Rawhead & Bloody Bones and Elusive Plato


#0165Rawhead & Bloody Bones (1996) is one the stories that gives the book its name.
#0169Elusive Plato (1996) is one of the stories that gives the book its name.

Book Description

Rawhead & Bloody Bones and Elusive PlatoTwo linked novellas packaged into one volume. The first novella is one of the major installments in the ‘Chaud-Mellé‘ cycle of stories. The second was written in the “shape of a tesseract” and features the extraordinary philosophical villain, Bartleby Cadiz.

Rawhead and Bloody Bones is the hilarious story of two ghosts who spend their afterlife entertaining the spirit world with their comedy routine. On the opening night of their show, the audience swarms the stage and attempts to steal Rawhead’s sense of humor. A conspiracy unfolds and Rawhead makes a startling discovery. In Elusive Plato the main character Bartleby has a very strange and bizarre existence. His father commits suicide by hanging himself with piano wires; his mother is infatuated with him; and when his sister looses her virginity to another man he kills her in a jealous rage. Eventually Bartleby meets a man who claims he can make Bartleby’s dreams come true — for a price.

Dedicated to

  • Tony an Claire, the Wondersmiths

In praise of Hughes:

It is very dark, but actually it is made of two novellas, which are quite different in tone, and maybe that is what seems so confusing. The first novella is a comedy; the second is very surreal. But both are clever. They do remind me of Calvino, and also of Michael Moorcock. The ideas in these novellas are entirely original, and the plots are difficult, but everything comes together in the end in a most unexpected way. The language is rich and full of wordgames. I rate this book highly, but it is not for people who don’t like comedy and horror mixed together. – Flora (Amazon Review)

Reading Rhys Hughes is like reading a dream. Not only does his work explore the surreal, but it is unrestrained by boundaries. It moves from subject to subject, from scene to scene – and, indeed, cover scan from locale to locale – with an almost dream-like logic. It’s like a cartoon, in that anything can happen, and the limits of what is and is not possible are blatantly redundant. As a consequence, you’d best put aside convention if you pick up this book. – Jason Gould


Review by Jason Gould


The cover Artwork

Cover by Derek Gray

Details Paperback

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tanjen Ltd; First Edition edition (November 1998) [1]
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190153006X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901530063

External links



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