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cover_defeated_fullA great new review of Quentin S Crisp’s collection Defeated Dogs.

“Quentin S. Crisp delights, informs, disturbs and confuses in equal measure. Really, what more could a discerning reader ask for?”

Thanks to Craig Lockley for this one!

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Posted: September 7, 2013 by douglasthompson in Defeated Dogs
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The first two reviews of Quentin S Crisp’s ‘Defeated Dogs’ are in…. and we couldn’t ask for better really. Critics seem to be impressed not just with Quentin’s trademark elegant prose but with a chameleon-like diversity of voices he brings to the stories in this collection:

Firstly, Sami Airola at Rising Shadow says:

“Quentin S. Crisp is an author who has an ability to transfer his readers temporarily to another world with his stories. I’ve always considered this to be a sign of an excellent author, because only the best authors are able to write this kind of stories. I think that all readers who read these stories will forget everything else for a while and will be fascinated, impressed and even shocked by what happens in them.

Certain stories in this collection contain fantastic echoes of Lord Dunsany and his lush prose. These stories also reminded a bit of the stories written by Brendan Connell, David Rix, Nina Allan and D. P. Watt. There are also echoes of other authors, but Quentin S. Crisp has a voice of his own, because he has a distinct writing style that separates him from other authors. Although his stories are complex, they’re easy to read and offer the reader a unique reading experience…

…I give this collection full five stars, because it contains hauntingly beautiful stories and excellent prose. If you like beautifully written speculative fiction and want to read good stories and wonderfully observant prose, you must read this collection, because you won’t be disappointed by it. This collection is a literary marvel and an unforgettable reading experience that should be treasured and cherished by as many readers as possible. Very highly recommended!”

Then we have Charles Packer at Sci Fi Online, who says:

“…The writing has a diaphanous dreamlike quality, blurring the lines between the real and the fantastical, the hidden inner world and an uncertain outer reality. Here you will spend your time with gay wolves and little girls who may, or may not, be able to create or destroy through the power of belief.

Often the stories play with the reader’s perceptions, place, time and people blend to create a greater whole. The first story in the book, The Fairy Killer, is a classic example of a story which has a number of meanings, a single line in the story changes the whole perspective, bringing into doubt the original straight forward explanation of the story as fantasy. The single line opens up the option for the story to actually be more macabre in nature. Crisp rarely provides answers, the interpretation for most of the stories lies with the reader.

Elegant in their construction Crisp morphs his style to suit the story, but even with these changes the stories remain entertainingly thought provoking.”

Our heartfelt thanks as ever to Sami and Charles for taking the time to read this book and kindly share their thoughts on it with the world.


Attention world! The paperback version of Defeated Dogs by Quentin S Crisp has now gone to the printers and is available for order through the Eibonvale website for dispatch in a couple of weeks – later on through Amazon etc. as well. As usual, I hope you will go through the website if at all possible, that way I actually get paid a little! 🙂 And with launch events and major expeditions looming, I need it! As usual, Postage is free in the UK, USA and Australia. If you are from anywhere else, please email me. Thanks folks!

Boxes boxes boxes . . .

Posted: May 18, 2013 by Eibonvale in Defeated Dogs

Blood – check! Sweat – check! Am only missing the tears and fortunately I feel far too satisfied for that right now!  Will save them for when something goes wrong . . .


This, my friends, is why there was a bit of a delay packing the Quentin Crisps while my back recovered from being wrecked!  No way was I shifting that lot!

Back on track now though with this bloody press of mine!  🙂


The initial copy of Defeated Dogs by Quentin S Crisp is here and looking good, which means the book is now officially available. All pre-orders and specials will be processed soon – and of course you can order copies through the Eibonvale website as usual.  Paperback copies will be along as soon as I can sort them as well!

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Defeated Dogs is at the Printers

Posted: April 12, 2013 by Eibonvale in Defeated Dogs

Defeated Dogs by Quentin S Crisp has now been sent to the printers!  The book is currently available for preorder through the Eibonvale Website and hopefully the preorders (including the specials) will start being sent out in a couple of weeks.

The Defeated Dogs special promotion has now sold out. That was bloody quick! Congrats to Quentin and to everyone who managed to get a copy.

You can still get copies of the book of course.  I have reverted the website to accept standard preorders for unsigned copies (without extras), which will be dispatched as soon as the book is released.


I am very excited to report that the special promotional copies of Quentin S Crisp’s Defeated Dogs, complete with exclusive chapbook and hair bookmark, are selling out VERY fast. As I write there are only 4 copies remaining and I don’t expect them to remain for long! I suggest you move fast folks!

Once the promotion is over, the title will revert to normal unsigned pre-orders – and no, no hair bookmarks!


Following on from the massive success of our pre-order promotion for Tallest Stories and An Emporium of Automata, we are continuing with a very special offer for Defeated Dogs. Customers who order one of our 26 promotional preorders will receive:

  • A hardcover copy of Defeated Dogs by Quentin S Crisp hand lettered and personalized as you like
  • An exclusive chapbook containing the author’s new short story The Magical Universe
  • A unique bookmark/sculpture created by the artist Miranda Keyes made out of the author’s hair

Yes – you did read that correctly. The author’s hair. Close examination of the cover of the book will reveal two separate Quentin Crisps, what you might call a before and after image. When I asked for unusual promotion ideas, he was quick to offer both this unusual resource and even suggested an artist to take on the project. Quentin sacrificing his hair for the project and an artist who (among other things) makes jewelry out of fish – all this was something I couldn’t possibly resist! The bookmarks are made by setting the hair within crystal resin and I am still not sure whether to call them bookmarks or beautiful and strange sculptures.

In addition to a truly unusual offer, this also helps underline the fact that Quentin’s writing is far from just neo-classical. He is a highly experimental and original voice, and I am very pleased to offer extras that help emphasize that.

This package is available to order now.  Click here.

Here are some prototypes provided by the artist, posing with the book Where Are We Going?

Here are some prototypes provided by the artist, posing with the book Where Are We Going?