Literature®: a speculative noir that wraps Raymond Chandler's razor sharp wit around Philip K. Dick's extraordinary vision.
"Wonderfully written...a beLiterature®: a speculative noir that wraps Raymond Chandler's razor sharp wit around Philip K. Dick's extraordinary vision.
"Wonderfully written...a beautifully rendered story, mixing the cynicism and moral ambiguity of classic noir fiction with startling flashes of humour and disarmingly tender moments." E.O.HIGGINS, CONVERSATIONS WITH SPIRITS, UNBOUND/PENGUIN
"A clever interweaving of speculative fiction, dystopian vision and classic noir, what’s most striking about Literature® is the quality of the writing...lean and spare with moments of beauty fizzing through...it is also very funny." KATHERINE GRAHAM, THEATRE RE
We live in uncertain times. The rise of nativism in Europe and North America. Rumblings from the Russian bear. The emergence of China as a global superpower. None of us can assume that the road ahead will be an easy one.
To provide some shelter from the coming storm for at least one individual, I am making available a personally signed copy of my self-published niche novella, Literature®, which I strongly suspect will eventually command a market price of hundreds of thousands of pounds (considering what's happening to Sterling at the moment).
“To put it in its simplest terms, "Literature®" is one of the most entertaining books I've had the pleasure to read, anywhere, at any time.” WILLIAM L. SPENCER, GOODREADS
“This is satire in the grand tradition: Fahrenheit 451 but with better jokes.” JOHN PATRICK HIGGINS
...more We don't know exactly when Literature™ takes place and we don't know exactly where. All we know is that Philip Marlowe would fit right in.
We don't getWe don't know exactly when Literature™ takes place and we don't know exactly where. All we know is that Philip Marlowe would fit right in.
We don't get Marlowe though. We get Billy Stringer. And Billy is on nobody's trail.
He's the prey.
The day hasn't begun very well for Billy. He just messed up his first big assignment, he's definitely going to be late for work, his girlfriend won't get back to him and, for reasons she has something to do with, he's dressed like a clown.
Also, he's pretty sure someone is going to kill him today. But then, that's an occupational hazard, when you're a terrorist.
He's a bookworm too, which wouldn't be a problem–or particularly interesting–except that in Billy's world, fiction is banned. Reading it is what makes him an outlaw.
Why? Because people need to get to work.
It's fight or flight time for Billy and he's made his choice. But he has to see Jane, even if it's for the last time–to explain it all to her, before she finds out what he has become. That means staying alive for a little while.
And the odds are against him.
"Literature™ speaks to the industrialisation of art, and also to the link between alienation and radicalisation in consumerist societies. Mainly though, it speaks to our need for great stories, by providing one. The conceptual is never allowed to overpower the human. This is a love story. There is heart here, and heartache. And, crucially, a chase scene."...more
Guillermo Stitch is the author of the novella "Literature™", which won gold at the 2019 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER (IPPY)Awards, and the novel, "Lake of Urine". He lives in Spain.Guillermo Stitch is the author of the novella "Literature™", which won gold at the 2019 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER (IPPY)Awards, and the novel, "Lake of Urine". He lives in Spain....more