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Rhys Hughes joins Jarrold Literary Agency

12/09/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Welsh fantastical writer Rhys Hughes has joined the burgeoning John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Rhys Hughes was born in 1966 in Cardiff, Wales, and has written fiction for as long as he can recall, though he didn't really begin to compose short stories in earnest until 1980. Lacking all knowledge of the market, he wrote several hundred before his first acceptance in 1992. Since then he has persisted in attempting to become the most prolific author in Wales, with short fiction and novels published in the UK and US.

Here are some reviews and quotes:

"Just beginning to read: saliva already forming on chin."
Brian Aldiss

"Here's a Welshman worthy to succeed John Cowper Powys. The stories in The Smell of Telescopes are quirky, dark, funny and weirdly Celtic."
Michael Moorcock

"Gloriously demented."
Washington Post

"Quirky and fantastic and sometimes quite twisted, this is a treat for those in the mood for something utterly different."
Ellen Datlow

"Rhys Hughes is an accomplished player with words, plots, effect, relationships, sensibilities; you name it, Hughes tries to stand it on its head. More often than seems attributable to mere chance, he succeeds."
Ed Bryant, Locus

"His writing is incredibly precise and at the same time his imagination is so unfettered."
Jeffrey Ford

"Dazzling prose. Put your feet up and dip in. Life will never seem quite the same again."
The Third Alternative

In an interview, Hughes once listed the following favourite writers:

"In approximate chronological order, from the age of 10 or so - the early novels of H.G. Wells; Robert Louis Stevenson; Edgar Allan Poe (fundamental to my own work); Franz Kafka; Voltaire; Frank Herbert; Ray Bradbury; Clark Ashton Smith; Vladimir Nabokov; Thomas Pynchon; the 'New Wave' writers, Michael Moorcock, J.G. Ballard, Brian Aldiss and John Sladek; John Barth; Donald Barthelme; Boris Vian; Felipe Alfau; Milorad Pavic; Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Nathanael West; Georges Bataille; Flann O'Brien; Jack Vance; Stanislaw Lem; the OuLiPo writers Raymond Queneau and Georges Perec; Alvaro Mutis; and especially, Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino."

"I don't need to add anything to the above," said John Jarrold. "How could I not want to represent Rhys?"

Contact John Jarrold for further information on 01424 440652 or by e-mail at:

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