[GUEST INTERVIEW] Christopher Paul Carey interviews Rhys Hughes on “The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange”
ABOUT RHYS HUGHES: Rhys Hughes was born in 1966 and began writing fiction from a young age. None of his early efforts saw print, mainly because he never submitted them anywhere or even showed them to anyone else. Those stories have all been lost.
Eventually he began sending his work to editors. His first published story was called “An Ideal Vocation” and it appeared in an obscure anthology in 1992. Encouraged by this “success,” he then proceeded to bombard the British small-press with hundreds of eccentric tales for almost two decades. His first book, the now almost legendary Worming the Harpy, was published by Tartarus Press in 1995. He has published many volumes since then, chiefly collections of short-stories but also a few novels, in several languages.
He considers his three best and most “Hughesian” books to be The Truth Spinner, Tallest Stories and The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange. You can get in touch able to get in touch with him easily enough through his blog The Spoons That Are My Ears.
I first ran across Rhys Hughes’s brilliantly funny, sharp, and perceptive work when a story of his — a smart, heartfelt tribute to Philip José Farmer’s classic The Lovers — appeared in an anthology alongside a story of mine. Since then I’ve been both dazzled and highly entertained by his unique and multiform output of fiction. Hughes’s latest novel, The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange, is forthcoming from Meteor House, so let’s find out what the author is up to this time.
Christopher Paul Carey: You are not primarily known as a genre writer, but your work is not exactly mainstream either. How would you categorize your work, or can it be categorized?
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