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Gary Kuyper began his professional literary career writing self-help and general interest articles for Daan Retief Publishers who produced a monthly book for their woman’s club called Woman’s Forum. These articles would sometimes require research and had titles as diverse as The Human Brain and Body Painting!
Being a professional photographer on a part-time basis Gary has also managed to have his articles on photography (With accompanying photographs) published in books and magazines. He has also done some free-lance photography and photojournalism projects for numerous local newspapers.
Over the past four years he has constantly managed to be one of the top finalists in the Nova Short Story Competition (A competition for budding writers of science fiction and/or fantasy).
Last year (2009) Gary had the pleasure of seeing The Devil's Little Tadpoles grace the pages of the local SF & Fantasy Fanzine Probe.
He is an avid film buff and amateur film maker. A few years ago I managed to take first prize in the SA Ten Best Film Makers Competition with a short film entitled The Crimson Cobra - An action-packed martial arts / superhero movie using some of the very talented local artists.
He is a qualified prosthetics make-up artist and has used this talent on both amateur and professional productions. He has also appeared on television in a youth program especially made for enlightening people in the art of special effects make-up.
Gary has a rather excellent general knowledge being not only an avid writer but reader of any material that is able to stimulate him cerebrally.
He taught himself Adobe Photoshop and has become adapt and proficient enough at utilizing the software to such a degree that he has managed to sell a number of creations to various institutes and organizations. He is particularly fond of a logo designed for the Krazy Mug Coffee Shop and several covers that have graced the front of Probe.
Gary has a vast knowledge of music and has appeared on the local Television Music Quiz Show Note for Note where he was able to win a substantial amount of prize money.
In 2008 he entered the SF / Fantasy Mini Radio Play Competition and took first prize with his The Adventures of Captain Max Power of the Intergalactic Police - an obvious homage to the early Flash Gordon radio series’. A number of skilled professionals are now planning to produce Max to CD and have it aired on a local radio station (SAfm).
All his literary and photojournalistic accomplishments have been done on a part-time basis due to the fact that his full time career is lecturing mathematics as well as engineering science at a Technical College. Although this is a most fulfilling profession, it has long been Gary's ideal to become a full-time writer – especially of fantasy, science fiction and horror novels.
He has recently published his first full-length fantasy novel - The Chronicles of Baltrath: The DARK WIZARDS.
As a considerable amount of time and effort has been expended in building the world of Baltrath, Gary has begun work on a sequel to The Dark Wizards.
on March 30, 2011 :
I have finished Teddy Scare. Okay I have quite a lot to say (maybe not in words but in import) so are you sitting comfortably? Hold on to your chair or sit down if you are not sitting down. Take a deep breath. I feel I have to be very serious about this because what Gary Kuyper has written here is something very special. I have loved all of his works so far -especially Baltrath, but all of them have a beauty and texture to be
enjoyed. However this is entirely in a different league. I think he has finally found his 'voice'
While it's not perfect and I do have some slight quibbles, for the most part his writing seems to be 'in the zone' and I was 'in the zone' reading it. Nan is a great character, most sensitively drawn and from her first scene, almost to the end of the tale, it has an easy flow about it - mature, and carries the reader along on that mysterious gentle current of intoxication that only a great writer can manage. I would say in places it reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye (although that book is a bit bland compared with this) - the greats of American Literature. I am not exaggerating and I had to take a deep breath before writing this as I want to impart to you the significance of what he has achieved and do my duty to literature (gulp).
I have no doubt my references to US fiction are a result of the story being set in the South of America and if he has one final reference point in literature before he literally take off and enters the (solitary) domain of true individualism (in literature) and uniqueness, it is probably American LIterature. I am sure he could do something equally intoxicating if he chose any other genre, however - UK fiction or any other type. All this is just around the corner for him.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)