The Eye of Argon
This is not a hoax. Jim Theis was a real person, who wrote The Eye of Argon in all seriousness as a teenager, and published it in a fanzine, Osfan in 1970. But the story did not pass into the oblivion that awaits most amateur fiction. Instead, a miracle happened, and transcribed and photocopied... show more
This is not a hoax. Jim Theis was a real person, who wrote The Eye of Argon in all seriousness as a teenager, and published it in a fanzine, Osfan in 1970. But the story did not pass into the oblivion that awaits most amateur fiction. Instead, a miracle happened, and transcribed and photocopied texts began to circulate in science fiction circles, gaining a wide and incredulous audience among both professionals and fans. It became the ultimate samizdat, an underground classic, and for more than thirty years it has been the subject of midnight readings at conventions, as thousands have come to appreciate the negative genius of this amazing Ed Wood of prose.
Publish date: April 17th 2007
Publisher: Wildside Press
Pages no: 74
Edition language: English
Wow. So this is the infamous Eye of Argon. I’d heard things—hilarious, unbelievable things—but I wasn’t prepared for the reality. I was not prepared. Wow. I read this so I could follow along with a bookish podcast that’s sporking it (372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back). It deserves every bit of notori...
The Eye of Argon is a classic of self-published fiction, even though technically it wasn't self-published. It provides a perfect introduction, however, to an exploration of what happens when there are no controls whatsoever between the rank amateur writer and The Reading Public. For those who don...
We've all seen movies that are "so bad it's good." I never thought a book could accomplish that same level of horrible wonderfulness, until I read this work. I fell into the dilemma everyone else had in what rating to give it. On one hand, it is just worst book ever in the world. The worst writi...
Prefer an "engrossed titan" who ignores "the queries of an inquisitive female, pulling her towards him and crushing her sagging nipples to his yearning chest"?Want your narrator's consciousness to return "in stygmatic pools as his mind gradually cleared of the cobwebs cluttering its inner recesses, ...
Lots of purple prose and gore and blood and "wenches" & some "creative" use of the English language. Not as fun as "My Immortal" imho.