Gene Head Novellas

The ‘next big thing’ in literary fiction? I’ll keep this short.

You’re busy. And right now, you need a damn good reason to keep reading.

Turns out, today’s fiction readers feel the same – that’s exactly why the novella has made a torch-bearing comeback.

Compact fiction – 20,000 to 50,000 words. A book length that allows for both page-turning intensity and fullness of story; concise enough to be devoured in one sitting, with all the Devil’s details necessary to be an immersive experience where readers win big.

Which, of course, for a publisher/agent such as yourself, is a ticket to success.

I know that you know, some of the greatest works are novellas:

Animal Farm; The Time Machine; Of Mice and Men; The Metamorphosis…

…all classics, all optioned for films…all too slim to be used as a doorstop.

And while our love for novellas isn’t new, it is now – in our age of digital distractions – that this mighty little form has come into its own.

How can you jump on the novella train and find yourself an exceptional novella writer to represent?

As it happens, I can help.

Allow me to introduce myself…

I’m Gene Head, writer of transgressive fiction crafted into  incisive novellas. I express in them a dry brand of self-mockery, and the reader and I hold hands through the fire the entire way.

I don’t self-publish – and that’s where you come in. Here’s why you might want to do just that:

The Orchard


Nudie Mag

Kill Switch

My writing style

Gutsy. Picaresque. A heady catalyst between the anti-establishment spirit of the Beat Generation and the expeditious transgressive fiction modern-day audiences love.

Featuring a surreal, darkly fascinating world of underdog personae and deviant deeds – counterpointed by sophisticated social commentary – my books cater to the reader intrigued by unscrupulous characters…wanting to look away – yet unable to do so.

Hat tip to Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, Irvine Welsh and Charles Bukowski.

So what do you get out of it?

While my ‘sales pitch’ answer would be, the opportunity to represent a new and exciting voice in transgressive fiction, I know there’s more to a working relationship than talent alone. The good news for you is, I understand the business nitty-gritty as much as the creative aspect.

I’m marketing-savvy and I know my way around a website promotion. I’m responsive, proactive, and willing to put in the hard yards to reach the hallowed gates of literary success. If you send me a message through my contact form, I’ll even reply the same day.

Meet Elmo Brenner

Your protagonist is a rough-around-the-edges bohemian hedonist with an alcohol dependency…what could possibly go wrong?

Drunk, despicable and doomed, Elmo Brenner flits from one meaningless day to the next, eschewing conventional values for instant gratification through a permanent beer haze.

Yet despite (or, perhaps, because of) his depraved actions and inebriated state, Elmo’s surreal visions and insightful self-scrutinization holds the reader captive, as we delve into his world.

Interested in learning more about your unscrupulous antihero? Click below to register your interest and I’ll let you in on Elmo’s corrupt adventures.

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The Orchard
38,000 Words

In this picaresque fiction Gene Head uses the platform of the untouchable farmer’s daughter cliché’ to craft a tale of significant emotional impact, unearthing the power of denial in a character dominated by a lifestyle of instant gratification and alcohol addiction.

Unskilled labourer Elmo Brenner will relish over fine German symphonies, but on paper he’s a factotum in one menial job and out another. It’s business as usual then, when he lands fruit picking work on a North Queensland farm and Elmo fills his time outside Orchard duties with booze and mischief.

When his employer learns of his truck license, Elmo is instructed to haul yield cross-country. The pay raise is attractive, but he’ll be giving the farmer’s daughter a ride along, and she’s off limits. During a three-day road trip peppered with alcoholic mishaps and the odd bar fight, Elmo’s life spins from his control and by the time they make it to Central Australia, he’s had only a taste of what surreal nonsense lies in wait for his beer-soaked mind.

It seems Elmo has made it this far in life on luck, but now he’s about to discover a personal secret so dark; he must drink for weeks to face the horror.


27,000 Words

In a remote Queensland town, Elmo is forced to drudge through a fish tank cleaning job at Australia’s only Outback Aquarium. Boozing his way through employment duties, he barely tolerates a girlfriendcolleagues, and a public too doltish to respect.

When his boss fires him for misconduct, Elmo gets the last laugh by stealing the prize attraction; a 400-centimetre Giant Pacific Octopus named Fakhruddin. Keeping the monster in his shallow bathtub, Elmo celebrates a victory, only to find out Fakhruddin has plans of his own. Now with the octopus helping himself to the beers in the fridge, demanding his favourite TV channels, and whipping children around the backside at friendly barbecues, Elmo is no longer the man of the house.

Soon he’s lost his girlfriend, his reputation and maybe even his sanity, as he stumbles through drunken hallucinations. Attempting to claim it all back, Elmo is faced with the challenge of defeating the most evil man in town in a horrifying showdown.

Hilarious, grisly, self-aware and enjoyably wordy, Head’s latest book uncovers Elmo’s dark past and is in its own special way, perfectly Supercilious.

Kill Switch

25,000 Words

When Elmo befriends a shy racing greyhound his life should be warm with companionship, yet despite his best efforts his new lady dog, Kill Switch, is giving him the cold shoulder. Even still, he’s drawn to her like a man to a siren’s call in the glow of her light bulb eyes (that no one else cares to notice).

His day job at the fishing docks has become tedious, and Elmo needs money to quit, so when he discovers how lightning fast Kill Switch can run, the pair come to a provisional agreement and make their fortune at the track.

Focusing on their scheme with a narrow sight, Elmo stumbles blindly through a flaming gauntlet of personal problems. Soon his neighbour’s wife is siphoning electricity from his power box, he suspects his own girlfriend of poisoning him, and he’s got to admit he’s being stalked by hallucinations of menstrual blood rivers.

Elmo knows Kill Switch could be the only female in his life not sending him mad, but even she won’t let him pet her!

Set on the backdrop of the gorgeous Australian Sunshine Coast, this drunken journey through Elmo’s developing woman troubles will have you laughing and leering all at the same time.

Nudie Mag

20,000 Words

Out of boredom, a man sneaks a men’s magazine from the stash at his workplace, and over breakfast, reads a story from the back-page forum to his wife. It’s a letter to the editor sent in by long time reader Elmo Brenner, and it’s a lengthy one. After reading Elmo’s “True Erotic Story,” the couple are deeply moved by it.

Elmo’s story:

Garbage collector Elmo Brenner trades philosophy and arguments against God with anyone over a beer—or six. Happily married and living for the weekend in his small Australian everytown, he’s more concerned with Beethoven and booze than the share price. But his deliberately meaningless life turns into a lust-filled orgy when every woman in the world suddenly becomes an overheated nymphomaniac.

Delighted with his wife’s newfound antics, Elmo ignores the sexual fires consuming the community and immerses himself in a one-man, one-woman descent into depravity. But the “every man’s dream” plague vanishes overnight, leaving all females frigid… except Elmo’s wife. And now that she’s the object of all men’s desire, his hands are full keeping her from satisfying her inexhaustible urges with everyone but him.

Can Elmo keep it up when everybody wants a piece of his wife’s arse?

If you like gritty themes, explicit adult content, and sophisticated social commentary, then you’ll love Gene Head’s howlingly uncompromising scorcher.

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