Dr D. Bruno Starrs
Dr D. Bruno Starrs was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in a hospital. It was a year he cannot remember very well. He is married to Melissa (a drop-dead gorgeous Filipina one third his age but twice his intellect), is childless (thankfully, if you are a believer in the principles of Darwinian evolution) and irresponsibly itinerant compared to most people of his alleged experience and advanced age. It must be noted that Starrs is a mongrel of a human: his ancestry is a mix of Irish, Maltese and Indigenous Australian.
Despite a tendency to waffle on unintelligibly as he attempts to explain various tangential dissertations related to media and pop culture, Starrs has somehow passed all examinations and succeeded in graduating from six Australian universities. His qualifications include two Masters degrees and a PhD (but his verbal diarrhoea has yet to be cured).
His hobbies include natural bodybuilding (he was runner-up in his class at the NABBA 2013 Mr Australia titles), traveling, cooking/eating good food and, yes, you guessed it: writing.
His most recent e-novel, "Bollywood Extras" (Starrs via Smashwords, 2012) was preceded by the paperback and e-novel "That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!" (First Edition: Just Fiction Edition, Germany, 2011. Second Edition: Starrs via Smashwords, 2012) and a collection of writing for the theatre entitled "Suicide Plays" (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2009). His first full-length novel was "I Woke Up Feeling Thailand" (First Edition: Sid Harta Publishing, Australia, 2004. Second Edition: Starrs via Smashwords, 2012).
Dr Starrs has published extensively in non-fiction too, with many peer-reviewed film, media and/or cultural studies journal articles and book chapters to his name, as well as the academic textbook "Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: The Films of Rolf de Heer" (First Edition: VDM Verlag, Germany 2009. Second Edition: Starrs via Smashwords, 2013). Why not check out Dr Starrs' textbook, three novels, stage-plays and a film-script all available here FREE at Smashwords?
Stalkers please note: Dr Starrs can be difficult to physically locate, sometimes. When not sequestered away in some wretched garret, filthy and unshaven (but ever so happily writing), he can usually be found teaching Media Studies at various Australian universities or somewhere in deepest, darkest - and preferably - weirdest South-East Asia. Presently, that means the Institut Teknologi Brunei, where he holds the post of Senior Lecturer in Cinematology.
Where to find Dr D. Bruno Starrs online
The Sorrows and Suffering of Young Werther: A Stage-play
This two act stage-play is an English translation and stage adaptation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 1774 novella "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers". It was first published in the April 2004 issue of "Ygdrasil: A Journal of the Poetic Arts" (online, Ottawa, Canada. K. Gerken [ed]). There are no fees to perform this play so long as all actors have a legally obtained copy.
His ... Or Her ... Suicide.
(4.00 from 1 review)
A short play about suicide, written in the absurdist tradition. First published in "Antithesis" by the University of Melbourne English Department, 14, 2004, pp. 151-155. There are no fees for production of this play, as long as the author is correctly attributed, no major changes are made without permission from the author and the author is informed of the play's public performance/s.
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
A short play about gender differences, written in the absurdist tradition. First published in "Movimiento Paroxista Revista Literatura" (online) by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the University of North Carolina, 1.1, 2011, pp. 17-25. This play is royalty free.
Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: The Films of Rolf de Heer (2nd Edition)
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Rolf de Heer is Australia’s most successful and unpredictable film-maker, with 13 feature films of widely varying style and genre to his name. This auteur analysis of his oeuvre, however, suggests that there is a signature world view to be detected in most of his work, and that he (quite possibly unconsciously) promotes unlikely protagonists who are non-hyper masculine, child-like and nurturing.
That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!
(4.90 from 10 reviews)
"That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!" (also known as "Blackfella Bloodsucka") is a novel about an Aboriginal Australian who becomes a vampire and sets out to conquer Islamic Morocco with his love, Maria, who just happens to be the Anti-Christ.
Conversion Rites and Wrongs
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
This is a short play for a man and a woman, in which they discuss the pros and cons of converting to Islam. It is meanty to be comedic, not didactic. There are no fees for performance as long as the author is correctly attributed.
Dead-Set Sicko Loser: The Film-Script
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is the script for a short film, with one male and two female characters. Although it deals with the subject of pedophilia, it is not a work of erotica. There are no fees for production of this film-script, as long as the author is correctly attributed, no major changes are made without permission from the author and the author is informed of the film's public screening/s.
In The Big Picture, He'll Be Happier...
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
"In The Big Picture, He'll Be Happier..." is the touching story of how one family deals with a mentally challenged loved one: A short play for two females and two males. This play is free of charge to perform as long as authorship is correctly attributed, no major changes are made without the author's permission, and the author is kept informed regarding any public performance/s.
Are They Comets Or Are They Shooting Stars, Sir?
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This a short play for two actors that follows a school-age boyfriend and girlfriend through a break-up. Suitable for all ages. No performance fee required as long as authorial attribution is correctly used.
Dead-set Sicko Loser: The Play-Script
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a short, dark, almost didactic stage play about the subject of pedophilia. There are three characters, one male, two female, and this play is free of charge to perform as long as authorship is correctly attributed and the author is informed of all performance details.
Idyll No. 11: A Monolog for Any Man
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
"Idyll No. 11: A Monolog for Any Man" is a short play consisting of a monolog in which the male character admits his horrible secret. This play is free of charge to perform as long as authorship is correctly attributed, no major changes are made without the author's permission, and the author is kept informed regarding any public performances. Warning: Contains what some might call erotica.
(4.90 from 20 reviews)
"Bollywood Extras" is like "Lolita" meets "The Day of the Locust", but set in contemporary India not America and staged against a backdrop of rabid religious terrorism. Written with the uniquely black, comedic, literary flair Dr Starrs is renown for, this, his 3rd novel, boldly captures the feel of Mumbai and the small-time players in its big-time film industry, with style, humor and originality.
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Smashwords book reviews by Dr D. Bruno Starrs
- Sabrina's Chastity Belt
on Sep. 22, 2012
Well done with that old challenge, writing first person from the opposite gender of yourself! Anyway, I rate it well.
- Anthology of Short Fiction
on Dec. 02, 2012
Pete Malicki is a living legend in the rarefied world of Australian short theatre. He is the tirelessly reliable ‘Head Incubator’ of “Crash Test Drama”, a monthly opportunity for budding playwrights, directors and actors to get together, quickly turkey-baste ideas, block moves and within 2 or 3 hours of meeting, stage their short plays (i.e. < 10 minutes) under lights and atop the well-trod boards of a tiny inner-city Sydney theatre, even though they’re still being performed script in hand. He is also the respected Director of “Short+Sweet”, the world’s biggest short play festival, and many of his pieces have deservedly been recognized and awarded in both of these thespian ‘showdowns’.
If a reviewer such as I might be permitted the luxury of generalizing about a writer’s oeuvre (I certainly would NOT welcome someone doing so with my own [yet-to-peak] body of work!), I’d tentatively suggest - reductionalistically - that Malicki’s specialty is the moaning monologue. A person, alone, talks to the audience/reader, who may also be greeted by other voices in the head of the soloist’s performance. Malicki has nailed this genre, theatrically, time after time.
But has he succeeded in crossing over from short playwrighting to short story writing? Well, to me his Anthology of Short Fiction is great reading, full of original and stimulating situations, but if I were to criticize at all, I would venture the opinion that Malicki somewhat neglects - or perhaps deliberately ignores - the opportunities fiction writing provides for the writer of non-speech. Novelists are frequently more concerned with unspoken concepts, metaphors, narrative arc, design and thought, whereas playwrights generally prioritize a dialogue-based discourse between characters with stage directions enacted accordingly. Many short plays succeed, it sometimes seems, on the twist in the tail/tale. Might not this be a shortcoming evidenced by the writing of his which Malicki deems fit for reading not performing?
My well-considered answer is: Nope! The fact is, Malicki’s writing, while inevitably influenced by his theatrical activity and success, is SO unexpected, even hardened critics such as myself cannot stop from marvelling at what Malicki writes and then next creates. His shorts are simply as close to perfect, one wonders if he has developed a computerized algorithm he simply mouse-clicks before publishing. His work consistently surprises and if you don’t like this one, a few minutes later Malicki will throw you, the reader cum audience, a new curve ball. His second piece in this Anthology, “V.D.” is a perfect example. From the collection’s first short story about a guy witnessing murder as performance art, Malicki suddenly takes us into the mind of a middle-aged, desperately lonely woman. She buys herself a cat each unhappy Valentine’s Day, but today, when anonymous flowers are delivered, she puts her foot down and says: “I call the animal shelter and tell them to put down the kitten they’d kept aside for me.”
Subsequent stories in this Anthology cement Malicki as the Master of the Twist in the Tail. Through the rigors of theatre writing (and performing), Malicki has evolved his writing for the stage to the extent an Anthology such as this is not unlike a night of ten or so incredibly diverse writers, directors and actors performing afront the limelight. Malicki converts the Proscenium Arch into the E-book succinctly and completely, whether he writes of an old man’s smell that wraps around the throat “like a noose” to a ‘Dexter’ meeting his own Dexter in his fourth piece “Darkest Moment” to beer that “rages like a bonsai maelstrom” in “God, the Agnostic”, monsieur Malicki writes like a gymnast atop the shoulders of a high-wire trapeze artist: aware of his height and his skill but always – in the end – pulling us back into gravity’s real world. Experience him on your E-reader or see his actors mouthing his prose at the theatre, either way, Pete Malicki’s monologues work (mostly unhappy) wonders.
- Second Row American Rugby
on Jan. 18, 2013
As an Aussie rugby 'tragic' from way back (I played my first game in 1972, alongside my schoolmate David Campese, when the Queanbeyan Whites were close to unbeatable. Carn the Whites!), I was enthusiastic about tackling this novel (forgive the pun!). And on the whole, it delivered.
Strozier is obviously passionate about the gentleman's game played by unpadded madmen, but his stated goal of explaining the sport to his fellow Americans detracted considerably from this reviewer's reading pleasure. Also, his penchant for capitalising rugby terms like scrum and maul was a little annoying. Perhaps another round of editing is called for.
This nitpicking aside, however, I'm happy to rate "Second Row American Rugby" well and I give it 4 stars.
- Bollywood Fantasies
on Jan. 19, 2013
Complete rubbish. Not the slightest bit erotic. No stars.
- The Stupidity of eBook Reviews
on Jan. 21, 2013
Yes, Eero Tarik, e-reviews aren't worth the bandwidth they occupy, but what's the alternative? Answer me that question in your second edition of this book and I'll give you your fifth star!
- Hollywood Heels - Hair it Goes - Flash Fiction
on Feb. 06, 2013
An authentic short tale of a PA's infatuation with celebrity. Great flash reading!