Browsing the blog archives for September, 2012.

Stringent Strange Auction Over – But you can be a character in your own “deleted scene!”

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The Whimsical Carnage Continues!

Our charity auction, to be Tuckerized in The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange to benefit Animal Aid, went even better than expected with $584 worth of bids. Even though you have missed your opportunity to be written into the book as character fighting a famous writer to the death (and losing!), you haven’t completely missed the boat. As we said when we first announced this book: the world has never seen a publishing event quite like this. There are two ways you can still get in on the fun.

First, if you preorder the book your name will appear among the spectators in the stadium during the fights. How cool is that? And the spectators will be listed by sections, which means if you want an up close seat in a good section, order now! Wait too long and you’ll be sitting in the nose-bleed section with the riffraff.

Second, you can still have Rhys Hughes write a scene where you fight to the death with a famous author! In the history of publishing we don’t know if anything this crazy has been attempted before. Luckily we have just the author to pull it off.

For just an extra $15 when you order your copy of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange Rhys will write a scene specifically for you. This scene will not appear in the book, but it will be printed out and mailed to you with your book. While all of the deleted scenes would have appeared in the same place in the novel, each scene will be unique and feature a different author and victim (you). Click here to read an example.

See, that is the kind of silliness that is in store for you, if you order a “deleted scene.” And a portion of the $15 fee will be donated to Animal Aid. So once again, being impaled on a sword, trident, javelin, axe, or any other weapon Rhys comes up with, will do some good beyond your personal entertainment.

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Meteor House Charity Auction Update

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The auction to give six readers a chance to be be Tuckerized in Rhys Hughes’ next novel, The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange, is off to a great start! There have been eight bidders to date, which means that two of them have been dropped off the list.

Sorry folks, that’s how it goes in the cutthroat business of trying to be immortilized in fiction.

Not to worry as there is still plenty of time for you to place your bid and see who you will be killed by. Oh, sorry, did we forget to mention that if you “win” you will be killed in the gladitorial arena? Hang on, it gets better (it would kind of have to get better wouldn’t it?), your opponent will be a famous author, and you can even choose who that author is! Assuming they haven’t already been killed off themselves or already been chosen by another bidder.

So hey, that is another reason to bid high, so you get first pick of who kills you instead of last pick. I mean who wants to run the risk of being killed off by their third or fourth favorite writer because their first and second have already been chosen by someone else?

Now, other than the fact that we have six bidders, so far willing to pay between $42 and $101 to be have their deaths—which will almost certainly be completely absurd, since that is Rhys Hughes does—immortalized in fiction forever, this is the most important thing you need to know right now: The auction ends Sunday, September 16th, at 10:00pm eastern. During the last hour of the auction, 9 to 10pm eastern time, bids will only be accepted from those who have already bid in the auction at least once. This is to keep things as fair as possible because the system is not 100% automated due to the comments needing to be approved before they can be seen. This way current bidders will at least know how many potential rivals they have and they don’t have to worry about someone new sniping them at the last second.

Here is the second most important thing you need to know right now: 50% of each of the six winning bids (above the $25 cost of the book) will go to the the charity of Rhys’ choice, Animal Aid, the UK’s largest animal rights group.

 

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Animal Aid Charity Auction Starts Today

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Today is the first day of the Abnormalities of Stringent Strange Animal Aid Auction! If you want to be a gladiator in Rhys Hughes’ 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!). . .

50% of the monies raised from this auction will go to Animal Aid, so your fictional death will help to safeguard real life.

If Rhys is willing to dress up like this, undoubtedly frightening his neighbors, for Animal Aid, the least you can do is bid in the auction!

Here is a sample of a shorter “deleted” scene of a reader fighting Herman Melville in the arena. This is the kind of absurd sillyness in store for our six winning bidders. Although our bidders will be able to put up more of a fight. In fact, the more they bid the longer they live!

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to have your death immortalized in fiction!

 

 

 

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A New Novel from Rhys Hughes!

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Meteor House is proud to announce a new signed limited edition novel
by the internationally acclaimed cult author of science fiction, fantasy,
fables, whimsy, humour, and metafiction—Rhys Hughes!

The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange

The exploits of an apeman test pilot

By Rhys Hughes

The world has never seen an aviator quite like Stringent Strange. Half man, half ape, half badly added fraction, he can fly anything with wings and many things without. Under the mentorship of the unorthodox genius Professor Tobias Crinkle, our hairy hero soon gets much more than he bargains for when he finds himself up against a fiendish Nazi plot to invade and conquer America before the war has even begun!

Fortunately there exists an invention that can help him fight back against the warlike scoundrels, but the consequences of using it will propel him into even greater peril, into an alternative future where the themes and tropes of early magazine science fiction are menacingly real and coexist in perfect disharmony! Into a bracing reality where the only weapons he can rely on are the three special abnormalities he was born with…

Come and join Stringent Strange in a stupendous, mysterious, inventive adventure set in a far-flung time When Pulps Collide!

Ordering the book

The world has never seen a publishing event quite like this. There are three ways you can purchase a Signed Limited Edition of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange.

1. Preorder the book and not only will you get a copy of this signed limited edition, but your name will appear in the book! Just as with Exiles of Kho we are giving our readers a chance to be linked with our books forever as a thank you for helping to make them possible.

2. Bid in the auction to be held September 10th – September 16th to appear in the book as a character! The top six bidders will be written into a scene, and not just any scene…the winners of the auction will appear as gladiators in an arena fighting to the death! And how is this for an incentive, the higher you bid, the longer you live!

3. Following the auction, for an extra fee the author will write you into a “deleted” scene. This scene will not appear in the book, but will be printed and mailed with your copy of the book. While all of the deleted scenes would have appeared in the same place in the novel, each scene will be unique and written especially for you. Just as with the auction, this scene will depict your death in the gladiatorial arena as you are killed off by an author! Click here to read an example.

A portion of the proceeds from both the auction and the deleted scenes will be given to Animal Aid, the UK’s largest animal rights group. So, being impaled on a sword, trident, javelin, axe, or any other weapon Rhys comes up with, will do some good beyond your personal entertainment. Click here for more details.

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