• Q: Where can I buy your books?
A: At amazon.com, unless you want to buy my slim book of poems, ARC OF LIGHT, or any of the volumes in the OCEANS OF LIGHT trilogy (WEST OF HEAVEN, EAST OF HELL and NORTH OF PARADISE), in which case you need to go to the storefront at:
To see covers and access sample chapters of the OCEANS OF LIGHT trilogy, go to BOOKS ONLINE.
To read the entire ARC OF LIGHT collection online, go to poems.
Note that many of the short stories (fantasy, SF, horror) have been collected in the book THE SUCCUBUS AND OTHER STORIES. Cover and full texts of thirty of the stories at THE SUCCUBUS AND OTHER STORIES.
To read the death poems which are part of the literary miscellany THIS IS A PICTURE OF YOUR GOD go to DEATH POEMS.
For updates on any new projects or life developments in the Hugh Cook story, go to
• Q: Can we do a movie deal?
A: Probably not. I've turned down a number of amateur film makers who convinced me that they were keen, competent, level-headed and possibly able to lay their hands on funding.
As of 2006 I am still dealing with the aftermath of having had brain cancer, an experience which is dealt with in my autobiographical medical memoir, CANCER PATIENT, which you are welcome to read online for free, if you are so inclined.
As of 2006, I'm scratching a living by teaching English part time in Japan, my day-to-day life complicated by the fact that I have childcare responsibilities with respect to my two-year-old daughter, and I am having to cope with eyesight damage which has apparently been caused by radiation therapy to the brain.
("Scratching a living" means, in truth, bludging off my wife, who is a hard-working civil servant and the houshold's main bread winner.)
With reference to my damaged eyesight, I still see, up to a point, but, for me, looking upon the world is like looking through a pool of muddy water, and the water is constantly in motion. With appropriate prescription lenses, I can see well enough to read, write, use a computer and teach English, but, sorry, it wouldn't be fun for me to read your ingenious and intelligent script.
I wasn't happy about turning down these offers, but I've realized that now, at this stage of my life, the correct course of action is to say "No," unless there are very pressing reasons to say otherwise.
So, sorry, sight unseen, your movie idea is not a go.
Unless you have money. Money I can always do with. I'd like to have enough to go buy those Godiva chocolates some of my Belgium-visiting English languagte students have told me about.
If you have money that could put me on the next plane to Belgium, Hollywood money, then I have an agent. Sorry, but my agent advises no deals at the hobbyist level. It messes up the rights issue if a serious offer ever comes along.
If you can convince me that you have planes-to-Belgium money in your wallet, then I will put you in touch with my deeply trusted British-based agent, and if he thinks you're the real thing then he'll get on the phone and get in touch with the guy he deals with in Hollywood.
That's the top two frequently asked questions, but scroll down for others.
All materials on this website can be read for free online. However, note that the website contents are copyright © 1973-2006 Hugh Cook - all rights reserved. For permission to use any of the material on this website contact Hugh Cook.
Q: Do you have time to read my work? My novel, my short story, sample chapters from my novel, sample pages from my short story? A: Sorry, no. I'm overloaded, more than one hundred percent committed, and I can't take on anything more.