I grew up in an industrial pocket of Nutley, a middling New Jersey suburb next door to down dirty Newark. Most of my friends and family were hard workers, veterans. Others were bikers, cops, boxing promoters, jailbirds, soldiers, builders, boozers, bartenders, truckers, musicians, hairdressers and hash-slingers. They told the best stories, and I try to honor them in my own.
I train in mixed martial arts and strongman training in my spare time.
I write unflinching fiction with heart. Dennis Lehane said the social novel is now in the genre of crime fiction, and I agree. What I write is often categorized as noir, crime fiction, or urban fiction. I write about the kinds of people I know from the industrial neighborhoods of New Jersey eking their way into suburbia.
I also write humor, mostly satire, fueled by the absurdity of intelligent monkeys trying to run a planet.
Andrew Vachss: Down in the Zero; Shella
Tana French: Faithful Place; In the Woods
Sam Lipsyte: The Ask
John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces
Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
James Joyce: Ulysses; Dubliners
Lawrence Block: All the Flowers Are Dying; When the Sacred Ginmill Closes
Chuck Bukowski: Pulp
JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
Peter Beagle: The Last Unicorn
Jonathan Lethem: Gun, With Occasional Music; Motherless Brooklyn
Christopher Moore: Lamb
Right now? Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policeman's Union
Thank you [belatedly] for the lovely comment and fave on 'Creature in the coal' - glad you enjoyed it!
no, not snarky AT ALL! that was never taken by me, only support, you are very supportive! And i loved what you said.
Thomas, thanks for commenting on my poem. I love noir so I'll be back to check out more of your work. I even have a poem here called film noir. take care. JMS
Mr. Pluck - thank you kindly for your nice words for my piece "Throwing Back"! I really think the story got tighter because of the support it got here and some small edits I was able to make because of the support. What you said made me happy about hungry for more. I thank you very much.
Thank you for sharing your rejection letter about your penis with us here. At this time, we do not reject rejection letters... however, sorry to say, we also do not publish them.
I am afraid that puts you in limbo. Please be aware the 99% of the penises who share their rejection stories with us are also in limbo.
I hope your atoms are well. You seem to have very nice ones.
yours, the editor.
Thomas, very much appreciated your digging "In the Woods" out of the woods.
Thomas: Thank you for your response to "The Lost Boy," but you deserve even more thanks for your own generosity. Thank you.
Glad you enjoyed my story about the science teacher. Thanks for the comment and the read.
Tom I'm glad you feel "kid" did the job it was intended to do. Bravo (a) to you and Fiona!!
Hi Thomas, I posted a poem, today to support your project called Bombs Keep Falling.!it's here on Fictionaut, and I'd love to have your feedback.
Thank you for the comment on 'Annie MacLeod' and your generosity with the project. Both are much appreciated!
The thanks go to you for posting the challenge and inspiring me to write Lettie in the Ozarks, which is actually part of something longer, a kind of reworking of The Grapes of Wrath from the pov of young children--though I realize it is a rather outrageous project! Grapes and Winter's Bone are two of my all-time favorite books.
Thank you for commenting on 'Shoot first' and making such helpful suggestions - the sites are duly bookmarked, and shall be submitted to soon. Please excuse the delay in my replying to you here, we're all ill and it's not been much fun! Thanks again, Gill
Hey, Thomas, I really appreciate the read and your comments on "Sisters." Thanks for the fav, too!
Hi Thomas: Thanks for taking the time to seek out "A Letter from Your Sisters." I appreciate your comments. Looking forward to reading more of your powerful flashes and stories.
Well, fancy seeing you here :) Thanks for reading and liking The Escapists. Your comment made me smile. Cheers!
Glad you liked the biker vignet, some of them are such sexy beasts!
Hi Thomas! Thanks so much for commenting on my latest and for making it a favorite. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the fave, Thomas!
And you should write a rebuttal letter in response to my zombie rights one. Do it!!
Tommy, I think you and I are the only people enjoying this Adonkalypse thing. Taffy and I thank you for the fave :)
Hey, Thomas. I'm glad you like "Men Are Beasts." Thanks.
Thanks for the Rat Hunter. And I gotta say - If those books are real I'll be reading them.
thomas: thanks for the comments re: "burrito porn"! ya think i oughta end it w/ some patricide and the foreign legion, eh? HMM...sounds pretty classy to me! maybe i could also squeeze in a monster battle. i'm thinking: FLYING SQUID vs ULTRA TURBO DEATH TOASTER. good times!
Tommy-bo-bommy: I really appreciate your comments on "Valentine." I agree with you, and will edit this bitch. You are rocketsauce awesome.
Thomas, thanks so much for the note on "Dorothy's Parker House Rolls." I'm reading your stuff and liking it. The line I LOVE, though, is "We're a thousand monkeys, I'm the one with the typewriter." Wish I'd said that.
Thank you, Thomas!
Hi Thomas, thanks for your fun comments on "Tami Miami." I appreciate them!
Hi Thomas, thanks for reading & commenting on Snowdick. Much appreciated!
Thomas, thank you for your comment on "Punk Rock Girls"--does it lessen my cred to know it was a Violent Femmes show?
Also, thanks for the same on "Jambalaya." Much appreciated!
Thomas, thanks for reading and commenting on "1910, What I Wanted"!
Hey Thomas, thanks for reading and faving my Boy piece. It is a looooong work in progress. Thank you, thank you. HM
Thomas, thanks ever so much for your generous comment and fave on "1967, The things they wanted."
Wow, thank you for your comment on "1991." I know of WCW's work, and that is just an amazing comment. Thank you.
A stand up comedian who reads Ulysses? Cool!
Welcome to Fictionaut, Thomas! 'Bout time!
Hey, who let you in? Please wipe your feet; I just vacuumed.
Here you are! Welcome!