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About Hairy Eyeballs Press

"Hairy Eyeballs" is the title of one of the short stories I've written for the book, Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 1. When I built the site for the book, the book hadn't been titled yet, and the best story title I had at the time was "Hairy Eyeballs." So it kind of stuck.

It also sounded like a cool name for a twisted little publishing company, so I stole it and ran.

The logo

I wanted the logo for the house to be hand-drawn, and the one I came up with was a doodle I played with while on breaks at my day job. (As an aside, I have a really cool day job, but I'm not sure if they would like me to give them a shout-out in public on a site that uses the words "hairy" and "eyeballs" in the same breath. So we'll leave that for another time.)

Extreme greenie

Lightning SourceProbably the thing that gets me aggravated the most is when people willingly destroy the environment, so the one thing I decided to strive for with Hairy Eyeballs Press was to be as sustainable as I possibly could.

The printer who will be taking care of the books here is Lightning Source and their environmentally-friendly print-on-demand model. They have received Chain of Custody certifications by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™). Here are some frequently asked questions about their Chain of Custody certifications.

Lightning Source also supports compliance with the Lacey Act, a conservation law prohibiting illegally sourced wildlife, fish and plants, including paper and paper products. Here is Lightning Source's statement about their supporting the act.

What's next?

I already have a head start on Twisted: Tales to Rot Your Brain Vol. 2 from a number of stories that were edited from the first volume, so that will be in the works after printing, marketing and promotional efforts for Vol. 1 can stand on their own.

In a slightly different direction, I would like to publish a full-color book of Rots® paintings and drawings. Maybe a full-page Rotty character followed by the story of how it came to be one.

I've also written a short story that I would like to finish as a graphic novel/illustrated text hybrid. The story itself is finished (except for ongoing editing, of course)—along with only a couple of the images, so this idea has a long way to go before completion.