“Robert Rankin is a deep-down humourist, one of those rare guys who can always make me laugh”
IT IS THE YEAR 2060 AND OH NO! THE WORLD IS GOING TO END AGAIN!!!
In 1977 Elvis Presley faked his own death and set off on a journey into the future with his best friend Barry the Time Travelling Brussels Sprout. Mr Presley’s mission, seek out and destroy The Antichrist and save civilisation as we would one day know it. Good old Elvis!
Things, however, do not go quite to plan. There is a boy genius whose intention is to rule the world. The demon hoard known as LEGION that has taken up residence in the internet. And the matter of the Big Flywheel, the clockwork mechanism at the Earth’s core that keeps the planet running on course. The Big Flywheel is grinding to a halt.
Meanwhile in 2060 Rex Mundi seems happy enough. He is married to Jesus Christ’s twin sister Christeen, has a talking hippy dog named Fido and a very nice house in the country. If it wasn’t for that great big spaceship that someone has parked on his lawn, Rex would have very little to complain about.
And so begins They Came and Ate Us, Armageddon Two: The B Movie , probably one of the most ground-breaking books Robert Rankin has ever written. A heady mix of extreme sex, violence, madness and mayhem, and like the first book in the sequence - Armageddon: The Musical - it is years ahead of the zeitgeist, this time in its use of Steampunk motifs. Strictly for the over-eighteens and not something to give your granny for Christmas. This is the novel that introduced one of Rankin’s most loved characters, Hugo Rune and his Book of Ultimate Truths to the world and is a work of literature where the “fourth Wall” is not just removed but thoroughly demolished. It comes as no surprise that elements of this book have found their way into the works of at least one contemporary author. Which is known as an “homage”, something not to be confused with a blatant rip-off!
The Armageddon Quartet:
Armageddon: The Musical
They Came and Ate Us
Armageddon II: The B-Movie
The Suburban Book of the Dead
Armageddon III: The Remake