My name is Zack Wentz. I currently live in San Diego, California, but was born, raised, and nearly killed in/by Oregon.
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nerve, Fiction International, Black Clock, Golden Handcuffs Review, Opium, In Posse, Pindeldyboz, Mad Hatter’s Review, Swink, Word Riot, elimae, and elsewhere. My novel The Garbageman and the Prostitute was published by Chiasmus Press (and is, apparently, out of print, and going for an idiomatic arm and a leg). I'm currently shopping a novel, getting into a new one, and completing a collection of short fiction.
In addition to that, I'm working on a comic book with one friend, and helping another with a pilot for a sci-fi children’s program (no kidding). I am also a founding member of the ongoing musical projects Kill Me Tomorrow and the Dabbers.
And I also have a few jobs. Have to have.
I've long suspected that it might be some kind of illness.
Oh God . . . Sturgeon, Nabokov, Beckett, Cervantes, Bioy-Casares, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Kafka, Chandler, Thomas (Dylan), Wells, Celine, Grass, Proust, Dostoevsky, Bernhard, O' Brien, Bierce, Crane, Cela, Rabelais, O' Neill, Robbe-Grillet, Melville, Jeffers, Dickens, Abe, Smith (Cordwainer), Twain, Pound, O'Connor, Elkin, Brown (Fredric), Petronius, McCarthy, Fante, Hemmingway (mixed), Vonnegut, Waugh, Hamsun, Olson, Disch, Alfau, Tevis, Mathews, Vance, Huysmans, Marquez, Hammett, Borges, Malzberg, Stevens (Wallace), Bowles (Paul), Barthelme (Donald), Joyce, Jackson (Shirley), Tanizaki, Paley, Leiber, Gogol, Lem, Lafferty, Coover, Berrigan, Tolstoy, Welty, Tate, Yourgrau (adult stuff), Dick (PK), Apuleius, Thompson (Jim), Fowles, Bayley, Kawabata, Gorki, Pinter, Kosinski (whoever wrote him; still more interesting than some more recent literary frauds come to light), Bester, Dahl (adult stuff), Edson, Wolfe (Gene), Smith (Stevie), Silverberg, Brautigan, Antunes, Berryman, Merritt, Finney (Charles L.), Bradbury, Calvino, Collier (John), Woolrich, Barth, Strindberg, Burgess, Delillo, Ellroy, Millhauser, Saki, Cendrars, Mishima, Pohl, Tiptree Jr. (aka Alice Sheldon), Ballard, Spark, Tutuola, Pynchon, Kornbluth, Walser, Priest, Stein, van Vogt, Coney, Gombrowicz . . . there's really almost no end to this (I may well be more book than man, at this point). Relatively newer folks: Erickson, Vollmann, Wallace, Wright, Ohle, Dixon, Cooper, Johnson, Lish, Moody, Lutz, Powell (Padget), Marcus, Aylett, Williams (Diane), Evenson, Mathews, Derby, Lipsyte . . .
THE HEARING TRUMPET by Leonara Carrington is probably about as good as it gets, really, but if I somehow had the power to force everybody to read at least one novel, it would probably be Miller's A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ (for many reasons).
Dixon's interstate and garbage arried yesterday. Fired up to jump in. Thanks for the recs. David
hey Zack, thanks for the words on my mississippi story and the author recs as well. never heard of dj breece pancake before, but he has an interesting enough name to make me check him out.
Thank you very much, D.P. The honor, and pleasure, is mine.
I just hope there's a support group plan brewing for the folks who lose jobs, families, minds, etc. as a result of becoming hopelessly addicted to this site.
Check in a few months. I might well need one;}
We're honored to have you with us.
dude, you're getting me all fired up over here. thanks for the faves. shit like that makes me think how easily i can be corrupted. seriously, thanks, and i invited you to my little workshoppy (invite-only) group...so that you can post drafts of stories without having some editors consider them "published" (as some editors on here have said they will do once fictionaut goes public). david
Hi, Zack, thanks so much for the kind words about my story. Been meaning to check out Dixon's INTERSTATE and will now do so quicker. Nice to be in touch and look fwd to reading your piece. D
Hi Zack! Will you be at &NOW? Didn't see your name on the program. I'll be performing and showing a video on the 14th.
It's like a big, funky spider web! I can't wait to read you here.