Twisthorn Bellow

About

Twisthorn Bellow is a freshly baked golem who has fallen into a vat of nitro-glycerine, turning him into a living stick of dynamite. As well as battling against monsters and rock musicians, he’s the only thing that can preserve and protect the glorious British Empire and prevent the Frenchification of the entire cosmos. But considering the French have all the best ideas and tunes, he doesn’t stand a soufflé in Hell’s chance!

Book Description

It may come as no surprise that France wants to take over the world again. But this time they plan to go much further and gain control of the spiritual dimensions too, making French the official language of the Afterlife! Twisthorn Bellow is a freshly baked golem who has fallen into a vat of nitro-glycerine, turning him into a living stick of dynamite. As well as battling against monsters and rock musicians, he’s the only thing that can preserve and protect the glorious British Empire and prevent the Frenchification of the entire cosmos. But considering the French have all the best ideas and tunes, he doesn’t stand a soufflé in Hell’s chance!

What can I say about this book? I wrote it last year in a white hot frenzy! It features monsters, lots of them! It’s a metafictional satire! It’s a fantasy pulp tribute! It’s funny and inventive! It simultaneously attempts to spoof and evolve the subgenre of the fantastical adventure tale! There are vigorous nods to Hellboy, Philip José Farmer, Norman Spinrad, Michael Moorcock and Oliver Postgate within its pages! Mike Mignola himself praised it excessively! It’s connected to all my other work! – Rhys Hughes (22.04.2010)

In praise of Hughes:

Twisthorn BellowHughes (Engelbrecht Again!) spins an absurdist tale of a supernatural defense agency protecting British interests at home and abroad from monstrous threats, the most monstrous being (of course) the French. Twisthorn Bellow is a bad-tempered golem accidentally soaked in nitroglycerin, assisted by a semi-vocal giant hand and a talking aborted fetus named Miss Stake. Together, they recruit or eliminate other supernatural entities while fending off constant threats delivered unfailingly by a bicycle messenger who is also the president of France. Eventually, as narrated by the Eiffel Tower, they confront the chief villain in his subterranean lair beneath Strasbourg. Wordplay, fractured classical mythology, pop culture and homages to fellow authors, above all the late Philip Jose Farmer, are overwhelmed by heavy satire that turns the tone from gonzo to grim, delivering more temper tantrum than tomfoolery. (Sept.)
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Rhys Hughes is so completely his own creature that words fail when it comes to describing his work; ‘Rhys Hughesian?’ I don’t think that’s gonna fly. How about just ODD? But odd in the best possible way: the kind of odd that is, at times, goofy (I like the word ‘imbecilic’) and yet you are always keenlyaware that he is a super genius, that he is toying with his reader like a madman (a genius madman having way too much fun) poking and prodding a little tiny octopus with a spoon. In a good way. — Mike Mignola; creator of Hellboy

Just beginning to read [previous title by author]: saliva already forming on chin… — Brian Aldiss

Rhys Hughes seems almost the sum of our planet’s literature… Few living fictioneers approach this chef’s sardonic confections, certainly not in English. — Michael Moorcock

Contents:

Dedicated to:

2010 Edition:
Dedicated to Jessica Poper and Philip José Farmer
2014 Edition:
Dedicated to Jessica Poper and Philip José Farmer

The Artwork

2010/2014 Edition:
Cover art by Steve Upham
2014 
Edition:
Back cover art by Rhys Hughes
2010 Edition:
The bulleted lists are a simple dot
2014 Edition
The bulleted lists are made with a smile 🙂

Details Paperback – Atomic Fez Publishing

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Atomic Fez Publishing (March 26, 2010[1]
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981159710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981159713

Details Paperback – Gloomy Seahorse Press

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gloomy Seahorse Press (March 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1291771298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291771299

Rhys Hughes and Twisthorn Bellow

The Proof Copy of the 2010 edition

This cover is a parody of the old Penguin covers.

External links

Amazon
Lulu
Atomic Fez Publishing

Notes

[1] Sold Out

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