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Secondly, excuse the image - Amazon insist that I have an image of myself and this the least offensive version available. I tried putting a picture of my infinitely cuter dog, but apparently that just will not do; readers want to see the grim, grey face behind the verbal mince, perhaps to stop me selling any more books. Would YOU buy a used car of the guy in the picture?
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Hello, I am Vasily Pugh and thank you for reading this short piece. My first book was the oddly prescient 'Basically Frightened' - a darkly comic pandemic thriller.
This book was followed by acclaimed comic thriller 'The Insomniacs' Club' which successfully transferred to Ulaanbataar as an award winning kabuki show.
'Outside Looking Out, the even better sequel to 'Basically Frightened' was the next book.
Upcoming book 'Gusto' is out by the end of the summer. Strong female characters, tightly-wound tension, ambiguity - I can almost taste the international recognition and appreciation.
I have recently released 'So You've Got Fibromyalgia', a short book on my battle with Fibromyalgia. I say 'battle', but it's more of a pillow fight. Only the pillows are filled with rusty nails.
I do have a tendency to use 'passive voice' in my work which puts me in league with some of the great war criminals according to the Grammar Coalition. But hey, maybe we can live in a crazy world where active and passive can co-exist, weaving daisy chains and dancing.
I have recently become a Vine Voice, partly because I'm beginning to appreciate how good it is for people to give and receive reviews. And so it is that we return to my craven request:
Please leave a review. Amazon likes to purge the good reviews for alleged bias, meaning my average rating oscillates wildly. Not very helpful for an independent author so your support is appreciated.
"Vasily Pugh is almost certainly vertical." Noam Chomsky
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Had enough of Self-Help books on Fibromyalgia? Want to be assured that you're not alone when you experience increasingly strange symptoms? Welcome to this short and witty journal of Vasily Pugh's own battle with Fibromyalgia over the past decade
Fibromyalgia affects millions around the world and yet so little is really understood about the condition. An endless array of self-help books have assisted, but don't you sometimes just want to read something that proves you aren't going insane?
'So You've Got Fibromyalgia' is a short book by acclaimed author Vasily Pugh that looks at the more unusual aspects of the illness. The ones that few people talk about. The ones that make you think you are all alone
With his typical dry wit, self-deprecation and needlessly verbose style, Pugh tackles the battle for a diagnosis, the tests, the fatigue and the guilt, reassuring fellow sufferers of the condition that they are not alone
Not just an ideal shot for those going through Fibromyalgia, but an affirmation for those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E. - you'll get through this. In the meantime, laugh at the sheer absurdity of a writer's battle with the illness with the exciting name and the distinctly unsexy symptoms.
Leaner, meaner, wittier and wiser, the sequel to hit post-apocalyptic book 'Basically Frightened' is here. Taking place directly after the events of the original, 'Outside Looking Out' lands our hero in another set of unhinged circumstances. Who are 'Order'? Who are 'Protected Infected'? Where are his friends? Who are these new enemies?
Prepare to enter a dystopia quite unlike anything you've read before - 'Outside Looking Out' is a comic adventure that combines post-apocalyptic action with blistering satire and heartfelt emotion.
“I cannot recommend this book enough. Absolutely first rate work and I look forward to reading more from this author.”
“A riveting read, intensified by the first person point of view and the vivid descriptions of the scenes and characters, ”
The wry take on dystopia returns with the second book in the 'Basically Frightened series, a unique mixture of thrills and bone-dry humour that sets its apart from its contemporaries.
The world is still recovering from 'The Shakes' and new factions are forming. Our hero, left adrift from the friends he had made in 'Basically Frightened', has to use his notable wit and sly self-invention to get through a new cast of people intending to use him or dispose of him.
Once again, not all is what it seems and a new group starts to exert its influence. 'Protected Infected', self-appointed champions of the victims, have determined that society has to change. 'Order' have their own agenda. Meanwhile, the most unlikely of protectors has to survive in a very different collective. It's not all planting potatoes!
'Outside Looking Out' continues the 'Basically Frightened' saga and leaves everything on another knife-edge. Expect some new antagonists, some former friends and trusted psychotics determined, all trying to make sense of a crazy new world.
Don't forget to leave a review after reading – your feedback is always appreciated by us humble authors!
You haven't read anything like 'Basically Frightened' before – a genre-busting mix of post-apocalyptic action, adventure and suspense all heavily laced with whimsy and observational humour.
“So for those looking for a fresh laugh or who just can’t get enough of apocalypse books you’ve just found your next read.”
Toni Owen Blue
“As I found this story original from what I read before regarding this genre, I would totally recommend it to the Science-Fiction readers and I’m looking forward to the upcoming books of Vasily Pugh!”
“It starts slow, but once it gets going it's a promising good read and I'd certainly love to see more from the author.”
TDC Book Reviews
“Oh my! This book really came as a surprise!
The writing style is so...realistic! At first, I did not even realize that what I was reading was actually a part of the book. the first chapter is has so many details described in a very realistic manner. Only after he mentioned the Alpha Men I started thinking "ok, so this actually the beginning of the book, not a message or an introduction". With this book, the author brings something new on the market: an unusual plot, realistic description and unique writing style. Great job! I recommend the book and I look forward for the next one.”
Acclaimed as a mix of Douglas Adams' dry humour, 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Pushing Daisies', the 'Basically Frightened' series is a unique piece of Dystopian drama dusted with copious amounts of black comedy
The world is devastated by a pandemic known as 'The Shakes', but one unlikely hero is determined to make the best of it. Leaving his self-imposed isolation, he discovers a fractured country that has divided into numerous groups, all trying to find meagre resources.
But this is no ordinary landscape...our hero will meet feisty heroines, sweet old ladies, a range of mildly psychotic antagonists and a group inspired by a particular television show. Behind the scenes the country is in the process of being re-organised by a mysterious body called 'Order', but can they be trusted? And was it really worth leaving isolation for all of the dread, danger and general nonsense? Especially when you promised to finally read 'War & Peace' at the start of this all.
A suitably prescient story for our times, 'Basically Frightened' and its sequel 'Outside Looking Out', examines what ordinary people do in the face of isolation, conflict and the utterly absurd.
THIS VERSION HAS BEEN RE-EDITED TO DELETE ERRORS AS OF 21/10/20 - IF YOU HAVE AN OLD COPY AND WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE FOR FREE, PLEASE CONTACT ME. MY APOLOGIES THAT IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG TO RETURN TO MY FIRST BOOK TO GIVE IT THE PROOF-READ IT DESERVES.Don't forget to leave a review after reading – your feedback is always appreciated by us humble authors!
Be thrilled, be amused, be mildly distracted...be 'Basically Frightened'.
A more-than-meets-the-eye housekeeper. An unrelenting and demanding feminist boss. The question is, who is actually using who? When their worlds eventually clash, only one can come out on top!
Eliska Hudakova is from Slovakia. Hired to work as a housekeeper for a demanding and bitter academic, there's a lot more to her and her past. Not quite the delicate nobody her boss assumes, she will not stand idle when push comes to shove.
Elizabeth Clement-Walters is a hyper critical, acerbic former feminist icon. Determined to make the work as arduous as possible for the seemingly inoffensive immigrant worker, she has no idea what she is letting herself in for.
As their realities begin to clash, tensions rise and the dynamic between the two changes. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues bringing their pasts into the equation, and raising the stakes at every turn of event.
But who will prevail?
From the writer of the acclaimed comedy thriller, The Insomniacs Club, comes another very different take on a familiar genre. Full of the wit and action, Gusto is the latest dollop of the utterly unique for readers who think they have read it all.
Buy your copy today and enjoy this mind twisting tale.
"The perfect book for fans of things that are out of the ordinary."
"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane gets a 21st Century reboot in a book that is packed with sparkling dialogue and serpentine twists."
"Harold & Maude meets Thelma and Louise."
"Satirical, surprising and suspenseful, Vasily Pugh's unique writing will turn your world upside down."
Vasily Pugh, writer of the acclaimed post-apocalyptic series with a difference, 'Basically Frightened', comes this hit thriller laced with his trademark dry wit.
“One of the reasons I read is because I can't sleep, having my Kindle by the side of the bed is great for those wide awake nights but this book had me awake all night, I just couldn't put it down!” Green Fingered Gardener
“ At last, something different from the run-of-the-mill thriller.“
Author Ted Tayler
“After reading Basically Frightened: Yet Another Slice of Post-Apocalyptia, and absolutely adoring it, I was really curious about Vasily Pugh’s latest book. The Insomniacs’ Club totally surpassed my expectations with its amazing mix of mystery,
action, and adrenaline.”
Perfect for those who like their thrillers written with a smattering of wit, grit and unpredictability.
When Japanese ex-pat Naoka meets Henri, a middle-aged woman who is both wildly unconventional and is hiding something that she refuses to share, she finds herself introduced to a collection of oddities who share the same hindrance. They are all insomniacs.
This chance meeting soon provides Naoka with a much greater problem, when she and Henri become inadvertently caught up with the Fresno-DeBeer family, whose daughter has been kidnapped.
Henri is determined to 'help' the police with their investigation, and the Fresno-DeBeers to find their daughter, and enlists the assistance of the unwilling Naoka as part of her efforts.
As they get deeper and deeper into the case, living among oddballs and eccentric insomniacs who live their lives during the hours of darkness, they encounter the often weird and sometimes dangerous characters who inhabit the night.
But can they really make a difference to the case? Are they really able to provide anything of value and will they find the Fresno-DeBeers’ daughter before it is too late?
The Insomniacs' Club is the wittiest thriller you'll read this year! Full of twists, turns and a unique duo of heroines, 'The Insomniacs' Club' is sure to be in your 'Must Read' list this summer.
Don't forget to leave a review after reading – your feedback is always appreciated by us humble
Catch Vasily Pugh's other work, 'Basically Frightened – Yet Another Slice of Post-Apocalyptia' and its highly rated sequel 'Outside Looking Out'.
Coming this summer: 'Gusto', a blackly comic thriller unlike anything else.