Week 16 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Kneel Downe

The wolf-spliced detective Kurt Lobo is one of the most popular characters in the VirulentBlurb universe. Harking back to the pulp noir detectives of the 1940’s and 50’s, Detective Lobo is Mike Hammer with a hairy hide. His gruff, cynical humour is now an instantly recognisable voice in the darkness of the City’s neon splashed night. Pack Mentality is the last of the four-part Virulent ChapBook set and it ventures onto the gritty streets of the City itself, gathering three short stories – one each from Lobo, his younger brother Lyca and a short report from his police partner Officer Geldof – alongside a taste of something yet to come that will have fans howling for more.

Kneel Downe was born in 1967 and raised in the middle of the countryside and silence where he immersed himself in books and fantasy. After trying several writing styles, Kneel began tweeting short fragments of fiction. A meeting with his idol, Jeff Noon, made Kneel realise that these short bursts could make up a whole universe of fiction and so the VirulentBlurb projects began.

New entries – Eliza Cunningham by John Newton (no.2) and Hard Rain by Tony Hoagland (No.6).

Leading publisher –Holllyridge Press (2 entries).


1 (6) Pack Mentality – Kneel Downe (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 11 April 2017)

2 (-) Eliza Cunningham – John Newton (Curiosmith, 29 Sept. 2016)

3 (2) Mystical Musings – Jeffrey Gilbert (Independently published, 2 April 2017)

4 (4) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

5 (5) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

6 (-) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005

7 (1) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

8 (3) The sufferings of W. G. Being a sorrowful account of his seven years transportationWeaver. William Green (The British Library, 18 Mar. 2010)

9 (8) Still Life With Cat Th. Hurdlebrink (Now, Voyager Chapbooks, 23 Mar. 2017)

10 (9) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)


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