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Rhys Henry Hughes (born 1966, Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh fantasy writer and essayist.[1]

Rhys Henry Hughes
Cardiff, Wales
OccupationNovelist, short story writer
GenreAbsurdism, Fantasy, OuLiPo, Science Fiction



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, occasionally creating "highly original and chimerical monsters".[2] He has been published in Postscripts.[3]

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.[4][failed verification]

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.[5]

His main project consists of authoring a 1,000-story cycle of both tightly and loosely interconnected tales.[5]



  • The Percolated Stars: An Astro-Caffeine Romp in Three Cups Featuring Batavus Droogstoppel Merchant and Scientist and Bourgeois Monster: One Lump or Two? (RazorBlade Press; 2003)[5]
  • Engelbrecht Again! (Dead Letter Press; 2008; ISBN 978-0-9796335-4-6)
  • Mister Gum; Or: The Possibly Phoney Profundity of Puerility (Dog Horn Publishing; 2009)[5]
  • Twisthorn Bellow (Atomic Fez Publishing; 2010; ISBN 978-0-9811597-1-3)[5]
  • The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange (Meteor House; 2013; ISBN 978-0-983746-13-3)[5]
  • The Young Dictator (Pillar International Publishing; 2013; ISBN 978-0-9574598-3-0)[5]
  • Captains Stupendous; Or, the Fantastical Family Faraway (expansion of The Coandă Effect: A Corto Maltese Adventure) (Telos Moonrise; 2014; ISBN 978-1-84583-886-7[5]


  • Eyelidiad (1996)[2]
  • Rawhead & Bloody Bones (1998)[6]
  • Elusive Plato (1998)[6]
  • The Crystal Cosmos (PS Publishing; December 2007; ISBN 978-1-905834-98-3)
  • The Coandă Effect (Ex Occidente Press; November 2010)
  • The Sticky Situations of Zwicky Fingers (Gloomy Seahorse Press; 2014; ISBN 978-1-291738-16-2)
  • Cloud Farming in Wales (Snuggly Books; 2017)


Original foreign language booksEdit

  • 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)


  1. ^ "Rhys Hughes". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d S. T. Joshi. Icons of Horror And the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of our Worst Nightmares - Volume 1. Greenwood Press. p. 368. ISBN 0-313-33781-0. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Lists, etc". SF Site. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ Supernatural Fiction Writers: Peter ... Google Books. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hughes, Rhys". the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f John Clute (24 November 2016). Pardon This Intrusion. Orion. pp. 169–. ISBN 978-1-4732-1979-3. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  7. ^ See review of Brothel Creeper at The Future Fire

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