Ad Astra

March 13th, 2014 by Darin

10003921_423120527833823_1132495396_n Now that the proper authorities have all been informed, I’m very happy to announce that I’ve accepted a full-time position as an editor at Resurrection House. I’ll be helping out with the usual: acquisitions, editing, production, marketing–you name it. Having done varieties of these jobs for different independent presses and journals over the years, I’m happy to finally bundle them all under one job description. Indeed–my dream job description.

Mark, the publisher, and I are long-time friends, and we’ve collaborated on a number of zany projects down in the creative trenches. I’ve been so thrilled by my own reception as a novelist at Resurrection House, that when the opportunity arose to revisit that experience upon other writers, I just couldn’t say no.

I’ve enjoyed my time in the video game world at id Software, and I’ll certainly miss my friends there. I’m know, however, that they’ll continue the good fight without me. I can’t wait for the rest of you to see what’s forthcoming from the studio.

Now, ad astra!

Free Fiction: Sweet Water

July 11th, 2013 by Darin

Here’s a gem that I’ve been holding onto for a long time. If you enjoyed Noise, you might enjoy this magical realist look at a resource-based religion engineering a dark, exploitative, and uncomfortably familiar society…

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An Eagle Scout Returns His Medal

July 20th, 2012 by Darin

Martin Cizmar, Eagle Scout, has returned his medal to the B.S.A. in protest over discriminatory practices toward homosexuality.

Update: So has Kelsey Timmerman.

Pirate Radio in Guatemala

April 24th, 2012 by Darin

For all those Noise fans who particularly loved the radio, broadcast, and narrow-band TV business, Boing Boing has a great link to indigenous Mayan communities using pirate radio.


Writing for id

February 1st, 2012 by Darin

Now that it’s official, I can let you know that I’ve accepted a position as the full-time writer for id software—the revolutionary outfit behind classics like Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and others.


Lois Tilton’s Best Short Fiction of 2011

December 20th, 2011 by Darin

Over at Locus, Lois Tilton has posted her picks for the best short fiction of 2011. I’m quite pleased to see that my story “∞°”—which appeared in Electric Velocipede #21/22—has made the list.

You can read the story for free, courtesy of EV.

The 1670 AM Interview, Released

September 14th, 2011 by Darin

In February of this year, I had the privilege of being interviewed at 1670 AM, an independent, underground AM radio station here in Denton. The experience was fascinating and entertaining, if not a bit drunken—as all such interviews should be I think. I am finally able to share the full thing with you, wherein I discuss Noise, the apocalypse, and writerly identity. The entire thing is about an hour and ten minutes long, and there are a few f-bombs, so you may not want to play it at full volume at work, but therein lies anything you might ever have wanted to know about the novel, Denton/Slade, and how I write.

1670 AM Interview


interview photos

“The Cause Of Riots And The Price of Food”

September 6th, 2011 by Darin

Via Technology Review.

'If we don't reverse the current trend in food prices, we've got until August 2013 before social unrest sweeps the planet, say complexity theorists.'

“Ann VanderMeer on No Longer Editing Weird Tales”

August 23rd, 2011 by Darin

Due to (what seems to me) somewhat befuddling publisher motivations, Ann VanderMeer will no longer be editing Weird Tales. The magazine is a repository of a long tradition of weird, strange, speculative fiction, and its new seemingly theme-based, self-interested incarnation strikes me as a blemish on the literary heritage WT represents. I admire Ann’s work, and I’m disappointed to read this news.

Authors Anonymous

June 10th, 2011 by Darin

Fig. 1: The promotional poster for the five-year-anniversary showing of my feature-length documentary, AUTHORS ANONYMOUS: THE STORY OF THE PORCH

About six or seven years ago, several years before I sold Noise and transitioned most of my creative efforts into my writing, I had aspirations of a filmic variety. A group of other like-minded grad students and ne’er-do-wells and I formed a production team called Black Marmot: we made a few short films, started and abandoned some feature-film ideas, and generally messed around with our equipment. Near the end of the Black Marmot days, a friend of mine started a literary magazine here in Denton called The Porch. He recruited his own band of merry men and supported the endeavor by putting on music shows at our favorite watering hole, Dan’s Silver Leaf. Those Porch evenings are still things of legend here in town (mostly among us older townies)—the combination of live music, live readings, alcohol, and ambition was a unique stimulant.

Like all things, sadly, The Porch went the way of local history; however, its story exists on video, for I spent about six months filming Porch meetings, production appointments, live shows, backyard BBQs, etc.—all leading up to the successful release of the first issue. A little over five years ago, we premiered this recording, an 80-minute documentary that I titled Authors Anonymous: The Story of the Porch, at Dan’s (which was only fitting). Because I never intended to make money off of the project, I burned about twelve copies of the dvd and passed them around, with instructions for the recipients to burn as many copies as they liked as long as no one ever tried to sell one. It worked. People burned copies, the thing proliferated, and the story went into the subcultural underground, only to emerge now and then when complete strangers in our artsy university-town would recognize some of the players from the documentary.

I’m still proud of the documentary. Sure, it isn’t professionally produced (especially the audio levels), but I did it on my own, with only one camera and minimal audio equipment. It took me over 2,000 hours to edit and produce to completion, and I think it tells a familiar story about young ambition and the tough lessons of the creative endeavor—albeit, in a purely Denton way. So, if you’re in the D/FW area, you’re welcome to join us at old Dan’s, to see a bit of the creative history in this wildly creative town.

Because I don’t know a good way to stream an 80-minute video over the web (I’m not giving you guys that much of my bandwidth, sorry), I can’t give you the whole thing, but if you’d like a taste, here’s a link to the original trailer.

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