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 a mongrel of a human: his ancestry is a mix of Irish, Maltese and Indigenous Australian.
Bruno's qualifications include two Masters degrees and a PhD from highly reputable Australian universities. Despite such a thorough education his verbal diarrhea has yet to be cured.

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Invasion Day Mk II: A Blackfella Love Story
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,060. Language: Australian English. Published: October 10, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
There’s no guarantee of a second date when you’re an urban Blackfella resisting yet another invasion of Aboriginal Australia, not by the murderous, colonizing white British this time but by intergalactic white monsters.
Pheromone City
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,100. Language: Australian English. Published: August 18, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
"Pheromone City" is an action-packed, laugh out loud splatter spoof set in Bondi Beach, Australia, and is a perfect comedy for those who like their body horror main course with a generous side serving of gender and race commentary.
The Roaring of the Bulls
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,060. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
Second class citizens in their own land, four Aboriginal Australians take a booze and yarndi-fueled road trip from Sydney to Canberra in 1972. Their seemingly hopeless goal? To establish an Aboriginal Tent Embassy directly opposite Australia’s Parliament House. Meanwhile, the two local Fairbairn brothers are mired in a battle over their indigenous identity - a battle that eventually turns deadly.
The Films of Rolf de Heer (Third Edition)
Price: $250.00 USD. Words: 47,630. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Rolf de Heer is Australia’s most successful and unpredictable film-maker, with 15 feature films of widely varying style and genre to his name. This comprehensive auteur analysis of his oeuvre (first published in 2009), suggests that there is a signature world view to be detected in most of his work, and that he promotes unlikely protagonists who are non-hyper masculine, child-like and nurturing.
That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,000. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
(4.90 from 10 reviews)
"That Blackfella Bloodsucka Dance!" is a novel about a 'part-blood' Aboriginal Australian who becomes a 'full-blood' vampire and sets out to conquer Islamic Morocco with his love, Maria, who just happens to be ... the Anti-Christ.
I Woke Up Feeling Thailand
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,990. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
A hilarious tale of cheap drugs, cheap sex and teaching English - on the cheap!
Bollywood Extras: A Novel From Mumbai
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,290. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(4.95 from 19 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.

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
    (no rating)
    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.
  • Bollywood Fantasies on Jan. 19, 2013
    (no rating)
    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!