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Born in Wales, Dave Franklin published his first story in a national fishing magazine at the age of sixteen. He immigrated to Australia in 1999 and made his living as a reporter, earning the distinction of being sacked twice by the same Perth-based newspaper group. He then spent nearly three years teaching English in Korea, during which the mortality rate of the children under his care remained at an impressive zero. He now teaches ESL to adults in Brisbane, helping (among others) Thai Lady Boys get to grips with their past participles.
The major theme of Dave's small, character-driven stories is alienation, the symptoms of which include male immaturity, misogyny, dysfunction, self-destruction, xenophobia, violence, religion, and a childish glee in winding up the politically correct. There are no car chases or explosions in his books; instead he prefers twisted, graphic sex scenes while focusing on exasperated loners full of doubt.
Readers who like his work tend to see its black comedy (and disdain for his own characters) whereas his harshest critics insist on taking everything at face value. Indeed, some observers would suggest that the highlight of his writing career, which has seen him produce nine novels, remains being published in a fishing magazine.
A Handy Guide To Dave's Full-Length Work:
Looking For Sarah Jane Smith
Manic Streets of Perth
English Toss on Planet Andong
Evil Arse Soup: Three Ultra-Dark Comedies (A bargain-priced anthology of the above titles)
HORROR / SUPERNATURAL / DARK FANTASY
Straitjacket Blues: Stories of Unease 1 - 3
The Goodreads Killer: The Trilogy
Begin The Madness: The Straitjacket Blues Trilogy (A bargain-priced anthology of the above titles)
Nice Man Jack: A Jack The Ripper Novella
PSYCHOLOGICAL / CRIME
Girls Like Funny Boys
To Dare A Future
Blundering Blokes (A bargain-priced anthology of the above titles that includes Looking For Sarah Jane Smith)
Riders on the Storm and other Killer Songs
Saving a Child from God
Bawdy Blokes: Three Porno Funnies
Welcome to Wales, Girls