Not Coming To A Bookshop Near You
Okay, it’s easy to scoff, so let’s have a good laugh at this lot.
Publisher Mark Pilkington recommended this website which reveals a whole other world of literature hitherto hidden from public gaze. Here you’ll find tales of fat people, elves, black-velvet sword-and-something fantasies, illegible typefaces, partworks involving made-up names, more elves, and a book with a drawing of a cat, a crucifix and a balloon on a tripod on its cover.
These are only a handful of the wonderful examples of folk-art masquerading as novels on the site. I particularly like the desperate pun title ‘Carpe DiEmily’ and the complicated cover of ‘Aphrodisiac’ – who is Daphne, and why were the authors formerly someone else? This is where EL James would have been happily at home – and she sounds good-natured enough to admit it – had it not been for a publisher with an eye to a buck and a low opinion of its readership (which proved tragically Â on target).
On another level, let’s laugh with, not at the authors, because at least they’re putting it out there rather than doing nothing. Although in some cases perhaps nothing would have been a viable alternative. Still, it makes me want to read a ‘Best Of’ compilation of their work. Somebody, call a publisher!