The Crazed Racist Rants of Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey has a long history of misogynist rants against women. Some of which have been documented widely online. Slate and others have called him out for his public outbursts against women. Slate in particular said:

After [Hugh Howey] took to his blog and Goodreads to bash one woman he met at last year’s WorldCon, the publishing blogosphere may not have much goodwill left.

The result: fierce backlash from readers and publishers alike over his portrayal of an unnamed female convention attendee, whom he calls “the batshit craziest broad at all of Worldcon.” The rant gets more disturbing from there, devolving into a “fantasy” of grabbing his crotch and telling her, “Suck it, bitch.”

As Hugh Howey tried to back pedal against a huge backlash and outright anger, our friend, a Publishers Weekly employee named Rose Fox saw right through Howey’s bullshit apology. She said:

What he gets wrong: completely missing that this isn’t about the words “bitch” and “broad” but about vast and deep offensive.

Read more about Howey’s misogynist rantings.

In the original posting to his blog, which was later removed due to public outrage and backlash, Hugh Howey tore apart “the bitch from worldcon” whose apparent crime was she didn’t know who Hugh Howey was. Misogyny aside, the posting also revealed Hugh Howey’s sense of entitlement and self-importance.

Slate and everyone else who read “the bitch from worldcon” posting got the sense Howey had deep resentment of women and other deep, possibly psychological issues related to self-identity.

A main point of his outrage was this: How could “anyone” not know who “Hugh Howey” was. It’s not something he said openly, but it was there throughout. It’s also one of the rare times Hugh Howey’s true self made a public appearance along with his galaxy-sized ego.

As when his long history of fraud was outed publicly in this blog by Zon Alert members, Hugh Howey quickly found a way to spin the backlash and get others to go after anyone who dared mention “the bitch from worldcon” posting or any of his other strange rants against women.

Howey immediately claimed he was being bullied. He pleaded publicly for anyone and everyone to help stop his bullies on his blog, on sites like Stop The Goodreads Bullies and anywhere else he could gather support. He begged family, friends, readers, others to write reviews of his books, to keep writing reviews of his books for as long as possible, because his bullies were supposedly writing hateful reviews of his books.

All this should sound familiar to readers of this blog. It’s what Hugh Howey did when we outed him for his fakery.
As before, our extensive research found no credible evidence that anyone ever wrote any hateful reviews of Hugh Howey books because of these incidents or any other. The supposed hateful reviews didn’t exist, or perhaps they only existed in Howey’s broken psyche.

After careful investigation, several of our bloggers were left wondering if the whole thing wasn’t another elaborate publicity stunt by master con artist, Hugh Howey. Our investigation did turn up a pattern of misogynistic behavior and general rants against women. It also lead us to The Misogynist Rantings of Hugh Howey where we found a blogger who connected us with a former Howey co-worker.

The former Howey co-worker had many interesting things to say about Howey’s sometimes lewd and often inappropriate workplace behavior, about Howey’s attitudes toward certain groups, women, non-whites and Jewish people in particular. None of what was said was flattering.

Howey often spent his time at work writing instead of working, leaving co-workers to fill in.
Howey often made offhanded, raunchy comments about women and particular female body parts.
Howey seemed to very much dislike certain types of people, non-whites specifically.

There were lots of inappropriate jokes made by Howey, especially about large women and non-white people.
As far as Howey’s romanticized self-story goes, especially about his supposed yacht captain days, the former co-worker said much of this stretched the truth so far as to be laughable. Howey painted his life through rose-colored glasses so readers would like him. No other reason.

In closing, we’d like to say the integrity of this blog is important to us, as is the quality of our in depth research into these important issues. We publish no reports or commentary without first verifying primary sources and second seeking credible confirmation from additional sources. However, the extreme nature of Hugh Howey’s racist, bigoted comments left us conflicted over whether we should repeat them verbatim in this blog. After lengthy consideration, we decided we did not want to repeat such hurtful, hate-filled rants in this blog.

Amazon and Others Purge Thousands of Fake Hugh Howey Ratings and Reviews

We’re pleased that Amazon and other sites have taken action, purging thousands of fake ratings and reviews from Hugh Howey’s books over the past few months. These purges do not go far enough, however. Hugh Howey has perpetrated a massive fraud. A fraud that is likely the largest in the history of publishing. A fraud is so massive and elaborate Hugh Howey makes “A Million Little Pieces” author James Frey look like a beloved saint.

As our reporting of Howey’s fraud grew traction, we noticed many of these early fake accounts began to quietly disappear. 387 disappeared over a two-month period in fact, largely we suspect due to Hugh Howey himself deleting the fake accounts to cover his tracks. To date, nearly a thousand such accounts have quietly disappeared in all. The more recent purges seem to be due to sites like Amazon identifying the fraud we’ve pointed out and taking action. Google Hugh Howey Fraud Zon Alert to see others who have joined our efforts to expose this fraudster.

The fact is Hugh Howey defrauded people the world over. His multilevel scams and schemes go back to his earliest works of Zombie fiction, most of which have been pulled from Amazon and other stores in recent months. Fortunately, Zon Alert researched, analyzed and catalogued every review of those works before Hugh Howey was able to completely cover his tracks.

Based on our analysis, every review of those early works was created using fake accounts. Fake accounts set up for the sole purpose of promoting Hugh Howey. Not only did the fake accounts write multiple reviews of Hugh Howey’s self-published works, they also mentioned Hugh Howey in other reviews they wrote, in Listmania lists, in So You’d Like to guides and on customer discussion forums.

It was from those reviews that we, along with the Amazon insider on our team, were able to track and identify hundreds of similar fake accounts used by Hugh Howey to promote his self-published works and act as his own fan club.

During a period of time from early 2009 to mid 2012, Hugh Howey created fake accounts daily until he had amassed thousands of accounts. To date, Zon Alert has identified over 3,500 accounts created during this time period and used to promote Hugh Howey. Not just at Amazon or Goodreads but at sites across the net. If there is a site where people talk about books Hugh Howey and his fake accounts were there to talk up his books.

These accounts numbering in the thousands pre-date any actual or legitimate following of Wool and yet they were all talking up and promoting Hugh Howey. Point of fact:
Wool 1 was published July 30, 2011
Wool 2 was published Nov 30, 2011
Wool 3 was published Dec 4, 2011
Wool 4 was published Dec 25, 2011
Wool 5 was published Jan 14, 2012
Wool Omnibus was published Jan 25, 2012

And yet fake accounts were talking up Hugh Howey from early 2011 on and the numbers grew until they encompassed nearly all of the fake accounts Hugh Howey set up by December 2011.

The scale of the fraud suggests Hugh Howey didn’t act alone and likely enlisted his wife and others in the scheme. In analyzing the writing styles used, there seems to be a few regular tropes like the teen who doesn’t use proper grammar, the soccer mom whose kids loved it too, the bibliophile who supposedly reads a hundred books a year but has never read anything so great. Underneath the standard tropes though what’s being said is clearly orchestrated, organized and planned. Often it’s the same message, just with slightly different wording, even when what are supposedly a few different people are espousing the virtues of Howey.

Something else we encountered but didn’t understand until recently was how Howey’s fake accounts were used to attack other authors. At first we thought this was just something that happened randomly but as we tracked the accounts and the attacks a larger pattern emerged.

A pattern of reinforcing his self-manufactured negativity was the most involving. Certain accounts were used to write bad reviews of the authors’ books. Others were used to reinforce the negativity. They added negative comments or discussions that were in turn voted up or reinforced by yet more Hugh Howey accounts.

A standard treatment was to use his multiple accounts to write reviews complaining about bad grammar, spelling mistakes and such about how poorly written a book was. Next, he’d use other accounts to make comments or discussions thanking the unhappy reviewers for saving them from buying the book.

Essentially, it was open season on any author who could possibly be considered a Howey competitor and just as often any author Howey seemed to dislike for whatever reason.

It’s time this fraud ended. Google Hugh Howey Fraud Zon Alert and send the results to sites where Hugh Howey continues to operative his scams and schemes.