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About the Author

Brent Michael Kelley lives and writes in the Wisconsin Northwoods. He shares a home with such things as hairless dogs, a snake named Darth Batman, and the woman he married on Halloween. In addition to writing about his pal Chuggie, he likes writing story-poems, painting monsters, and making wine. Some say late at night, if you’re alone by a campfire, you can summon Brent by closing your eyes and saying his name eleven times. He insists this is not true and there’s no way it will work… yet.

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  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Omnium Gatherum; First edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006G5N69A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brent Michael Kelley lives in the Wisconsin Northwoods with such creatures as hairless dogs, a snake named Darth Batman, and the woman he married on Halloween. By day, he's a graphic designer. By night, he's a painter, a writer, and a winemaker. He can be found on the web at brentmichaelkelley.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C.V. Hunt on December 1, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
There is a town called Stagewater that has a river running through it. It would seem normal by comparison to any other town, but there are things brewing that most of its citizens don't know about.

The town is under the protections of Steel Jacks (robot aliens from another planet), and run by the magistrate, Haste, and his lackeys. Haste and his tight group of counsel use a method call tourgery to collect the sorrow from Stagewater's citizens. By drinking in the sorrow, they enter into the Pheonal Trance, which allows Haste to predict the future of Stagwater. It's deemed a necessary evil for the greater good of the city.

One of Haste's trances induces the vision of a traveler that will bring the destruction of the town. The word is spread to send any strangers north of the city walls.

Disease, Fire, Flood, and Drought were all born somewhere around the beginning of time. Norchug Mot Losiat, better known as Chuggie, is the incarnation of Drought. His goals aren't by any means hard; he just wants to make it to the ocean with his anchor and chain, which is attached to his ribs.

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"I'm want. It means I thirst. It means I'm poor. It means something's missing. It means I fall short." Chuggie spat at a mossy log. His eyes pointed at the ground, but his gaze pointed inward.
"That sounds like you get the losing end of the stick. If that's really true, why would you keep on trying."
"It's just true enough." Chuggie squinted. "Result is I don't waste a lot of time makin' plans. Usually just go. Livin' like that can really shake the confidence if you aren't as amazing as ol' Chuggers." His smile returned.
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On his way to the ocean his anchor gets snagged in a tree outside of Stagwater.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Widener on September 12, 2012
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Whenever I read a piece of fiction I ask only one thing. ENCHANT ME. I don't care if it's William Kennedy's Ironweed, or Wuthering Heights, or The Wizard of Oz. Work your magic spell on me and make it all real. Transport me to another land that I can see and smell, and then tell me a story about people I get to know and care about. Make me feel what they feel.

Bravo, and thank you, Brent Michael Kelley. In your novel "Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater," you enchanted me. You created a land so rich and full of history I could imagine myself walking down its streets. Stagwater reminded me of Mervin Peake's Gormenghast mixed up a bit with Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar, but with an even deeper streak of evil at the core. Stagwater shares Gormenghast's ingrained bureaucracy, along with Lankhmar's caste system. But, just as with every great imaginary land, Stagwater holds terrible secrets, secrets that will prove to be its undoing.

And to carry my comparison with Gormenghast even farther, Stagwater is populated with a multitude of characters so fully textured and real, I could hear their voices as I read. Peake gave us marvelous names- Prunesquallor, Swelter, Titus Groan. Kelley gives us Chuggie, Fey Violetta, Haste.

Chuggie, our protagonist is not even strictly human. He's the living embodiment of drought. His siblings are Disease, Fire and Flood. He has horns growing out of his head. He has an anchor chained to his body. But, that doesn't mean Chuggie isn't real. He's such a mulch-fasceted character you'll take to him immediately. He's good at heart, even noble, but he's also boastful, a little bit vain, and at times somewhat naive. He can be fooled and manipulated.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seahorse mom on December 18, 2011
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I just finished reading this book today, and I'm glad I did. I'm not really a fan of the horror or fantasy genre, but it was recommended to me by a friend, so I gave it a shot. First of all, this book is hilarious! The author clearly has an excellent sense of humor; I can imagine him being the type of guy that makes everyone he meets laugh. The storyline is action-packed and it's easy to get lost in the book. You stop reading the words and see a movie in your mind of Stagwater and all the characters. Kelley is extremely imaginative and paints pictures with his words of his demented, messed-up, unique world. Best of all is Chuggie. The main character of the book is not your typical protagonist. He's weird, rough, rude, ugly, and absolutely lovable, and dare I say sexy? Just when you think the story couldn't get any more messed-up or twisted, it does until it crescendos at the end. I've never read anything like this book, and I'm hoping there will be more to come. So, long live Chuggie, and long live Brent Micheal Kelley so he can continue to write about him into his old age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Poindexter on December 3, 2011
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I'm going to admit that, based on the cover alone, I probably wouldn't have bought this book. Not that the cover is bad, it's actually quite charming. But looking at it gives me the impression of a YA novel, with the crayon-like colors and the pumpkin-headed things approaching the horn-headed protagonist who appears to be chained to a tree. But the book was recommended so I gave it a go...and I am very glad that I did.

I don't know if Kelly does this, but when I write a book sometimes I imagine a particular actor, celebrity or even a friend as a character when I'm writing them. It just makes it play out in my head better. I also do this when I'm reading a book. So, I can't say for sure who Kelly had in mind when he was writing Norchug (Chuggie) but I can tell you who I imagined: Tom Waits. Except with horns. And it worked perfectly for me.

Despite being as old as the world itself, Chuggie is a pretty simple fellow. Unfortunately, he lives in a world full of ulterior motives. Chuggie's motivation is simple: he just wants to live a simple life...whatever that means for a living embodiment of a force of destruction. Stuff keeps getting in the way, like a town run by three evil bastards: Stagwater. Though Chuggie's plans there are rather simple (he wants a boat...he's already got the anchor) all the power players there have other plans for him. Some want him dead, some want to recruit him, a couple want to marry him. Chuggie doesn't want any part in this, but he gets pulled in against his better judgement.

Chuggie is an entertaining character, kind of an O, Malandro rogue. He's as old as the world itself, but still seems to fit into it somehow. As the avatar of drought, Chuggie is always thirsty and, if he wishes, can drain the liquid out of everything.
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