The Unusual Origin of Death by Haggis

Bulwer-Lytton and Death by Haggis.

In the acknowledgements to the book I explain in detail the unusual way in which this book came about. As a brief introduction, I want to point out that the story began with a single sentence that was sent to me by my old friend Terry Boothman. We had decided that we would build a novel together based on his first sentence. It wasn’t until a year later that I learned that he had “borrowed” his sentence from a recent winner of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (“BLFC”).

On finishing the novel I was pretty certain it was the first ever created from a Bulwer-Lytton contest winner. The only problem is that the author of the sentence which we used to create our novel is in the process of creating his own novel from his sentence and preferred that we did not use his winning entry. So we wrote a new first sentence.

Technically this means that this novel has absolutely nothing to do with the BLFC.

But we still fondly think of it as having grown from that one “opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.”

The acknowledgements explain how this work began as an interesting collaboration between myself and Terry Boothman, who later dropped out of the project before anyone could blame him for it.


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