New Novel! ‘Hear Us Fade’

Entertaining and provocative black comedy presents a haunting view of the near future in a single day.

My latest novel, Hear Us Fade, is available worldwide from Betimes Books.

It’s June 16, 2029, and California is ravaged by fires, droughts, floods, political paralysis, and civil unrest. Two anti-capital punishment activists, Rex Nightly and Urban McChen, have kidnapped the Governor of California in order to gently torture him into issuing a stay of execution for the serial killer and alleged cannibal, Billy the Goat. But the Governor accidentally dies, and his body has to be hidden in the closet of Rex’s luxury penthouse.

Meanwhile, Rex’s wife, California Lieutenant Governor Sofina Nightly, hatches an ambitious plan to reestablish order and save the state. Smart, powerful, and blissfully unaware that the former governor lies dead in her closet, Sofina agrees to meet the Attorney General in her penthouse that same day.

But not before Billy the Goat, jailhouse meditator and reformed vegetarian, escapes just minutes before his imminent demise. This gentle soul is looking for love, inebriation, and clemency, and thinks he knows just the place to find them.

Set against a backdrop of climatic catastrophe and technological evolution, replete with zombie-obsessed retail clerks, itinerant surfers, and sex animates, Hear Us Fade is the entertaining, moving and thought-provoking black comedy that presents a haunting view of the near future in a single day.

Is a happy ending possible for them and for us?

Click to purchase Hear Us Fade!

A Dramatic Reading of my Award-Winning Short Story

A performance of ‘Apple Pink and Cherry Blossom White.’

Thanks so much to the San Diego Public Library and Write out Loud.

And as always, my novel is available here: The Last Island

Why I Write

Why I Write
Looking Out

I write because I am a prisoner.

I write because there exists, beyond the walls of my preconceptions and just outside the barriers of my inventiveness, another story.

It’s not wholly personal or cultural or factual. It’s not religious or utopian. Nor is it political. It’s all of these things, or some, or none of them. It’s unknown, untold; it’s novel.

I write to discover that new story – the one that will set me free.

My novel is available here: The Last Island