In HOWUL, a life’s journey by David Shannon, the novel’s eponymous hero is given two books to help him learn how to write: Jack and Julie Learn To Read and The ABC Book. The world they show (our world) is filled with happy, smiling, well-fed children. Howul’s world (in the future) is very different.
Now, in Howlish ABC for Growups, he provides us with own savage, hilarious alternative. An ABC written by an angry, misanthropic 35-year-old. Envious of all the luxuries Jack and Julie have, he hates how easily they take them for granted. The first entry is “A is for Arseholes”. It neatly sets the tone…
An excerpt from Howul’s ABC appears in the published novel and has already been exuberantly seized upon by readers and critics (“A hilarious highlight” – Reader’s Digest). This fully-extended and fully-illustrated version of Howul’s ABC is now available as a free, 68-page download (pdf, eBook and Kindle – see below). We’re not asking you to give us your email address or sign up to anything to get it: it is completely free, with no strings.
Reading Howlish ABC for Growups will give you a good sense of who Howul is, what his life is like and what he makes of us (the “People Before”). If you like it, we’re sure you’ll also love HOWUL, a life’s journey.
You can download Howlish ABC for Growups from here.
We were Gold Sponsor for this year’s Nine Worlds convention, and one of the benefits was to be able to supply a booklet to be included in attendees’ goody bags. As we were having a launch party for Zoë Sumra’sThe Wages of Sin and John Gribbin’sDon’t Look Back on the saturday night we thought it would be a nice idea to include an excerpt from each to whet attendees’ appetites. So, as well as having: a bit of blurb about us; pictures of all of our authors, artists and (now, ‘our’ first voice artist); and the covers of all our books; it also included chapter 4 of Zoë’s book and the eponymous short story from John’s.
But now Nine Worlds is over it seems a shame that anyone who was not there should be left out. So we have a pdf version for you to download here.
To the non-Pera born Shadow may be elusive and the Book of Shadow too big to comprehend. With the help of two of their Immortals, LiGa have produced an initiation of sorts into the mind and soul of Pera. Orion (Imm.) provides an introduction to Shadow, while Roland Griffith S.J. (Imm.) offers us a personal selection from the Book of Shadow. Thanks to the generosity of LiGa, we are delighted to be able to make this LiGa pamphlet, Extracts for the Book of Shadow available for free download.
“Shadow is one of the most enthralling beings ever created in modern speculative fiction”
Seregil of Rhiminee, Risingshadow
Extracts from The Book of Shadow, is now available for free download, click here for details and download links.
This weekend people all over the Multiverse are enjoying various religious festival celebrations†, many of which involve chocolate and/or small furry animals with long ears. In a bid to capitalise on these celebrations Arrundel, the leader of the digital gods, has decreed that a fable be made available from the vaults of Digitaleusia to mortals everywhere. Not wishing to incur the wrath of the All-programmer, Elsewhen Press is delighted to offer a free download of this fable, which is coincidentally also a short story starring none other than ePik Flayel, the Trickster god. If you’ve read You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* by Ira Nayman you will already have met Flayel. If you haven’t read You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* you are in luck because from today it is also available in paperback and can be obtained via good bookshops (and some that aren’t quite so good).
Whether or not you have read You Can’t Kill the Multiverse* yet, you can download He Who Dies With the Most Friends Isn’t Immortal for free in your favourite digital format. As many of you as possible can download it and our server will be perfectly fine – not that that’s a challenge, of course! Click here for more details and download links.
Happy Schmeckler’s Farrago!
*But You Can Mess With its Head
† Including, but (as our legal department have suggested we say) not limited to: Easter, Passover, Schmeckler’s Farrago, satyr’s delight, The Ultimate Feast of the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster and others.