Chomu Press – ‘Nemonymous Night’ – author’s statement

I have just re-read Nemonymous Night in its full beautiful regalia as a book. And I wonder if it is a metaphorical suicide-bomb now planted on my bookshelf, knowing how close I am to my bookshelf…

More thoughtfully perhaps, having indeed just re-read this my only published novel, I deem it the worthy culmination of a lifetime tussling with fiction. I shall continue to deem it thus, I feel, even if the critical reaction to it is negative, but I certainly trust that most of its readers will gain value from the adventurous Jules Verne-ian plot together with its apocalyptic and acquired accoutrements.

Nemonymous Night, the Last Balcony story collection and the Weirdtongue novella are the only works of mine I would like to remain in existence after I’ve gone into my own nemonymous night. But, obviously, I have no say in what is kept and what is not.  And the earth may vanish before I do.

Please forgive any sign of pretentiousness that may be discovered in this statement.  And sincere thanks to the publisher of Nemonymous Night.


The two quotes inside the book – the words from an Elizabeth Bowen story were discovered after completion and acceptance of the novel – and the ‘Carcosa’ words from Karl Edward Wagner were published in the mid-1990s, and the novel mentions a ‘lethal chamber’ and an anchovy!


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7 June 2011

The Angevin Mono delivered my contributor copies of this beautiful-looking book today.

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History of ‘Nemonymous Night’

‘Nemonymous Night’ has gone to print for its due June publication date. It is my novel of 100,ooo words: i.e. the first publication of a recent root-and-branch, hindsight-enhanced, experientially skilled-up, authorially ‘proven’  crystallisation from 300,000 words that were effectively drafted by me in 2005/6 upon some now predominantly defunct blogs.

One’s life, too, meanwhile, is privately and publicly under construction … until crystallised by death.

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“…and the cover is a masterpiece of surrealism.”


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