Stuart Ashen recently revealed that he has been working on a second book, based around the world of awful home computer games from the 1980s and early 90s.
The crowdfunded book is a sequel to Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.
Titled Attack of the Flickering Skeletons: More Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of, the book has been crowdfunded via publishing site Unbound, and at the time of writing has raised 189% of its original goal.
Donation rewards include supporters having their name printed in the back of the book, and the chance to own a special edition hardback copy, with a box full of “mystery tat” for the top-tier pledges.
“One of the nicest things about the success of the first book is that it’s allowed us to make this book larger for the same price,” Stuart tells TenEighty, “so it’s not only going to showcase more appalling games that history forgot, but also have some non-game-specific articles.”
Guest contributors are also set to feature in the book, telling stories about their own experiences with awful games. Stuart is tight-lipped on who these contributors would be: “I’m afraid that must remain super-secret for now. But I’m looking more towards people with interesting and relevant personal experiences that can tell the story well, rather than minor celebs. (Kim Kardashian was furious when I turned down her article about Superman for the Amstrad CPC!)”
When asked about his favourite old games, Stuart replies, “I hate them all. They’re terrible. […] Seriously: If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be Hunter for the Atari 8-Bit machines.” He continues, “Every facet of it is amusingly incompetent, from the basic design to the execution. I particularly love the awful graphics – its Sock-Faced Elk features on the cover of the first book.”
Those interested in pledging towards a copy of Attack of the Flickering Skeletons can visit the book’s Unbound page here.