Publishing Industry Saved As Face of Death Goes Digital
09 May 2013
The world of publishing was in raptures today as it was announced that lost Barney Thomson short story classic BARNEY THOMSON & THE FACE OF DEATH has, for the first time, been released as an ebook by renegade guerilla digital publishers, Blasted Heath.
'This is what I'm talking about, man,' said UK Prime Minister, David Cameron. 'The coalface of this wonderful economic recovery that will see the British empire once more rule the world. Barney Thomson is like totally back, and shit.'
Originally published in 2002, BARNEY THOMSON & THE FACE OF DEATH is a 17,000 word short story set between the second and third novels in the series, while Barney is wandering the Highlands and getting in adventures. The initial print run of 500,000 copies sold out many years ago and for political, cultural, philosophical, legal and religious reasons has never been reprinted.
Now, in association with Douglas Lindsay, Blasted Heath have stepped in to save the book from being lost in the netherworld of publishing extinction. Retitling the book simply THE FACE OF DEATH, and bringing to it an iconic skull motif, Blasted Heath have given the project a new and exciting lease of life.
While some naysayers are questioning the true place of THE FACE OF DEATH in publishing folklore, others, such as Professor Malcolm Connery of the Glasgow Institute of Special Things, have no doubt as to the significance of this publishing event.
'The Face of Death,' said Connery this morning from behind a skinny latte mochachocaccino, 'is the most extraordinary work of 20,000 words or less of the 21st century. When the dust has settled on society, and the worms of Hades crawl through the eye sockets of the dead, not many works of short popular fiction will be remembered like this one. We must rejoice and sing songs of gladness.'
Douglas Lindsay, 67, was unavailable for comment.