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Modern Mythology is a metafiction novel comprised for four parts: modern mythology, a sequel of sorts to Goethe's Faust in the form of poetic screenplay. Small Wood Volumes, a horror tinged bildungsroman set in a small town on the Oregon coast. The Earthman Chronicles, a science fiction jaunt through 1940s Pasadena by way of suburban sprawl, L. Ron Hubbard, Jack Parsons and many more. #, prose and poetry dealing with brain damaged souls, the death of education as an institution, artificial life, and creeping madness. The texts can stand alone or together as a whole.

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  114. 114. Small Wood Volumes 89 Small Wood Volumes by Dickens Nathaniel Dean Author’s Note: Curiously enough, I’ve never been a writer. I am a computerscientist at a local university who found this notebook left in a copy shopVHYHUDO HDUV EDFN DQG ORVW WUDFN RI LW :KDW¶V FXULRXV DERXW P ¿QG LV WKDWit was written in an old notebook I’d half-started and lost at some dinerZKLOH P IDWKHU PRYHG XV FURVV FRXQWU DQG ZDV ODWHU ¿QLVKHG E VRPHRQHelse. What are the odds, huh?
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