Between 1990 and 1993, artist and writer M. Nick published eight handmade, perfect bound, paperback volumes of fiction. All of these books were short runs. Welcome to Dullsville was the shortest; only 60 copies were produced. Most of M. Nick’s books were purchased as collector items or art objects and very few people who bought them actually read them wanting to keep them pristine.
During this period, M. Nick neither had, nor knew how to use a computer. These were all produced with mechanical layouts created from typewritten pages. The reproduced pages were assembled with angle-iron and C-clamps, and bound using binding glue heated on a hotplate.
M. Nick did every step in the process except cutting the books. That had to be done on an industrial strength cutting machine by a person qualified as a cutter. The books were each cut twice; first without the cover, then with the cover. All were cut by Bill Boggs, formerly of Pacific Printing in San Jose, California. After the trilogy listed below was cut, Bill, who apparently believed in what M. Nick was doing, cut the rest of the books for free.
Three of the volumes were paperback size; two novels and a novella. The other five were miniatures and were short story length. M. Nick did all the cover art. The cover for Dullsville is a scan taken in 2014 of an actual pristine copy of the 1993 book.
M. Nick considered all of these works to be experimental. This one, Welcome to Dullsville, is written in black and white, like a 30’s gangster movie, and no word of color was used; only black and white and shades of gray.
The other titles, soon to become available as e-books, were as follows:
The Random-Chance Investigations Trilogy, 3 miniatures, 1990
A Chair with a Grudge, a novella, paperback size, 1991
Unglued, a novel, paperback size, 1992
Fast Food Love and Suburban Detective, 2 miniatures, 1993
The above titles will be published in two e-books. Unglued, and an anthology of the other stories entitled A Chair with a Grudge. Both will appear in 2015.
You can contact M. Nick through his blog at New World Orbit
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Welcome to Dullsville
by M. Nick
Mars Black is a big city private detective who works the seamy side of Grayville, a city perpetually cloaked in fog, a city without sights, a city he sometimes calls “Dullsville.” After he is hired by a man named Baker, though, things become a little less dull. The book is written in black and white, like a 30’s gangster movie, and no word of color was used; only black, white and shades of gray.
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