H. C. Turk

Biography

A: This is hard.
Q: Why is making a bio so hard for you?
A: Because it's like talking. I don't like to talk; I like to write.
Q: But people want to know about authors. Reading a book requires a lot of effort.
A: Writing one ain't exactly playtime.
Q: That's better. Go ahead, tell us more. Did you have a pleasant childhood?
A: Ask my dog; he was there.
Q: Your dog is stuffed. He's not a real dog.
A: He's more real than you are. You can’t even ask a good question.
Q: Here’s one: Why should people read your books?
A: Because my puppy will be sad if they don’t.
Q: We need to get serious here. How many novels have you written?
A: 33.
Q: I’ll bet your dog can’t count that high. How long have you been writing?
A: I’ll answer if you promise not to kick my dog again (metaphorically).
Q: He wouldn’t feel it—he’s stuffed.
A: If someone kicked the stuffing out of you, I bet you wouldn’t enjoy it.
Q: Would I enjoy it more than reading one of your books? Or would it be equally painful?
A: You’re cruel to dogs AND to authors.
Q: If you answer my last question, I promise to be nice. How many years have you been writing?
A: [mumbles]
Q: That’s pathetic.
A: Why don’t you ask me about my stories?
Q: Stories are for campfires.
A: The basis of history’s greatest novels is the story: the story of nations, cultures, families, individuals. The greatest idea that can be expressed in fiction is story.
Q: Great, so tell me about your characters.
A: Dull and Dumb are not two of my characters, or characteristics.
Q: Do you ever write about animals, stuffed or not?
A: Rescued greyhounds in Heaven Again, tiny ponies in Only The Impassioned, mudfish in Resurrection Flowers, ghosts in An Atmosphere Of Angels.
Q: Ghosts aren’t animals, they’re unsettled spirits. If ghosts continue to read, what will they find in your novels?
A: They will find passion, idea, and spirited characters whose lives are a story. And puppies.

My music is available here:
http://hcturk.bandcamp.com/

My animated music videos are here:
http://exposureroom.com/members/HCTurk

Smashwords Interview

What does "H. C." stand for?
Harold Carl. "Carl" was supposed to be spelled with a "K" (in honor of my grandfather), but they got it wrong in the hospital. My life has been following its own tangent ever since.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up, and how has that youthful dream affected your career?
I wanted to be a firefighter. Now I can't imagine why I ever wanted to place potential conflagration between myself and a paycheck. That childhood dream has taught me to dream better.
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Where to find H. C. Turk online


Where to buy in print


Books

Rocket Roll
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,040. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
On her way to an offworld vacation, Melody Rich is violently kissed by an alien who thrusts something down her throat: the key to a lost planet. Following a map from star to star, Melody is eaten by a megabug, kidnapped by space pirates, and has to face down eternity at the border of life and death. Accompanied by a half-dead alien, Melody strives to remove the key before it kills her—again.
Go Monster
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,300. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Corrupted by a professor who teaches sabotage, a new mode of interstellar transport shifts history, turning time into a monster.
A Door I'll Never Enter
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,790. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A cross-genre novel of modern fantasy, magic realism, and total hilarity, A DOOR I’LL NEVER ENTER follows the adventures of Bill, Jane, Dan, and their interstellar comet (disguised as a watermelon) as they travel from kitchen sink to cannibal canoe in search of a Leprechaun’s pot of FAIL. Finding friendship on the way, they learn that failure might be best when the goal is ultimate destruction.
Imagined Evenings
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,450. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(2.00 from 1 review)
During a trip to the Middle East, Sherri Z is challenged by a friend to steal saffron from a sacred field. Foolishly, Sherri complies, but is overwhelmed by an amazing “earth angel” who sends her back in time 1500 years. There, Sherri becomes the bride of a king who will kill her if she fails to entertain him with a tale. Sherri will only live another day if she tells the story of her survival.
A Book That Ends With Me
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,230. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
Mysterious e-mails are predicting the world’s end. This time, the predictions come true. An average guy, Stan Powers, finds himself living alternate realities where people picnic on planetoids and demons steal souls on Darkday. Stan becomes the target of a cult vowing to kill whoever threatens Earth. In order to survive, Stan must learn if he is a pawn, a player, or the predictor himself.
Make The Modern World
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,720. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young American woman on a Western Pacific island must relive an ancient, tortuous journey through a primitive environment in order to save her family from nationalist killers.
Love In The Afterlife
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 164,330. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Paul Crawford is an American cowboy living in Morocco in 1919. He just wants to go to Wyoming, but is trapped in the Rif War. When his lover bears a child, Paul and the girl flee for peace. 16 years later, Paul repeats the struggle when his daughter joins the Spanish Revolution. Set in killing Africa and the lush Canary Islands, this poignant saga follows a family and the wars that pursue them.
Galactic Fat
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,010. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
In the near future, pizza boy Robar Drill is transformed by The Federal Government into a metaman with enormous powers, the only person capable of saving Earth from an alien race bent on harvesting human cellulite. This bawdy, outrageous satire follows Robar and his six strange companions to the Planet Of Fatty Doom, a horrific world that, under Robar’s influence, may be no worse than Earth.
Black In Any Language
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 91,040. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
While investigating a toxic waste dump in the Philippines, William Ellis accidentally kills a boy threatened by a historian (Vigneux) seeking ancient treasure. Despite a nervous breakdown, Ellis lives peacefully for years until confronted by Vigneux with news of the treasure. Compelled to settle his past, Ellis follows Vigneux to a hidden paradise in Chile. Only one man will return alive.
Shadow Dance
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 171,320. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In 1853, on an island near Indonesia, a 14 year-old girl is selected to unite her nation. In seven years, Starling Agara will marry the nation's prince, joining her country's opposing factions. At the wedding, however, the king's opponents kill nearly everyone. For the next year, Starling traverses her nation, gaining the throne by living the fantastic rituals that previously were only myths.
An Atmosphere Of Angels
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,380. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
As part of a treaty with a primitive race, Terran space explorers agree to dispose of an abandoned stellar craft. Trapped inside the ship, the Terrans find numerous alien corpses, and one ghost.
Heaven Again
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,070. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A child is murdered. Her father kills the murderer. Both parents then have to recover from their child's death, and this sad, disastrous vengeance. Death, despair, and revenge are the three evils that Glenn and Janet Alden defeat in Heaven Again, a novel that ultimately is ingratiating and uplifting in depicting the profound reunion of husband and wife.
Black Body
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 243,530. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2009. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
BLACK BODY is a sweeping tale of good and evil, and the captivating woman intimately acquainted with both. Set in 18th-century England, the story is told in the form of testimony given by the white witch, Alba, who must reveal all the secrets of her race or be burned. Both literary fiction and convincing fantasy, BLACK BODY is as compelling as magic, as touching as a daughter's love.
Resurrection Flowers
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,680. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2009. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(2.00 from 2 reviews)
A construction worker named Rod Hill is killed only to be found alive the next day. Doctors consider his revival miraculous. He becomes famous as the Resurrected Man, traveling the world to discover the truth of his return from the dead. Rod is accompanied by Aeva Tbolski, a priestess whose job is to analyze his spirit. If she finds him either ghost or demon, Aeva will return him to the afterlife.
Only The Impassioned
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,290. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2009. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Near the end of World War II, an American soldier in Germany is mortally wounded. In his final moment, he experiences the glory of a beautiful life, if only in his dreams.

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