Rhys Hughes Omnibus #1: Five Books in One VolumeRhys Hughes
Five Great Books in One. EYELIDIAD. THE POSTMODERN MARINER, THE STICKY SITUATIONS OF ZWICKY FINGERS, THE JUST NOT SO STORIES. THE CRYSTAL COSMOS.
"Rhys Hughes seems almost the sum of our planet's literature... As well as being drunk on language and wild imagery, he is also sober on the essentials of thought. He has something of Mervyn Peake's glorious invention, something of John Cowper Powys's contemplative, almost disdainful existentialism, a sensuality, a relish, an addiction to the delicious." — MICHAEL MOORCOCK
"Quirky and fantastic and sometimes quite twisted, Rhys Hughes is a treat for those in the mood for something utterly different." — ELLEN DATLOW
"Rhys Hughes is an accomplished player with words, plots, effects, relationships, sensibilities; you name it, Hughes tries to stand it on its head. More often than seems attributable to mere chance, he succeeds." — LOCUS
"I wore throughout the undisplaceable, unsequelchable rictus of a grin of both delight and amazement." — MICHAEL BISHOP
"Hughes' world is a magical one, and his language is the most magical thing of all." — T.E.D. KLEIN
"Hughes' similarity to Spike Milligan runs deeper than the occasional shared lurch of phrase, for he writes as though he'd been bloodied in the same wars Milligan fought for eight decades: the same up-yours melancholia about the malice of the absurd – about the absurdness of the world defined not only as an inherent lack of species-friendly grammar in the convulsion of the real, but also a sense that anyone who acts as though he believes what he is told by our Masters will almost necessarily inflict pain on others." — JOHN CLUTE
Rhys Henry Hughes (born 1966) is a Welsh writer and essayist.
Born in Cardiff, Hughes is a prolific short story writer with an eclectic mix of influences, which include Italo Calvino, Milorad Pavić, Jorge Luis Borges, Stanisław Lem, Flann O'Brien, Felipe Alfau, Donald Barthelme and Jack Vance. Much of his work is of a humorously eccentric bent, often parodies and pastiches with surreal and absurdist overtones, although he is by no means limited to any of these forms and has proven to be extremely versatile. He has been published in Postscripts among many other places.