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Welcome to 2018. We’re starting as we threatened to, with the publication of Retail Island, Christopher Nosnibor’s first longform work of fiction in five years.

It’s available to order in print or as an eBook from our store front here.

It will be avaiable globally via Amazon and most other major on-line retailers before long.

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Eight years on from his last ‘29 Days of February’ project, Christopher Nosnibor is celebrating the leap year with a limited-run publication, and Clinicality Press are proud to be involved.

As Chris writes in his blog, ‘With the 29 Days of February concept, the number of units in circulation is determined by the market, meaning that while it can’t ‘sell out’ in the first three days, if only six copies sell in the 29 days the product is available, then only six copies will exist – ever.’

This year’s ‘29 Days’ project will be published as a back-to-back A5 saddle-stitched pamphlet priced at £3.50 and an ebook priced at $1.99. We have our reasons for using different outlets for the two formats, but links to both are at the bottom of this post.

Something Must Break / Dream of the Flood will be available from midnight GMT. At Midnight on 29th February, Something Must Break / Before the Flood will be deleted and will not be republished.

 

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The blurb:

‘Something Must Break’: A dissonant tale of mental fragmentation and duality.

‘Dream of the Flood’: A meditation on climate change and possibilities of the near future, of human interaction and solipsism.

Together, these two pieces represent Christopher Nosnibor’s more literary side as he continues to explore narrative forms and voices.

The links:

Purchase the print edition here. (Enter code LULURC at checkout to receive 25% discount and free priority shipping on qualifying orders)

Purchase the e-book here.

Stuart Bateman’s debut novel, Grind, is published as an ebook via Smashwords today.

 

What had be wanted to be when he grew up? Adam struggled to remember. Probably an astronaut or racing driver, the same as any other kid. But reality had put paid to those vague ambitions early in life. Average in every way, the opportunities simply hadn’t presented themselves. He’d done well enough in school and sixth form college, before drifting his way to a mediocre degree at a mediocre university. In this respect, Adam represented the British middle class everyman.

Now, in his mid thirties in a low-level management job in a large corporation, Adam Johnson is at something of a crossroads. Single and terminally bored, he’s concerned that life is passing him by, while all around him his friends and colleagues are busy living and experiencing the highs, the lows and the dramas of life.

Grind is what happens when Generation X drifts into day-jobs. With the ennui of Michel Houellebecq’s Whatever and the bleakness of Michael Bracewell’s Perfect Tense, Stuart Bateman’s debut novel captures succinctly the emptiness of everyday existence in the early 21st century.

 

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Get Grind for $3.99 here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/504028

 

Amazon Kindle and print editions are planned for early 2015.

December 22nd 2014 will see debut novel by Clinicality Press co-founder Stuart Bateman hit the virtual shelves.

Clinicality Press, the home of clinical brutality, follow the publication of their second flagship anthology, ‘Clinical, Brutal 2’ with ‘Grind’, the debut novel by co-founder Stuart Bateman on 22nd December.

While he’s been content to lurk in the shadows since Clinicality Press was founded in 2008, contributing only to the two anthologies and ‘C.N.N.’ (2008) in collaboration with Christopher Nosnibor, Stuart Bateman hasn’t been idle, and Clinicality are now proud to unveil ‘Grind’, an incisive critique of life in the 21st century.

The book will first be published as an ebook via Smashords and available through Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Apple’ iBooks, amongst a host of major on-line outlets. A Kindle edition will follow later, with a print edition planned for early 2015.

About Grind

Grind follows in a number of contemporary traditions: the blank novel, the depressive realism of Michel Houellebecq, the office novel (as exemplified by Matt Thorne’s 8 Minutes idle) and echoes works such as Perfect Tense by Michael Bracewell. On the face of it, the narrative that follows Adam Johnson, an office worker in his mid-30s in a mundane low-level management position at a corporate giant, is neither clinical nor brutal. But Bateman amplifies the drabness of existence and amplifies it with a rare and elegant intensity to forge a work that dissects the grim realities of modern life with a sharp scalpel of existentialism. It’s a book that simultaneously celebrates boredom, and as such belongs to the domain of Lee Rourke’s The Canal, but at the same time paints a bleak portrait of life in late capitalist culture that belongs less to fiction and more to the domain of cultural commentary.

“Conventionally, the central character is just that. But in Grind, Adam is a nearly man, an also ran,” says Stuart. “I wanted to dismantle the conventions of the novel, but not by dispensing with character or chronology. Instead, I wanted to write a book that was accessible and in many ways overtly commercial, while undermining everything that’s consistent with commercialism and accessibility. Specifically, I wanted to dispense with the artifice of plot and the way conventional novels focus on an eventful period on the life of an interesting, engaging character. Adam is neither interesting nor engaging, and Grind charts a mundane period in a mundane life. Meanwhile, the drama unfolds around him in the lives of his friends.”

As such, Grind inverts all literary conventions when it comes to the notion of lead character and supporting cast, suspense, drama and character development. Instead, what Grind presents is not a work of fiction but a slice of life under late capitalism.

 

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About the author

Stuart Bateman is a quiet, shy and retiring born in Lincolnshire in 1975. His creative interests are diverse, although he tends to operate as a facilitator and behind the scenes technical advisor and refuses to engage in social networking. To date, his published works are C.N.N. (with Christopher Nosnibor) and pieces featured in the two Clinicality Press anthologies. He’s working with Karl Van Cleave and Vincent Clasper on a collaborative multimedia project scheduled for publication in 2015. Grind is his debut novel.

About Clinicality Press

Clinicality Press is a small, zero-budget publishing house based in the UK dedicated to the publication of non-mainstream books. Clinicality Press is the leading publisher of works that espouse clinical brutality, as its two flagship anthologies, published in 2010 and 2014 illustrate. This improbable genre – a hybrid form combining ultraviolence with medical terminology and precision – was conceived around the turn of the millennium by Christopher Nosnibor and Stuart Bateman, although it took them until 2008 to assail the world with their vision for ‘writing for the post-CSI generation’.

Although Clinicality’s emphasis is cutting-edge, postmodern and avant-garde works of fiction, our aim is to publish and promote the kind of texts most other publishers won’t touch.

We like it like that.

http://www.clinicalitypress.com

Clinicality Press, publishers of far out, cutting-edge, postmodern, avant-garde and out-and-out wild works of fiction including Clinical, Brutal… An Anthology of Writing With Guts, Bill Thunder’s The Bastardizer and James Well’s catalogue of sex ‘n’ drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll, Hack, will be drawing a line under the introductory pricing offer of its latest offering, Christopher Nosnibor’s anti-novel This Book is Fucking Stupid on 1st May.

Currently only available as an eBook via Smashwords, the book launched on 1st April for just $0.99. From 1st May, this price will increase to $1.99, and from 1st June the book will cost £2.99.

Plans are already in place for an expanded Kindle edition to be published later in the year, followed in due course by a paperback version. A deluxe hardback edition is planned for 2013.

Everything about this book is stupid, not least of all the price… download your copy of the anti-literary sensation before the end of the month and bag a bargain!

“The most pointless and pathetic attempt at a novel you’re likely to read. If you can honestly say you find something good about this book and can find the ‘point’ to it, you’re smarter than me. Or, more likely, you’re a pretentious asshole and you’re just pretending.”

Download via this book via this link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146943

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Until February 25th, we’re making James Well’s grimy tale of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and STDs available via Smashwords for a bargain-basement $0.99! It’s available in most ebook formats. Simply follow this link to the book – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/87484 – enter the voucher code XG63P to get your copy at this discount price (normal price $2.99).

Go on, you know you want to!

 

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September was a busy month: James Well’s novel Hack was simultaneously published via Smashwords and as an Amazon Kindle edition, which is available for £2.88 from the .co.uk site, $4.48 in the US, and roughly equivalent prices in different currencies across the other Global Amazon sites. Free samples are available, with the most comprehensive – the first 15% – and in a range of formats being available from Smashwords.
Christopher Nosnibor conducted an in-depth interview with James, which can be found on his blog.

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We’ve also just launched Kindle editions of Clinical, Brutal… An Anthology of Writing With Guts and Bill Thunder’s brutally hard-boiled detective novel, The Bastardizer. These now join Christopher Nosnibor’s furiously experimental anti-novel THE PLAGIARIST, and further titles will be added shortly.

Finally, we’re always on the lookout for new material for our Blog/zine. If you think you have a piece of poetry or prose with enough punch to knock out a frenzied lion, get in touch via the website.