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I finally found a copy of Prismatic, by Edwina Grey today. On the inside of the book, the copyright is listed to David Carroll (ashamel), Evan Paliatseas, and Kyla Ward (kylaw). A good way to keep the pseudonym a secret, that.

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angriest
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
What would be cool is if David, Evan and Kyla loaned the name out, so that Edwina's next novel could be published by a different set of ghost writers entirely!
benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
just like virgina andrews, you mean?
angriest
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC)
Edwina could be the Franklin W. Dixon of Australian genre fiction.
benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
none of that sounds any good to me.
artbroken
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
"I'm Edwina Grey!"

"No, I'm Edwina Grey!"

"I'm Edwina Grey and so is my wife!"
benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
that last one sounds about right--if you throw another guy in there :)
strangedave
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
Its not exactly a big secret - I think they've been interviewed by Articulate, and possibly other national media, about it and happily explained the psuedonym.
benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC)
yeah, i know it's not a big secret. it just struck me as a funny thing.
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benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
i never knew about the joe hill thing until it got out through vandermeer. i always thought king of the hill made a rather arrogent assupmtion after that, but who knows.

you know, i looked for CARNIES. i wouldn't have bought it, because i only had the twenty for PRISMATIC, but it wasn't there (which means you sold out, maybe). anyhow: those lothian books have had shit distribution, i think. i've pretty much had to treat them like small press books to find them, which is sad.
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benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
see, it don't see if physically. maybe it's the beard, but hill looks like he has a much narrower chin and facial structure to king. maybe the eyes seem different, too, but in that photo who knows. though to be honest, i never gave it any real thought: i don't like king, and hill's stuff isn't exactly my interests.

as for distrubtion... cool if it's in those places. maybe i'm just blind, though i don't go into big w much, and when i do, it's not past the books. still, took me ages to find them.
girliejones
Jan. 16th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I saw it in Big W which btw is the place where people who love to buy books go to buy them cheaper (Big W makes a loss on their books)
ashamel
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I'd never buy there myself, but I'm glad it made it in there.

(Of course, the fact kylaw has a staff discount at Dymocks helps, but I still 'support my local', for better or worse.)
girliejones
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
I don't often buy there but my mum does and I read her stuff, so I do by default?

Staff discount at Dymocks sounds extremely good.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
Yes. And she doesn't even have to talk to customers (much).
girliejones
Jan. 19th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
ha!
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benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
dude, those kinda comments don't earn you any cred at the moment. but, in answer to your question, no. david and kyla are friends of mine--i've known them and their work for years, so i've been genuinally curious about PRISMATIC for a while (david wrote a really superb hickcock zombie story in SOUTHERN BLOOD, and kyla just writes with a superb dark grace). a couple of weeks ago they told me you could get it in infinitas, so i made the trip to go pick it up. the book is just for my own reading pleasure.
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benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
yeah, i know you were joking. i'm just not finding it funny right now, is all. don't worry bout it.
ashamel
Jan. 17th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Ah yes. I enjoyed 'Relish' (the Hitchcock zombie thing), but I think it was what eventually slew me as a short story writer.
benpeek
Jan. 18th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
yeah, i remember you telling me that. i also remember something about the edits not being what you fully wanted--still, i dug it.
ashamel
Jan. 18th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I'd actually forgotten about all that kerfuffle. But yeah, the it was all a bit underwhelming.
ex_benpayne119
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:16 pm (UTC)
It's had good distribution in Brisbane... at least in the bigger stores (Borders, Dymocks etc)...
benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
maybe it's just me then.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:26 pm (UTC)
Well the stores up here seem pretty good when it comes to spec fic stuff... I dunno, it could be different elsewhere...

benpeek
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
well, i live out in the west of sydney. it could be that.
ashamel
Jan. 17th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Whilst we submitted the manuscript under the Edwina Grey name, we gave the publishers the full story up front (though the various people grading the books weren't told, apparently). We weren't sure if it was going to have to be a secret on the book itself, but apparently that would be very tricky from a contractual point of view.

The Nick Cave credit on the copyright page almost caused grief, but only because I left it late to ask (the speed with which things were happening was tremendous).

As for distribution, we saw a copy of Prismatic in David Jones last week, which was nice. Hachette has done very well in getting it out.
benpeek
Jan. 17th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
well, i guess it's just me with the book, then. how odd.
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