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Sunday, December 01, 2013

FABBLES: 1... A Scruffian Chapbook

UPDATE 2013/12/01: FABBLES: 1 is now released. Fly and be free, little chapbook! Fly and be free!

Meet the Scruffians, workhouse tykes and street arabs scrobbled by the Waiftaker General, dragged to the Institute and put to the Stamp that writes your very soul into your skin.

Meet the waifs of Ripper Vicky's Empire, Fixed forever as they are, never ageing, never starving, ever bouncing back to exactly how they were Fixed... the perfect child labour.

Meet the scamps and scrags, scallywags and scofflaws escaped from their chimney sweep and mill owner masters, hiding out in their rookery cribs, surviving as thieves and beggars... and fighting back.

Meet Flashjack the hellion and Puckerscruff the urchin; Squirlet Nicely and Vermintrude Toerag; Yapper, the Scruffian who learned to speak Dog; Whelp, the dog Fixed as a Scruffian; and Rake Jake Scallion, not a Scruffian, but the bestest mate any scruff ever had.

Meet Gobfabbler Halyard-Dunkling, Esquire, aka Gob, the fabbler of this here crib, with his fabbles of Christmas spirit, canine spifflication, and why, only the most important fabble of em all... the fabble of how the Scruffians took the Stamp!

Just in time for Christmas, (leastways it should be if yer order sharpish,) a perfect wee stocking filler for friends and family. Buy one for yourself! Buy one for your mate! Buy one for your mate's small child and get them to read the first story aloud in their best Mockney accent as you all sit round the Yuletide fire! They won't be that scarred for life. And even if they are, it'll be scarred in a good way. Like if David Cronenberg remade Oliver! on a script from Clive Barker... and kept the songs. Which would be awesome, right?

Whe-e-e-e-ere is love? It's in the sausages, mate. Them sausages is made with oodles of love!

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FAQ

Q: SPECIFICS, MAN, SPECIFICS!

A: That's not really a queston, but OK, here's the skinny...

ToC: "A Scruffian Christmas"; "The Beast of Buskerville"; "The Taking of the Stamp."
Publisher: New Sodom Press (i.e. Yours Truly via Lulu)
Pages: 86
Release date: 1st December 2013
Trade edition: £6.00 from Lulu (plus Lulu's charge for postage and packing)
Speshul edition: £12/£14/£15 direct from Yours Truly (postage and packing included)

Q: CAN I GET THE TRADE EDITION FROM AMAZON?

A: The chapbook has been put out for distribution to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ingrams, and such, but when and if Amazon get copies in stock is another matter. Click the relevant button and go for it, by all means.


If it's not showing in stock and you don't want to order from Lulu, you might try adding Fabbles: 1 to your wishlist. Who knows, if enough people do it, maybe Amazon will get their finger out and order in some copies, eh?

Q: WHAT IS THIS SPESHUL EDITION MALARKY?

A: The speshul edition has a printed-in bookplate and additional illustration that's not in the trade edition. Order a speshul edition copy direct, and I'll sign, line and date it, dedicated to the person of your choice, and decorated by the Scruffian of your choice. The first 26 copies were lettered in accordance with the Alfabetcha in the author's best childlike scrawl, but these have now all been sold.



Q: WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY DECORATED?

A: Decoration may involve: crayon; groAnhuFF blood; glitter; stickMen dloob; fingerpainting; the WAfetAker GenerAl's blud? It will not involve blood. Awwwwwww!

For a list of Scruffians to choose from, see "An Alfabetcha of Scrufian Names," downloadable here.

Q: WHAT'S THE DAMAGE FOR THIS SPESHUL EDITION?

A: Price: £12, by Paypal, UK postage and packing included. If you're in Europe, postage is a couple of quid more, so we'll call it £14. If you're in the US or further afield, add another quid to make it £15.

Q: ANY SPECIAL DEALS FOR LONG-TERM SUPPORTERS?

A: Scruffians sponsor-subscribers should check their email for the last circular (23rd November, 2013,) which contains a discount code for the special edition. Because, thanks.

Q: AND HOW DO I ORDER ONE?

A: To place your order, just click the Paypal button below and add a note with the dedication details required or, if Paypal won't let you add a note, (it seems to happen sometimes,) make your payment and drop me a follow-up email at hal AT halduncan DOT com, from (or with a mention of) the same address you paid via.

If you have any trouble with the Paypal button, my Paypal is al DOT duncan AT ntlworld DOT com. No "h," not "hal," just "al." The story of my byline is a long and complicated one involving a Scottish writer called Alasdair Duncan, a gay writer called Alasdair Duncan, and a gay Scottish writer called Alasdair Duncan (i.e. me.) Suffice to say, the "h" is dropped 'ere in best Scruffian fashion.

Q: CAN I GET IT ON EBOOK?

A: Sorry, there's no ebook edition of the chapbook as a whole. However, "The Taking of the Stamp" is currently out from Popcorn, an imprint of La Case Books, available for Kindle and all other major platforms. So for those who don't want a hardcopy of it, just ebook editions of the other two stories, I've put "A Scruffian Christmas" and "The Beast of Buskerville" up on Kindle Direct, collected into a companion double-header by name of FABBLES: 0.5, which you can get now at Amazon UK or at Amazon US.


Also, if you order FABBLES: 1 direct or send me a proof of purchase of your order via Lulu or Amazon, I'll happily provide you with digital versions of "A Scruffian Christmas" and "The Beast of Buskerville."

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3 Comments:

Blogger StephenHeberRushton said...

I've got to get a copy!

4:47 pm  
Blogger Matthew said...

Following the Donate link to pre-order the special edition chapbook ends up saying 'you have requested an outdated version of paypal - this often happens with bookmarks' -- can I just send a paypal payment to hal@halduncan.com, will that work?

9:08 am  
Blogger Hal Duncan said...

Hi Matthew,

Strange. At first sight it works fine for me, but I'll try and see if I can get it to break to figure out how to fix it.

In the meantime, if you make a Paypal payment to al DOT duncan AT ntlworld DOT com, that should work. (No 'h', just 'al'.)

2:56 pm  

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