Henry Baum


Henry Baum is the author of the novels The Golden Calf, God's Wife, North of Sunset, and The American Book of the Dead, and has published work in anthologies with Another Sky Press and 3 AM Magazine, as well as stories in Scarecrow, Identity Theory, Purple Prose, Storyglossia, and others. He lives in Los Angeles.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in New York City and grew up in Los Angeles. L.A. has influenced me hugely, as it's where I've set every novel I've written. Both my parents worked in Hollywood so my first two novels are about Hollywood. I went to high school with Jack Nicholson's kid, Cher's kid, and others, and I see Hollywood like an American religion, which is why the two novels after that have focused on religion itself.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first novel when I was 18. My father's a writer, and as an alienated adolescent the way to rebel was to turn my back on books and writing. When I left home for college, I realized it was something I loved doing, and came fairly easily. My first novel was terrible - a rip-off of Richard Yates' Easter Parade. My 3rd novel became the first novel I ever published - also kind of a rip-off of "Taxi Driver," but a better one.
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Where to find Henry Baum online


The American Book of the Dead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,980. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2009. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Eugene Myers is working on a novel about the end of the world. Meanwhile, he discovers his daughter doing porn online and his marriage is coming to an end. When he begins dreaming about people who turn out to be real, he wonders if his novel is real as well. Eugene Myers may just be the one to stop the apocalypse. Best Fiction at the DIY Book Festival & The Gold IPPY Award for Visionary Fiction.
North of Sunset
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,810. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2009. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Michael Sennet - movie star - hates his life. The Vanity Plate Killer is enjoying his new life in Los Angeles, targeting people with vanity plates. When Michael Sennet is framed by a paparazzi photographer – license plate PAPRAZI – the movie star finds something he enjoys even more than making movies: killing people.

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