[[caption-width-right:165:[[MeaningfulName Published by one "Travis Tea". What does that tell you?]][[note]]Also, [[ArtisticLicenseGeography palms and an ocean sunset in Atlanta]]? Really?[[/note]]]]

->''"The world is full of bad books written by amateurs. But why settle for the merely regrettable? ''Atlanta Nights'' is [[StylisticSuck a bad book written by experts]]."''\\
--'''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Nielsen_Hayden Teresa Nielsen Hayden]]''', book critic, editor for Tor Books, and one of the authors

Once upon a time, authorities of [=PublishAmerica=], a print-on-demand publishing company based in Frederick, Maryland, distributed [[http://web.archive.org/web/20031217113119/http://www.authorsmarket.net/experts.htm a pair]] [[http://web.archive.org/web/20031212115034/http://www.authorsmarket.net/youreyes.htm of articles]] on their [=AuthorsMarket=] website containing derogatory comments [[SciFiGhetto about the science fiction and fantasy genres]]. This was perhaps unwise, with the company already having to contend with accusations of VanityPublishing despite protests to the contrary (such as claiming to filter out the majority of the 70 manuscripts they receive every day). Naturally, authors from both genres didn't take it well.

Thus, led by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_D._Macdonald James D. Macdonald]], a group of sci-fi and fantasy authors decided to retaliate (as well as test [=PublishAmerica's=] claims) by producing the most unreadable, incomprehensible trainwreck of a book they could conceive, all under the collective name of "[[PunnyName Travis Tea]]". They would create it, submit it, and see how [=PublishAmerica=] would react. ''Atlanta Nights'' is that book, and guess what? Come December 7, 2004, [=PublishAmerica=] ''did'' take the bait. At least until the authors revealed the hoax on January 23, 2005, after which PA ''very'' quickly retracted their offer after "further review" the next day.

As for the book itself, well, it's a [[RandomEventsPlot plotless, rambling pile of nonsense]], riddled with inconsistencies and typos. It focuses on a group of wealthy, good-looking UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} socialites who sleep around with each other. Buried underneath it all is a vague storyline: software developer Bruce Lucent accidentally kills businessman Henry Archer in a car collision, and promptly tries to make up for it by courting Callie, Henry's widow, while Detective Andrew Venice attempts to determine whether there's a foul play. Beyond that, however, virtually nothing about the plot can be determined that is consistent from one chapter to the next, due to the staggering number of internal inconsistencies in the plot.

A DramaticReading can be accessed right [[http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BAFF14D77F09FFD1&search_query=atlanta+nights here]], or you can download the actual manuscript right [[ftp://ftp.sff.net/pub/people/doylemacdonald/sting/StingManuscript.rtf here]].

And on February 12, 2011, Brenda Clough, one of the authors, [[http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.composition/msg/6052e00a94e6e223 announced]] that some lucky person has [[TheFilmOfTheBook optioned the film rights]]. All we can say of this film is that, if it is created, it will [[DamnedByFaintPraise exist]].

Compare ''Naked Came The Stranger'', a novel written under similar circumstances--specifically, that SexSells, even if the remainder is a rambling pile of nonsense contributed by multiple authors--and ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' and ''FanFic/MyImmortal'', which are of similar quality but much less parodic intent.

!!This deliberate trainwreck provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Bruce's mother. Or maybe she's a long-lost fashion designer. See PlotHole.
* AllJustADream: For exactly one chapter toward the end. And then it isn't anymore.
* AnachronicOrder: This, combined with the constant continuity errors, makes for a (deliberately) very confusing read.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: As with everything associated with this book, it's surely intentional.
** The cover of the Lulu paperback edition alone drives the point home by depicting palm trees and a beach -- so totally alien a scenery from a city hundreds of miles inland.
** Also, when Irene recalls her vacation with Henry...
--->"He took me to Rome where we stood in the light of the Eiffel Tower."
* BackFromTheDead: Rory Edwards, with no explanation. At first, the reader might think that this is just the AnachronicOrder at work, but then, there is absolutely no way that this chapter is set before the one where he died. Just to make things even more ridiculous, he dies ''again'' in his final appearance. Whether he actually survived the first attack or is just another of the novel's deliberate goof-ups is unclear.
* TheBeautifulElite
* BiTheWay: Stephen Suffern, and apparently Rory Edwards. And toward the end, Irene and Yvonne reveal that they've experimented a bit, too.
* BishieSparkle: Henry had one, according to Irene.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Callie Archer is mentioned as being Bruce Lucent's younger sister in chapter 22, but is his new wife in every other chapter.
* ChristmasCake: Yvonne Perrin and Callie Archer. They both also have elements of MrsRobinson.
** LikesOlderWomen: Bruce gets married to Callie. She's in her forties and he's eighteen.
* ComfortingTheWidow: Bruce's romance with Callie.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment
** Chapters 4 and 17 are the same thing, word for word. There are also ''two'' chapter 12s, though they have different contents. The second chapter 12 and the only chapter fifteen also contain similar content, and were written from the same outline by two different writers.
** Also, because none of the authors knew where in the story their chapter would go, the same sketchy character descriptions are repeated ''ad nauseam''.
* DramaticReading
* EveryCarIsAPinto
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins[=/=]MisplacedWildlife: Apparently, penguins are vicious, burrowing predators that live in the Sahara and howl at the moon.
* FoodPorn
* {{Grammar}}: Subverted.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Penelope Urbain
* HomoeroticSubtext
** Callie and Yvonne. To the great dismay of the [[DramaticReading Dramatic Reader]], however, they never consummate it.
** Steven Suffern exits Bruce Lucent's hospital room thinking about Bruce's "nice, tight ass".
* HowDoIUsedTense: At least one passage, in Chapter 10, switches from past tense to present tense and immediately back again. ''Several times.''
* HypocriticalHumor: One character notes that in bad novels set in Atlanta, everything is named after a peach tree. This book is as guilty of that as you can get. To be fair, this isn't that far from the truth.
* IKEAErotica: At times. Sometimes it's PurpleProse, DependingOnTheWriter.
* ImaginaryFriend: Either that, or it's Henry's ghost.
* ImprobableAge: Bruce is a millionaire software developer at ''eighteen''.
* KillerRabbit: See the penguins, above.
* KudzuPlot: It's hard to tie threads when there's a different writer for each chapter, and the authors have no idea what's happening beyond a sketchy outline.
* LampshadeHanging: Penelope thinks to herself that she looks like the heroine of a tawdry romance novel.
* LargeHam: The Dramatic Readings.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}
-->"The waitress jotted down Isadore's order, then looked at Isaac with the patience of a saint who has to work tables in order to support a family and possibly just a writing habits, not to mention, pay bills and federal taxes."
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Yvonne and Isaac get it on under the table at a wedding reception.
* TheMistress: Irene Stevens to Henry Archer.
* MostWritersAreHuman: Averted by Chapter 34, which was written by a computer program.
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: Margaret Eastman
* {{Oireland}}: In the DramaticReading, Callie talks like this.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Richard Isaacs, Isaac Stevens and Steven Suffern. And as if to demonstrate why this trope exists, the novel gets these three characters mixed up several times.
* OutWithABang: Rory Edwards.
* PlotHole: Every few sentences.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Henry's death is what sets the whole plot in motion... assuming it ever has.
* ThePornomancer: The entire cast.
* PosthumousCharacter: Henry Archer
* PoliceAreUseless: Venice gets dick-all done.
* PunnyName: The book was published under the name "Travis Tea".
* PurpleProse: DependingOnTheWriter
** BeigeProse
--->"They had wild sex."
* QuoteMine: One of the blurbs suggest this:
-->"...this... book... makes... for... wondrous... reading..."
* RaceLift: In one chapter, Bruce and Callie are black and speak in JiveTurkey, and Bruce is trying to [[ChangelingFantasy find his long-lost mother]]. In every other chapter, they're white (Callie's pale skin is explicitly brought up on several occasions), and this subplot is never heard from again. Bruce is also Asian briefly.
** GenderFlip: Isadore Trent is a woman in one chapter, but a man everywhere else. Presumably, his original character sketch didn't specify and one of the writers was unaware that 'Isadore' is normally a male name. This gets what may be a LampshadeHanging later when he is described as "gender-confused".
* RailEnthusiast: Henry Archer, if only for one chapter.
* RandomEventsPlot: The entire book was written with only a vague idea of the plot and a list of character names available to the authors (see "OneSteveLimit" and "SignificantMonogram" for the significance of the latter). Each author, in turn, wrote their chapters ''without ever discussing it with each other''. Some authors missed the deadline, so those chapters were left out. Two chapters were written from the same piece of outline. Then, to make sure it would ''never'' make any sense, one chapter was created entirely by a computer making randomly-constructed sentences.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin
* RoundRobin
* SaidBookism
* SelfMadeOrphan: Irene Stevens kills her father toward the end.
* SerialKiller: Henry Archer, with Irene sharing in the MadLove. But only in one chapter. And then it's never mentioned again.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: InUniverse. Andrew Venice and Margaret Eastman, who up to that point had never appeared in the same chapter, elope in Chapter 36. In the final chapter, Richard Isaacs contemplates suicide over his unrequited love for Margaret, to whom he has never spoken in the entire novel.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Every couple.
* SignificantMonogram: If you take all the named characters' initials and arrange them properly, they spell out a TakeThat.
** '''''P'''''enelope '''''U'''''rbain + '''''B'''''ruce '''''L'''''ucent + '''''I'''''rene '''''S'''''tevens + '''''H'''''enry '''''A'''''rcher + '''''M'''''argaret '''''E'''''astman + '''''R'''''ichard '''''I'''''saacs + '''''C'''''allie '''''A'''''rcher + '''''I'''''saac '''''S'''''tevens + '''''A'''''ndrew '''''V'''''enice + '''''A'''''rthur '''''N'''''ance + '''''I'''''sadore '''''T'''''rent + '''''Y'''''vonne '''''P'''''errin + '''''R'''''ory '''''E'''''dwards + '''''S'''''tephen '''''S'''''uffern = [[AC:[=PublishAmerica=] is a vanity press.]]
* SpitTake: Very common in the DramaticReading. Especially when the penguins are discussed.
* StealthInsult: This blurb:
-->"[ATLANTA NIGHTS will] draw readers like a magnet draws hungry flies!"
* StylisticSuck: Deliberately designed to be as grammar-deficient, incoherent and inconsistent as possible...
* TakeThat: ...as a subtle potshot against [=PublishAmerica=], accusing it of VanityPublishing.
* TriviallyObvious: Some of the blurbs.
-->"Maybe once in a lifetime, there comes a book with such extraordinary characters, thrilling plot twists, and uncanny insight, that it comes to embody its time. ATLANTA NIGHTS is a book."\\
"Only a sequel could follow this!"
* TrollFic
* {{Uninstallment}}: Chapter 21
* UnusualChapterNumbers: There are two Chapter 12s, and no Chapter 21.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma
-->"All dead guys are irregardless of how they lived their rotten, two-timing sadistic, pathetic, discombobulatedly senseless, irreligious, unthinking, flakes, debauched, foulmouthed, obnoxious, deviant, gross, adulterous, murderous, gluttonous, alcoholic, lazy, indolent, filthy, grotesquely indecent, lunatic, lives", "She preened. He turned away with me! Quickly! Inside!"\\
"It's full of sick, people!"
* WordSaladLyrics: Chapter 34 was generated entirely by computer, namely the [[http://www.critters.org/bonsai/ Bonsai Story Generator]], which was used on the contents of the other (wetware-spawned) chapters.
-->"''I know I was hungry, and impelling him lying naked. She slowly made for a man could join you I know what I ought to take you probably should have. He wants it worriedly. About think what to wear?''"