Rhys Hughes plumbs the depths of perversity and satire in the shockingly brilliant novel Mister Gum, which follows the adventures of the world's most notorious creative writing tutor and his friends. On his way he discovers haunted hymens, Fellatio Nelson and Canon Alberic's Photo Album.
Acclaim for this Author
'A desperately needed antidote to nerd-friendly space fiction and inklingoid fantasy.' — THE GUARDIAN
'Hughes' fiction has few parallels anywhere in the world. In some alternate universe with a better sense of justice, his work triumph-antly parades across all bestseller lists.'
"Quirky and fantastic and sometimes quite twisted, Rhys Hughes is a treat for those in the mood for something utterly different."
— ELLEN DATLOW
"The incredible richness of language, the inexhaustible array of puns, double entendres, weird metaphors, non-lexical use of words, and original turns of phrase . . . Rhys Hughes is essentially an absurdist humorist, though often of a peculiarly black, tricky, and sometimes bloody sort."
— SUPERNATURAL FICTION WRITERS (SCRIBNERS)
"I envy him his netted imagination. As a man who sees connections where others do not, he offers enough ideas, if parcelled out, to fill a catalogue of fantasy for a generation of writers."
— E.F. BLEILER
"Dazzling prose. Put your feet up and dip in. Life will never seem quite the same again."
— THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE
"I wore throughout the undisplaceable, unsequelchable rictus of a grin of both delight and amazement."
— MICHAEL BISHOP
"This startling novel is so original it reads like an unholy cross between itself and itself!"
— CASPAR NEFANDOUS
— THE WASHINGTON POST
“There are no easy phrases to describe Hughes' fiction; it's so exotic. His writing is incredibly precise and at the same time his imagination is so unfettered.”
— JEFFREY FORD
"Hughes' world is a magical one, and his language is the most magical thing of all."
— T.E.D. KLEIN