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Promote Your Projects / The Exploits of Engelbrecht
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:00:54 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

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.

Courtesy of Maurice Richardson's daughter (who gave me the rights) I am pleased to announce that this cult classic is now available as an ebook: the first low cost edition ever issued.

Amazon UK...

Amazon US...

The Exploits of Engelbrecht is English surrealism at its greatest. Witty and fantastical, Maurice Richardson was light years ahead of his time. Unmissable.” - J.G. Ballard

Promote Your Projects / Gloomy Seahorse Press
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:08:17 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:

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:

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.

General Discussion / OuLiPo
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:50:09 pm »
Anyone interested in it?

OuLiPo is almost unknown in Britain. Why this should be so is something of a mystery. British writers just seem very resistant to experimenting with form. They are often unaware that the option to experiment with form even exists; and when they do take the plunge they tend to make it a rather dry exercise. One of the best things about OuLiPo is the playful aspect of the work produced: the results are nearly always humorous, quirky and (by necessity) original and unexpected.

For my money OuLiPo is the most inventive 'movement' to appear in Literature and the work produced by OuLiPo writers is the most genuinely imaginative that I have ever encountered...

Promote Your Projects / Free Ebook for Xmas 2012
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:32:14 pm »

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:

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:

Promote Your Projects / Stringent Strange
« on: October 09, 2012, 11:20:47 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:

Thanks for listening!

(Cover coming soon)

Promote Your Projects / Free Ebook for Two Days!
« on: September 25, 2012, 12:01:48 pm »
Yesterday was my birthday. It is also approximately a year since I created my first self-published ebook, The Tellmenow Isitsöornot.To celebrate the occasion I have therefore decided to make this collection free, but only for two days.

100 stories incorporating 150,000 words of fiction! To download this ebook for zero pennies please click on this link:

...and use the following coupon-code: AC37A

(and if you do download it, I would appreciate a review in return; an honest review, don't feel obliged to say you like it if you don't... Thanks!)

General Discussion / My 666th Story!
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:23:07 pm »
This very morning I finished writing my 666th short story. I must be some kind of beast! Attaining this total means I am exactly 2/3rds of the way through my life's work. It has taken twenty-three years.

Anyway, the most famous "beast" associated with the number 666 was Aleister Crowley, of course. Here we see him in a magical (or magickal) hat. To mark the occasion I decided to adopt similar garb. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I give you: the Teapot Crowley! "Brew what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." "Every man and every woman is a biscuit suitable for dunking."


Promote Your Projects / Tuckerize Your Backsides!!
« on: September 09, 2012, 11:13:54 am »

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:


General Discussion / Let's Have a Sing-Along!
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:23:32 am »
It's raining outside and the world is bleak and whatnot, so why not cheer ourselves up with a good old sing-along? But let's make it about writers! Or at least about the writing world in general...

I'll go first. Ready?

Isaac Asimov and I'm OK
I Robot all night and I Robot all day
I like to wear Foundation
and hang around on Mars.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Rhys Hughes
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:59:17 am »


My Blog:

My list of publications:

* 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)

* 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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