The Percolated Stars


The Percolated Stars is a novel made up of three novellas:

  1. Ultima Thule
  2. Thais Von Oort
  3. The Wardrobe World

Total length is about 80,000 words and it was his first published novel.

Book Description

An esoteric detective novel with more twists and turns than a Snakes and Ladders board, from the popular cult author of Eylidiad, The Smell of Telecopses and Rawhead and Bloody Bones.

In praise of Hughes:

“Imagine (if you dare) a whimsical marriage of Lord Dunsany and S.J. Perelman, and you have something approaching the tales of Rhys Hughes, filled with gaudy colour, slapstick, puns, fantastic creatures, and the occasional unexpected chill. Hughes’ world is a magical one – and his language if the most magical thing of all.” – Ted Klein, author of The Ceremonies

“The stories are essentially literature in its purest form – wonderfully rumbustuous, humorous, word-magical fantasies, liberally peppered with honest-to-goodness horror. They remind me of Lord Dunsany, John Barth, Jorge Luis Borges, Jack Vance, involving fabulous traditions of surrealism, fairy stories and piquant wit . . . Rhys Hughes’ book is one that I had dreamed of reading but never thought I’d be so lucky ever to do so in real life.” – Deathrealm

“Rhys Hughes is a very good writer . . . a fabulist whose sense of the absurd is peerless.” – Grotesque

“The overall tone is one of disturbing, occasionally shocking surrealism . . . fans and others who are looking for something significantly offbeat in supernatural fiction will be delighted with this, his first book.” – All Hallows


  1. Ultima Thule
  2. Thais Von Oort
  3. The Wardrobe World

The cover Artwork

Details Paperback

  • Paperback: 210 pages [1]
  • Publisher: RazorBlade Press (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954226747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954226749


To Ray Russell and in memory of John Sladek one of the finest science-fiction writers who ever lived

External links



[1] Sold Out


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