No 4097

You were asked to choose two novelists who write in different genres (eg, Zane Grey and Isaac Asimov) and let us have examples of a work from these co-authors.

This week's winners
You certainly had fun with this. In case you hadn't twigged, the two below chose Dan Brown/Anthony Burgess and Joseph Conrad/ Raymond Chandler. £25 to the winners, with Andrew Elwell also getting the Tesco vouchers . . .

A Clockwork Code
Chapter 132
As Langdon admired the bolshy Temple of Ludwig Van, he thought it was really esoteric.

This really big building is really esoteric.

He had to decipher the code that lay dormant somewhere inside the ancient temple before his droog, being held captive by the secretive baddiwad man, snuffed it.

What does the cryptic code mean?

He entered through the mystical doorway into this House of Bog.

Chapter 133
Inside it was real horrorshow; adorned with sacred statues of naked devotchkas and paintings of holy iconography.

Langdon looked around for clues, eventually spotting a mysterious sign above the altar.


Suddenly he understood, it was so simple; an anagram!

Cutter. The bezoomy malchick wants a ransom! Andrew Elwell

Darkness Is My Business
The smog lay thick and heavy over LA, lending it the aspect of a remote, inhospitable world wrought with fathomless, prehistoric mysteries and brute, atrocious passions unrestrained by the sobering palliative of a human civilisation. I killed a butt and woke the engine. Dr Kurtz's house was in Sepulveda Canyon, blushing tile under a cute canopy roof. The dragon at reception bared her canines and jerked her thumb at Kurtz's door. The
doctor himself I found to be not altogether as foreseen. True, in the restless orbs that flickered inquiringly beneath a prodigiously domed brow, there dwelt the luminescence of an active scientific curiosity - but further, an unseen force emanated from him, portentous, virulent and annihilating, like the men's room of a greasy spoon.
GM Davis

The next challenge
No 4100 Set by Leonora Casement
We want "Which?" magazine-style reports on any new bodies, organisations or even countries of the late 20th/21st century, eg, the British Supreme Court, the Welsh Assembly, East Timor, etc.
Max 125 words by 29 October

This article first appeared in the 19 October 2009 issue of the New Statesman, The Strange Death of Labour England