ONE IN EVERY THREE PEOPLE LIVING IS ACTUALLY DEAD! It is a matter of historical record that during the latter part of World War II, England's top-secret Ministry of Serendipity enlisted the services of arch-magician Aleister Crowley to create a Homunculus. Why? Well that's a long story, spanning almost seven decades as it follows the life and career of Tyler, rock star, private eye - and notable for the fact that he almost saved Mankind. The cast of millions also includes ukulele maestro George Formby, Mick Jagger, Mama Cass, Elvis Presley and Lazlo Woodbine. And Tyler's brother, Andy, who impersonates animals (and who single-handedly brought about the Swinging Sixties). And a lady named Clara from Croydon, who unlocked the meta-phenomena of the Multiverse. And a corner shopkeeper from Brentford, who created a sitting room for God. And a great many living dead. Oh yes, and it also involves a monster in human form whose intention it is to turn the Earth into a Necrosphere, a planet totally devoid of life ...
Robert Rankin is an unrepentant Luddite who writes his bestselling novels by hand in exercise books.
NECROPHENIA is Robert Rankin's THIRTIETH book! We have more than quintupled Rankin's hardcover sales since he joined us, and have sold more than 80,000 copies of THE HOLLOW CHOCOLATE BUNNIES in MMP The BBC Audio dramatisation of THE BRIGHTONOMICON, starring David Warner as Hugo Rune and Andy Serkis as his arch-nemesis Count Otto Black, has received widespread glowing reviews, from the FT to SFX. David Warner is a huge fan of Rankin's books and begged for the part! Rankin gives great celebrity, winning new fans wherever he appears. Rankin has a huge and devoted fan club who are prepared to do anything they can to put Rankin at the top of the charts. 'Stark raving genius' The Observer 'To call Rankin irreverent doesn't begin to describe just how very good he is at playing with the rules' The MIRROR
Once again, Mankind faces doom in another indescribable Elvis-filled gumshoe fantasy grab-bag, Rankin's 30th outing (The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code, 2008, etc.).Back in 1960s London, wannabe rock star and gumshoe Tyler, beguiled by Captain Lynch's stories of fabled Begrem, city of gold, forms a ukulele band, the Sumerian Kynges, only to get upstaged at his high-school concert by the Rolling Stones (who actually steal their ukuleles). But Tyler and his band have been promised fame and fortune by the mysterious Mr Ishmael (after having signed a contract in blood). Soon they're equipped with guitars, amps, drums, etc., only to have the equipment stolen. So Tyler, assisted by his mad brother Andy (he thinks he's a dog), sniffs out the equipment - in a graveyard populated by undead. The secret Ministry of Serendipity, who know about the zombies, capture Tyler and turn him into an amnesiac assassin. It turns out that the world is threatened by an evil magician and zombie master known as the Homunculus, whose ambition is to create a dead world, the Necrosphere. Arriving in New York with a traveling circus, Tyler will meet Lazlo Woodbine, the famous (fictional) detective, Elvis (of course Elvis) and Elvis's evil twin Keith (he's also the Pope). Eventually he'll perfect the Tyler Technique of detecting, which involves (mostly) doing nothing at all. Confused yet?The publisher describes Rankin as a "beloved British Eccentric." Wrong. He's a total wack job. But if you can understand him, you'll find, oddly enough, that the more you think about it, the funnier it gets. (Kirkus Reviews)
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