Steampunk icon Professor Elemental's orangutan butler inspires Stortford man's debut novella
A Bishop's Stortford man has published his debut novella after entering an online competition run by steampunk icon Professor Elemental.
Former photographer and journalist Michael Boyton was inspired after responding to the award-winning hip hop and chap hop musician’s request for pictures of his orangutan butler Geoffrey in different periods of time as part of the build-up to the launch of his latest album, Apequest.
The Rye Street resident said: “I read the Professor’s post on social media and came up with the idea of creating a series of images of Geoffrey travelling back through time. Each had a little story attached to it.”
After submitting three of the pictures, the Professor emailed to say how much he was enjoying them, to which Michael responded that there was a whole story in his head and offered to write it.
The result is his first book, Saving Primate Geoffrey, a madcap sci-fi adventure that sees Geoffrey hurtling through time and space as he is chased by Cornelius Caruthers of the International ChronoForce.
The novel, which features an introduction by Professor Elemental and cover art designed by artist and illustrator Ben McCaffrey, was officially launched at Michael’s local pub, the Wheatsheaf, in Northgate End.
Michael said: “It’s a splendid story of time travel, adventure, betrayal, drinking tea and eating cake. It’s a lot of fun and suitable for most ages.”
He added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the book launch and making it such an amazing success.”
* Priced £5, Saving Primate Geoffrey is available to buy from www.professorelemental.com, with profits going to fund The Professor’s next album.