Monday, May 01, 2006

Rhys Hughes

Just remembered the following review I wrote about Worming The Harpy and Other Bitter Pills by Rhys Hughes (published by Tartarus Press), a review that appeared in the then prestigious American magazine Deathrealm in 1996:

"These stories are essentially literature in its purest form - wonderfully rumbustious, humorous, word-magical fantasies, liberally peppered with honest-to-goodness horror. They remind me of Lord Dunsany, John Barth, Jorge Luis Borges, Jack Vance, involving the fabulous traditions of surrealism, fairy stories and piquant wit. They strike me of the feeling one would have upon entering a treasure trove of a bookshop and discovering for the first time works that had been written in some ancient future, a future impossible to believe ever possessing the antecedence of a present let alone of a past. Rhys Hughes' book is one that I had dreamed of reading but never thought I'd be so lucky ever to do so in real life."

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Ironically, one of my genuinely favourite examples of Rhys Hughes' prose is an essay from 2000 about a 1993 chapbook of mine:
http://tinyurl.com/etnog
Long lost Hughes prose that is brilliant.

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Rhys Hughes has three stories in the Nemonymous canon: All For Nothing, Climbing The Tallest Tree In The World, The Small Miracle.

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Gut Road HERE: A Rhys Hughes story pastiche of DF Lewis

"DF Lewis" seems to have written a story in A New Universal History of Infamy by Rhys Hughes (Ministry of Whimsy Press 2004)!

Four ancient DFL/RH story collaborations listed HERE for free internet reading.

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Rhys Hughes obituary: HERE
DF Lewis obituary: HERE

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1 comment:

Weirdmonger said...

To Rhys, simply from Des.