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"I think our horse might be eating the internet"

Life was simple for Buttercup the horse. Chewing grass in a field, gazing dreamily at passing clouds or standing at a hedge to watch the world go by. Perhaps a light nap followed by a gentle canter and more grazing, and then off to the stable for a programme of psychological tests designed to expand the boundaries of horse consciousness.

For Betty and Tim, life was also simple. Or at least as simple as life could be when you are scientists conducting neurological experiments on a horse. That is until the day they discovered their horse was conducting an experiment of its own.

Life became rather more complicated after that for Tim, Betty and Buttercup, and the ensuing struggle for control over one horse's destiny results in an intellectual arms race that takes all three of them to the edge of reality and beyond. It is a struggle that threatens to shake the foundations of civilisation and unravel the fabric of time and space. Can anyone stop this horse from destroying the universe?

My name is Cyriak, and yes that is a real name. I don’t meet many other Cyriaks in my travels, but I know they are out there, lurking in the shadows.

I started making weird animated gifs in 2004, and even weirder animated videos in 2006, and have been spreading my evil spores across the internet ever since. My commercial work spans such diverse realms as advertising, television and music videos.

I lived in Brighton for about ten years, and moved somewhere else several years ago. Everyone still thinks I live in Brighton, and I have lost the strength of will to keep correcting them. I currently live in a crumbling house in the middle of nowhere, which is kept standing by the efforts of its many resident spiders.

My website is http://cyriak.co.uk. You can follow me on twitter @cyriakharris.

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Simon Dalzell
Simon Dalzell asked:

I know it's a ton of work, but imagine how incredible an audiobook version narrated by the author would be.

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Haha! Yeah it would be nice, but I found even narrating the promo video for this book was a nightmare, so I'd be glad to let somebody else have a go.

Nickolay Mardanov
Nickolay Mardanov asked:

I've got the impression that the book is already written and you are just trying to publish it, is that right? Or do you have a lot of writing work to? Anyway, looking forward to reading it!

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Yes the book is finished and more or less ready to go.

Franz Arbogast
Franz Arbogast asked:

How many pages will the book roughly have?

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Around 380 I have been told. It is about 90k words, so somewhere between The Hobbit and Nineteen Eighty-Four. If that helps.

Aesthetic Grotesque
Aesthetic Grotesque asked:

Hello, Good Sir!
I am a big fan of your animation works and music and very determined to support this project.

One friend of mine has heard about this project, but he is being a little hesitant about spending his money on it as he already has planned to spend spare cash on pc upgrade(not worth it, he can do this anytime later as I know).
Could you tell me a little more about this book? Is it be big or short? Does it have illustrations? I want to convince him to support this project, cuz there is an option for two-edition, so we both can save on shipping a little. And more importantly he loves your works too.

p.s. I'm going to fund this project anyway, I'm very glad to know you decided to write a book, and I can't wait to read it. I'll understand if you have to keep all details on your work in secret until it's released.

p.s.s.
guy who's suggested to narrate audiobook with your voice has the point
I don't know if you have other ideas about this, but your voice fits perfect in my opinion

p.s.s.s
Sorry for my amateur English :)

Regards.

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Thanks for your questions.

It is an average size book, you could possibly read the whole thing in a day, though I would take longer myself. There are no illustrations unfortunately. Your friend is welcome to wait and see what other people say about the book before buying it, if they are unsure.

Diamond Flamer
Diamond Flamer asked:

How "mature" is the intended audience for this book? Can I read it with my 10yr old who does OK with stuff like Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman?

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

I guess it would very much depend on the 10 year old. As far as adult material goes it is very mild. They might find some technical parts a little hard to follow, but might enjoy it anyway. It would probably be best to read it yourself first and see if you think it is appropriate.

Nylon Conroy
Nylon Conroy asked:

Will the book contain illustrations?

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

No. Part of me wishes that it did, but another part of me wants to let people use their imaginations.

Ørnulv Bjertnes
Ørnulv Bjertnes asked:

Aprox. when will shipping start?
Ps. Looking forward to reading the book.
Pps. Amazing and unlike YouTube videos. Keep up the good work.

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Thanks, glad you like my stuff. According to the info on this site the publishing process can take several months after funding has completed, so I can't say for sure when it would ship. I'd make sure to keep everyone updated though.

Laura Valentini
Laura Valentini asked:

I'm looking forward to read this trippy but somehow cute book.
If you are considering to do an audiobook version, please accept a little bit of help from this Italian fella. Yes, you will hear a really strong Roman accent, but it would surely enrich the trippy experience in all its entirety LOL. Just kidding, obv.
Anyway, you're doing great, and I'm sure you book would be the greatest trip in my entire life.

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Thanks for the offer!

Alexis Maes
Alexis Maes asked:

Is there a plan to release gifs/videos that'll follow the story's narrative? I love your visual weirdness !

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Cheers! I haven't planned to, but it would be interesting to try and animate some of the more surreal scenes in the story

Trey Kiser
Trey Kiser asked:

Do you have any estimate on how long it'll take to ship once funded? I only ask since I am living where I am currently for a few months longer, and as someone who's been watching your stuff since at least '08, I want to make sure I get a signed copy from you!

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

According to the unbound website the process of making the book can take several months, so you might need to give them your new address at some point.

Timmo Warner
Timmo Warner asked:

I am very interested in getting a copy of Horse Destroys the Universe, but not as much as a paperback.

Is there any chance of creating a hardcover tier?

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

There aren't any plans for a hard cover version, sorry

William Leduc
William Leduc asked:

How crazy an animation movie would be amazing about this book ?!

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

It would certainly be interesting to see.

Alyssa Da Costa
Alyssa Da Costa asked:

Hey Cyriak! I had a couple of questions about the book.
Do you know the rough dimensions of the physical copy? I was wondering since I ordered the paperback and was thinking of making a cover/protector thing for it. I didn't know if I could start planning the construction now.
Also, will there be cover art? And if so, are you going to design it?
Thanks!

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

The book will be "B format" which is 129mm by 198mm. I'm not sure how long the process of publishing will take but you probably have plenty of time yet.

I will be creating some cover art for it. There is also a pledge incentive to get a print of the artwork. I haven't started working on it yet, but I have to wait til I discuss it with the publisher in case they have any specific requirements.

Simon Dalzell
Simon Dalzell asked:

I know others asked about shipping times, but what about the digital versions? Any idea when the ebooks will get sent out?

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

I've no idea, I'd assume that both would be released simultaneously, which would mean digital versions would arrive sooner than physical copies, but I'll probably know more about that when we are further into the whole process

Stefano Gaivota
Stefano Gaivota asked:

Have you optioned the film rights yet?
Besides yourself, who would be your first choice to:
* Write the screenplay?
* Direct the film?
* Compose the score?
* Play the role of Buttercup?

Really looking forward to reading the story.
Best regards,
Stef.

Cyriak Harris
Cyriak Harris replied:

Cheers. I think I'll wait for this egg to hatch before counting any chickens.

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