Browsing the blog archives for November, 2012.

You can be a character in the new Stringent Strange novelette!

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The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange by Rhys Hughes may turn out to be the most inclusive, and fun for the reader, project in the history of small press publishing. To begin with the novel is a pulpish comedy science fiction/surrealist metafictional romp that is, for some reason, rather hard to describe other than to say it is unlike any book you have ever read. That is a promise.

So, first we held a charity auction where readers could bid to be a character in the novel. Part of the proceeds from this auction went to charity.

Next we allowed readers to purchase a unique “deleted scene,” which depicts themselves as a character in the story but will not appear in the printed novel. Part of the proceeds from this go to charity as well.

Then yesterday Rhys Hughes announced he is writing a brand new novelette featuring Stringent Strange, “The Further Fangs of Suet Pudding,” and that an ebook of this story will be sent for FREE to everyone who pre-orders a copy of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange.

Now here is the next step in the evolution of this metafictional event. If you preorder a copy of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange with a deleted scene no later than November 30th, 2012, you will appear in “The Further Fangs of Suet Pudding” as a character!

Confused? It’s ok, we understand, it’s a lot to take in. Read the above again and if you still have any questions hit the contact link above and we can chat about it. Here are the important things you need to know now:

1. Preorder a copy of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange and you will automatically be sent a free ebook copy of “The Further Fangs of Suet Pudding” as soon as it is finished (most likely early December).

2. If you also purchase a deleted scene from the novel by November 30th, you will appear in the novelette as a character!

3. If you already preordered the novel, but not a deleted scene, you can still order one and get in the novelette.

Don’t miss out on a unique event in publishing and an absolutely terrific novel to boot. Keep watching this website for further news and excerpts from the novel which will be posted online.

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The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange – Cover Reveal!

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At long last we bring you the seemingly normal cover for one of the strangest books you may ever read, The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange by Rhys Hughes!

We say seemingly normal because this is really a bit of a tease since you can only see the front cover. It’s when you flip the book over that you’ll be taken aback as your brain tries to process what it’s seeing.

This cover, by the wonderfully talented Keith Howell, is a perfect parallel of the book itself. The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange begins like a slightly-off aviation pulp of the 1930s, then turns into a science fiction novel, then turns humorously surrealistic, and then, really and then, it just gets plain weird.

Oh, you say you want to see the back cover? Sorry, we’re saving that for later. In fact, we may only show the back cover to those fearless readers who have preordered the book! We’ll have to wait and see…

Speaking of fearless readers, don’t forget that in addition to buying this wonderfully humorous surrealistic adventure, you can also purchase a deleted scene from the book that will be written just for you! This scene will show you fighting to the death in the gladiatorial arena against the author of your choice. Hmmm, that last sentence might be a little misleading, let’s try again. This scene will show you being killed in the gladiatorial arena by the author of your choice. (The part about you being killed is a small detail, but should probably be mentioned.) Here is a sample of the carnage that awaits.

But know that your death will not be in vain, it will actually do some good. For every deleted scene Rhys Hughes writes, $4 will be donated to the charity of his choice, Animal Aid.

And just to continue the weirdness, we should also mention that if you preorder, your copy of this SIGNED LIMITED EDITION soon, your name will appear in the story as a spectator. Ok, maybe that’s not all that weird. Awesome perhaps, but maybe not weird.

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