EXEUNT ALICE

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I have a new book out! Actually, there is another one that came out this year with a really long title which I forgot to post about because I’m a feckin’ eejit, but for now…

REVISED & RE-RELEASED

A third adventure for the dream-child… ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and its sequel THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS are two classics of children’s literature following the nonsensical travels of the eponymous heroine, filled with scenes and characters that have become iconic and loved for generations. EXEUNT ALICE is a third tale for Lewis Carroll’s dream-child, imagining that at the end of his life he left an unpublished and final part of an “Alice” trilogy, a short and unedited first draft, presented here with footnotes and an analysis that, in keeping with the conceit, treat the story as a genuine “lost” manuscript. A meta-fiction, a meditation, and an affectionate homage.

 

From the introduction…

 

AN ALTERNATIVE “ALICE”

Author’s Notes, Which Usually Come Afterward

I originally released Exeunt Alice under the name of Lewis Carroll. Why? Because I called it a “metafiction”, a text in which the boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred. A lot of people thought the book was a deliberate hoax, and called it such. Well, on reflection, I’ve decided to re-issue it and call it what it really is.

It’s fan-fiction.

There, I said it.

I’m a Bizarro writer. Bizarro is the genre of the weird, and Carroll is a massive influence on it. Hell, the genre’s major award is named the Wonderland, and the bloke known as “the godfather of Bizarro fiction”, Carlton Mellick III, has even written his own riff on Carroll’s classic, Adolf in Wonderland.

I love the “Alice” books, so I have a lot of different editions of them; my favourites are the ones which are heavily annotated, because I also love footnotes, which is my excuse for why Exeunt has so many. So, yeah, this is fan-fiction, because like many fans who never want their favourite franchises to end, I have taken matters into my own hands. I’m not the only one either; not only are endless adaptations and re-imaginings of the original books still produced every year, but other writers before me have penned new adventures for Carroll’s dream-child, some of which I list in a bibliography after the actual introduction to this book (it will make sense when you get there, keeping in mind that the metafictional conceit Exeunt Alice is supposed to have been written by Carroll.)

I have plans for further alternative “Alice” books. I want to write a more modern, gritty adventure for a start, featuring an up-to-date Alice, who will probably be utterly horrible.

Anyway, for now, here is my attempt at writing a third “Alice” after Carroll, and whilst it can never be as good as the originals, I hope you will forgive this fan-boy his vanity in publishing this poor effort.

Hey, at least I didn’t do any shipping…

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