Fiction and Other Works

My fiction and other creative work includes microfiction, music reviews, graphic art, short stories and novels. More to be added soon…

Books

The Macedonia Deception (ebook 11/27/2018)

When a CIA/MI6 coup plot blows up amidst the resurrection of a century-old Balkan secret organization, tiny Macedonia becomes a hotbed of intrigue, assassinations, and deep politics. The competing confusion of interests interweaves disparate histories and contemporary dramas.

The Macedonia Deception on Kindle

The Macedonia Deception on Kobo

The outcome of four years of work, The Macedonia Deception is a ferociously satirical yet poignant and gripping tale that, while indeed reflecting to some extent events of 2015-2017, is a completely fictional story.

You can read more about the plot details on this page. Now that it has been out for over a year in digital form, has the time come for it to appear in print and thus become more available to the masses? The year 2020 may answer this question.

 

Third Emperor: Written way back in 2000, this is a very literary novella. It was my favorite book then, and it is my favorite one now. High time, therefore, to share it with readers. This is a book that fans of Laurence Sterne, Flann O’Brien and Jorge Luis Borges, among others, will appreciate.

As of late 2019, I have ‘finally’ sent this out to a publisher I dearly hope will publish it, so if you want to send some good vibes my way through cyberspace, that would be very much appreciated.

In just 40,000 words, the book tells the surreal story of a future that has become the past, of a lost intellectual heritage, of a near-miraculous miniature book, of a labyrinth in which a furtive scholar plots to trap the dim-witted, bombastic emperor… and seize power for himself.

The novella’s mercurial narrator, self-admittedly not omnipotent and treating text as a physical object to be reordered at will, plots a course leading in circles. The book is ruled firmly by the near fanaticism of grammar, and flashes critical questions about language and time. And hey, there’s even a princess.

Short stories & Graphic Art: my fictional output runs from conventional narrative tales to design-driven features illustrating conceptual themes. Here are some representative examples.

 

Some Notes on the Inflection of Lobster (The Pedestal Magazine)

Published in 2014 in an American magazine of poetry, but written in early 2000 in Crete prior to the creation of Third Emperor, this is a story of linguistic inquiry, told through the sleight-of-hand format of an academic paper written several hundred years in the future- a time when common English has been replaced, at least among a certain intellectual following, by something deemed ‘New Poetic English’ (NPE). Distracting further from any possibility of understanding is the admission that the article (that is, the story) is actually a translation of a foreign scholar.

Writing this story gave me an opportunity to address certain issues pertaining to linguistics, philosophy of language, and grammar in a less pedantic way than would be found in academia.

Depending on your own personal relationship with grammar, this story may entertain, shock, surprise, confound or otherwise dismay you. All I can say is please do enjoy the reading experience.

Read The Pedestal‘s official website version of Some Notes on the Inflection of Lobster here.

Read the original (footnote format) from 2000 here.

Read more about the origins of the story on my website in a previously published item on this page.

 

  Poem Brut #45 – Questionnaire for National Security (3:AM Magazine)

Originally published in 2017 in the British online literary journal 3:AM Magazine (which has as its slogan ‘whatever it is, we’re against it’), this satirical graphic art story makes serious points about the uselessness of bureaucratic forms.

The full title of the story is ‘Amanda Gets Wasted, Fills Out a Form, and BAM- Here’s Your Next Lucky Winner.’ The premise being (obviously enough) that an inebriated college student fills out a government TSC job form, attracting the attention of a random supervisor in human resources.

In an earnest yet satirical tone, Amanda explains her travels abroad (can you discover the literary characters and places hidden within?) and faux apologizes to the imagined future Chinese government hacker who will doubtless end up owning her data someday (a reference to the infamous Office of Personnel Management hack a few years ago).

By the graphic creation of a (physically) multi-layered textual object superimposed with at least three levels of conversation – not to mention the underlying dialogue between the official form questions and dutiful, yet increasingly absurd responses – the entire surreal nature of the entire exercise of such ‘clearances’ becomes undeniably apparent.

 

 Reconstructing John Scotus (The Galway Review)

Published in December of 2017, this lyrical microfiction memoir pays homage to an Irish medieval philosopher, a gray plush dog named in his honor, and the Irish city from which he came. Four enigmatic theological propositions are stipulated between the allusive, not-exactly-stream-of-consciousness language that tells a story of a relationship, a distant city, and concludes with an observation as gnomic as the theology of the general story. Read Reconstructing John Scotus here.

Other stories I have published include several super-microfiction pieces for the Greek literary outfit, 121 Words. The point of the exercise being… yes, to write a coherent story in exactly 121 words.

Some examples of these include:

Unbound, a story about perception and time, work and days.

Excerpt from the Works of Brother Efthymios, a story about magic, belief and the result of failure to imagine.

Prelude to Radio Silence, a story about fate.

Myriokephalon, a story about history and war and how gratitude has been shown to the vanquished.

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