The Black Merkin
A swarm-sourced romance novel edited by Norman James Hogg and Laura Edbrook
"The project began by randomly selecting one e-book from a downloaded bit-torrent of over 100 romance titles. This ‘template’ was then split into 170 sections of around 300 words each. An advert appeared in the NWSP newspaper, offering individuals the chance to ‘become a tribal author’ by participating in a mass reconstruction of the novel. Participants rewrote sections in the manner and style of their choosing. They received only a few basic instructions, including a request to leave all character and place names intact. Over the course of nine months, we managed the sending, receiving and editing of texts entirely through Google docs, until the last section was returned in July 2011. At this point, all character and place names were overwritten with new names using the ‘find and replace’ function. The result is The Black Merkin—a ‘new’ novel bearing little if any resemblance to the donor text. It is equally a ‘broken’ novel; the unrestrained swarm of authorial impulsions hollows out narrative structure and coherence."
Authors : Pio Abad | Kate Andrews | Michael Ashworth | Ed Atkins | Arnold Balmer | Emma Balkind | Imelda Barnard | Abigail Rebekah Barr | Angela Beck | Beagles & Ramsey | Matthew Black | Bonk et Gaspard | Liz Bradshaw | Jasmin Bray Triance | Louise Briggs | Dan Brown | Becky Campbell | Matt Carter | JJ Charlesworth | Mike Chavez Dawson | Sandy Alexander Birrell Christie | Martin Clark | James Clegg | Luke Cooke-Yarborough | Christopher Cubitt | Carola Deye | Jason Donovan | Michael Dougherty | Susan Doyle | Ciara Dunne | Laura Edbrook | Kathryn Elkin | Katie Elliot | Escutcheon Athletics | Joe Etchell | Janet Evanovich | Benjamin Fallon | Stuart Fallon | Keith Farquhar | Murray J Ferguson | Jayne Ferris | Emlyn Firth | Martine Foltier Pugh | Sarah Forrest | Will Foster | Jamie Gaffney | Finlay Gall | Damian Gilhooly | Laura Gonzalez | Jonathan Goodache | Rebecca Alison Gordon | Sarah Grady | Athene Greig | Steve Grimmond | Rocca Gutteridge | Scott Hall | Siobhan Hanlin | Tim Harbinson | Hamish Hartnell for Victor & Hestor | Geraldine Heaney | Emily Highfield | Simone Hind | Ross Hodgson| Rosemary Hogarth | Norman James Hogg | Len Horsey | Helena Huneke | Caroline Hussey | Simone Hutchinon | Sören Huttel | Nicola Irvine | Erin Jacobson| Kristín Dagmar Jóhannesdóttir | Alhena Katsof | Jacob Kerry | Paul Knight | Panos Kobatsiaris | Talitha Kotzé | Ailsa Lochhead | Hayley Lock | Cathy Lomax | Sarah Lowndes | Ola Løvholm |Tessa Lynch | Gregory Maass | Chris Mackinnon | Shona Macnaughton | Jennifer MacIver | Stephanie Mann | Jac Mantle | Amy Marletta | Susan Martin | Peter McCaughey | Angela McClanahan | John McClaren | Margaret McCormick | Francis McKee | Conal McStravick | Nicky Melville | Alex Michon | Robin Miller | Jason Minsky | Lyle Mitchell | Shoshana Mitchell | Becca Morris | Sarah Morris | William Mulraney | Neil Mulholland | Jonny Murray | Shelly Nadashi | Ben Newell | Janie Nicoll | Alex Nuth | Neil Ogg | Robby Ogilvie | Simon O'Sullivan | David Osbaldeston | Jen Owen | Kim L Pace | Walton Pantland | Nicolas Party | Emma Parks | Catherine Payton | James Thomas Philips | David Philp | Pidgin Perfect | S Playford-Greenwell | Lucie Potter | Judy Porteous | Ash Reid | Grainne Rice | Jenny Richards |Matthew Rocheford | Arron Sands | Adam Scarborough | Paul Schneider | Anthony Schrag | Andro Semeiko | Helen Sharp | David Sherry | Ewan Sinclair | Sara Sinclair | Kirstie Skinner | Gerald Smith | Smith/Stewart | Elizabeth Stanton | Sam Stead | Thea Stevens | Alba Stuart | Dane Sutherland | Christa Tate | Amy Thomas | Susannah Thompson | William Titley | Alex Tobin | Emma Tolmie | Harald Turek | Lucy Turner | Rohanne Udall | Clara Ursitti | Yu-Chen Wang | Kenny Watson | Kate Wieteska | Rebecca Whitfield | Alan Witherspoon | Fiona Whyte | Rebecca Wilcox | Rachel Wright
Publisher: New Society of Dilettanti
Dimensions: 175 X 110 mm