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Steve Aylett

Author of Slaughtermatic

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Works by Steve Aylett

Slaughtermatic (1998) 199 copies
Lint (2005) 188 copies
Tom Strong: Book Five (2005) 116 copies
Atom (2000) 97 copies
Shamanspace (2001) 88 copies
The Crime Studio (1994) 87 copies
Bigot Hall (1995) 78 copies
Toxicology: Stories (1999) 72 copies
Only An Alligator (2001) 60 copies
The Inflatable Volunteer (1995) 56 copies
The Velocity Gospel (2002) 48 copies
Karloff's Circus (2004) 41 copies
Dummyland (2002) 35 copies
Fain the Sorcerer (2006) 31 copies
Heart of the Original (2015) 31 copies
Novahead (2011) 19 copies
The Complete Accomplice (2010) 17 copies
And Your Point Is? (2006) 15 copies
Smithereens (2010) 14 copies
Rebel at the End of Time (2011) 11 copies
Hyperthick (2022) 6 copies
Tao Te Jinx 2 copies
Gigantic 1 copy

Associated Works

Fast Ships, Black Sails (2008) — Contributor — 309 copies
The Apocalypse Reader (2007) — Contributor — 194 copies
Disco 2000 (1998) — Contributor — 97 copies
Perverted by Language: Fiction Inspired by The Fall (2007) — Contributor — 39 copies
Fetish: An Anthology (1998) — Contributor — 25 copies
Dodgem Logic 02 (2010) — Contributor — 23 copies
Dodgem Logic 04 (2010) — Contributor — 9 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Aylett, Steve
Bromley, London, England, UK
Places of residence
Bromley, England, UK



143. Heart of the Original by Steve Aylett in Backlisted Book Club (March 2022)


American hero comic book character, comprised of short stories, sometimes in two parts, including his origins and alternate histories. My favourite character is Pneuman, the robot built by Strong's father, although only one short story is really dedicated to him, where he questions his actions to fulfil his promise to prevent Strong from suffering (Book Five). Promethea also makes a short appearance in Book Four.
AChild | 1 other review | May 4, 2022 |
Wow...let me try to collect my thoughts. I was quite close to giving this 4 stars, or 2. This is a biography of a fictional writer. One of those fringe experimental types.
Take every parody you've ever seen of the kind of people who make one man shows, or do performance art. Mix in William S. Burroughs using his cut-up technique, a dash of Lovecraft, add a sprinkling of Andy Kaufman, maybe a touch of Alan Moore, Hunter S. Thompson or Michael Moorcock during his Jerry Cornelius writings. Oh and pour in some of Frank from the film 'Frank'.

So to try to find the point i lost somewhere above. This is a biography about a guy that writes complete bollocks. I mean it is the worst kind of 60's experimental garbage. Its a very well told bio, and is best when it interweaves with the real world.

The problem is that all the quotes from Lint are such nonsense, somehow even the fact that this is a satire doesn't lessen their annoyance... and yet and yet. After about a third of the way through i actually found some of the nonsense making sense. I can't tell whether the author was getting less obtuse or the text actually rewired my brain.

It helps that tv and film are mixed in, did you know Lint wrote an used script for the Star-Trek animated show? He didn't because he's fictional but still .

By the end i think i'm adding this to my reread list if only to see if the first third is still as annoying. If you've ever read any surreal or really artistic or experimental fiction, or experienced that kind of stuff in film, music or theatre then you might get a kick out this.
Or you might want to hunt down the author and club them to death with an imaginary wedge, or maybe both .

I think this might be the least insightful review i've ever written :lol.
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wreade1872 | 10 other reviews | Nov 28, 2021 |
Lea and Dan recommended this. A strange collection of very short stories about an imaginary town called Beerlight and its colorful characters. Great character names, and the police chief is hilarious because he keeps eating the evidence: donuts, pizza, etc. My favorite story was Like Hell You Are, where the main character John Stoop was so unremarkable that nobody could remember who he is. My biggest question is how did Steve Aylett know when this book was finished. 3.75 stars.
skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
what. the. fuck.

I have no idea what to think of this book. in part it was the funniest thing I've ever read, at other points it was completely baffling bollocks.

confusing, hilarious and incomprehensible.
1 vote
mjhunt | 10 other reviews | Jan 22, 2021 |



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