The Joy of Faux, by Theseus Muchmoore Comfortable

Faux-fur!  Warm, soft, comes in electric blue and what’s even better, faux-foxes combine the abundance of lemmings with the cache of semi-extinct Siberian snow-leopard!

Faux-meat!  Delicious, salmonella-free, and you don’t have to stuff things up its arsehole to get it to taste nice!

Faux-sex!  You can tell just how good it is by the way Sally goes on about it over lunch.  No one ever enjoyed the real thing half as much!

Faux-apocalypse?  We’ve watched Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Later, we’ve cleaned out the basement after Y2K and chopped up the ark for firewood after 2012.  Now life seems kinda flat.  Where is the danger, the adrenaline, the arguments about what to pack for the Big A?

NEVER FEAR, Fauxpocalypse is here and it’s WAY better than the real thing.



Fauxpocalypse is a collection of stories about what happens when what’s going to happen doesn’t happen.  Scientists, bless their little hearts, predict that a comet will strike the earth and obliterate all life upon it within twelve months.  Humans react as humans do.  The fatal night comes.  And goes.  Life on earth is still here.  Now what????

Perfect reading for that suspiciously warm summer’s day, that’s what.  Guess which story is by a thirteen year old?  My tip – it’s the best one (and I have a story in it, so I can say that).  To find out what kind of twisted authorial minds came up with this scenario, stop by the talented Paws4Thought at:

And on a slightly different note, I’m pleased cause I finished the first draft of my next novel.  I mean ‘faux-finished’ it.  That means, finished except for a complete re-write, and then another complete re-write, just to make sure.  But still, good work, me! (I’m working on my affirmations).


  1. Congrats on your new release (and to the other authors as well)! I guess I’d rather survive a faux-apocalypse than a true one, even if I did get stuck with a bunch of leftover end-of-the-world prep stuff. 🙂

  2. Thanks! All I’ve done for this collection is write a story – the other authors and editors have actually done all the hard work. As for faux-end of the worlds, I suppose I would too. Although one sometimes thinks that if humans disappeared, that would be a good thing. I don’t like us much, sometimes.

  3. Actually yes. Maybe this comes across as patronising – I don’t mean it to – but you would never guess she’s 13. I wish I’d been able to write like that when I was that age – I was far too immature. It perhaps also does say something about the quality of (good) homeschooling. And thanks for noticing it – there are lots of interesting stories in there!

  4. Hey! Just wanted to say, read both your books. They were both incredible. A Warm Wind was completely engrossing- I read it in two sittings and was skimming through it again as soon as I finished. Deeper is clearly a serious achievement also. Humbled here! If you were an enemy or something I’d feel the same I think. Very much look forward to your next one.

    1. I meant humbled just you’ve read and commented on my blog. Been cringing over that message, sorry for gushing.

      1. really? how very kind of you to say so! Both got rejected by publishers – well I expected that, most books do – so I guess I don’t expect that much appreciation of them, but it makes me feel very good to hear you say that!

      2. I’ve worried that people who’ve lived ordinary lives aren’t capable of writing a good novel about it- but there are exceptions like yourself. I was pretty grateful for it. How can there not be a shelf in the bookstore for that kind of thing? I’m assuming A Warm Wind is fairly autobiographical? Can I ask what your next one is about?

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