guess!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Steve Redwood on March 20, 2010, 03:09:09 PM
The Past and Future Mariner (after TH White)?  Marinated Seadogs?  Seadog and Ginger Biscuit?  The Futurological Conger-ess?  (gulp...)
Buena Suerte - and look at it this way:  people won't hate you until you reach a shortlist!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: RossWarren on March 20, 2010, 04:52:11 PM
Cheers for the prizes from the Poe contest, looking forward to reading them.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 21, 2010, 10:53:56 AM
Hi Ross. Glad you received them safe! The book isn't the one I said I was going to send (an anthology of flash fiction) but a different one (an anthology of pirate stories). Hope you don't already have it?

Just noticed a nice review of my book Journeys Beyond Advice here:
http://mikeisthinkingaboutbooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/journeys-beyond-advice.html (http://mikeisthinkingaboutbooks.blogspot.com/2010/03/journeys-beyond-advice.html)
This book was published by Sarob Press back in 2002...

Another thing I've recently noticed is a reviewer in Portugal who is reviewing my book Uma Nova História Universal da Infâmia story by story -- in other words, he's doing a Des Lewis style treatment of it. Des is the only other person I'm aware of who is doing these so-called "real time reviews" (Des may well have started his scheme before this other fellow) and it's a worthwhile approach, in my view... This Portuguese reviewer's newest review is for my story 'Rato da Esquina Rosada' and it can be found here:
http://lampadamagica.blogspot.com/2010/03/lido-rato-da-esquina-rosada.html (http://lampadamagica.blogspot.com/2010/03/lido-rato-da-esquina-rosada.html)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: DFL on March 21, 2010, 12:48:18 PM
HiAnother thing I've recently noticed is a reviewer in Portugal who is reviewing my book Uma Nova História Universal da Infâmia story by story -- in other words, he's doing a Des Lewis style treatment of it. Des is the only other person I'm aware of who is doing these so-called "real time reviews" (Des may well have started his scheme before this other fellow) and it's a worthwhile approach, in my view... This Portuguese reviewer's newest review is for my story 'Rato da Esquina Rosada' and it can be found here:
http://lampadamagica.blogspot.com/2010/03/lido-rato-da-esquina-rosada.html (http://lampadamagica.blogspot.com/2010/03/lido-rato-da-esquina-rosada.html)

Interesting, Rhys. Thanks.
I'm not sure who came first with real-time reviewing, but the author of that review had his own story ('The Place Where Lost Things Go') in Nemonymous Three in 2003 (as you did, too, with 'The Small Miracle'!)
des
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 21, 2010, 01:08:57 PM
Ah yes, Jorge Candeias, of course!
Cheers Des!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: DFL on March 21, 2010, 01:17:58 PM
And I sort of have a story in your book that he is reviewing.
All come together, all manner of things come together. A small miracle.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 24, 2010, 02:11:26 PM
My latest blog entry is about how projects can unexpectedly collapse:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

And here's the pitta bread monster Snagtooth Toasta taking a break with a squirrel from the rigours of appearing in my forthcoming Twisthorn Bellow novel...
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3389/3423889930_b7c0712ea5.jpg)
More monster pics soon!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: DFL on March 24, 2010, 02:37:39 PM
You mention "Disobeying the Muse might be perilous" in your blog.

Have you read Matt cardin's recent series of articles on the Demon Muse?
http://www.demonmuse.com/you-and-your-inner-partner-getting-to-know-your-creative-genius/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 24, 2010, 02:46:30 PM
I haven't, no. But I might do so now. Cheers, Des!
I used to get annoyed when stories would come into my head out of the blue and disrupt my schedule of pre-arranged stories to write. I thought of them as queue jumpers!
Now I give them an easy time and don't resent them! I just write them down!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 27, 2010, 06:07:32 PM
Jeff VanderMeer is currently sniffing books. His initial list of sniffed books can be found here:
http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2010/03/26/the-smell-of-the-weird-sniffing-books/ (http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2010/03/26/the-smell-of-the-weird-sniffing-books/)

He intends to sniff others in the near future!

Amongst this first batch of sniffooks, Thomas Ligotti is judged to be the most disturbing. Read the blog to find out why!

Or don't read it to not find out!

I once spilled a bottle of patouchli oil over a James Branch Cabell novel (The Silver Stallion in point of fact) and for many years afterwards it smelled like a Goan beach party.

Why not share your own anecdotes of literary olfactory exploits?
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Screaming Dreams on March 31, 2010, 07:36:51 PM
Here's the Twisthorn Bellow book, in the flesh ... on the Atomic Fez table at the World Horror convention.

(http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs425.snc3/24549_110384922321225_100000491532934_186151_6435291_n.jpg)

If you missed it at WHC then you can pick up a copy at EasterCon. Or head over to the Atomic website and order it online. Go on, you know you want to!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 07, 2010, 03:59:12 PM
My new blog entry is about the great writer John Sladek...
http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/S7xeaUR3QYI/AAAAAAAAAGg/yZxtmSDvfLE/s320/john+sladek.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 08, 2010, 11:09:36 AM
My latest blog entry is about Eastercon (Odyssey 2010), my first UK con!
Contains negative stuff as well as positive!
May contain nuts!
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/S72keijR8II/AAAAAAAAAoE/POrqL_3YioE/s320/me+and+my+book.jpg])
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: John L Probert on April 12, 2010, 10:45:32 AM
Ah! Another John Sladek fan! I've been a disciple since reading Tik Tok. Does that collection contain The Lost Nose? Or that really odd one that looks like a game of snakes & ladders & you have to follow the boxes all over the shop?
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 12, 2010, 04:08:13 PM
No, alas, but it does contain 'Space Shoes of the Gods', one of the funniest satires against Von Daniken ever written. And it contains a story in the shape of a bridge. And another story that is perhaps the finest 'locked room' crime story ever written...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 15, 2010, 11:49:34 AM
A blog entry that's all about satire, with special reference to Norman Spinrad's astounding novel The Iron Dream.
Click here:
]http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1587] (http://www.incwriters.co.uk/?p=1587)

(http://www.incwriters.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/spinrad-book-300x253.jpg)

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 16, 2010, 10:01:30 AM
My latest blog entry is about spring and volcanic ash and Philip José Farmer and can be found here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/S8bys9glHxI/AAAAAAAAAoU/X9SyyasbsUQ/s320/white+blossom.jpg)

And the final interview between the Postmodern Mariner and the eight Sea-of-Tea pirates may be found here:
http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 20, 2010, 10:42:18 AM
One of my own stories has just appeared on The Gloomy Seahorse, courtesy of myself! What an obliging chap I am!
Click here to view:
http://gloomyseahorse.blogspot.com/ (http://gloomyseahorse.blogspot.com/)

You know you want to!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 23, 2010, 12:17:19 PM
My books! How shall I plug thee? Let me count the ways! One, two, three, four, four and half... Four and a half ways!

My latest blog entry is about Twisthorn Bellow, my latest novel, and the private party that was thrown for the monsters who appear in it. They had a good time, those monsters did.

Click here, if you so wish:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/S9F7RaeiVcI/AAAAAAAAAo8/rTaS5LtTE3E/s320/twisthorn+monsters.jpg)

Tiktac Spittlegit is made from garlic and chillies and I might have to fry him tonight. For supper.

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 01, 2010, 10:26:06 AM
My latest blog entry features interviews with pirates... but they aren't applying for jobs!
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/SMPGV_YMi7I/AAAAAAAAAN0/FcEuI3AGArc/s320/Rhys+sculpture.JPG)

This photo shows the unconvincing wreck of an unconvincing ship. The unconvincing pirates all escaped on unconvincing lifeboats a few unconvincing centuries earlier...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 05, 2010, 10:59:27 AM
A photo of some flowers, red and white, on the same tree. Cool!
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4580424061_62aaa358db_m.jpg)

And here's the lovely tree in question...
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3316/4580424051_2e72cdcdf4_m.jpg)

Oh yes, I have a blog entry here, about the genius writer Henry Kuttner:
http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)

The photo of the book containing the Kuttner stories includes two daisies. See if you can spot 'em!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 07, 2010, 11:36:21 AM
In my humble but grandiose opinion, my latest blog entry is my best ever. It's about how the term "childish" is no longer an appropriate insult and should therefore be replaced with "adultish".

Click here if you wish to read it:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Includes photos of me in "dictatorial" and "mature" modes... Also includes references to Hitler, Einstein, Nietzsche and Gary McMahon.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Steve Redwood on May 09, 2010, 11:48:33 AM
Yes, loved that entry!  Though I didn't spot ref. to Gary...
By the way, speaking of cherries, or at least their blossom, did you ever get to the Valley of Jerte in Extremadura?  I've decided, despite earlier doubts, I have to live another 11 months to see and sniff the Valley, which I only found out about recently.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 09, 2010, 12:44:48 PM
Alas no, Steve, I never went to the Valle de Jerte. In fact I've never even heard of it until now! I barely know Extremadura at all. I am, however, a very big fan of cherries, both the blossom and the fruit.

Gary McMahon is the "serious individual" in my blog post. He tried to impress a thin blonde girl by disparaging a clever fellow in front of her; somewhat disappointing (and childish) behaviour but predictable enough from a writer who never seems to care about the deeper questions of analytic philosophy, logic and symmetry but only about wallowing self-indulgently in "truth", "pain", "issues" and "psychological realism".  :-)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 15, 2010, 10:56:57 AM
My latest blog entry returns to the theme of monsters. What a surprise! I bet you never saw that coming?
It's the latest in a sequence of pieces about Monsters of the Victorian Age.
Here's a picture of the first monster:
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/S7G5ytukjRI/AAAAAAAAAnE/kgBwAcnUdks/s320/victorian+monster+1.jpg)
And the second one can be found here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Everything about these monsters is true. Nothing is made up!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 26, 2010, 11:50:35 AM
My latest blog entry features a communal dinosaur poem and its OuLiPo variation. Includes lines of verse from sundry savants!
Click here to read it: http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/Iguanodon_Heinrich_Harder.jpg/280px-Iguanodon_Heinrich_Harder.jpg)

Talking about OuLiPo, here's a rather nice online N+7 generator that saves you the trouble of leafing through a dictionary by hand to create the transformation. It's a sort of automatic alchemy!
http://www.spoonbill.org/n+7/ (http://www.spoonbill.org/n+7/)

For instance I typed in the famous opening paragraph of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and this is what I got:

"No live oriental can continue for long to exist sanely under conductors of academic rear; even lassies and katydids are supposed, by some, to dressmaker. Hindrance Household, not sane, stood by itself against its hindrances, holding dashboard within; it had stood so for eighty yes-men and might stand for eighty more. Within, wallpapers continued upright, bridgeheads met neatly, flotations were fishmonger, and doorways were sensibly sickbed; silt lay steadily against the woodwind and stopgap of Hindrance Household, and whatever walked there, walked alone."

Almost as meaningful as the original!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 30, 2010, 01:18:33 PM
Here's a Strange Equation...

A hand under a bird

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/S_5c1LzrbVI/AAAAAAAAAHw/-iSNMN_wF7o/s320/adjusted+bird.jpg)


...is worth two in the bush...

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/S_5c4rcY0gI/AAAAAAAAAH4/DbH85cJ5bIk/s320/bush+hands.jpg)


More Strange Equations to follow in due course!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 09, 2010, 09:51:00 AM
A bloke by the name of Steve Lockley is having a book sale. He is putting a selection of books on eBay. Several of my own volumes are included, for instance Stories from a lost Anthology, Journeys Beyond Advice and Worming the Harpy. There are also works by William Sansom, Peter Cannon, William Charlton, M.P. Shiel, etc, etc. If you're interested, then take a look here...
http://shop.ebay.co.uk/swansea-steve/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340 (http://shop.ebay.co.uk/swansea-steve/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340)

If you're interested in Worming the Harpy, I ought to mention that a paperback "definitive" version is almost certainly due out at the end of this year, which will be cheaper, obviously. I won't say anything more about this yet, as a previous attempt at re-publication came to nothing, so it's better to keep quiet until the book actually appears. You might want the original hardback anyway, I guess...

Here's a brief blog entry about Reading Patterns:
http://mantoucan.blogspot.com/ (http://mantoucan.blogspot.com/)

Here's another Victorian Monster installment:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 10, 2010, 12:44:10 PM
My latest blog entry is about how gullible I am... Features photos of me looking gullible and (as a counterbalance) monumental...
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com)

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 11, 2010, 10:40:54 AM
Spot the difference

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4690513800_1584f2079d_m.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4689870073_8be278db4a.jpg)

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: David A. Riley on June 11, 2010, 11:04:59 AM
Have you never noticed how dinosaurs are such terrible poseurs? Whenever you see a picture of one of them they're always stood there in some perfect position ready for the camera.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 15, 2010, 10:01:27 AM
That's an extremely good point, David! I hadn't thought of it that way until you mentioned it...

At the moment I'm currently wondering this: is there a mythical creature with mongooses for hair that preys on gorgons?
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Mike Chinn on June 15, 2010, 11:01:08 AM
At the moment I'm currently wondering this: is there a mythical creature with mongooses for hair that preys on gorgons?

Oh - I hope there is! :D
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: allybird on June 16, 2010, 11:20:29 AM
Rhys. Great to have you on board!  :)

I was moved and totally agree with everything you said on facebook ........
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 20, 2010, 01:31:56 PM
Forgot to say that I updated my blog two days ago. My latest blog entry is about Calvino, camping and tree climbing... Contains nostalgia but no nuts (none that I'm aware of)...
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Why are flames always so photogenic?
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 28, 2010, 01:23:04 PM
New blog entry here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com)

Includes two photos of the recent Gray Friar Press anthology Where the Heart is and one photo of the great writer B.S. Johnson.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 29, 2010, 12:47:56 PM
New blog entry on one of my other blogs, about camping and ghosts...
http://mantoucan.blogspot.com/ (http://mantoucan.blogspot.com/)

Includes this photo of firelight through a bottle of wine...
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TCnTbXpWonI/AAAAAAAAAug/vkxRLOU2B8Q/s320/Picture+031.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: allybird on June 29, 2010, 01:46:17 PM
'..one photo of the great writer B.S. Johnson.'


I've got the Jonathan Coe biography about him and the B.S. Johnson Omnibus.  :)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 30, 2010, 09:45:37 AM
Hi Allyson.

B.S. Johnson was an amazing writer. I devoured the omnibus. House Mother Normal is especially moving and original. But my favourite Johnson work of all is Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry, which sounds rude but isn't. In fact I regard it as one of the most profound novels ever written...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: allybird on June 30, 2010, 02:25:55 PM
I read HOUSE MOTHER again...

'And now I give you - SPORT!
Yes, it's Tourney Time again.....
....Get the wet mops, Ivy, please.'  :)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 01, 2010, 11:17:32 AM
My latest blog entry attempts to plug my first purely digital story collection:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2010/07/better-devil.html (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2010/07/better-devil.html)

76 stories taken from a period of 21 years...
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TCxkGhsodrI/AAAAAAAAAuw/VgIWBUmaQMA/s320/better+the+devil+e-book.bmp)

...and available for Kindle download from Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/Better-The-Devil-ebook/dp/B003TZLQE2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&m=A7B2F8DUJ88VZ&s=digital-text&qid=1277975712&sr=1-3 (http://www.amazon.com/Better-The-Devil-ebook/dp/B003TZLQE2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&m=A7B2F8DUJ88VZ&s=digital-text&qid=1277975712&sr=1-3)

Talking about short-story collections, here's a list of my top ten ever:
]http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/2010/06/10-best-short-story-collections-ever.html] (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/2010/06/10-best-short-story-collections-ever.html)


Regards, Rhys!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 01, 2010, 11:57:12 AM
Apparently it's also available at a site called Smashwords, which is cheaper than Amazon:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/17946 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/17946)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: David A. Riley on July 01, 2010, 12:00:33 PM
Congratulations. I love that cover by the way. It fits the title so aptly but avoids cliche. Brilliant.

David
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 04, 2010, 06:01:33 PM
The latest in my ongoing series of Monsters of the Victorian Age can be found here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com)

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 12, 2010, 12:25:21 PM
I have just set up a new website. It needs a lot of work before it's ready, but here's the address anyway:
http://rhyshughes.blogspot.com (http://rhyshughes.blogspot.com)


The long awaited tribute volume to the great Philip José Farmer is now available. THE WORLDS OF PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER 1: PROTEAN DIMENSIONS has just been published. It can be ordered here:
http://www.pjfarmer.com/forth.htm (http://www.pjfarmer.com/forth.htm)

This is a limited edition volume that contains unpublished work by Farmer, as well as a host of stories and articles by other writers. My own story 'The Pollinators' is included. Only 500 copies exist; and approx 400 of those were pre-orders. Which means that there's only about 100 left...

Here I am in an improvised flowery hat, attempting to promote the book:
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4785770881_7eceb980e6.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 19, 2010, 01:34:04 PM
My latest blog entry is about books in their natural setting:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2010/07/books-in-their-natural-setting.html (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2010/07/books-in-their-natural-setting.html)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 21, 2010, 10:50:54 AM
I've done a guest blog for Gestalt Mash. It's about Mike Mignola. It's also about the haunted dunes near Porthcawl, Twisthorn Bellow and a villain with a walnut whip for a head. I wrote it for love and money.
http://gestaltmash.com/2010/07/mignola-daydream/ (http://gestaltmash.com/2010/07/mignola-daydream/)

(http://gestaltmash.com/wp-content/gallery/rhys-hughes-monsters/thumbs/thumbs_snagtooth-toasta.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 22, 2010, 09:25:46 AM
And on one of my other blogs I rather pompously give some writing advice. Go on, you know want it...
http://mantoucan.blogspot.com/ (http://mantoucan.blogspot.com/)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TEcajiWkilI/AAAAAAAAAxc/inEjShKvHQI/s320/riting+udvice.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 28, 2010, 09:25:42 AM
My latest blog is about Moby K. Dick, the paranoia whale, and how he was released from the bottomless mug by the fiendish pirate China Melville (not to be confused with China Miéville)...

http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TE7SqugInBI/AAAAAAAAAxk/1UCJ-WLFTGs/s320/moby+k+dick.JPG)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Cate Gardner on July 28, 2010, 06:50:16 PM
Rhys, I love the Better the Devil cover. Gorgeous.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 01, 2010, 10:57:51 AM
Competition time!
Free entry: tatty prize! (I say that because I'm modest!)
Here: http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Cate Gardner on August 01, 2010, 06:04:05 PM
Fabulous prizes.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 06, 2010, 10:21:06 AM
My latest blog entry is about grandiosity and magniloquence... and two schemes of mine that encapsulate them...
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TFkjbtBpdHI/AAAAAAAAA3A/GW6fdjpmNog/s320/sumerian.jpg)

Oh look, it's the Royal Game of Ur! Let's play for mints instead of money!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 07, 2010, 11:54:46 AM
PROG-ROCK COMPETITION RESULTS NOW IN:
http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/ (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.com/)

I thank you!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 13, 2010, 11:14:14 AM
The latest monster in my Monsters of the Victorian Age project is now online here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Get entangled with some imaginary beings, why don't you?
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 17, 2010, 10:48:59 AM
And my latest blog entry is about the kind of art I like:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com)

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 20, 2010, 11:49:57 AM
I've just done a guest blog on why Creative Writing Classes are a bad idea... It's certain to annoy some writers, but I have a choice between being nice and friendly or being honest... and I ALWAYS opt for TRUTH (apart from when I'm trying to get myself out of trouble -- usually because of cakes or women)...

The guest blog can be found here:
http://simonmarshalljones.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/guest-blog-rhys-hughes/ (http://simonmarshalljones.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/guest-blog-rhys-hughes/)

Thanks to Simon Marshall Jones, the host of this blog!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 23, 2010, 10:43:30 AM
My latest blog entry is a desperate attempt to impose order on all my current projects. It's like trying to cope with effervescence! Here it is:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Have a stone lion, why don't you?

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/THIppyk4_VI/AAAAAAAAA4Q/3HZSFd3H-es/s320/stone+lion.jpg)

Regards, R!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 28, 2010, 10:24:33 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/THEaqJLDBkI/AAAAAAAAAKA/e2g8j-hMJAI/s320/blond+beer.jpg)

Q: Why was the bottle of Abbaye de Leffe (6.6% ABV) confused by the way in which Pascal's Triangle determines the coefficients which arise in binomial expansions?

A: Because it's a blond beer...

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 01, 2010, 11:15:03 AM
My latest blog entry is about Corto Maltese, the "sailor without a ship"...
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TH11ltXKXDI/AAAAAAAAA4w/dytD4DhGS8w/s320/corto+maltese.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 08, 2010, 11:11:16 AM
Two days left if you want to be a villain in my next novella... Just offer your name forward and I'll add it to the hat!

To learn what I'm talking about (if you don't already know) and to see a picture of the hat in question, click on the following link:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Regards, R!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 12, 2010, 10:50:01 AM
The names were printed out, cut into strips, put into a hat and drawn out... And the main villain in my forthcoming Corto Maltese adventure will be:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Thanks to all who entered!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 15, 2010, 12:21:25 PM
My latest blog entry is a defence of puns and wordplay in general. Some of the greatest authors in history have been punsters. My blog includes my selection of the five best novels that utilise wordgames...
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Here's the cover of one of them:
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TJCo_n9nFFI/AAAAAAAAA5g/JRYwdmcfcuA/s320/barefoot+in+the+head.JPG)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 23, 2010, 09:51:20 AM
Yesterday I found a fossilised stone. No joke! It was locked in a death struggle with a prehistoric scissors and a piece of paper. The scissors was snagged on a tree; the stone was attracted by its cries and got stuck too; then the predatory paper joined the fray! I took a photograph as proof and wrote about the case here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

In the meantime, here's something else connected with stones... A three step process called Fun with Signs...

(1) The original inscription.
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/TJpq7fvRfTI/AAAAAAAAAKg/6FICsuwBajk/s320/king+george.jpg)

(2) The proposed modification.
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/TJprH1iqFnI/AAAAAAAAAKo/3WyUwUkxEtY/s320/sharon.jpg)


(3) Tee hee!
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5C4CE__QrgE/TJprS9WGkWI/AAAAAAAAAKw/krYj9saQk9Q/s320/result.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 02, 2010, 11:26:39 AM
Last week I interviewed the great Bruce Sterling for the Italian national newspaper, La Stampa. Details may be found on my blog here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com)

On my blog I also mention that I have recently finished my Corto Maltese novella, The Coanda Effect. In fact I have not only finished writing it, I have also submitted it, received an acceptance and even proofread the thing; it may even be published as soon as November!

Of course, you don't have to click on my blog to find out about the Bruce Sterling interview. If you read Italian, you might as well go directly to the relevant La Stampa page here:
http://www.lastampa.it/redazione/cmsSezioni/cultura/201009articoli/58959girata.asp (http://www.lastampa.it/redazione/cmsSezioni/cultura/201009articoli/58959girata.asp)

Sterling turned out to be an extremely intelligent, engaging and unpretentious man, as well as a genuinely important writer. The fuller English version of this interview should appear soon enough, maybe on my blog, maybe elsewhere. I'll keep you informed!

Now then. As an aside, I think I should mention that there's a book launch and reading at the British Library, London, on October 28th in aid of the "Read for READ" charity anthology. READ International are a charity devoted to increasing literacy by shipping free books to Africa. So far they have shipped nearly 1,000,000 books.

Anyway... they are publishing an anthology to raise money for their charity. This anthology contains the winners of a short-story competition held earlier this year, and also a few guest stories by a handful of invited writers. It's a cause I believe in, and I'm in the book with a pair of stories, so I may be going to the reading, if I can drum up the cash for a visit to ultra-expensive London. The British Library is one of the finest venues for a booklaunch in the world, frankly; and if you happen to be in the area at the time, I definitely recommend going to this event!

Details of this event can be found here:
http://sut1.co.uk/l/c.php?c=9913&ct=102031&si=32756303&u=rhysaurus (http://sut1.co.uk/l/c.php?c=9913&ct=102031&si=32756303&u=rhysaurus)

(http://secure.sign-up.to/data/images/9913/New_readforreadinvite-001.jpg)

Thanks for listening! Regards, R!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 05, 2010, 09:24:51 AM
The English language version of my interview with Bruce Sterling is now available online here:
http://www.40kbooks.com/?p=1769 (http://www.40kbooks.com/?p=1769)

This interview is actually longer than the Italian version.

(http://www.40kbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/invo.jpg)

Sterling is the man!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 10, 2010, 10:50:07 AM
My latest blog concerns monsters, but it also concerns toads and books.
Are you concerned by that?
Here it is:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

(http://bp3.blogger.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/RdXCeId8khI/AAAAAAAAABk/NcGQnqVCop0/s320/monsters+small.JPG)

When they get the chance... even monsters link arms with toads!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 15, 2010, 01:31:38 PM
Let me out! The pose is unbearable!

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4109/5083744514_4b1bfae177.jpg)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 17, 2010, 10:17:20 AM
My latest blog entry can now be read here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Simply click the link to access it; or don't click the link to ignore it!

And here's a link to a John Barth story that's both very short (10 words) and very long (infinite) at the same time:
http://gloomyseahorse.blogspot.com/ (http://gloomyseahorse.blogspot.com/)

Bye!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 20, 2010, 11:37:58 AM
A New Corto Maltese adventure available for pre-order here:
http://www.exoccidente.com/coanda.html (http://www.exoccidente.com/coanda.html)

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1112/5098647435_14e6aeffa5_z.jpg)

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 22, 2010, 11:06:22 AM
There's still time to read my own version of Thatcher's life and death before the real one dies!
http://www.bookotron.com/agony/fiction/hughes-bouffant_terrible.htm (http://www.bookotron.com/agony/fiction/hughes-bouffant_terrible.htm)

And after that, there's my blog, still on a Malteser theme!
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Go ahead and click -- you know it makes nonsense...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 28, 2010, 12:18:09 PM
My latest blog entry. Continental earlobe!
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 02, 2010, 11:11:13 AM
Only 23 copies left of Twisthorn Bellow in the whole world. Yep. Just 23.

Get yours while you still can!

(http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1243329262l/6496249.jpg)

From here:
http://www.atomicfez.com/book-catalogue/9780981159713-2/ (http://www.atomicfez.com/book-catalogue/9780981159713-2/)

Cheers!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 04, 2010, 09:44:27 AM
A man who sailed a lake of jam on a raft of toast? It really happened! My blog has the details...
http://www.rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://www.rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Also a list of my own personal top ten of my stories.

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1190/5127795939_fb2b7b383d.jpg)

Cheers!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 05, 2010, 11:47:29 AM
The belated booklaunch of The Postmodern Mariner is due to take place on December 11th. Although the book was published in 2008, circumstances have conspired to make this one of the most postponed launches in booklaunching history!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ie7AWLqz-7A/TPtvjLni4gI/AAAAAAAAA-M/SbQUgMRSYK4/s320/postmodern+mariner.jpg)

The venue is the Discovery Room on the first floor of Swansea Central Library and the event will begin at 12:00 noon and last until 3:30 PM. The official name of the event is WEIRD WALES. A booklaunch that lasts three and a half hours?

Not quite. From the beginning I decided I wanted more than a normal booklaunch. So with the aid of steampunk druid, Gwilym Games, I drew up a brief schedule of events to follow the launch. In brief, the launch will last only for the first hour. I'll do some readings, talk about my work in general and The Postmodern Mariner in particular, answer any questions that anyone has, and probably also answer some that no one has. That's part one. The second hour will be devoted to the work of Arthur Machen, still the finest prose author Wales has ever produced, and this part will include the Welsh première of a short film inspired by Machen's 'The White People'. The third and final part will be concerned with authentic Welsh fortean phenomena: sea serpents, ghosts, bipedal talking horses, will o' the wisps, were-leeks, etc.

The event is free (of course) and should be an edifying experience! So come along, why don't you?
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on January 10, 2011, 02:34:19 PM
New Books by Me.

A fairly comprehensive 'forthcoming publications' list for 2011 can now be found on my blog here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2011/01/forthcoming-in-2011.html (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2011/01/forthcoming-in-2011.html)

How many of these titles will actually appear is difficult to estimate: I'll say half, but that guess isn't based on anything other than a hunch. Maybe they'll all appear, maybe none will. I can but wait and see!

Regards, R!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on January 19, 2011, 05:59:18 PM
Courtesy of my Italian publisher, there's an interview with me here:
http://www.booksblog.it/post/7190/il-disgregatore-astrale-di-rhys-hughes-intervista-allautore (http://www.booksblog.it/post/7190/il-disgregatore-astrale-di-rhys-hughes-intervista-allautore)

But if you don't speak Italian, it's available here in English:
http://www.40kbooks.com/?p=3548 (http://www.40kbooks.com/?p=3548)

My main other news is that my collection The Brothel Creeper has just been accepted for publication. The subtitle of the collection is Stories of Sexual and Spiritual Tension and I believe it might be my strongest collection to date...

Cheers!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 05, 2011, 10:50:20 AM
More than fifteen years after it appeared in hardback, my very first book, Worming the Harpy, is finally about to be reissued! Unlike the limited edition original, this second edition is a mass-market paperback. More details are available from the Tartarus Press website here:
http://www.tartaruspress.com/wormingtheharpy.htm (http://www.tartaruspress.com/wormingtheharpy.htm)

(http://www.tartaruspress.com/wormingtheharpy.jpg)

Needless to say, I am delighted by this development. The book has been out of print far too long! This second edition is the definite version of Worming the Harpy. It contains an extra story from the same era ('The Forest Chapel Bell') and the 'lost' subchapter from the title story has been restored, plus a few typographical errors that slipped through the net have been rectified. Also, it features an afterword by the late great E.F. Bleiler.

The stories in Worming the Harpy are rather more Gothic in flavour and intention than the fiction I write now: they were composed in the early '90s, when I was more under the spell of writers such as E.T.A. Hoffmann, Edgar Allan Poe and Isidore Ducasse than I am now (though I still hold those authors in high regard). They also display a strong 'Yellow Book' influence; and indeed, Max Beerbohm, is still one of my main literary heroes from that long gone era.

Worming the Harpy is at the printer's right now. It's available for pre-ordering immediately and is expected to be published in early March or sooner.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 17, 2011, 11:57:14 AM
I am delighted to announce that my brand new collection, The Brothel Creeper, is now available for pre-ordering. The book will hopefully be published in March. It is being published by the wonderful Gray Friar Press. More details can be found here:
http://www.grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/brothel.html (http://www.grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/brothel.html)

I don't mind saying that I consider The Brothel Creeper to be my strongest, most serious and darkest collection to date. If you don't like postmodern irony very much, then you'll prefer this book to most of my others: the tone is much darker and more sober. The twenty stories in The Brothel Creeper are themed around sexual and spiritual tension. 100,000 words of my finest fiction!

(http://www.grayfriarpress.com/images/cat_brothel.jpg)

Anyone who bought a previous Gray Friar Press anthology, Where the Heart is, and read my contribution to that volume ('The Cuckoos of Bliss') will have a fair idea what to expect with The Brothel Creeper, and in fact that story appears here too. Other contents include 'The Quims of Itapetinga' and 'Southbound Satin', both of which I recently listed in my own top 10 personal favourites among all the stories I have written...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Rolnikov on February 20, 2011, 11:31:25 AM
I really enjoyed The Pollinators in Protean Dimensions, Rhys. Bit surprised that you handed over the copyright to one of your stories, though. Do they own the story outright now?
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 06, 2011, 12:21:52 PM
OK Folks, the hardback edition of The Brothel Creeper is now available... The hardback is a limited edition (only 100 copies) and has been signed and numbered by me...

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The hardback edition includes a bonus tale, 'Cracking Nuts With Jan Hammer', making a total of 21 stories. The earliest piece in the collection dates from 1994 and the most recent from 2010. The book is available from Amazon and many other bookstores or direct from the publisher, Gray Friar Press at:
http://www.grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/brothel.html (http://www.grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/brothel.html)

A full listing of the contents of this book (and all my other books) can be found on my Aardvark Caesar website here:
http://aardvarkcaesar.blogspot.com/ (http://aardvarkcaesar.blogspot.com/)

Regards to you!
R!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 17, 2011, 10:30:26 AM
Two items of news.

(1) Tomorrow my romanti-cynical showcase collection, Link Arms With Toads! is published by Chômu Press. It's available from various online bookstores and elsewhere and here's the link to the publisher's webpage devoted to this book:
http://chomupress.com/our-books/link-arms-with-toads/ (http://chomupress.com/our-books/link-arms-with-toads/)

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(2) My book of whimsical fantasy stories set in Old Spain is now available for pre-order from Ex Occidente Press. It's a deluxe limited edition designed for book connoisseurs and here's the relevant link:
http://www.exoccidente.com/sangraal.html (http://www.exoccidente.com/sangraal.html)

(http://www.exoccidente.com/images/large_sangraal1.gif)

I have just blogged about this volume here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

Thanks for listening, folks!

P.S. I have nearly finished mailing out all the copies of the hardback edition of The Brothel Creeper. Anyone still waiting for their copy should get it very soon.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 21, 2011, 11:39:26 AM
John Clute's review (more of an essay really) of Worming the Harpy can now be read on my blog, here:

http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/)

This piece is taken from his latest book of  essays, Pardon This Intrusion (just published by Beccon Publications). Many thanks to John for permission to reprint it online!

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Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 01, 2011, 11:33:07 AM
I have three new ebooks available for purchase. They are:

(1)
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The Tellmenow Isitsöornot
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/88734 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/88734)
$4.99 for 100 stories

(2)
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The Polo Match
http://www.amazon.com/clones-brandy-Sampietro-Mischief-ebook/dp/B005V0RYVW#_ (http://www.amazon.com/clones-brandy-Sampietro-Mischief-ebook/dp/B005V0RYVW#_)

(3)
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Flash in the Pantheon
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/97890 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/97890)
$1.99 for 101 flash fictions

Hope you enjoy!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 29, 2011, 11:36:57 AM
The sixth and final story in my 'Hogwash and Bum Note' story-cycle is now online. The complete adventures of the daftest members of the entire Eldritch Explorers' Club! Hogwash and Bum Note are also my version of Sapphire and Steel. Sort of... Enjoy their exploits here:
http://rhyshughes.blogspot.com/p/news.html (http://rhyshughes.blogspot.com/p/news.html)

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Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 04, 2011, 11:13:44 AM
My latest ebook is now available from Smashwords for the un-astronomical sum of $0.99. That's just ninety-nine terrestrial cents for a celestial novelette! Or if you happen to British like me, it's 66 pence in total! Click on this link for the opportunity to buy it, if that's what you'd like to do:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/106424 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/106424)

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The idea for this novelette came to me two years ago after I read something Umberto Eco said in his essay 'How I Write' (from his collection On Literature). He remarked that when he was very young he began a series of stories called 'Ancient Stories of the Young Universe' in which the planets of our solar system were sentient beings. Venus falls in love with the sun, for example, and throws herself into his fiery arms with fatal consequences. It seems a shame to me that Eco never finished or published those stories and so I decided to take up the conceit and run with it (not that I'm comparing myself to Eco!!!). And so:

Planets, moons, stars and galaxies have feelings too! When Pluto is officially demoted from a true planet to a dwarf planet; when the poor moon is infested with clowns; when Betelgeux falls in love with other red giants; when the Milky Way wants to make friends... that's the time they most need our sympathy and support.

The superb cover was created by an artist named Gonzalo Canedo. Any publishers out there looking for new artists? Look no further...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Dave Brzeski on December 04, 2011, 12:48:46 PM
Rhys, you might be interested in this new Facebook group.
99 cent Kindle Deals https://www.facebook.com/groups/215681398501172/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 11, 2011, 11:21:07 AM
Hey, thanks for that tip, David! Much appreciated!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on January 19, 2012, 11:02:29 AM
Righto! At long last Rhysop's Fables is done and dusted and available on Amazon for downloading onto Kindle, if you happen to have one of those devices...

You can buy it from Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhysops-Fables-ebook/dp/B006XCFIQU/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326881425&sr=1-2 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhysops-Fables-ebook/dp/B006XCFIQU/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326881425&sr=1-2)

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Tired of being given good advice in fables and parables by wise men, sages and gurus? Why not try Rhysop's Fables instead, a set of 150 amoral and irresponsible fables? There are no messages here telling you how best to live your life. That kind of thing is entirely up to you! The philosophy of Rhysop's Fables is that there are no answers to life because life is not a question... Join a cast of crows, clouds, aardvarks, snails, robots, foxes, dinosaurs, ghosts, pickle jars and many other beings and things in the great quest to fail to unravel the mysteries of existence! You won't regret it; and even if you do, you won't regret your regret!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 06, 2012, 03:30:53 PM
Exactly twenty years ago today I received my first acceptance for a short-story. This is the subject of my latest blog entry, which you can read here if you like:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2012/02/twenty-years-ago-today.html (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.com/2012/02/twenty-years-ago-today.html)

Also contains a long-hidden but now revealed secret about me and the BFS!!!!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 18, 2012, 10:57:28 AM
My bumper ebook of 100 stories (that's 150,000+ words of fiction) has been available from Smashwords for a few months, but now it's available from Amazon too...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tellmenow-Isits%C3%B6ornot-ebook/dp/B0076IJRE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329562456&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tellmenow-Isits%C3%B6ornot-ebook/dp/B0076IJRE4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329562456&sr=8-1)

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This edition of the Tellmenow Isitsöornot is slightly different from the Smashwords edition; it's divided into eight sections and features a brief foreword to each section explaining how I came to write the stories.

£3.25 (which works out as 3 and one quarter pennies per story)

or $5.14 from the American Amazon.

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 27, 2012, 03:45:17 PM
I've been writing more fables! And I've also been collecting them into a new ebook!

"More unhelpful and irresponsible fables from the mind that brought you Rhysop's Fables... Join an absurd host of aardvarks, ghosts, pirates, flying jellyfish, hospitals made of lemon jelly, yetis, rhino cops, slobbery kisses and many more entities in the continuing quest to learn absolutely nothing truthful about life or why we are here! Includes a bonus fable in verse at the end!"

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Available from Smashwords for only $0.99 here:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/135217 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/135217)

Or from the British Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhysops-Return-ebook/dp/B007BMM54O (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rhysops-Return-ebook/dp/B007BMM54O)


Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on March 17, 2012, 03:37:03 PM
I shall go out on a limb: I have read much Rhys Hughes fiction since the early 1990s and, despite most of it, if not all, being brilliant stuff, I genuinely believe the SANGRIA IN THE SANGRAAL book to be the best organically thought-provoking and mind-expanding whole. Fabulous with brazen wit and sparkle: also implicitly gentle and meditative and self-traducing. Making clouds shine even if the world’s sun is hidden.

My real-time review here: http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/sangria-in-the-sangraal/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 20, 2012, 11:51:06 AM
Thanks for that review, Des!

There are a few copies of Sangria in the Sangraal left, I believe. It's an expensive book, but a beautifully produced deluxe limited edition in the finest tradition of Ex Occidente:
http://www.exoccidente.com/sangraal.html (http://www.exoccidente.com/sangraal.html)

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An ebook version of this book will be available soon.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on March 20, 2012, 12:18:40 PM
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From a distance, that mirror looks just like one of the trains from the Rev W Awdry books!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 20, 2012, 07:52:31 PM
Oh my god, so it does!
It's Thomas the Tank Engine (or one of his pals!)

Recently I was asked to list some of my 'best' story opening lines. One of my choices was from a story called 'Velocity Oranges' that I wrote back in 1993, namely:

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When Thomas was a bicycle, he used to talk to me from the depths of a dusty garage. Sucking on my pipe, I would grunt with primeval delicacy and attempt to match my facial expressions to the alarming profundity of his words. It was a cluttered garage, full of rusty garden tools and abandoned matchstick models. And Thomas was a cluttered bicycle, bristling with bells, water flasks and unusable pumps. He could make me laugh with the ungainly honk of one of his decaying rubber horns. We were rather more than just good friends. Often I would try to mount him from behind.

As the tale progresses, it soon emerges that Thomas wants to convert himself from a bicycle into... a tank engine!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 22, 2012, 09:53:12 AM
For anyone who would like to read Sangria in the Sangraal but doesn't want to fork out $65 for a deluxe limited edition signed copy, I'm pleased to announce that the book is now also available as an ebook for the much smaller sum of $3.99. As you can see, the ebook version has a different title: this is, in fact, the book's original title.

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It's available from Smashwords here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140299 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140299)

Or from Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tucked-Away-in-Aragon-ebook/dp/B007IGN07Y (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tucked-Away-in-Aragon-ebook/dp/B007IGN07Y)

And thanks again to the magnificent D.F. Lewis for kindly reviewing it!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Dave Brzeski on March 23, 2012, 12:50:34 AM
I shouldn't. I really shouldn't. I have more books waiting to be read than I'll ever get through already... but I think i might.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 23, 2012, 11:09:20 AM
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I shouldn't. I really shouldn't. I have more books waiting to be read than I'll ever get through already... but I think i might.

Oh heck, I know that feeling! And I tend to read lots of books at the same time, which can get a bit confusing sometimes... At the moment I'm reading:

Albert Angelo by B.S. Johson
Figures of Earth by James Branch Cabell
Captain Poison by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón
Keep the Giraffe Burning by John Sladek
Dan Yack by Blaise Cendrars
The Universe Twister by Keith Laumer
Mary by Vladimir Nabokov

Too many at the same time!!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 03, 2012, 10:35:31 AM
A new review of Sangria in the Sangraal has just appeared on the excellent Bibliomancy website here:
http://jasonrolfe.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/sangria-in-sangraal-with-rhys-hughes.html (http://jasonrolfe.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/sangria-in-sangraal-with-rhys-hughes.html)

And as I said a few posts ago, it's now available as an ebook under its original title, Tucked Away in Aragon... Just $3.99 from Smashwords here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140299 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/140299)

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It's also available from Amazon, of course!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 11, 2012, 10:39:32 AM
The third (and final) medley of stories featuring my character Thornton Excelsior can now be read for free, courtesy of Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #40, which was recently released into this mad bad sad glad world of ours...

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'The Delusions and Tangents of Thornton Excelsior' consists of seven linked (but not by normal logic) absurdist adventures featuring household ears, juiced days, reversed commas, weather-powered men, corn-on-the-cob labyrinths, oceanic plugholes and villages with very very very very very very very very very very very very very very long names.

This is the kind of fiction I most enjoy writing. It's not a very popular genre unfortunately. Indeed, absurdist fantasy of any kind is currently extremely unfashionable, and absurdist fantasy that utilises the logic of word and ideas association rather than the logic of everyday events is even more unfashionable than that! But it's a style of writing that I'm in love with. Apparently R.A. Lafferty was a master of this kind of fantasy. People keep telling me this, but I haven't yet read any of his work. Clearly I need to seek him out!

TFQ #40 is available in a variety of formats, as a PDF file, for the Kindle, etc; or you can order it as a proper paperback book from Lulu (but why she has taken this responsibility upon herself defeats me; doubtless it has something to do with the locomotion). If you're interested in any of these formats, please click on the following link. And enjoy! Or don't enjoy, if you prefer!

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/theakers-quarterly-fiction-40-now.html (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/theakers-quarterly-fiction-40-now.html)



Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on May 26, 2012, 04:29:22 PM
I wonder whether, shown reading the Busy Blood book at the link below, Rhys Hughes (no relation to Stuart) is looking so horrified because he’s discovered they are horror stories, or because they are horrid stories? Horrified because they are so horrific, or horrified because they are terrible? Or horrified that these stories successfully transcend his well-advertised objections to the horror genre? :0
http://dflcollaborations.wordpress.com/busy-blood-by-stuart-hughes-and-df-lewis/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 04, 2012, 10:51:33 AM
There's a FREE Lamblake Heinz story available here for just one day (today!)
http://lamblakeheinz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/free-lamblake-heinz-story.html (http://lamblakeheinz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/free-lamblake-heinz-story.html)

Get your peepers in quick, as it's coming down tomorrow!

The work of this legendary horror writer is incredibly rare these days. It has all gone out of print; but it's coming back soon... This is a taster! And what a taste!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 11, 2012, 02:50:17 PM
(http://cache.smashwire.com/bookCovers/55961df1c0023e1f9e84e531d00a8975f5663241)

The definitive Lamblake Heinz collection is now available as an ebook from Smashwords! Short stories! Novelettes and novellas! Articles and poetry and novel extracts! It's all here. And it only costs $1.99, which is about £1 in British money. Imagine that!

This ebook includes a Foreword by the great James Sherbert, an Interview between Lamblake and M. John Horrorson and two Afterwords by me. And if that hasn't convinced you to fork out, then let me announce that all profits from this collection will go to charity, to Animal Aid. So you will be doing a good deed by buying it!

The point of this project it to have some scary fun and also to raise £100 for charity. That's my goal. With your help it can be done! The relevant link for this awesome book can be found here. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/169603 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/169603)

Thanks in advance! And also in reverse!


Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 22, 2012, 11:30:31 AM
One of the stories in the above book can now be read for FREE for a limited time only...

Click on this link to read 'The Cottage in the Cottage', a collaboration between Lamblake Heinz and James Sherbert...
http://lamblakeheinz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/free-lamblake-heinz-story.html (http://lamblakeheinz.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/free-lamblake-heinz-story.html)

I thank you!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 29, 2012, 12:46:39 PM
My new book has just been published by Wildside Press in the USA. It's a collection of linked stories called The Truth Spinner and I think it's the best book I have published so far. I mean that in terms of invention, humour and structure I don't think I'm capable of doing better than this, for whatever that's worth...

The Truth Spinner contains eighteen stories arranged into three sections. If you'd like to hear a free audio version of the first story (it appeared on Podcastle a few years ago), please clink on this link:
http://podcastle.org/2009/08/04/pc064-castor-on-troubled-waters/ (http://podcastle.org/2009/08/04/pc064-castor-on-troubled-waters/)

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This book can be purchased directly from Wildside Press here:
http://www.wildsidebooks.com/The-Truth-Spinner-The-Complete-Adventures-of-Castor-Jenkins-by-Rhys-Hughes-trade-pb_p_10265.html (http://www.wildsidebooks.com/The-Truth-Spinner-The-Complete-Adventures-of-Castor-Jenkins-by-Rhys-Hughes-trade-pb_p_10265.html)

Or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, W.H. Smiths, Waterstones, etc... and it's available both as a paperback and as an ebook.

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on July 29, 2012, 12:51:36 PM
Just bought it. :)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 29, 2012, 12:58:29 PM
Thanks Des! I hope you enjoy it!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 05, 2012, 10:58:41 AM
My latest ebook is now available. Zwicky Fingers is a giant fruit bat detective with some dragon, harpy and human genes; and he is often consulted by the police when they need help solving paradoxical, absurdist or impossible crimes.

The book consists of ten tales (or 'cases'), one for each finger of a strange hand (or for all the fingers of two normal hands), and features such dastardly villains as Mr Hyde and Dr Seek, the Sock Camels, the Haggler of Affection, Mungo Trumpet, Tockless Slockley the nose thief, and many others...

This book can be purchased from Smashwords here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210784 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210784)

Or from Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sticky-Situations-Zwicky-Fingers-ebook/dp/B008RJUFEC/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sticky-Situations-Zwicky-Fingers-ebook/dp/B008RJUFEC/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1)

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Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 13, 2012, 11:01:33 AM
My SF novella The Crystal Cosmos has just been turned into an ebook and released by PS Publishing. This novella was originally issued as a hardback in 2007 with a lovely introduction by the wonderful Michael Bishop.

This ebook costs the astronomical sum of £1.99 and can be purchased direct from PS Publishing by clicking on this link:
http://www.pspublishing.co.uk/the-crystal-cosmos-eshort-by-rhys-hughes-1381-p.asp (http://www.pspublishing.co.uk/the-crystal-cosmos-eshort-by-rhys-hughes-1381-p.asp)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BZ3j5ShnJhk/UBUUus3OpLI/AAAAAAAABmg/FpEll5907ws/s320/crystal+cosmos+ebook.jpg)

The print version contained some typos, so I was pleased to be able to correct those mistakes for the electronic edition. Here it is! It's a cosmological and ontological romp featuring the discovery of a Ptolemaic/Keplerian solar-system made from diamond.

Think Ian Watson, Barrington Bayley and Stanislaw Lem in an interstellar trireme rowing for their lives between the Scylla of absurdity and the Charybdis of philosophy. At least, that's the effect I was trying to create!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on August 13, 2012, 11:37:46 AM
Just finished my real-time review of Rhys's new book THE TRUTH SPINNER (Wildside Press) where I think I have found the key to its author: http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/the-truth-spinner-rhys-hughes/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 09, 2012, 11:08:14 AM
TUCKERIZE YOUR BACKSIDES!!

My new novel has just been announced... The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange is a homage to the pulp SF of the 1920s, 30s and 40s... It has already had some fantastic blurbs from Ian Watson, A.A. Attanasio and Paul DiFilippo -- but don't take their word for it (even though you haven't yet seen what they said, so you couldn't take their word for it even if you wanted to...!)

Why not try it for yourself?

If you pre-order the book, you'll get to appear in it as one of the spectators during the gladiatorial scene. Furthermore, there's going to be an auction so that six bidders will get the chance to appear in the story itself as gladiators, fighting a famous writer (you can choose the writer you want to fight, if you like, and you can also choose your weapon, if you prefer). The auction starts tomorrow and monies raised will go to charity!

For more details, check out the publisher's webpage:
http://meteorhousepress.com/stringent/ (http://meteorhousepress.com/stringent/)

THANKS FOR LISTENING!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 10, 2012, 03:21:06 PM
Today is the first day of the STRINGENT STRANGE charity auction! If you want to be a gladiator in my new novel (due out soon from Meteor House) then why not bid for the chance?

The auction will continue until September 16th and the six highest bidders will appear in the book fighting a famous writer to the death (you may choose which writer you want to fight!)...

The monies raised from this auction will go to Animal Aid, so your fictional death will help to safeguard real life. For more details and the chance to make a bid please click on this link to the publisher's website:
http://meteorhousepress.com/charity-auction/ (http://meteorhousepress.com/charity-auction/)

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In this photo you can see me dressed as a typical gladiator. With bin bag tunic; orange frisbee shield; bucket helmet; and mop lance... Total cost of outfit: about £3.50

WHY BE A SADIATOR? BE A GLADIATOR!!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 11, 2012, 10:43:17 AM
So the auction got off to a hopping start: a hopping start is like a flying start but further back in the history of evolution...

So far four people have bid for the right to be gladiators... One of them is the publisher himself. Perhaps he mistakenly thinks it's an orc-shun (i.e. the avoidance of orcs) rather than an auction?

This means there is room for two more gladiators... But of course the more bids the better; the more money raised for Animal Aid the happier a bunny I'll be. But that's nothing compared to how happy the real bunnies will be!

To bid for the right to be a gladiator please click on this link to the Meteor House website:
http://meteorhousepress.com/charity-auction/ (http://meteorhousepress.com/charity-auction/)

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In the photo you can see me demonstrating a style of gladiator known as the "dustup". The previous photograph shows me dressed as a "charladdie". There are many other kinds...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 12, 2012, 11:37:46 AM
The charity auction has now raised £396 for Animal Aid. I'm rather pleased with this sum and wish to extend my gratitude to those who have made bids so far!

But remember: you don't have to bid a sum higher than those already bid. A minimum bid of $25 will secure you a copy of the book and a place as a gladiator in the novel, provided nobody else comes along and trumps your bid. Only the six highest bids will become gladiators; if you are seventh you won't be a gladiator but you won't lose any money.

And if you have already pre-ordered the book, the sum you spent on buying it will be deducted from your bid, so you won't lose out!

Click on this link to Meteor House to get involved...
http://meteorhousepress.com/charity-auction/ (http://meteorhousepress.com/charity-auction/)

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Today's style of gladiator is called the "existentialist". It's good at fighting itself. Here you can see me giving myself some stick. Even if I lose, I win! Conversely, if I win, I also lose! That's life.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on September 21, 2012, 07:50:38 AM
I've finished my real-time review of this unique book: follow my audit-trail in it to discover how Rhys has created 'lovecraft'.
http://weirdmonger.livejournal.com/2012/09/14/
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Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 09, 2012, 11:19:27 AM
THE ABNORMALITIES OF STRINGENT STRANGE is now available for pre-order!

If you pre-order this book you'll get a mention as an audience member during the gladiatorial battle scenes!

Signed limited edition book!

More details here:
http://meteorhousepress.com/stringent/ (http://meteorhousepress.com/stringent/)

Thanks for listening!

(Cover coming soon)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 03, 2012, 11:26:19 AM
My first ebook collection of Fables is now free until the end of this month.
To download it please use the following coupon-code:
ZF55E
...and the place to get it from is here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/129143 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/129143)

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If you want to buy any of my other ebooks, I won't prevent you (as the extractor fan said to the unboiled kettle...)

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 18, 2012, 12:30:52 PM
THE MERMAID VARIATIONS

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Here's my Xmas present to you folks out there! A Free ebook! It's not much of a present but that's because I'm a tightwad. Scrooge is one of my heroes... This gift I am giving you is worth a massive 99 cents! Don't fall over each other rushing to get it. But if you do want it, here's the coupon-code to get it for free: PA22L

And the place to get it from is here:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/129740 (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/129740)

I know it's a bit early to wish you a Merry Xmas, but so what? Better early than late! Besides, I don't really celebrate Xmas, so think of it as a Winter Solstice present instead. Or don't think of it in any way at all. It's your choice... If you already forked out money to buy this and feel that my giving it away for free now is unfair, email me and I'll give you an alternative ebook for free. Bye!

Oh yes, nearly forgot... The cover depicts a miniature painted shell by Adele Whittle. Check out Tiddu Shop for a selection of her pendants, paintings and other crafts. Too late to buy them for Xmas, probably, but they are the perfect gifts for 2013, the first year after the End of the World: http://tiddushop.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://tiddushop.blogspot.co.uk/)



Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on January 04, 2013, 01:04:46 PM
My new book Tallest Stories is due out soon, probably at the end of January 2013... It's a collection of 60 stories that are linked to each other in various intricate ways; the book is divided into three sections and each section is a framing device inside a bigger framing device, and some of the stories are framing devices for other stories or even for other framing devices, and characters in one story will tell the next story, or be told by the characters in the next story, and everything goes round in a loop but it's a twisted loop and hopefully looks like a sort of mandala...

I started writing this book in 1994 and finished writing it in 2009. It was accepted for publication in 2010 and now, at long last, is due to appear (barring accidents, natural or conspired) NINETEEN YEARS after its original conception.

(http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/bookcovers/cover_talleststories_th.jpg)

The publisher in question is Eibonvale Press and they are open for pre-orders on Saturday January 5th (tomorrow) at 6:00 PM. Check out their website here:
http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/index.htm (http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/index.htm)

The first 26 books sold will be 'lettered copies', signed and personalised and accompanied by various handwritten manuscripts, paintings and drawings. A full list of these items is now available on my blog here:
http://rhysaurus.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://rhysaurus.blogspot.co.uk/)

At the moment they are worthless, but in the future, who knows??

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on February 16, 2013, 09:07:03 AM
From my real-time review (http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/tallest-stories-by-rhys-hughes-a-real-time-review/) of TALLEST STORIES - a major book by Rhys Hughes (just published (bought by me on-line) and to be officially launched at the coming BFS open night I believe) -

"LEARNING TO FLY has a ‘dying fall’ of bemused wisdom about walking two feet off the ground like a ‘housework angel’ – and many Rhysian fables have, amid their alogical bravado, such subtle techniques of philosophical ‘music’ that enlighten tenuously enough for underlying reveries to sink in optimally upon the brink of you being tantalised to grasp the actual flight of fancy and even simply the rationale or impetus to climb life’s mountain or hill."
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on February 22, 2013, 01:59:58 PM
Just written about Rhys Hughes' THE MASTERPIECE in my on-going review of TALLEST STORIES (Eibonvale Press):
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/12871-2/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on February 27, 2013, 01:04:19 PM
I have now finished my review of Rhys Hughes' tour-de-force TALLEST STORIES:
http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/692-2/
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 13, 2013, 11:19:37 AM
The first film I've ever made for YouTube was uploaded yesterday. It's me reading one of my stories, so now you can not only hear my voice but laugh at me doing a really bad Scottish accent, plus really bad English and Turkish accents; plus my attempt to talk like a woman...

You can go to YouTube and listen to it there by clicking on this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxISFj-kKjQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxISFj-kKjQ)

This film is a promo for my book Tallest Stories and you can expect two more story readings from this volume in the near future...

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Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 24, 2013, 12:13:18 PM
For many many years I have wanted to dabble in music. I don't think I'll ever be any good at music; but that's not the point. For me it's just a way of relaxing, experimenting and having fun. When I write, I have the responsibility to try my best but when I mess round with other artforms I don't. The responsibility to be talented simply doesn't exist. So it's enjoyable for its own sake.

Anyway, since the beginning of 2013 I have been playing with an audio program on my computer and I have decided to attempt the composition of exactly 1000 "songs". Not songs in the normal sense of the word but Dada/Absurdist pieces of improvised and/or chance music. I have composed eight so far and am currently working on several others. Three have gone up on YouTube... Below I have linked to them, in case you care to give them a listen (best listened to through headphones, but that's not saying much)...

Very Tall Hats:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbnuhOKm0XQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbnuhOKm0XQ)

Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfWVXbrd3cA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfWVXbrd3cA)

The Emperor's Joke:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9seXzlxTKU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9seXzlxTKU)

Hope you enjoy -- if you can! ;-)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on March 30, 2013, 12:24:25 PM
My second recorded story has just been uploaded to YouTube. This story is called 'The Six Sentinels' and is taken from my most recent book TALLEST STORIES.

Give it a listen, if you like... Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFW-vfNxNAo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFW-vfNxNAo)

Hope you enjoy!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 11, 2013, 12:07:53 PM
Weird Fiction Review, one of the best of all weird fiction websites, has just put my story 'Rediffusion' online... This story is a sort of Kafka meets Sladek tale that is really a satire against the BBC and the Television Licensing Authority...

Here it is:
http://weirdfictionreview.com/2013/04/rediffusion/ (http://weirdfictionreview.com/2013/04/rediffusion/)

Hope you enjoy!

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Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 30, 2013, 09:46:17 AM
Today is the very last day you can order a signed limited-edition copy of my new novel STRINGENT STRANGE. After today you will never be able to get one, not at the current price at any rate. This edition is limited to less than 100 copies.

When the limited-edition is sold out, there will be a trade paperback, but that won't be as collectable, obviously...

For information on how to obtain on, please visit the publisher's website here:

http://meteorhousepress.com/stringent/ (http://meteorhousepress.com/stringent/)

Hope you enjoy!!

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Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 30, 2013, 03:24:20 PM
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The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange has been published at last, three and a half years after I sat down and wrote it. My apologies to all those who pre-ordered it for the delays! This first print run is the signed limited edition and there are only 88 copies, each one given the name of one of the 88 official constellations. The trade paperback will follow. The booklaunch was in London and it turned out to be a very good night indeed.

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 10, 2013, 02:46:54 PM
Yesterday I received a parcel from Amazon containing a very remarkable book, namely a comprehensive anthology of OuLiPo writing from the 1960s to the present... Edited by Harry Matthews (one of the only English speaking members of OuLiPo) this anthology is packed full of cerebral delights that for the most part are inspiring and amusing.

One of the reasons I was attracted to the literature of the 'weird' in the first place is because it promised unfettered imagination and genuine originality; subsequently I was disappointed. Most 'weird' fiction is derivative, bland and conceptually timid. OuLiPo successfully achieves what the weird fails to do and for my money it is the most inventive 'movement' to appear in Literature and the work produced by OuLiPo writers is the most original, unexpected and genuinely imaginative that I have ever encountered...

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For instance, one of the works included in the Compendium is One Hundred Thousand Billion Poems by Raymond Queneau. The title is no exaggeration. There really are 100,000,000,000,000 poems here, all of them coherent and different, but you have to cut each multi-function line of the ten sonnets into strips to get access to all the permutations... This conceit is an example of the sort of formal brilliance that never seems to occur to genre writers and is why I have a horror of regarding myself as a genre writer.

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on September 10, 2013, 03:34:42 PM
... This conceit is an example of the sort of formal brilliance that never seems to occur to genre writers and is why I have a horror of regarding myself as a genre writer.

This is why I have been long wedded to the 'avant garde' as well as to genre fiction.
They can make a great blend. Interesting in the light of what I said about your story 'Story With A Clever Title' here: http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/12871-2/#comment-6011

That looks like a great book, Rhys. Thanks.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Rolnikov on September 10, 2013, 04:53:52 PM
Yes, it's a fun book. I bought it for a friend's birthday last year.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 09, 2013, 11:12:06 AM
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My new book is now available for general consumption. The Just Not So Stories features no less than 30 of my most absurdist-flavoured tales, including some of my personal favourites such as 'The Leveller of Neptune', 'How to Lose Friends and Alienate People', 'Message to Rosita', 'My Crow Nation', 'The Blue Jewel Fruit' and 'The Sun Trap'.

This collection is dedicated to Nebula Award winner Michael Bishop because the final story in the book was one he graciously consented to contribute to. 'My Own Worse Anemone' is partly set in the Land of Oz and partly in our world; and Michael is a character who gets to speak dialogue he wrote himself. It's always a joy when an author as renowned as he is shows himself willing to involve himself in such playful experiments!

The Just Not So Stories is published by The Exaggerated Press (a relatively new British small-press) and can be purchased here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/rhys-hughes/the-just-not-so-stories/paperback/product-21208234.html (http://www.lulu.com/shop/rhys-hughes/the-just-not-so-stories/paperback/product-21208234.html)

...for the sum of £7.99, making it one of my cheapest ever books!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 31, 2013, 11:13:07 AM
My novel The Young Dictator is coming soon!

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...in the next few days in fact!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Rolnikov on October 31, 2013, 11:50:33 AM
Just downloaded the sample from Amazon. Looks good.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on October 31, 2013, 12:06:50 PM
I've ordered the paperback, Rhys. A coming highlight of my reading, I anticipate, having read the first chapter in the BFS journal.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on October 31, 2013, 05:40:19 PM
Thanks folks!
I wasn't actually supposed to announce it just yet.
But thanks for seeking it out anyway! :-)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN by the way!!

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Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 01, 2013, 11:13:07 AM
I am delighted to announce that my twenty-sixth book was published yesterday. The Young Dictator is available from Amazon right now and will be available from many other places in the coming weeks... This novel is my most accessible book to date, so if you are new to my work and want to try something but don't know what to go for, I'll say try this one. It has been described as Roald Dahl meets Spike Milligan and Kurt Vonnegut and that's exactly the effect I was aiming for!

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2fHshrek_mE/UnOEqdDoOZI/AAAAAAAACQ4/wswIDkYwei4/s400/young+dictator+cover.jpg)

Many years ago I tried to write a children's story but I never completed it. Then back in 2010 the editor Mike Ashley asked me to write a YA (young Adults) story for an anthology he was compiling. I dusted off the story I had started long before and finished it for him. As it happened, his anthology was cancelled so I decided to make my story the first chapter of a novel. The result was The Young Dictator. It's not really a YA novel, though I do think it can be easily read by anyone from the age of 12 onward.

That first chapter was published as a stand-alone story in the Spring issue of the BFS (British Fantasy Society) journal last year and was received well by readers. I sent the finished novel to my agent but he didn't like it very much. He felt that the main character, Jenny, a young girl, was too vicious. But that's the point. The novel is a comedy about dictatorship and nice dictators aren't much fun in fiction, are they? My agent also didn't enjoy the fact that the novel often uses lateral logic rather than the logic of everyday events.

Luckily there was a publisher out there who was willing to embrace absurdity and humorous darkness. Pillar International Publishing was founded in Ireland in the 1930s by Victor Lloyd and named after Nelson's Pillar, a structure that stood in the middle of O'Connell Street in Dublin until it was blown up by the IRA in 1966 (it had already survived an earlier attack in 1955 in which nine students had tried to melt it with flamethrowers). The original press issued many murder mysteries of the Death Carries a Coffin and She Died of Death type...

Victor's grandson, Mark Lloyd, refounded the press last year and by happy chance I learned of its existence thanks to the writer Sara Crowe. I submitted the book and it was accepted, and now it is a physical object and an ebook. I am proud of all my books but this one has increased the width of my grin by an unprecedented magnitude. It can be purchased online from Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957459831/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_asp_8SeQG.17KW4Q4 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0957459831/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_asp_8SeQG.17KW4Q4)

 All hail The Young Dictator! All hail her Gran too!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: Des Lewis on November 01, 2013, 04:31:51 PM
This book is going to make absurd history.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 01, 2013, 06:34:23 PM
Thanks Des!!  :D
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 21, 2013, 01:19:55 PM
How does one promote two books AT THE SAME TIME?

The only answer is to duplicate yourself and promote them both equally... So here we go. I closed my eyes and strained and eventually popped into two individuals this morning! It wasn't easy...

THE JUST NOT SO STORIES on the left; THE YOUNG DICTATOR on the right. (And yes, she is mainly on the right, even if not always in the right)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ByoBZHtj-g4/Uo4GBCWrkqI/AAAAAAAACRw/mn-8_PipVrE/s640/two+books+together.jpg)

The Just Not So Stories can be purchased by clicking on this link:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/rhys-hughes/the-just-not-so-stories/paperback/product-21255301.html (http://www.lulu.com/shop/rhys-hughes/the-just-not-so-stories/paperback/product-21255301.html)

The Young Dictator can be purchased by clicking on this link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Young-Dictator-Rhys-Hughes/dp/0957459831 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Young-Dictator-Rhys-Hughes/dp/0957459831)

Thanks!!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 04, 2013, 12:29:23 PM
Bear with me folks! I am going to promote a different book of mine every few days of this month as part of some misguided 'Advent Calendar' promotional campaign. It won't work, of course, but why should that hold me back?

The first book to promote is my very first book ever, WORMING THE HARPY, a collection of 16 stories which was originally published as a limited-edition hardback in 1995 by Tartarus Press. It was published when I was 29 years old, so I effectively began my career at the same age that Christopher Marlowe ended his. The first edition sold painfully slowly but it did make a small mark in the minds of certain luminaries, who championed my work in later years.

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At the time, WORMING THE HARPY contained what I regarded as my best stories. They are mainly a bit more gothicky and orthodox than my later tales but I was already moving away from traditional themes to lighter, more complex and more absurdist concerns, so it straddles what I used to be and what I became. In short my influences changed from Poe, Le Fanu, Hoffmann, etc, to Boris Vian, Barthelme and Calvino.

The book remained out of print for seventeen years until the second edition was issued in 2012 as a paperback, and it's the paperback I am promoting today, as the original hardback has become a collector's item that fetches hundreds of dollars.

If you buy it directly from the publisher, he gets more money, I think. But don't feel you have to buy it at all, of course!
http://freepages.pavilion.net/tartarus/wormingtheharpy.htm (http://freepages.pavilion.net/tartarus/wormingtheharpy.htm)

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 12, 2013, 10:27:37 AM
My 'Self Promotional Advent Calendar' continues with a plug for my fourth ever book, THE SMELL OF TELESCOPES, which was published back in the year 2000 by Tartarus Press.

It was rated by Michael Moorcock as one of the top ten 'overlooked speculative fiction classics':
https://www.sfsite.com/lists/10odd02.htm (https://www.sfsite.com/lists/10odd02.htm)

The book consists of 26 short stories. Some of these stories are collected into three story cycles which all converge (and are resolved) in the final story in the book.

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TELESCOPES remains one of my best books, I think. The second edition was published by Eibonvale Press in 2007 and, funnily enough, the publisher David Rix announced this morning that he has a few copies which he is offering at a discount. The original Tartarus edition is now worth a fair bit of money. Message David if you are interested:
http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_telescopes.htm (http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_telescopes.htm)

Thanks!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 28, 2013, 01:52:52 PM
First published as a hardback in the year 2000; and then republished as a hardback in the year 2007... THE SMELL OF TELESCOPES is now finally available as an ebook too! This happened a couple of days ago, courtesy of Ray Russell at Tartarus Press.

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The ebook is available directly from Tartarus Press here:

http://www.tartaruspress.com/telescopes.htm (http://www.tartaruspress.com/telescopes.htm)

Needless to say I am delighted that this huge collection is available again!

Hope you all had a good Xmas!!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 13, 2014, 12:06:51 PM
In the past two months I have set up my own small press. This is something I have been planning to do for a long time.
It has a name: Gloomy Seahorse Press.
And it has a mandate: to publish my own works (of course) but also a few writers who have gone out of print, or foreign writers who haven't yet been adequately translated into English.

I have the rights to issue the first ever low cost edition of the 1950 cult classic The Exploits of Engelbrecht by Maurice Richardson.
I am interested in publishing such writers as W.E. Bowman, Shinichi Hoshi and Jacques Sternberg.

Here is the logo, painted for me by Adele Whittle:

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So far it has published three books by Yours Truly, including:

* More Than a Feline (an illustration collection of cat-themed stories and poems)
* The Gloomy Seahorse (my one and only poetry collection)
* Flash in the Pantheon (a collection of 123 flash fictions)

All these books are (or will be) available on Amazon and elsewhere, but in the meantime they can be purchased from here:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rhysaurus (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rhysaurus)

I will soon be reissuing my book from 2002 Journeys Beyond Advice, among others.

Thanks to TERRY GRIMWOOD for inspiring me to make this move.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 03, 2014, 01:42:04 PM
"To my mind one of the best examples of imaginative fiction to appear in England since the war is Maurice Richardson's The Exploits of Engelbrecht... These 'Chronicles of the Surrealist Sportman's Club' are superbly laconic pieces, concentrating more original invention into fewer words than almost any writer I can think of. They outshine, for me, almost anything else remotely like them, including the stories of Borges and other much admired imaginative writers." -- MICHAEL MOORCOCK

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Written in the 1940s and published in the legendary magazine Lilliput, the stories of Engelbrecht the dwarf surrealist boxer were collected and published in book form in 1950 by Phoenix House. That edition didn't sell very well but it become a  'cult classic', beloved by a small number of highly enthusiastic readers. It was republished by John Conquest in 1977 in an edition that also didn't sell. And then published for a third time by Savoy Books in 2000 in a deluxe edition that sold as poorly as its two predecessors...

...except that recently there seems to have been a very belated surge of interest in Engelbrecht: the Savoy edition has gone to a second printing at last; and a French translation seems to be doing well, better than any of the English editions in fact. My own sequel to Maurice Richardson's masterpiece was one of my slowest selling books, but there also seems to be a belated surge of interest in that one too.

One person who took note of my sequel was Richardson's daughter, Celia, who got in touch with me. It occurred to me that what was needed was a low cost edition of her father's book. We discussed this idea and she gave me the rights to publish an ebook version of The Exploits of Engelbrecht under the aegis of my own Gloomy Seahorse Press. And after various delays it is finally here!

Amazon UK... http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Exploits-Engelbrecht-Maurice-Richardson-ebook/dp/B00JDDZVV8/ref=tmm_kin_title_0 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Exploits-Engelbrecht-Maurice-Richardson-ebook/dp/B00JDDZVV8/ref=tmm_kin_title_0)

Amazon US... http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JDDZVV8 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JDDZVV8)


I also decided to turn my own sequel into an ebook... It can be obtained from Amazon as follows:

Amazon UK... http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JE9VV38?%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JE9VV38?%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0)

Amazon US...http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JE9VV38 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JE9VV38)

Formatting this one proved very tricky because it's full of unusual layouts.... Anyway, out of all my books it's the one I slaved most over and is packed with more incident than days in a millennium... You don't have to read the original to understand the sequel as it's a stand-alone novel as well.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on April 30, 2014, 12:38:43 PM
My next official book is going to be The Lunar Tickle, the collected spacetime adventures of Thornton Excelsior. This book will be published by Doghorn Press, who also issued my Mister Gum novel a few years ago. Emmet Jackson, the artist who did the superb cover for The Young Dictator has excelled himself again in producing a wonderful cover, which I shall reveal soon in a future blog post.

In the meantime you are going to have to view my own amateurish cover. This cover is for the limited edition only and I created it in my bedroom.

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This is how the limited edition works. Twenty people will be given the chance to be the main character in the book. Only twenty and no more. If you are interested, simply let me know. When I have twenty names the offer will close. I will create a version of the book in which you are the main character, then I will send you a secret link enabling you to buy that version. You will have 24 hours in which to buy the book.

You can buy more than one copy if you wish: you will the main character in all the copies you buy. But be aware that copies will cost £11.99 and there will be postage on top of that. So you might end up paying £15 in total for each copy. That's your choice. If you want to send me a photo of yourself to include in the book, please do so!

Note: I posted this on Facebook ten minutes ago and now there are 17 places left.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 22, 2014, 12:49:13 PM
My new novel is available on Amazon, both in the print version and as an ebook...

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This novel began life as a 'Corto Maltese' novella entitled 'The Coandă Effect', published by Ex Occidente in Romania a few years ago. I rewrote it so that the main character is now Scipio Faraway. Then I wrote two novellas as sequels featuring Scipio's brothers, Distanto in 'The Gargantuan Legion' and Neary in 'The Apedog Incident'.

All three novellas together constitute the novel. Needless to say the plotting was quite tricky, but I think I managed to tie all the strands of all the plots together neatly at the end... Although this novel has already been cited as an example of the 'steampunk' subgenre, it isn't really that. I prefer to think of it as something else. 'Steamprog' perhaps...?

There is going to be a booklaunch and signing at Forbidden Planet, London, September 27th...

Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Captains-Stupendous-Fantastical-Family-Faraway/dp/1845838866/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1408460591&sr=8-2&keywords=rhys+hughes (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Captains-Stupendous-Fantastical-Family-Faraway/dp/1845838866/ref=sr_1_2_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1408460591&sr=8-2&keywords=rhys+hughes)

Amazon US
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1845838866 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1845838866)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on December 11, 2014, 12:37:20 PM
I have just heard from Hippocampus Press in the USA that my new book of stories has gone to the printers. They were also good enough to show me the full cover of my collection. Here it is...

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I had to fill in a 'promotion form' for this book which included a brief summary of what it's about. I wrote, "A collection of weird stories that often develop in an unusual manner from an original premise. The stories are part of the grand tradition of the ‘weird story’ but they seek to be rather different from most stories of this type. My hope is that these stories simultaneously will be a part of the tradition of the weird story but also help to push the definition forward a little."

Hippocampus Press are really going places, so it is a privilege and an honour for me to be added to their list of authors! Here is a link to the relevant page on their website:

http://www.hippocampuspress.com/mythos-and-other-authors/fiction/bone-idle-in-the-charnel-house-by-rhys-hughes (http://www.hippocampuspress.com/mythos-and-other-authors/fiction/bone-idle-in-the-charnel-house-by-rhys-hughes)

The editor of my book was S.T. Joshi
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 05, 2015, 10:55:26 AM
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I am absolutely delighted to announce the publication of my new book! ORPHEUS ON THE UNDERGROUND from Tartarus Press is a collection of weird phantasmagorical stories that has been wonderfully illustrated by the genius artist Chris Harrendence and is dedicated to my lovely and magical muse, Amira Ana Smyth.

http://www.tartaruspress.com/orpheus.htm (http://www.tartaruspress.com/orpheus.htm)

It exists right now and is available to be purchased from the publisher. And soon it will be available from other places... It has been more than twelve years since I was last published by Tartarus Press. They always create a truly impressive product, books that are beautiful art objects, and it is a privilege as well as a pleasure to be published by such a fine publishing house.

It is also available as an ebook...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orpheus-Underground-Other-Stories-Hughes-ebook/dp/B00RQAUKCK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422791388&sr=1-1&keywords=orpheus+on+the+underground (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orpheus-Underground-Other-Stories-Hughes-ebook/dp/B00RQAUKCK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422791388&sr=1-1&keywords=orpheus+on+the+underground)

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on September 01, 2015, 01:07:03 PM
The longest single author short-story collection in publishing history is now available as an ebook!

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In fact it is available as two ebooks, because it comes in two different editions, male and female, that differ in 10% of their contents. This is a trick that I picked up from Milorad Pavić, whose Dictionary of the Khazars also comes in male and female editions.

People keep asking me how I selected the variant stories for the two editions. The fact of the matter is that there is no rhyme or reason to the selection. I am not trying to make a point about differing male and female tastes in fiction. Quite the contrary! The differences are surely there but also insignificant.

As incredible as it sounds, there may actually be a print version next year. A publisher who has already issued a couple of my books is interested in bringing out a strictly limited multi-volume edition. It remains to be seen how practical this venture will turn out to be...

In the meantime here is the collection for the Kindle. THE MILLION WORD STORYBOOK features exactly 365 stories, one every day for an entire year. If you follow the link and click on 'Look Inside' you can read a sample for free. The book is so long that the sample, which is a certain percentage of the digital book, already contains 54 stories.

Links to purchase this ebook can be found below...

AMAZON US -- FEMALE EDITION http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013I3D3P4?ref_=pe_870760_118561140 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013I3D3P4?ref_=pe_870760_118561140)
AMAZON US -- MALE EDITION http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013I3ZSFC?ref_=pe_870760_118561140 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013I3ZSFC?ref_=pe_870760_118561140)

AMAZON UK -- FEMALE EDITION http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013I3D3P4?%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013I3D3P4?%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0)
AMAZON UK -- MALE EDITION http://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Word-Storybook-Male-ebook/dp/B013I3ZSFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441107903&sr=1-1&keywords=million+word+storybook+male (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Word-Storybook-Male-ebook/dp/B013I3ZSFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441107903&sr=1-1&keywords=million+word+storybook+male)

This collection contains approximately one third of my total fiction output over the past 25 years. The stories are presented in chronological order of their composition. The earliest dates from 1990 and the latest dates from this year 2015 and in fact is one of my most recently completed tales. As I plan to write 1000 stories in my working life, this collection will contain one quarter of my entire output ever!

I believe that this is a major literary event. Well, at the very least, it is a major personal event for myself and for the writer that I am and have been all my life...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes on #FaeVisions
Post by: Djibril on May 10, 2016, 10:12:52 PM
Rhys is interviewed today on the TFF Press blog (http://press.futurefire.net/2016/05/interview-with-rhys-hughes-faevisions.html) about his story “The Minotaur in Pamplona” which was reprinted in the Fae Visions of the Mediterranean anthology of horrors and wonders of the sea. Rhys talks about his writing, monsters, the Med, his 1000 story cycle, and more about writing! (Did you know a ten year-old Rhys Hughes wrote a story about a man who thought he was a ghost and tried to haunt people?)

It's a lovely interview, Rhys; thanks!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on June 04, 2016, 01:17:53 PM
Twenty years ago I wrote a short novel called Elusive Plato in which I attempted to be vastly more ambitious, thematically, stylistically and metaphysically, than I had been in any of my previous work. It was my effort to move up a level and I believe I was successful. It still seems like a quantum jump.

The novel was published together with a novelette in a single volume by the long-dead Tanjen Ltd a couple of years after it was completed. Tanjen were a small press notable for publishing early work by two writers who would go on to become major successes with the big publishing houses -- Tim Lebbon and Neal Asher -- but they didn't last long before they folded. That's often the way with small presses.

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Elusive Plato received excellent reviews. The late great critic and literary pundit E.F. Bleiler was especially effusive with his praise in his Encyclopedia of Supernatural Writers. He claimed it was my best work. And so it surely was. I worked hard to put original invention into it and yet at the same time to connect with some deep and mysterious, undoubtedly atavistic, parts of the human psyche.

A picaresque, like much of my fiction, the novel resembles a grotesque chess problem in which the pieces are taboos and each move leads to a situation of changed landscapes and circumstances that require further moves towards the inevitable checkmate. The mating of the king is more than symbolic. It is a geometrically precise nightmare.

I am delighted to announced that two decades after it was first conceived and executed, Elusive Plato has been republished by Bizarro Pulp Press. I feel that the Bizarro scene is a perfect home for this book. I offer my thanks to Vincenzo Bilof, my editor. The cover is by the brilliant designer Matthew Revert. The book is available from Amazon and other outlets...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elusive-Plato-Rhys-Hughes/dp/1945373016 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elusive-Plato-Rhys-Hughes/dp/1945373016)

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on February 08, 2017, 03:13:45 PM
My 40th book has just been published. The Seashell Contract is a collection of 22 stories, all previously unpublished and written in the past two years. All proceeds from this book will go to The Mariposa Trust, a charity that supports families who have lost babies.

 The book is available from Amazon in both print and ebook editions. It might well be available elsewhere too. The stories are varied in theme, tone and scope. They are mostly speculative fiction pieces, some comedic, others less so, mainly fantastical and quirky.

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I have a lot of writing news and many projects are coming to fruition, but I especially want to promote this book because of the charity aspect.

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on May 04, 2017, 05:56:04 PM
My new novel Cloud Farming in Wales is coming out soon. As well as the paperback there will be a limited hardback edition, limited in fact to only 60 copies, and this will be available to be ordered separately within the next few weeks.

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In the meantime, both the paperback and limited edition hardback can be pre-ordered as part of a Snuggly Books Bundle:
http://www.snugglybooks.co.uk/special-offers/ (http://www.snugglybooks.co.uk/special-offers/)
There are two bundle offers, because all the books available as bundles come in the two different editions. More information will be posted here in the coming weeks...
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 13, 2017, 03:38:26 PM
I am delighted to report that my new novel has been published by Snuggly Books and is available both as a regular paperback and a very limited hardback. It can be obtained directly from the publisher or from Amazon or many other online stores, and possibly in some real bookstores too (I don't know which ones yet, but maybe the legendary City Lights in San Francisco. The publisher mentioned that there was a chance that bookshop would stock copies).

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My novel is a fantastical comedy set in Wales, and it is also a tribute to the writer Richard Brautigan whose Trout Fishing in America enthused me and taught me an approach to fiction that struck me as -- if not exactly new -- then differently accentuated, and it is an approach that appealed enormously to me. I wanted to write a book similar to his. Cloud Farming is my Trout Fishing. That's the idea anyway! The blurb I prepared for the novel runs as follows:

“In Wales it never stops raining. Or almost never. When it does stop raining from the sky, it rains from hearts instead. Indoors as well as outdoors, the people huddle in the endless drenchings, and over time they have evolved into aquatic creatures who only look and behave like men and women but aren’t really. There is a clue in the name of the country. Wales is a nation with no spot of dry land within its borders. Wales is an Atlantis that never stayed under but is just as wet. Crammed with mythical beings and happenings, Cloud Farming in Wales palpitates, germinates and extrapolates, but never evaporates, and the sodden heroes that wade and slosh through the mighty puddles of its pages are generally in search of a canoe."

The excellent Des Lewis has already completed one of his 'real time' reviews of this novel and it can be found by clicking on this link. I am extremely delighted with the way the book has turned out!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 27, 2017, 01:50:40 PM
My new book has just been published, courtesy of Storm Constantine of Immanion Press. It is a collection of my fantastical love stories, 22 tales in total that were written over a period of 15 years. Two of the stories are novellas and one is a novelette, so the total wordage of the collection is just over 100,000 words.

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The style of these stories is mostly what one might term 'magic realist' and I am happy with this definition, despite the vagueness of the term and the fact that not all the stories in the book are quite that way. They were inspired by real feelings and people, moods, circumstances, dreams and daydreams, music from tropical lands, writers such as Amado, Couto, Vian and Calvino (always Calvino) and a curious yearning for a different kind of life, and generally speaking they highlight my urge to break free from the narrative restrictions of the conventionally told anglophone story, whether it be mainstream or genre.

I feel that with this book I have reached a milestone on the admittedly lonely path of my writing career. I am not especially successful financially. It has been a struggle. But this book exists. I feel that something important has been validated...

The book is available at amazon and other online stores, and the magnificent Des Lewis has already begun one of his real time reviews of the stories within.

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: GeoffNelder on July 27, 2017, 09:13:28 PM
You always come up with great titles, Rhys. I know you're using that trick of the juxtaposition of the unexpected, but it works so well with yours. eg The Smell of Telescopes. Brilliant. It's like a kid in an exam is asked, "What are telescopes for?"
"Why, to smell of course!"
Love it. Gonna check it out.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 28, 2017, 10:51:17 AM
Thanks Geoff!

Titles are really important to me. I want them to be like really short poems or one sentence stories, lyrical and enigmatic. I wrote a blog piece a while ago about this, which probably sounds more self-important than it is supposed to be... Also many of the titles on this particular list have actually been turned into stories in the past seven years.

But anyway, here it is:

http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/brief-list-of-titles-for-unwritten.html?m=0 (http://postmodernmariner.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/brief-list-of-titles-for-unwritten.html?m=0)

...and thanks again! :-)
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: GeoffNelder on July 28, 2017, 11:33:28 AM
Some great titles there.
My first scifi novel bore the title: Exit, Pursued by a Bee
Just a little tweak of the famous Shakespearean stage direction in Winter's Tale
I like a touch of enigmatic too. One of my shorts is 466Hz - yet to be published but will be in an antho. Another is Gravity's Tears published by Jupiter a while back.

As you say sometimes an intriguing title conjures up scenarios in the reader's mind before he or she has read it.  A lovely pastime.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on July 28, 2017, 01:33:52 PM
Absolutely! And an elaborate and highly original can be like a seed that controls the growth of the story, so it can help an author be more imaginative and inventive and unusual during the writing process, because when an author is free to write anything at all the reflex is to fall back on low-level patterns and cliches.
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on August 25, 2017, 11:44:41 AM
Lots of talk about Lovecraft in the air at the moment, so....

I have written many Lovecraft-inspired stories in my time. Most of them have a strong whimsical or ironic element and a few are downright parodies. Two of them, 'The Bicycle Centaur' and 'How Gangrene was my Sally', appeared in the recent Cthulhu Cymraeg anthologies. I am currently planning a new one called 'The Whisperer in Darkness Bangs his Head on an Unseen Projection' and I am also toying with the idea of writing another called 'The People of Colour Out of Space'.

The parodist and whimsical experimenter contributes to the genre of the weird by taking the hidden logical absurdities that are already in the structures of the texts of the key authors and playing with them to reveal them for what they are, and then extrapolating from them to produce a wild flight of fancy. The ideal is to simultaneously push the form forward and make much mischief with it. One of my older Lovecraft-inspired experiments that appeared in one of my collections many years ago is available to be read online here:

A Languid Elagabalus of the Tombs
http://www.tartaruspress.com/assets/languid.pdf (http://www.tartaruspress.com/assets/languid.pdf)

Parodies are not disrespectful. What is disrespectful is to ignore an author and take no inspiration from that author. Parodies are indicative simply of a playful nature.

Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 21, 2017, 03:35:29 PM
I am delighted to announce publication of my latest book, World Muses, a collection of linked fictions that are about inspirational women from eighty different countries and cultures.

Although it might be described as a story collection, in fact I regard it as more akin to an unorthodox novel. Indeed I personally see it as similar to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, but with women instead of cities.

And yet let's not misunderstand the purpose of my book. It is a celebration of diversity and difference rather than an array of libidinous exploits: each chapter (or story) generally features the woman as the victor, the active force, as well as the catalyst.

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There is a limited edition deluxe hardback. There is also a paperback version and an ebook edition.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Muses-Rhys-Hughes/dp/1979367906/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1511270911&sr=8-2 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Muses-Rhys-Hughes/dp/1979367906/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1511270911&sr=8-2)

Thanks for listening!
Title: Re: Rhys Hughes
Post by: rhysaurus on November 27, 2017, 04:16:33 PM
Yule Do Nicely has just been published.

This book has been assembled in order to celebrate the festive season. It includes work from the span of the past quarter century. The first twenty-four tales form a weird advent calendar from December 1st to 24th. Then it is Christmas Day and time for the stocking and the twenty-eight little strange tales inside it. Merry Xmas!

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This book is available as paperback and as an ebook from Amazon and elsewhere. It is priced very low. £2.99 for the print edition and 99p for the ebook. This is as it should be at this time of year...
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1976234832/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511525719&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=yule+do+nciely (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1976234832/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511525719&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=yule+do+nciely)

I have added the title to the blog where I keep track of all my published books to date, where there is also information about the contents of each volume. This blog is called Aardvark Caesar and goes right back to my first published book, Worming the Harpy, more than twenty years ago.
http://aardvarkcaesar.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://aardvarkcaesar.blogspot.co.uk/)

Thanks for listening!