Elephants on Acid Publicity

I received a couple of emails this morning along the lines of: Hey, the Guardian just published a list of the top ten weirdest experiments of all time. It sounds a lot like your list of the top 20 most bizarre experiments. They're not ripping you off, are they?

It's nice that people are concerned, but there's no need to worry. I haven't been ripped off. After I posted my top 20 list back in September, New Scientist contacted me asking if I would like to create a shortened version of it for their magazine. I was more than happy to oblige, and the resulting article will appear in the Nov. 3 issue of New Scientist.

Apparently New Scientist circulated a pre-release version of this article to the media, and it's been picked up by a lot of British papers: The Daily Telegraph, The London Times, and the Daily Mail.

I've also found it in the South African Independent Online, the Sydney Morning Herald, and PhysOrg.com.

Here in America, the Hartford Courant had an article about my book, focusing on the creepy experiments to coincide with Halloween.

So there's been some good publicity. Hopefully it'll help sell a few books.

And speaking of publicity, I'll be doing a book signing at Dark Delicacies bookstore at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18th. It's a bookstore that specializes in horror, so the first chapter of my book (the one with all the Frankenstein-style experiments) should hopefully find a receptive audience there. If you live in the L.A. area, come on by and say hello.

Update: My publisher also tells me that Playgirl magazine plans to review Elephants on Acid (probably because it has a chapter on weird sex experiments). Thankfully, they're not planning a photoshoot of the author to accompany the review. But I will be able to tell people that I've been featured in Playgirl.


Posted on Thu Nov 01, 2007


kewl beans Alex
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Thu Nov 01, 2007  at  03:40 PM
Yay! Go Alex!
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Thu Nov 01, 2007  at  05:08 PM
Also in Italy on the online website for Corriere della Sera (the main italian newspaper)

Posted by Al from Italy  on  Fri Nov 02, 2007  at  05:18 AM
I've read the article in New Scientist. Good stuff! Hopefully all this publicity will shift copies as it is a good Christmas Present stocking filler idea.
Posted by Robert N  in  London, UK  on  Mon Nov 05, 2007  at  03:51 AM
Alex, is it possible to order autographed copies from you?

My scientist brother is hard to shop for.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Roswell, New Mexico  on  Wed Nov 07, 2007  at  08:51 AM
Hi Alex,

One of the main French newspapers, le Figaro, has an article mentioning your book:


The title is "The pantheon of mad scientists".

Love your site, by the way.

Posted by Jean  in  Paris, France  on  Thu Nov 08, 2007  at  09:08 AM
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