Get The Pains

Almost everyone I know who is serious about the internet and has spent more than a few years working on web stuff has read John R. Sundman’s novel, Acts of the Apostles, your everyday story of bioengineering, Gulf War Syndrome, Trojan Horses, and millennium cultists. (If you haven’t yet read this classic underground thriller cum paranoid fantasy, do yourself a favor; it’s pretty great.)

Now Sundman has come out with a new book, The Pains, with illustrations by Cheeseburger Brown. Sundman’s third novel owes its genesis to a single sentence written in his online diary: “I woke up this morning with a pain in my body that felt like it might be a soul gone bad.” Through a process that makes sense to writers, that sentence turned into this book:

The Pains is a story of faith in a world that appears to be falling apart. It tells the story of Norman Lux, a 24-year-old novitiate in a religious order, who becomes afflicted with something akin to stigmata.

The complete text and illustrations are on, freely available for download under a creative commons license. Sundman is now taking orders for the soon-to-be-printed book. You can order by PayPal/credit card or by check.

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9 thoughts on “Get The Pains

  1. Dear Jeffrey,

    Hey, thanks for the shout out! Johnny and I are pleased as punch for every little bit of hooplah we can get for this project. Johnny’s warped mind is a very interesting place to tarry!

    Cheeseburger Brown

  2. Hey, thanks for the heads-up. I enjoyed Acts despite the fact that it desperately needed an edit, and I look forward to the new one.

  3. “Almost everyone I know who is serious about the internet…”

    Ooops, not me! But I´ve read yours, does that counts?! ;=)

    Thanks for all your great work!

  4. Jeffrey,

    Thanks! What kind things you say about my little-ole books.

    Erin: “edit” has many meanings — copy edit, line edit, developmental edit, etc– so I cannot be sure which sense you mean when you say the book needed an edit. Certainly, however, the first printing of Acts is filled with an embarrassingly large number of minor typos & similar. The book was “rushed” into print (after 4 years gestation) & did not get a final proofread.

    However, I did clean up the source, and the PDF version of the book on has several hundred corrections. If I ever do a second printing — and that’s looking likely, actually — the text will be much cleaner.

    But just think, maybe someday your 1st edition of Acts, warts and all, will be worth a mint on Ebay, sort of how imperfect stamps are worth so much more to philatelists than boring old error-free stamps.

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