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A seventeen-year-old freelance writer and professional editor, Jake J. Johnson is not using a pseudonym. Starting to read at any early age, he built up college-level reading comprehension on a steady diet of imaginative SF and horror before entering high school. It was around this time that he discovered a talent for writing, and, shortly thereafter, another for editing.
He is rather disenchanted by novels which appear in English curricula, and much prefers newer, original stories created using recent media. For example, the interactive stories told through the video games “The Stanley Parable” and “Dear Esther”, the concept of the “light novel”, and the community-told story of “The Fear Mythos”. He much prefers looking to the future to studying the past.
His favorite novel is both Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” and Lawrence Miles' "This Town Will Never Let Us Go", and his favorite short story is Isaac Asimov’s “The Last Question”.
His ultimate goal is to become an anthology and manuscript editor at ACE, ROC, TOR, or DAW. For now, he's content with gaining a hold on the world of publishing.
on April 01, 2012 :
Disclaimer: I have two pieces in this anthology, so I'm going to be just a bit biased.
That said, Jake's choices of bizarro fiction is terrific. Some times you just need to read something that is odd, weird, silly, slapstick or simply nonsensical. And this anthology delivers the goods, especially as one can never have too many exploding men, heavily armed bovines, or lap dancers in a story. For our own sanity, Americans need more bizarro works like this one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 16, 2012 :
Jake's monthly anthologies are great fun and good reading. His selections in stories are awesome. For a 16-year-old editor, he really knows what he's doing. I'd recommend any of his anthologies and especially the Bizarro anthology.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)