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Darin Bradley

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Darin is the author of three novels--Noise (2010), Chimpanzee (2014), and Totem (2015)--and co-editor of the literary fringe journal Bahamut. With a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Literature and Theory, he works as an acquisitions and production editor at Resurrection House, having previously spent a number of years teaching writing and literature at several universities. He has also worked as the principal video game writer at id Software and has served in various editorial and design capacities for a number of independent presses and journals. He lives in Texas with his wife, where he dreams of empty places.


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Never compare your writing to what you read by your favorite authors. Those books have been developed, revised, and polished by an entire team of publishing professionals. You're one writer on your own; the important thing is to write honestly, and the rest will take care of itself.(less)
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The big secret behind dystopias—books, movies, video games—is that we, the writers, are cheating. Dystopias are easy—the number one rule behind Your Very Own Dystopia is to keep it simple: dystopias don’t usually arise because people are jerks; they arise because somebody, somewhere thinks he or she has the best idea how to improve the world for everyone else....

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Lyrical and explorative and deftly plotted. One of the best books I've read in years. Highly recommended.
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I quite enjoyed this one. The bizarre elements were fresh and captivating, and I appreciated the well-rounded anonymity of the characters. Some readers may complain that not all elements were sufficiently wrapped up, but I especially appreciated this ...more
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Chimpanzee by Darin Bradley
“It is the spaces we must be concerned with. With clearing them out. Because of the contexts within them. With less context reacting us, we might all be safer. More efficient. I stare at the building across the road, and I wonder about its presence. Its residential spaces. Its malice.”
Darin Bradley
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“I tried to convince myself once, when I was a teenager, that I felt God. Alone in the sanctuary, accompanying my mom on an evening errand to the church. I stared at the ceiling and drew deep breath as quickly as I could. I told our youth minister in his ball cap that I had felt Him. That I was blessed.

But in the end, it was only the wind and the rain, making noise in the darkness.”
Darin Bradley, Noise

“The problem with romance is the occlusion. The tunnel vision, drawing your every gaze downstream, into those other eyes, the flotsam of your better self, your clearer self, along for the ride. It doesn't matter what secrets swirl and bob in the waters beneath you, as you float toward that lady at Delphi, who, you imagined, reading Mythology, must have been beautiful. It doesn't matter that Charybdis, with no body, with no form, with only a mouth-as-being, couldn't have been evil, because she lacked the brain for it. It doesn't matter that following the logical course of events, the natural course, always disadvantages someone else, because love, after all, is simply a competition for resources, made infinitely complex and unknowable when squared and cubed and raised to every other emotional exponent - and then layered with sex and society and a bad memory for what those resources were in the first place.”
Darin Bradley, Noise

“We were most amused by destroying what we'd taken.”
Darin Bradley, Noise

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“It is the spaces we must be concerned with. With clearing them out. Because of the contexts within them. With less context reacting us, we might all be safer. More efficient. I stare at the building across the road, and I wonder about its presence. Its residential spaces. Its malice.”
Darin Bradley, Chimpanzee




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