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Costume Not Included

The Actionary Rides Again!
The second book in the fantastical
To Hell and Back series – a trilogy that does for autism what Flowers for Algernon did for intellectual disability.


“Hughes continues to carve out a unique place for himself in the fantasy-mystery realm.
A droll narrative voice, dry humor and an alternative universe that’s accessible
without exposition make this a winner.”
Publishers Weekly

 

File Under: Fantasy [ Everything’s Meta | Britney’s Peers | Dance With The Devil | The Demonic Duo ]


The Second Book in the To Hell and Back Series

Buy the ebook version now – only £3.99
SKU: AR9780857661401

Chesney Arnstruther, high-functioning autistic actuary turned crime-fighting superhero, is adjusting to the idea that reality is a book being written – and rewritten – by a deity who wants to explore the concepts of good and evil. His quest for the truth takes him into a discarded draft to meet up with the historical Jesus – or Joshua Josephson, as the Messiah calls himself – when Chesney brings him into the current draft and puts him on TV.

Meanwhile, he’s (literally) digging up the evidence of a decades-old murder that threatens the power of the corrupt cabal that runs his city. And he has a new problem: contact with Joshua Josephson has “healed” his autism, and Chesney is not at all sure he likes being “normal.”

Series To Hell and Back
Publication date
Cover Art Tom Gauld
Ebook

23rd April 2012 | 9780857661401 | Epub & Mobi | RRP £5.49 / US$6.99

US Print

23rd April 2012 | 9780857661395 | Massmarket Paperback | RRP US$7.99 / CAN$9.99

UK Print

5th April 2012 | 9780857661388 | Paperback | RRP £8.99

Goodreads URL Discuss and Review Costume Not Included

Costume Not Included is a great book and one of the must-reads in modern fantasy and superhero fiction this year.”
– Larry at 42 Webs

“Part mystery, part comic book, part religious treatise, and part crime drama, Hughes manages to work in entertaining twists and character confrontations on a regular basis without overloading his story.”
Sacramento & San Francisco Book Review

The name I answer to is Matt Hughes. I write fantasy and suspense fiction. To keep the two genres separate, I now use my full name, Matthew Hughes, for fantasy, and the shorter form for the crime stuff. I was born sixty years ago in Liverpool, England, but my family moved to Canada when I was five. I've made my living as a writer all of my adult life, first as a journalist, then as a staff speechwriter to the Canadian Ministers of Justice and Environment, and - from 1979 until a few years back - as a freelance corporate and political speechwriter in British Columbia. I am a former director of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and I used to belong to Mensa Canada, but these days I'm conserving my energies to write fiction. I'm a university drop-out from a working poor background. Before getting into newspapers, I worked in a factory that made school desks, drove a grocery delivery truck, was night janitor in a GM dealership, and did a short stint as an orderly in a private mental hospital. As a teenager, I served a year as a volunteer with the Company of Young Canadians (something like VISTA in the US). I've been married to a very patient woman since the late 1960s, and I have three grown sons. I have of late taken up the secondary occupation of housesitter, so that I can afford to keep on writing fiction yet still eat every day. These days, I'm in Northern Ireland but any snail-mail address of mine must be considered temporary. I'm always interested to hear from people who've read my work.

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