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Mastadge
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2003 - 08:57 pm:   

Rhys,

You mentioned in the MILKWOOD forum that "EYELIDIAD is going to be incorporated into my big fantasy novel, THE CLOWN OF THE NEW ETERNITIES, as the second section of that book. The first section will be 'The Darktree Wheel' from the Ministry of Whimsy's LEVIATHAN anthology. The third section will tie these novellas together and develop them into a proper novel. It's just a case of finishing this third section, which is called 'Ghoulysses'. That should be done sometime this year!"

I really liked what I read of The Darktree Wheel at FM, but I own neither Leviathan 2 nor Eyelidiad. How's this book coming? In other words, should I wait, or should I run out and track down a copy of Eyelidiad?
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2003 - 02:56 am:   

Thanks for your interest, Mastadge!

THE CLOWN OF THE NEW ETERNITIES should be definitely finished by the end of this year at the latest. I have about 50,000 words left to write. I'm finishing a few short stories and essays and one novella at the moment and when they are done I'll be able to devote all my attention to getting this novel ready.

I would recommend waiting, because the completed novel will be much greater than its parts. It will be easily be best work. My *magnum opus*! Or that's what I hope anyway...
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2003 - 04:15 am:   

If anyone is interested, the correct version of my story *Worming the Harpy* is now online at the DUSK website at the following address:

http://www.dusksite.ukgo.com/harpyhughes.php

This was the title story of my first book, WORMING THE HARPY, published back in 1995. The story itself was written in the summer of 1994, but when it was published one of the 'chapters' was omitted (the section about the vampire family).

That chapter has been restored and for the first time the story can be read as it was originally written and intended to be read!
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2003 - 04:58 am:   

Thanks! Now if only I can find a (relatively) reasonably priced copy of the book itself. . .
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JeffV
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2003 - 01:25 pm:   

Um, Rhys, PUHLEESE consider sending this novel to the Ministry for consideration. :-) Pretty Please?

JeffV
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 - 08:53 am:   

I'd be delighted to, Jeff! Where else to send my best book to?

Let's have a picture to celebrate!



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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 - 08:57 am:   

Hmmm, well that failed dismally!

Tell you what, let's not have a picture!
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 - 05:40 pm:   

hey rhys, that link to your story doesn't work...

technophobia and me,
ben.
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Mastadge
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2003 - 05:56 pm:   

It's not technophobia. The link worked when it was posted. It doesn't work now. Here's hoping they get it fixed up soon, because I haven't had a chance to read it yet!
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 03:00 am:   

That's strange! The link works fine for me... Was it a temporary glitch, I wonder?

Here's my second attempt at posting a picture. The one that didn't work was a tower scene with cats! This one is (apparently) a harpy...



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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 - 06:05 pm:   

cool beans. it's working.

i guess my technophobia will have to be held in check for a few more days. shame, really. i was reading to starting setting my television on fire.
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Rhys
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 03:45 am:   

At long last my Borges tribute book A NEW UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY is finished!

I have been working on this for seven years!!!!!!

I have just e-mailed it to a publisher. My fingers are now crossed.

For anyone familiar with the Borges original who might be interested, the contents of my tribute volume are as follows:


Preface to the Unpublished Edition
Preface to an Imaginary Edition

A NEW UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY
The Brutal Buddha, Baron von Ungern-Sternberg
The Honest Liar, Denis Zachaire
Chewer of Hearts, François l'Olonnais
Trader of Doom, Basil Zaharoff
The Worm Supreme, Francisco Solano Lopez
The Worst Hero, Dick Turpin
The Maddest King, Henry Christophe

STREETCORNER MOUSE

ET AL
City of Blinks (Herbert Quain)
The Landscape Player (Fergus Hall)
The Spanish Cyclops (Felipe Alfau)
The Unsubtle Cages (Thomas Ligotti)
Celia the Impaler (Michel Leiris)
Alone with a Longwinded Soul (D.F. Lewis)
Monkeybreath (J. MeerKat & M. Rabbits -- from Thackery T. Lambshead)
Of Exactitude in Theology (Jaromir Hladik)

SURPLUS PARODIES
Finding the Book of Sand (Jorge Luis Borges)
The Hyperacusis of Chumbly Mucker (John Sladek)
Ictus Purr (myself)


Writing the last piece was especially difficult. I had to parody my own style of writing as if I was somebody else whose ideas about my style were not quite correct!
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DF Lewis
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 09:03 am:   

great!
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steve r
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 - 10:06 am:   

Odd coincidence - saw a chap reading the original on the metro three hours ago!
Which gives me an idea - A SPANISH TRANSLATION for Borg-lovers! Not only will your fortune be made, but dusky maidens will scrabble for your attention throughout all south america! (Of course, a few purists - and lovers of said maidens - will take pot-shots at you.)
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Rhys
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - 02:06 am:   

I expect "lovers of said maidens" to take pot-shots at me, but what about lovers of SAD maidens? What will they do?

However, your idea of translating my 'sequel' into Spanish has tickled me. What a perfect way to complete the loop!
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Rhys
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2003 - 03:46 am:   

New online story at:

http://www.rhapsoidia.com/Issue4/Mermaid.html

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Luis Rodrigues
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 05:41 pm:   

"Uma personagem sem nome. Fazes parte de uma história mas não percebes. Viajaste até lado nenhum porque esta história é o único lugar onde existes. Nunca teremos futuro porque a história não terá sequela, mas por outro lado estaremos sempre juntos no presente, presos a estas palavras, e o nosso romance será eterno, ou pelo menos enquanto houverem leitores."

Oy, this looks familiar! I should have given you the Brazilian Portuguese version, though. Oh well. If you can get the webmaster to update the text, I'll be happy to provide a revised translation.

Cheers,
Luís
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Rhys
Posted on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 06:10 am:   

New online story at:

http://www.planetprozak.freeserve.co.uk/pp04/fiction7.html

Actually the story is almost 10 years old!
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Rhys
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2003 - 05:01 am:   

A few extracts from THE CLOWN OF THE NEW ETERNITIES are now online at *Fantastic Metropolis*:

http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com

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