Hugh lived in NZ for some time, and much of his work shows the dark inspiration he drew from Aotearoa's landscapes and our own stories. His epic 10-book series The Chronicles Of An Age Of Darkness are pure fantasy sci-fi brilliance. Three of those novels are available online here. They come highly recommended by me, though the online versions have been partially sanitised by Hugh to suit a broader audience. If you can find any of his books in second-hand stores, they are gold!
Hugh can no longer see, due to the aggressive action of the tumour on his brain, which must be the most awful thing for a writer. He lives between blind reality and hallucination. His family have been documenting his condition on his blog, and it is not happy reading.
His sister has asked that anyone who wishes to leave thoughts for Hugh do so by replying to comments on the blog, and has also made another poignant request that can be found here. For anyone who has ever read and loved any one of Hugh Cook's amazing works of fiction, please follow these links and let Hugh and his family know. For anyone who hasn't, go read the online novels and then send him your wishes. At a time in one's life like this, love and support can be the greatest medicine. Please take a moment for Hugh.
Hugh's website Zenvirus, where his Post-Chronicles work tends to reside, can be found here. Hugh's body of work available by print on demand can be found here, courtesy of lulu.com.
An email reply from Hugh, November 16th, 2006
Subject: Hugh Cook says thanks for getting in touch, good luck with your writing Re: messageThanks for getting in touch,Dan. Always nice to hear from a fan.As you understand, there will be no more CHRONICLESbooks, but I do hope to deliever further novels to theworld in due course. I am currently slowly working ona new edition of THE SHIFT, which will replicate thetext of the first edition, and I am also working, veryslowly, on further books in the TALES OF OOLONGMORBLOCK series, to follow on after TO FIND AND WAKETHE DREAMER.The next two books, all going well, will be COMRADERAT WILL DIE and INTREPID GIRL REPORTER, due out, Ihope, in the next three to four years.Good luck with your writing!RegardsHugh Cook