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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (1984): And the Prose Rang Out Purply

Scott Rice, ed., It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The Best of the Bulwer-Lytton Contest (Penguin, 1984)

[originally posted 14Jun2001]

A fountain pen wearing a tweed sport jacket adorns the book's cover.

What…does he eat, exactly?
photo credit: peterthorpe.net

It seems like a can’t-miss idea, right? Publish the thousand or so best of the myriad entries the Bulwer-Lytton contest got in 1984. And, really, there’s a lot of funny stuff here. But two hundred pages’ worth does get old. Definitely a bathroom-read kind of book. It does divulge such brilliant bits as “a crowded elevator smells different to a midget,” though, so it’s worth your time. ** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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