Location local locale
Occupation self-employed/self-unemployed
Website http://n/a

About Me

A mere provincial, I began flash fiction late in 2007: work appeared first @ Delicious Demon (archives closed), then @ Language Is a Virus (archives closed). 2010 and 2011: appeared @ Gone Lawn Journal/Gone Lawn Excavation Project and @ Metazen (archives closed) and as of December 2011 here @ Fictionaut. February 2012: @ Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. March 2015: @ The Miscreant. June 2020: @ Literati Magazine. March 2021: return to Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. January 2022: @ The Earth Journal. September 2022: @ The Bookends Review. March 2023: @ Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

Took to verse unaccountably in Spring 2016. October 2020: @ Chiron Review. November 2020: Pushcart nomination for "Bruegel days, nights by Bosch" courtesy of Amantine B. and Literati Magazine.

Why do you write?

Flannery O'Connor answered as well as any: "Because I'm good at it." Naturally, I don't write as well as Cousin Flannery, but that's her fault, not mine. While she mastered the short story to get the ordeal of writing over as promptly as possible, flash and verse offer even more immediate relief.

Mottos and maxims:

"The text, the text, the text."
"Once a writer, always an editor."
"poetry is steak: / in the center always rare, / even served well-done."
"Applied technology giveth and applied technology taketh away: blessed be the name of applied technology."
--Oh, and: "A 'strannikov' a day keeps anomalocaridids at bay." (This constitutes my enduring promise to my readers: if you read one tale or set of verse by strannikov each day, you need never fear being attacked, assailed, or assaulted by any anomalocaridid.)

Any favorite authors? Books?

Authors: Homer. Juvenal. Lucian. Dante. Villon. Machiavelli. Marlowe. Burton. Vico. Swift. Poe. Gogol. Dostoevsky. Maupassant. Twain. Bierce. Saki. Akutagawa. Čapek. Bulgakov. Kharms. Faulkner. O'Connor. Simenon. Ionesco.

Books: in addition to those represented by the folks above, some recent reads and re-reads: Karel Čapek/Apocryphal Tales (Comrada, tr.); Felix Feneon/Novels in Three Lines (Sante, tr.); Paul Feyerabend/Farewell to Reason; Gilbert Highet/The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature; Elizabeth Sewell/The Field of Nonsense.

strannikov's Wall

Ray Nessly – Mar 10, 2017

Thank you, Edward, for your kind support of "Digging a Hole to the China Sea" and "Marcel Unchained".

Barry Friesen – Sep 24, 2013

Kind of you to see my silly piece as worth stealing. Grazi!

Reva Zerkalo – Dec 04, 2012

Добрый вечер, г-н Странный. Я недавно "здесь"... собираюсь читать и быть читаемый. Eamon Byrne - мой товарищ на этом сайте, великолепный писатель но все ждут, чтобы он читал.



Christine Daffe – Sep 04, 2012

Bonjour! Thanks for your comment on "Etienne's Voice". And thanks for the encouragement and for the friendly post on my wall.

Matthew Robinson – Sep 02, 2012

you'll dig Calvino. Check out Jorge Luis Borges, too, if you haven't.

Lucinda Kempe – Jun 11, 2012


Just read "A Book to Read the Lights By". LOVE that. How droll and smart and utterly original.

Lucinda Kempe – Jun 11, 2012

Hey s, thank you for finding my rat tale and commenting on it. Much appreciated. Also saw a piece of yours at Metazen. Glad to see you around!

Christopher Allen – Jan 04, 2012

Hey! Glad to see you here. Going back to bed now with a throbbing jaw, but I'll come back later to read.

Robert Vaughan – Dec 18, 2011

Welcome, Edward!

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