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C.S.E. Cooney’s The Big Bah-Ha Available October 2010

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 | Posted by John ONeill

claire-254Our own C.S.E. Cooney has sent us some good news about her latest fiction extravagana:

The Big Bah-Ha is a novella by yours truly, coming out at Drollerie Press in October 2010!!! It is a post-apocalyptic katabasis story, complete with kiddie gangs, slingshot battles, strange clowns, Tall Ones, and one very dead (very brave) child protagonist.

No, I didn’t know what a “katabasis story” was either.  Thank God for Wikipedia, which tells me “Katabasis is a descent of some type. Katabasis may be a moving downhill, a sinking of winds, a military retreat, or a trip to the underworld.” Oooh, now I get it.

The Big Ba-Ha is a macabre post-apocalyptic fairy tale, a rollicking fantasy of a band of near-feral children who brave a plague-ridden landscape on a desperate quest. To rescue one of their own, they will ally with the monstrous and enigmatic Flabberghast — who arrived only after the world ended and eats the bones of the dead — and penetrate the mystery of Chuckle City, home to ravenous packs of balloon aminals, murderous Gacy boys, and the elusive Gray Harlequin. The Big Ba-Ha — it’s The Goonies meets The Road Warrior, perfectly suited for both ordinary children and gifted adults, and one of the most original fantasies I’ve read in a long time.

That’s the blurb I wrote.  I swore off writing blurbs when they started showing up on books I’d never read, but for C.S.E. I made an exception (and yeah, I read this one). There are already extremely cool Big Bah-Ha t-shirts, and Jeremy Cooney at 33O Studios has produced a teaser trailer for the book, below. There’s also a Facebook community. Man. When C.S.E. publishes, she doesn’t fool around.

The book is available exclusively at, October 2010.


  1. Gosh, John. And when you write a blurb, YOU don’t full around either, do you? You’re so great. So is Black Gate. I like this place. It’s almost like a home away from home…

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - October 1, 2010 11:32 am

  2. It is! But don’t start changing the curtains or anything, Cooney.

    I really want one of the Slaprash t-shirts. I think I’m gonna buy one. You’re like that media mogul in the famous commercial, sitting in a board room while his rapid-fire team updates him on the merchandise launching in support of his movie. How long now until you rule the world, Cooney?

    Comment by John ONeill - October 1, 2010 12:31 pm

  3. NO – DON’T BUY A T-SHIRT!!!

    Jeez, don’t you want to wait until I call you and ask you coyly what your T-shirt size might be, and then buy you one as a THANK YOU gift??? Or maybe for Christmas?

    …Which I was totally gonna do one of these days.

    Well, if you must you must. Maybe you’ll get a clock for a gift instead… Jeremy just has SO MANY OPTIONS!

    I’m gonna get Gene one too. 😀

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - October 1, 2010 1:46 pm

  4. P.S. I don’t really believe in curtains. I like Black Gate as it is.

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - October 1, 2010 1:47 pm

  5. It’s so cool when you name-drop Gene Wolfe like that.

    Is there a clock option for Slaprash fans too? I totally missed that. Although a clock like that would be kinda creepy… I’d constantly feel time was running out.

    Comment by John ONeill - October 1, 2010 5:15 pm

  6. Oh, my gosh, yes!

    See, on the far left you have three “design” options — and I think Jeremy’s said there will be more.

    Across the top you have things like “Womens” “Mens” “Kids” “Accessories” and “Gifts.” And the clocks are under “Gifts”!

    And there are TOTE BAGS! And APRONS! I really want an apron with a picture of the Flabberghast on it that says, “I Do Not Eat The Living.” I think that would be great.

    Coal says we should get temporary tattoos of the slaprash, but I don’t know how to do that yet…

    When I do, I’m gonna put one on my FACE!

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - October 1, 2010 6:25 pm

  7. P.S. It’s not name dropping until you point it out and tack a last name onto it, you know, O’Neill. Criminy!

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - October 1, 2010 6:26 pm

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