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While we’ve been away, we’ve been looking at our publishing methods in comparison to other publishers. And we’ve decided we’re doing exactly the right thing, ploughing our own furrow. There’s so much snobbery and elitism in the industry, and we want no part in it. Therefore, our objective remains unchanged: to publish great books that we find exiting, regardless of trends. Our books will continue to look like no-one else’s, instead of following the herd. And we still have no budget.

Still, during our haitus, we’ve discovered that many publishers, partcularly indies, make a big deal of unveiling the cover art to their forthcoming publications. Most of them seem to feature male torsos, ripped and glistening, or hot chicks in underwear, regardless of genre. It’s not out style, but we thought we’d nevertheless make a deal of the grand reveal for not just one, but two, of three titles scheduled for release later this autumn.

Feast your eyes… and watch this space.


Peep Book Front Cover Only Small

Peep Book by Ellis Johnson

Cover art by Alexandra Sedo



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The Rage Monologues by Christopher Nosnibor

Cover art by Stuart Bateman

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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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.

The debut novel by Clinicality founder and editor Stuart Bateman is set for publication later this year. More clinical than brutal, it’s called Grind: A Novel. This is the first excerpt from it to be published anywhere, ever.


It was after half past six on a Thursday night at the end of May, and Adam was still at his desk, and the tables, graphs and spreadsheets on his monitor were beginning to blur. All of the other workers had left, the last to leave the floor had been Neil Benson, a renowned workaholic and famously single and friendless, married to his job and his vintage car. mid-50s, he still lived with his ageing mother and the sort of man who maintained a precision-combed side parting and wore vests under his cheap white short-sleeved shirts from Asda. Only the cleaner, Terry Fuckshit – so nicknamed on account of the fact he constantly cursed under his breath as he worked, invariably alternating between ‘fuck’ and ‘shit’ or various adaptations thereof – remained. Adam watched for a short time as the grouchy middle-aged man worked his way down the office, using the same dirty cloth to wipe the surface of each desk as well as the buttons and handsets of each telephone. His bald head shone under the yellow-hued overhead lights. Out of earshot, Adam couldn’t hear his angry, bitter cursing. He rubbed his eyes and returned his focus to the screen. He kept his pupils glued there as the thick-necked man in a blue tunic came closer, utterances of filth audible beneath his breath.

“Fucking bastards,” he snarled. “Fucking crumbs and shit everywhere… fucking leaving half-empty cups on desks… shit… shitters…. bleeding fuckers…”

Adam acted as though he couldn’t hear, that he was so immersed in his work as to be oblivious.

“Working late, eh?” Terry Fuckshit barked as he smeared his dirt-encrusted cloth over the first desk in the row before Adam’s.

“Yeah,” replied Adam drably, not wanting to engage any more than was strictly necessary. Something about Fuckshit made Adam feel uncomfortable.

“’Ard luck.,” the cleaner commiserated gruffly. “I work late every fuckin’ night, mind,” he added with a clear resentment as he wiped streaks of murky water across the surface of the next desk.

Adam didn’t reply.

Soon, the cleaner was at his desk. “Wannit cleanin’?” Fuckshit asked, hefting the cloth in his hand, the tattoos on his knuckles spelling ‘HATE’. The faded blue ink was fuzzy round the edges, and Adam couldn’t help wondering if he’d done the work himself – and if he’d had the work done in prison.

“Er, no, it’s ok thanks,” Adam said, as lightly as he could muster.

“Suit yersself,” Fuckshit growled and moved on to the next desk.

When he’d completed his round of cursory germ-spreading desk-wiping, Fuckshit began vacuum cleaning the stained, staple-dotted carpet, cursing all the while, and Adam decided it was time to leave.

Clinicality have been keeping a low profile of late, but that doesn’t mean we’ve not been hatching plans for new publications. The silence of recent months won’t last! Coming in the next couple of months, we have a paperback edition of Karl Van Cleave’s spectacularly brutal collection of short stories, Incisions, Collisions and Aborted Missions.

It will be followed by a collaborative work by Van Cleave and Stuart Bateman, which will be a limited, print-only multimedia headfuck.

Finally, we’re also planning to publish Christopher Nosnibor’s previously unseen novel Exiled In Domestic Life.

Keep watching this space, and meanwhile, keep it brutal.