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The Eye of Argon now in print!

Yes, you read that right. Wildside Press has decided to go ahead and publish Jim Theis's infamous fantasy novella in actual print book form. Literature as a whole should feel very, very proud. A bit of background for those people who've never read it, then: "The Eye of Argon" was first published in 1970 in Osfan (a fanzine). After its publication, it was widely circulated among fan circles as perhaps the finest example of shit writing outside of a Dan Brown convention. For all you naysayers out there, here's Amazon's description:

"This is not a hoax. Jim Theis was a real person, who wrote The Eye of Argon in all seriousness as a teenager [...] It became the ultimate samizdat, an underground classic, and for more than thirty years it has been the subject of midnight readings at conventions, as thousands have come to appreciate the negative genius of this amazing Ed Wood of prose."

It's available December 1, 2006. Order early and often!

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O-or, I suppose, you could just read it here:

By Austin Ross
September 16, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

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The weather beaten trail wound ahead into the dust racked climes of the baren land which dominates large portions of the Norgolian empire. Age worn hoof prints smothered by the sifting sands of time shone dully against the dust splattered crust of earth. The tireless sun cast its parching rays of incandescense from overhead, half way through its daily revolution. Small rodents scampered about, occupying themselves in the daily accomplishments of their dismal lives. Dust sprayed over three heaving mounts in blinding clouds, while they bore the burdonsome cargoes of their struggling overseers.

One paragraph and already I have dyspepsia.

By Philip J Reed, VSc
September 17, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

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The thing was gone forever. All that remained was a dark red blotch upon the face of the earth, blotching things up.

C'mon people. This is classic stuff.

By Austin Ross
September 18, 2006 @ 4:49 am

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Blotching Things Up would have been a much better title.

By Philip J Reed, VSc
September 18, 2006 @ 4:57 am

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I think I've died and gone...

By Andrew Edmark
September 24, 2006 @ 7:41 am

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