Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Curious Case Of The Existential Lizard

It being Monday, you may be more in need of a giggle or two than usual. Allow us to point you in the direction of Roger Gregg’s Crazy Dog Audio Theatre, a place where the line between genius and lunacy has never been so fine. Our favourites are the Bill Lizard stories (Tread Softly, Bill Lizard; Time Out for Bill Lizard; The Apocalypse of Bill Lizard), which come on like Sam Spade trapped in an episode of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as written by Flann O’Brien. Take The Apocalypse, for example:
Bill Lizard, the maladjusted detective in the two-tone shoes, and his partner Cyril the Pooka are hired by the Unspeakable to search the Unknowable to find the Unthinkable. Does the world end? What is after the After Life? Will we need shoes in heaven?
Cyril the Pooka, incidentally, is an invisible six-foot rabbit who aids and abets Bill in his attempts to escape a parallel universe in which you can count on at least seven weird things happening before breakfast. You can download the first episode of Apocalypse here, although you may want to don the whale-bone corset now, before your sides start splitting …

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