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The absurd, the grotesque Thomas Clapperton, hypochondriac, egomaniac, Scotsman, misanthrope, misogynist, menagerie keeper...has a date.

His romantic rendezvous is with the girl across the road, Trudy Otter. Although Trudy only has an incestuous eye for her brother, Rex.

The most dysfunctional of all beings rub against each other in the desperate search for human happiness in John Herdman's gothic miserene, Clapperton.

Also in this volume, The Devil and Dr. Tuberose. The bombastically unbalanced Dr. Marcus Tuberose battles a legless infantry of demons until he finally confronts the devil himself, embodied in the family dog of his blessed colleagues.

A story of transgressive madness from the master of the Scottish Gothic, John Herdman.

Two tales of the mania, derangement, and the psychopathy peculiar to the Caledonian Antisyzygy. Brace yourself for hilarity, ridicule, and an exquisite dose of oddity.

©2020 John Herdman (P)2021 Peter Burnett

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