Writer who stumbled into typesetting and the occasional cover wrap. Founder of King Shot Press, a micropublisher of radical literature. Currently in Portland, but also sometimes Athens and elsewhere.

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MAY 20 2021: Influence Tree

I got my start telling stories through drawing comics, mostly Marvel pastiches, then in trying to write them so I’d have something to work from. It was Resident Evil (the games, then the S.D. Perry books) that got me writing fan fiction, got me really interested in prose. I was a heavy reader from a young age, but I got a little more “serious” the more I was writing. What follows is a short and very incomplete list of books that were influences on me, past and present.
Antwerp, Roberto Bolaño
Doctor Brodie’s Report, Jorge Luis Borges
What Purpose Did I Serve In Your Life
, Marie Calloway
The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus
Dermaphoria, Craig Clevenger
Hopscotch, Julio Cortázar
American Tabloid, James Ellroy
The Sea Came in at Midnight, Steve Erickson
Black Cloud, Juliet Escoria
Radiant Dawn/Ravenous Dusk, Cody Goodfellow
The Collected Stories, Amy Hempel
A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James
Beirut, I Love You, Zena el Khalil
The Dark Half, Stephen King
The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
The Best of H.P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre
Hell House, Richard Matheson
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor
The Night Gardener, George Pelecanos
The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa
The No Hellos Diet, Sam Pink
V., Thomas Pynchon
Reverend America, Kris Saknussemm
A Lie of the Mind, Sam Shepard
The R’Lyeh Text, Robert Turner
Rising Up and Rising Down, William T. Vollmann
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
Witchita Stories, Troy James Weaver