Hunted Down and Other Tales

This week, if:book began sending out the first highly bespoke copies of a new work of literary remix called Hunted Down and Other Tales by Marcus Clarke . Yeah, that's the full title. 

It's part of a larger project called Rumours of My Death. I don't usually step in as author on creative if:book projects, but this one one was unusual in being even more vague and open ended from the outset than usual.

My job with this book was to select an Australian author whose work is in the public domain and bring their work into the 21st century. The only rule was around the medium. Previous #RoMD projects had taken place on the web and social media. This one had to use print. 

I worked as author/remixer with editor Aimée Lindorff and designer George Saad and collectively, this is what we came up with. 

Hunted Down and Other Tales by Marcus Clarke

Hunted Down and Other Tales by Marcus Clarke

Although everything in the book has come from a digital source, it uses a variety of printing techniques from digital print on demand to letterpress to hand screen printing. 

The book itself is based on the little short story anthologies Marcus Clarke published in the 1870s. Designer George Saad created a note-perfect reproduction, something that became clear when we compared Hunted Down side by side with a copy of Holiday Peak and Other Tales  from 1873. 

Holiday Peak from 1873 alongside Hunted Down from 2016. Some things never change.  

Holiday Peak from 1873 alongside Hunted Down from 2016. Some things never change.  

There's so much more to write about this, some of which I'll post over at if:book, some of which will be here.