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Hertzan Chimera lives!
Sunday, October 29, 2006  1:36:00 AM

by Mike Philbin

Literary Fiction
It's been two years since the 'early retirement' of Mike Philbin's subversive writing persona Hertzan Chimera - but as they say, "You can't keep a good 'invented persona' down." This Halloween, under the banner Writing As Hertzan Chimera, Chimericana Books are releasing two never-before-seen full-length novels Twilight's Last Gleaming and The Hoo-Hoo Are Coming.

It's a tale of resurrection, it's a tale of fanaticism, it's a tale with a happy ending.

For fourteen years, Tombstone Award Winner Hertzan Chimera was the 'keyboard name' of Oxford, UK-based writer/artist Mike Philbin. Hertzan released a number of books through the alternative press, Szmonhfu (novel Eraserhead Press), Animal Instincts (illustrated collection, Double Dragon Press), B.F.G.S. (collaborative collection, Massacre Publishing), Chim+Her and Chim+Him (collaborative collections, Cyber Pulp Press). These works were the epitome of extreme sci-fi horror fusion and genre rule breaking. Hertzan waged a private war against mediocrity in the short span of his writing career.

Then he was dead. Killed off by his creator.

Did the literary world mourn? Not at first, no. Most were relieved that this 'extreme loudmouth' had been laid to rest. But, you know what? People (readers) started to miss Hertzan's extreme worldview. Do you know something else? People (readers) started to suspect there were a couple of Hertzan Chimera novels still to be released. The buzz on the internet grew and grew.

They were right about those missing books.

This Halloween, the world will finally be able to experience those new Hertzan Chimera novels in 6 inch by 9 inch trade paperback format from Chimericana Books. In a move that mirrors Stephen King's writing of the Richard Bachman books, they will both be released under the Writing As Hertzan Chimera banner.

Twilight's Last Gleaming:
by Mike Philbin, writing as Hertzan Chimera, novel (80,000 words).
Written in the early nineties and set in the north of England, the split narrative tells the interwoven story of the a trip to a parallel world from both the physical and the mental perspective. It's up to the reader to decide which. The world is in danger and aliens are harvesting the souls of mankind to further their intergalactic cause. Aliens were never supposed to be this seductive, though.
Here's a teaser from the opening paragraphs:
The limp trickle of liquid on porcelain. The filthy tap squeaking as it is turned off. The static cling of tights being pulled on. The hot smells of the flesh. The juicy odours. The lubricated thrashings and tortured sighs. The scampering of footsteps on the uncarpeted staircase. The slamming of the front door.

The Hoo-Hoo Are Coming:
by Mike Philbin, writing as Hertzan Chimera, novel (80,000 words).
Written in the late nineties, this book explores future European politics and the role of dolphins in human evolution. But it's not really about that. It's about horror, sheer mental and physical horror. The horror of the flesh, the horror of the machine, the horrific interface between the two. Will mankind survive the frenzied amalgamation of desire and chrome?
Here's a teaser from the opening paragraphs:
The scourge began amid the dizzying pyrotechnics of a spectacular thunder storm and a frenzied knuckle assault at an, as yet, undisclosed, door. Stewing in the bath was the only answer to these terrible twinges of pain her monthly scourge brought her. Geraldine Kablensk brought her head from beneath the soapy surface; sat up in her bath. Was she hearing things?

Both books were written with an adult audience in mind - fans of David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Japanese uber-director Takashi Miike will be right at home within the bleeding walls and screaming furnishings of these crazy mansions of terror.
Chimericana Books

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Hertzan Chimera, new horror stories - 1/9/2003 1:34:00 AM

Hertzan Chimera, Xmas 2002 interview - 12/9/2002 11:47:00 AM

United States by Hertzan Chimera - Ready for Pre Order - 6/29/2002 7:59:00 AM

Realm Gothica interviews Hertzan Chimera - 4/6/2002 1:35:00 PM hypes Hertzan Chimera's "Szmonhfu" - 4/2/2002 10:42:00 AM

Red, Red Wine reinterprets Vampyre mythos. - 3/22/2002 2:21:00 PM

Twisted gore-soaked tales of sex, death & pain - 2/22/2002 6:57:00 AM

Author Of The Month for Hertzan Chimera - 2/12/2002 1:40:00 PM

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (interview 4) - 1/25/2002 5:22:00 PM

ETERNAL NIGHT AUTOPSY (interview 3) - 12/15/2001 12:39:00 PM


SZMONHFU by Hertzan Chimera is released by Eraserhead Press of Portland, OR - 11/7/2001 2:37:00 AM

THE MISERY OF HERTZAN CHIMERA (interview 2) - 10/29/2001 1:01:00 PM

HERTZAN CHIMERA INTERROGATION (interview 1) - 10/29/2001 1:16:00 AM

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