Ever hear of Alan Moore? He's known for creating the comics "Watchmen" and "V Is For Vendetta". Well, he just wrote his second novel, entitled "Jerusalem". You're either yawning about now, or you're psyched because you love his comics. I have a fun reason for mentioning this guy.
"Jerusalem" runs to more than 1 million words.
Wow! We're talking doorstop here. Cinderblock. Lethal weapon. To put it in perspective, The Bible is about 770,000 words long. "Varney the Vampire" is about 667,000 pages. "Atlas Shrugged" comes in at 645,000 words (I always knew Ayn Rand was long-winded.)."War and Peace" is approximately 560,000 words long. Moore said this about "Jerusalem" in 2011: "Any editor worth their salt would tell me to cut two-thirds of this book but that's not going to happen. I doubt that Herman Melville had an editor – if he had, that editor would have told him to get rid of all that boring stuff about whaling: 'Cut to the chase, Herman'."
He doubts people will even be able to pick it up.
I've written one of those tomes. My erotic romance novel "Don't Call Me Baby", and it's published by Naughty Nights Press. It's not nearly as long as 1 million words, but coming in at 180,000 words, it's pretty hefty. That's nearly 400 pages. I don't go as far as giving detailed descriptions of whaling, but I do give some very detailed and erotic descriptions of sex. After all, this is a contemporary romance novel. Here's my blurb:
It's 1983 in Maryland and Catherine Stone is sex on wheels. She plays the field the way men have done for aeons. Not content to strive for her MRS. degree like so many young women her age, she seduces men of all stripes. Does she meet her match in a new man who introduces her to sexual bliss she had never before experienced? When she tries multiple partners and bondage for the first time as a submissive, she believes she's found the sexual bliss she is looking for – and with a man who not only introduces her to the fineries in life but also cares about her like no man ever has before. DON'T CALL ME 'BABY' is a fast-paced, quick-witted, and sexy novel about a young woman exploring her sexuality and the cultural morés she collides with on a daily basis.
Are you tired of paying good money for books you think are too short? "Don't Call Me Baby" is coming out in print soon, so you'll have a chance to have your own copy of a fun, sexy, and big book. Keep an eye on my Facebook page and my web site for updates.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the longest book in the world is "Artamene ou le Grand Cyrus" by Georges and/or Madeleine de Scudery. Published in the mid 1600s.
The book is 2,100,00 words long.
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