A Scruffian Survival Guide

by Hal Duncan

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Stolen from homes & streets down the centuries, Scruffians are waifs, urchins, foundlings, hellions. Fixed as ageless & indestructible by the Stamp, for use as child labour, but with spirits as resilient as their flesh, these underdogs are more likely to bite back than submit. In the rhymes and fabbles by which they 'membrance their secret history, they're always already rallying and resisting, a fierce sodality of the abject determined never to let marginalisation mean victimisation.

Wielding whimsy in the service of satire and queer themes, nodding to Peter Pan and The Borribles but aimed squarely at an adult audience, A Scruffian Survival Guide is the audio album of a ~116 page illustrated chapbook* collecting / collaging four new works of dark queer fantasy in the "Scruffian" mythos, following on from and expanding upon previous works but designed to work as a stand-alone volume, an introduction for new readers as much as a new instalment for those familiar with the mythos.

"Hal Duncan's cheeky and charming Scruffian stories hide a steely shiv of inspection that digs uncompromisingly into the ribs of the establishment. This latest volume, populated as always with wonderful characters old and new, deepens that exploration and brings it bang up to date. I loved every word of it." -- Neil Williamson

*Releasing August 2017, the chapbook will be available for pre-order here from July in limited hardback, paperback and ebook, with this album included as part of each package.


released July 1, 2017



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Hal Duncan Glasgow, UK

Hal Duncan is the author of VELLUM and INK, more recently TESTAMENT, and numerous short stories, poems, essays, even a few musicals. Homophobic hatemail once dubbed him "THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!" (sic), and you can find him online at www.halduncan.com or at his Patreon for readings, revelling in that role. ... more

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