Rhys Hughes

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Rhys Henry Hughes
Born 1966
Cardiff, Wales
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Nationality British
Genre Absurdism, Fantasy, OuLiPo, Science Fiction

Rhys Henry Hughes (born 1966, Cardiff, Wales)[citation needed] is a Welsh writer and essayist.


Born in Cardiff, Hughes has written in a variety of forms, from short stories to novels, with a mix of influences, which include Italo Calvino, Milorad Pavić, Jorge Luis Borges, Stanisław Lem, Flann O'Brien and Donald Barthelme. His work is often parodies and pastiches with surreal and absurdist overtones.[1] He has been published in Postscripts among many other places.

Although he is not a member of OuLiPo, the international literary group that uses mathematics and logic to create texts that break the familiar patterns of "normal" writing, he is one of the few English-speaking practitioners of these methods. Some of his more experimental works can be considered examples of ergodic literature.[2]

His long novel Engelbrecht Again! is a sequel to Maurice Richardson's 1950 cult classic The Exploits of Engelbrecht and is the most radical of Hughes's books, making extensive use of lipograms, typographical tricks, coded passages and other OuLiPo techniques.[3]

His main project consists of authoring a 1,000-story cycle of both tightly and loosely interconnected tales. Hughes calls this grand cycle a "wheel", which in turn is formed by smaller "wheels within wheels".[4] In August 2011, Hughes wrote his 600th story. The linear sequence was disrupted when author Michael Bishop offered to write Hughes's 612th tale, a number picked at random. That story now serves as Bishop's introduction to Hughes's short novel The Crystal Cosmos.[citation needed]





Original foreign language books[edit]

  • Em Busca do Livro de Areia (selection in Portuguese translation, 2005)
  • A Sereia de Curitiba (short fiction in Portuguese translation, 2007)
  • La Déconfiture d'Hypnos (selection in French translation, forthcoming 2014)



  • Better the Devil (2010)
  • The Astral Disruptor (2010)
  • The Phantom Festival (2011)
  • Scamps of Disorder (2011)
  • The Tellmenow Isitsöornot (2011)
  • The Polo Match (2011)
  • Young Tales of the Old Cosmos (2011)
  • The World Idiot (2011)
  • Facets of Faraway (2012)
  • The Mermaid Variations (2012)
  • Ten Tributes to Calvino (2012)

Books in preparation[edit]

  • My Cholesterol Socks
  • The Clown of the New Eternities
  • Wuthering Depths
  • Djinn Septic
  • Unevensong
  • Fists of Fleece
  • Your Saturated Stockings
  • Mirrors in the Deluge
  • Salty Kiss Island
  • The Jam of Hypnos
  • Ditto and Likewise
  • The Pilgrim's Regress
  • The Isle of Chrome
  • The Sky Saw
  • The Solar Weavers
  • The Indigo Casbah
  • The Big Dwarf Shortage
  • Dribble as I Dawdle
  • Implausible Planets
  • Taurus of Nemedia
  • Soft Wine
  • Our Malignant Slippers
  • The Book of Lladloh
  • Occam's Beard
  • Suppers at the Periodic Table
  • My Big Glib Book of Flippant Fairy Tales
  • The Knight of Whatever
  • The Mischief Maker
  • Corybantic Fulgors
  • New Milesian Tales


  1. ^ Icons of Horror And the Supernatural ... – S. T. Joshi. Google Books. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Supernatural Fiction Writers: Peter ... Google Books. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Engelbrecht Again!". Engelbrechtagain.blogspot.com. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "An Interview With Rhys Hughes – Part 1 ~ AmeriCymru". Americymru.blogspot.com. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  5. ^ See review of Brothel Creeper at

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