Entertainments for the Trump epoch

“The election had an apocalyptic feel to it,” says Mr. Thiel, wearing a gray Zegna suit and sipping white wine in a red leather booth at the Monkey Bar in Manhattan. “There was a way in which Trump was funny, so you could be apocalyptic and funny at the same time. It’s a strange combination, but it’s somehow very powerful psychologically” New York Times, 11/01/17

‘Apocalyptic and funny’, respectively, also describe our two latest releases – entertainments for the Trump epoch – ‘begat’ and ‘Attu’.

Attu, released shortly before Christmas, but available for free today on the kindle store, is an escapist eBook for those currently absorbed with anxious political thoughts (so everyone)…

‘A mischievous president announces the End of the World. He’s joking – isn’t he? Eight billion people around the world aren’t so sure.’

 

Today is also the perfect opportunity to announce our latest acquisition – begat – perhaps the first serious comic novella of the Trump era, by Dr Felix Culpepper of Cambridge University.

‘begat’ – out this spring – charts a national plunge into political and social madness with eerie parallels to today’s apotheosis of Trump. It is a satirical study of how an apocalyptic monster is created: ‘the mob drains all the evil stowed within their ids into one phantasmagorical abortion of a human, cherished for his deformities’.

As a taster, you can download an extract of ‘begat’ from our website.

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Is January the new December for book lovers?

hqdefaultWe’ve been trawling through our Amazon sales data and spotted an interesting pattern: January is one of our best months for sales. Usually you’d expect a dip after people have maxed out  over Christmas; all we can think is that lots of people who didn’t get enough lovely books from Santa are topping up from us in January.

As the need for books with which to curl up in front of a log fire (or under a duvet etc as you prefer) does not end on 31 January, we’re now planning a Fireside February book promotion. Look in next week to see how it works and snap up some seasonal reading.

 

Spot the Difference? (Amazon Can’t…)

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We had a stern lecture from Amazon the other day when we were uploading  the e-book of our brilliant new children’s adventure, King’s Company. Amazon warned us that we were trying to break the terms of our agreement or something equally naughty: and eventually we worked out that it was because we had used the keyword “King Stephen”. Now the book is called King’s Company, and it’s set in the reign of King Stephen, so it seemed reasonable to us: but Amazon were having none of it, presumably because they thought we were trying to pinch sales from legendary master-of-all-things-gory Stephen King. We asked Amazon what we should do to avoid the problem: no answer. We also asked if they really thought that we were trying to win extra sales by snaffling readers looking for the latest Stephen King gore-fest, and presenting them with a mediaeval adventure story for children aged 8-12 in which no-one is eaten by any kinds of animals at all (if you ignore the odd flea-bite). No reply to that either. In the end we found a way round – Amazon’s computers will accept “King Stephen of England” as a keyword – and the King’s Company e-book is up on the Kindle store and selling very nicely. But really.

The one person we thought might see the funny side is Stephen King – so if anyone out there happens to know him…

Another Dubious Gift from Amazon

Amazon-logoThe retail giant’s behaviour has been so awful for so long that we’ve reached the stage of assuming that anything new they come up with must have a sinister secret purpose. The latest announcement is “Kindle Kid’s Book Creator” which promises to make turning images and text into wonderful books across multiple platforms a doodle. We shall see – but having recently met actual Amazon people in the flesh, and found it everything we feared, we won’t rule out the thought that this is just another step on Amazon’s march towards domination of the world of books. But we will have a play with it and report back.