Me and The Monkey

Well there’s this talking monkey who won me in a game of Othello in a coffee shop in Amsterdam. He came back to Cornwall with me and has become a prolific reader and dabbler in magic. He also has past life flash backs – the most prominent of which are the Nam special forces ones. We have partially deceased girlfriends who apparently eat dead bodies. The Monkey created a sort of black hole in the spare bedroom and now we have a team of nerds investigating it and trying to stop ‘things’ coming out of it. A bunch of Oriental hit men who appear to believe he is a god attempted to steal The Monkey’s magic lolly pop sticks, but he managed to blow them up in their caravan. We are off to Cambodia in search of a temple from which came a monkey faced pendant with glowing eyes and we seem to have upset an international cabal who are out to get us. Oh, and did I mention that The Monkey likes a cigar and we regularly get very drunk on Jack Daniels…

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The Monkey on my back… 
Why Me and The Monkey you ask? Well, I had always been fascinated by the way, as humans, we have different aspects of ourselves that come to the fore depending upon the circumstances. The monkey brain is that part of us which takes over when we feel threatened or insulted and is always that part of us which causes those bad decisions. The monkey brain seeks instant gratification, regardless of what that might be, and is often on show late at night when the pubs close and shirtless men square up to each other in the street over some imagined insult, or women (not usually shirtless) shout abuse and pull hair over the attention or lack of, of a prospective mate. So, The Monkey is that part of all of us that we would rather deny. I just made him a physical entity with all the uncontrolled madness that entails, but I didn’t want The Monkey to remain just crazy as that can get boring very quickly, I wanted The Monkey to evolve. And so, The Monkey becomes self-aware as the story progresses and he discovers more about himself, his past, and the world in which he finds himself. This applies equally to the long-suffering narrator, the ‘Me’ of Me and The Monkey who finds himself, not totally unwillingly, along for the ride.

Because I wrote the book originally in a blog format the first the posts were of a random comedic nature that fitted in with whatever popped into my mind or was happening in the world, so when it was Christmas they did Christmas type things, but after a while I realised that a sort of narrative was beginning to form beyond that and that I would have to give that narrative some consideration if I was going to be able to find something interesting to write about (yes, I really did begin this with no plan!). As the weeks progressed, I began to develop a plot and supporting characters along with a back story for or heroes, and then I would find myself mentioning something in the story that required research to pad it out and the plot really began to thicken and get more bizarre, along with the Google searches (must remember to leave instructions in my will for my search history to be deleted!). I drew more and more upon situations I have been in and people I have known and their experiences (that might seem kind of worrying when you read the blogs but the Vietnam section particularly I owe in large part to a friend and martial arts master who served in the war in Vietnam), along with the vast amount of reading material I have in my library, that sounds very grand but there is at least one full bookcase in every room of the house. I also wove in world mythology, the occult, global conspiracy, good and bad TV and movies, music, games, drink, drugs, guns, and Cornwall where I live. Into this mix I then introduced an alternative world history that begins to leak out as the story progresses.

When I finished writing I decided to put all the posts into one document as they had all been written individually, and it was at that point that I realised I had a books worth of words – good or bad – and so I self-published and sold a few copies. Then I just forgot about it… Until a global pandemic left me with a huge amount of time on my hands (the live events industry in which I work was the first to close and will be the last to open when we finally get back to some normality), and after a reread I decided it was time for a rewrite and to try and get Me and The Monkey published. The lovely people at Bad Press Ink took me and on and it was decided to release the book as a series of blog posts as it had originally been put out (ah, the joys of episodic writing), and then the physical book launch, but this time with illustrations! It is great seeing my twisted thoughts coming to life in picture form and I think they complete volume one of the chronicles rather nicely!

The Monkey would approve…


Author Bio –

Andy Darby, would-be Viking, and lover of the bizarre. Mission – infest the world with his strange creations. He is the author of Me and The Monkey.

Son of a WW2 Commando, growing up in 1970s Birmingham, as a teenager Andy became a fan of heavy metal, fronting several metal bands over the years. His passion for martial arts also began in the 70s and has continued to the present. Competing as a bodybuilder and playing American Football for the Birmingham Bulls took up much of his 20s.

Following a mixed career involving working in a jewellery factory, spraying cars, and office work, he finally managed to follow his other passion, art, and began a career as a designer. A marketing department honed his skills, and he became aware of the world of designing for live events, joining a small production company, and eventually becoming creative director of their larger parent company. Moving to Cornwall he decided it was time to go freelance setting up his own business focusing on motion graphic design.

In the late 1990s he began to get the urge to write and his laptop drive is littered with the unformed creations that have popped into his head. Me and The Monkey is his first novel, coming to life as an experiment in having the discipline to write something every day during a period when he was travelling extensively for work. The story was written during train journeys, flights, backstage at events, 2am in hotel rooms, even during stops at motorway service stations, and was often written on his phone or iPad.

Andy lives on the north coast of Cornwall with his artist wife, teenage daughter, cat, two ponies, and constantly growing library. He still secretly thinks he could be a big wave surfer regardless of what reality tells him.


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