27 July 2010
Publisher aiming to redefine literature launches with latest Quentin S. Crisp
London, 27 July 2010 – A new publisher, Chômu Press, that was set up to change people’s reading habits is launching with the latest novel by acclaimed author Quentin S. Crisp.
“The lunatics have taken over the asylum”
Chomu Press explain their mission by saying: “When Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and others were forming United Artists in 1919, the head of Metro Pictures apparently said, ‘The inmates are taking over the asylum’. We see today’s literature in stagnation and hope to stage a similar coup for lunatics in the world of publishing. We aim to make the indie writing scene as visible and exciting to people as the indie music scene, maybe even to bring the indie into the mainstream. “
Remember You’re a One-Ball! is a macabre coming-of-age novel that rivals The Wasp Factory and The League of Gentlemen in the blackness of its humour. It is the first novel from the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author, and typifies Chomu’s mission.
Set in the heart of rural England, Remember You’re a One-Ball! brings horror into the most intimate places of daily life. Ramsey Blake’s first job as a teacher takes him back to the secluded village where he grew up. There he begins to remember the strange world of childhood and comes to realise that the adult world is equally as strange. Soon entangled in a nightmarish game of power and manipulation, he is forced to choose sides. Whatever his decision, he is about to receive the ultimate object lesson in human cruelty.
Mark Samuels, author of Glyphotech and Other Macabre Processes, says, “Unpublished for far too long, Remember You’re A One Ball! is a work of profound insight into childhood and the long shadow it casts over adulthood. Its fearless, brutal honesty and the superlative quality of the prose are virtually without peer. This novel confirms me in my belief that Crisp is the most important writer of his generation.”
Quentin S. Crisp appeared on the writing scene in 2001, with the release of The Nightmare Factory, a collection of short stories published by BJM Press. Since then there have been three more collections of shorter fiction (Morbid Tales, from Tartarus Press, Rule Dementia!, from Rainfall Books, and All God’s Angels, Beware!, from Ex Occidente) as well as a novella (Shrike, from PS Publishing), all of which have earned him a reputation as a stylistic innovator and writer of unique vision. Remember You’re a One-Ball! is his first full-length novel.
Remember You’re a One-Ball! is available from Amazon, Waterstones and other online retailers.
For a review copy of the book, or to enquire about interviews with Quentin S. Crisp, please contact Chômu Press at:
PR contact: Natasha Pretorius
e-mail: info at chomupress dot com
Tel: (020) 8099 1507 (time zone London GMT+1)
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