On a world called Mag Mell there roams a man by the name of Norchug Mot Losiat. Most just call him Chuggie, and he is one of four primordial plagues who’ve walked the land since the world was young. Within him lurks a deep, elemental thirst that gnaws at his mind constantly. He can drink a river dry. He can drain water from the clouds. He can even tear the moisture from living creatures for miles around, because Chuggie is the embodiment of Drought.
Centuries ago, Chuggie discovered that the intoxication of alcohol could dull the thirst. In a moment of drunken frustration, he placed a curse of permanence upon himself, and has wandered in a stupor ever since. With a spinning head and a boozy eye, he rambles through the land looking for a place where he might kick off his boots for a moment’s comfort.
Atop his elongated head are five bone-white horns, cleverly disguised as a hat. Across his chest hangs a looped chain, linked into his ribcage. At the end of the chain hangs an anchor in the shape of a woman. Oh, he might pick up a bone dagger here or a goat face purse there, but the horns, chain and anchor are part of him, never to be divided.
Mag Mell is a wild world, and few can survive long outside the safety of a city. It is a world with a twisted past and a mad future.
A world of Mischief, Mayhem, Want and Woe.
Book 1: Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater
In the first installment of Mischief Mayhem Want and Woe, the horrors of Desecration will be unleashed upon Stagwater. Norchug Mot Losiat, Chuggie to his friends, is the embodiment of Drought. When, in his rambling, he stumbles upon the remote city of Stagwater, he finds love, temptation, and treachery. He must struggle against men, demons, and his own nature to combat the sinister forces threatening the city. But Chuggie? All he wants is a boat.
“I’m really not a fan of horror, but this one held my morbidly fascinated attention to the end. Originality sparkles throughout…” – Piers Anthony, author of the Xanth series
“With the earthy fantasy of Orson Card’s Hart’s Hope and the frolicking dark humor of the likes of Monty Python, Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater is a unique and stunning little piece of insanity. Brent Michael Kelley has proven he’s not just an interesting fantasy writer, but an altogether wild new breed of scribe.” – Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award Winning author of BLACK & ORANGE
Book 2: Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways
Chuggie, the perpetually intoxicated embodiment of drought, returns for another adventure in Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways. It s been five days since the Desecration of Stagwater, and our hero has work to do. With the help of some ghostly new cronies, he searches for a lost little boy, explores a new world, and does his drunken best to avoid the clutches of pursuing Steel Jacks. What are the secrets of the bone dagger he carries? What allies and enemies will he find in the wilderness? Where will he get more booze? In the second installment of Mischief, Mayhem, Want, and Woe, Brent Michael Kelley takes us through the Bleeding Gateways to the strange horrors beyond.
“This is a formula for sheer mayhem, and it happens. This is just about the most bloody, gutsy, gruesome, stomach-turning violence I have encountered, and there can be real art in it. The author has a genuine talent for expressing awfulness in aesthetically-shaped analogies. There can indeed be beauty in garbage. If you want something clean and pleasant, stay well clear of this novel. If you want to revel in gore and ugly language, read it and be sated.” – Piers Anthony, author of the Xanth series
Book 3: Chuggie and the Prisoner Gods
Strange winds have blown Chuggie to a world called Glughu. It is a realm of blood and bone where tar pumps like blood, where blood pours like wine, and where wine flows like booze. With the injured blade cultist Fey Voletta – as well as a painted woman named Araza – at his side, Chuggie crosses a tar-filled wilderness to reach the city of An Croi. It’s a city filled with fanatical killers in the service of a bloodthirsty master, who has conquered and imprisoned the old gods. A secret battle threatens to draw Chuggie in, but all our drunken hero wants is to get home to Mag Mell. The only way home is through a bleeding gateway, and to open one Chuggie will have to pay a heavy toll. Will Chuggie get home in time to prevent a war? What will he have to do to get there? How will he carry all that booze?
“Chuggie is the MAN! Brent Michael Kelley, you are a demon writer! When’s the next one?” – New York Times Best Selling Author Nancy Holder, author of The Wicked Saga and twenty Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel projects.
Featuring illustrations by David Francis Starr. Illustrations just like this:
From left, you got: Fey Voletta, Chuggie, and Araza.
Stand Alone Short Story:
Chuggie and the Fish Freaks of Farheath
Chuggie, the permanently intoxicated embodiment of Drought, has run into a bit of trouble in the city of Farheath Harbor. He is on trial for crimes he didn’t commit, and a guilty verdict means his execution. What happened down at the Farheath Docks? Is Chuggie too drunk to defend himself in such a trial? Will he be able to defeat his executioner in the ultimate battle of wits? Find out in Chuggie and the Fish Freaks of Farheath!
This one includes illustrations by the author! And his wife helped! Yay! What kind of illustrations? Well, since you ask, illustrations just like this:
That guy’s called a Blatinid.
The next Chuggie book is tentatively titled Chuggie and the Effigies of Cavewall Slick. Maybe a short story called Chuggie and the Nettlegoats of Nowhere County will come along to hold you over until book 4 is done. Maybe another short story. Maybe a bunch of stuff. OOH! I should make Chuggie trading cards!
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