Claiming T-Mo

Coming 8.13.19! Available for Preorder

In this lush interplanetary tale, an immortal priest flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. The act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe: named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father. The story unfolds through the eyes of these three distinctive women: Silhouette, Salem and Myra - mother, wife, and daughter. As they struggle to confront their fears and navigate the treacherous paths to love and accept T-Mo/Odysseus and themselves, the darkness in Odysseus urges them to unbearable choices that threaten their very existence.

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About the Book

Recent Press & Endorsements

  • Publishers Weekly – “Bacon explores a four-generation alien family saga in this gleeful, wacky debut.” – Full Review
  • NB Magazine (5 stars) – “[Bacon’s] eloquent, elegant and lyrical prose gripped me from the very first sentence of this immensely passionate, moving and thought-provoking story … [an] amazing, magical book.” – Full Review
  • NB Magazine – “Eugen Bacon Meets Linda Hepworth” – Interview
  • Weekend Notes – “Nothing is off limits in Claiming T-Mo with a literary eloquence and decadence, which transports the mundane into the magical, suspending time and place into a kaleidoscopic universe.” – Full Review
  • Eric J. Guignard (award-winning author and editor, including That Which Grows Wild and A World of Horror)
    – “Claiming T-Mo is more than a novel—it is a life force, a beautiful and heartfelt sentience that speaks to you in equal parts charm, thrill, and wonder. Eugen Bacon is an emerging force in literary and genre circles alike, and quite simply her work is highly recommended.”
  • Kaaron Warren (award-winning author of Tide of Stone and The Grief Hole) – “Lush, hypnotic and absorbing. Bacon speaks in a language all her own, transporting us to an original, surreal, very real invented world.”
  • Keith Rosson (award-winning author of The Mercy of the Tide and Smoke City) – “Bacon’s sentences are endlessly full of these nimble, assured, madly inventive leaps. Her work is striking; I’ve never read anything like it.”
  • J.S. Breukelaar (author of Aletheia, American Monster, and Collision) – “Bacon scrambles and codifies and defamiliarises with a deft hand, bringing characters to vivid life and evoking worlds within worlds. Singing plants and sons severed from their best selves by bad intent; blue-haired aliens, murderous laws, and mothers who hide in the shadows—lyrical and mesmerising.”
  • Seb Doubinsky (author of the City-States Cycle) – “With Claiming T-Mo, Eugen Bacon has written an unforgettable saga of power, curse and hope, as lived by three generations of exceptional women. Magical, violent, enthralling, it is a book that shines with its own specific aura, a somber and beautiful unique object, designed by a truly splendid writer. A must.”
  • Julian Novitz (novelist, shortlisted Commonwealth Short Story prize 2014) – “A highly imaginative and well written novel with some highly evocative scenes and well realised characters, it uses the conventions of its genre to explore sophisticated themes.”
  • Nike Sulway (author,winner Queensland Premier’s Literary Award 2000) – “The voice is particular and energetic: by far the strongest element of the work. The sentences have a bridling, writhing energy that, at its best, carries the reader forward at a blistering pace. The style is reminiscent of Toni Morrison, particularly in works like The Bluest Eye, where she experiments with non-standard English, but is far more playful. The combination of voice infused with the playful energy of a form of Standard Black English, combined with a story of quests and magic produces a unique work.”
  • Michael Pryor (author of Gap Year in Ghost Town and the Laws of Magic series) – “Prose with a rhythm that sets it apart. Come for the music, stay for the story.”
  • Prof. Kevin Brophy (poet, novelist, short fiction writer and essayist, joint winner Calibre prize 2009) – “It is not easy to make a work of fiction keep to its genre boundaries and still be an original work. Eugen Bacon’s novel is ambitious and skillful enough to pull this off. This is a novel with several types of magic in it, the magic of beautiful prose, the magic we expect of these characters, and a magically large heart within the telling.”
  • George Green (author) – “Worlds are described, like those from Calvino’s Imaginary Cities, held up for the reader to admire, and then disappear to invite extrapolation . . . There is magic and magical powers, all described with a delight which is convincing and controlled. There is also realism, of a sort; places where the concerns and actions of the characters are similar to our own . . . The world described here is strange and yet familiar; more importantly, the worlds are fully imagined and fully realised. We are placed into it confidently and with assurance, and allowed to make our own way.”
  • Dominique Hecq (award-winning poet, novelist, short story writer) – “The first thing that strikes me about the novel is how efficiently the mood is set, and how effectively it draws the reader in by way of identification at a deep level. Striking are how efficiently the plot is set in motion and how effectively the cast of characters are drawn in the story. The use of language—the breadth of vocabulary and the attention to detail are absolutely engrossing.”
  • Prof. Oz Hardwick (award-winning poet and author of Learning to Have Lost and The Lithium Codex) – “Claiming T-Mo takes the reader on a breathless journey through kaleidoscopic worlds which, on looking closer, resemble the mythic veins and sinews of our own, pulsing with unalloyed vitality. Within this visceral, shimmering universe, beautifully drawn characters spin their intersecting tales in language that bristles with visionary exuberance. And throughout looms the presence—and absence—of the mercurial and mysterious T-Mo, who alone holds the answers to questions that lie too deep to be asked. As playful as it is thought-provoking, this is a work of dizzying originality and profound humanity.”
  • Emmet O’Cuana (author of comic Faraway) – “Claiming T-Mo is a story of generations of women striving for fulfillment, but caught in webs of passion, magic and stardust. Eugen Bacon embraces the strange and estranged in this unanticipated contemporary trickster myth.”
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About the Author
Eugen M. Bacon

Eugen Bacon is a computer scientist mentally re-engineered into creative writing. She has published over 100 short stories and articles, together with anthologies. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards, including the Bridport Prize, L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, Copyright Agency Prize and Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards. Her creative work has appeared in literary and speculative fiction publications worldwide, including Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, and through Routledge in New Writing. Creative nonfiction book – Palgrave MacMillan (2019)