Acid Novelist to Give Away Collection of Short Stories
Author of Wisdom's Maw distributes short story collection freely over the Internet.
Vancouver, Canada, February 05, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Todd Brendan Fahey, author of the novel Wisdom's
Maw [Far Gone Books, 1996]--surrounding the CIA's LSD experiments, known as Project
MK-ULTRA--has opted to disperse his collection of black satire, "Dogshit Park & other atrocities," freely
over the Internet.
"Satire hasn't been in vogue in literature--well, probably ever," cracks Fahey, in an interview with Mondo
2000 founder R. U. Sirius. "It is a cast of mind, and which often feels like a curse. Joseph Heller did it
right with Catch-22; Vonnegut lived on it; William S. Burroughs was it. And of course, Hunter. And
they're all gone."
The collection--which includes interviews Fahey conducted with Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary and
aborted fragments--was born of a troubled marriage, the strain of becoming a university English
professor, despite intense stage fright, and copious quantities of LSD, which, he admits, "had to that point
fueled nearly all of my fiction and creative nonfiction."
The core stories were constructed in four months, at the turn of 1993, as Fahey says, "in a white heat,
basically smashed on acid." They center, as does all satire, on social discontent--marital dispute,
workplace monotony, avarice and lust, and with a heavy emphasis on Dogshit Park: "A haven," as he tells
it, "for winos and druggies, in the rich, white student ghetto of Isla Vista," on the fringes of affluent
UC-Santa Barbara campus, where Fahey spent his first two years of university.
Three of the stories involve the titular locale. Others morph fragments of the author's adult past--his
introductory teaching stint in Salt Lake City, Utah; a rocky tenure as a doctoral Teaching Fellow at
University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and a special fixation with Amsterdam.
Having run the rounds of the New York literary regime and "the world of agents," Fahey says: "No way
was 'a publisher' going to take this b