Joseph VanBuren


Joseph VanBuren is a writer, music artist, horror lover, student, survivor, and the scrambled brains behind Sykophunk Productions. His poetry and fiction have been published in Confluence, Ink Cloud, and the anthology Life on a Tightrope; he has written, performed, and/or produced hundreds of globally distributed songs; opened up for national acts such as Rehab, Anybody Killa, Liquid Assassin, Razakel, Lil Wyte, Scum, and 2 Live Crew; and had one of his tracks played on The Colbert Report. Spawned from the Hudson Valley, New York, he now studies English and Psychology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he lives with his beloved fiancée and adorably neurotic dog. His current projects include getting a bachelor’s degree and creating a multi-media post-apocalyptic horror experience.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I know people want authors and artists to say things like, "the stories inside me that beg to be told," or "my muse won't let me sleep," but the truth is usually I have to pee first. Then I look over and see my fiancee, and that inspires me to get up and get some coffee so I can face the world. Once I have enough caffeine in my system, then I am ready to do some awesome shit with words or sounds.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first rap when I was 9-years-old, and I started writing short stories and Dungeons & Dragons adventures around age 12. Somewhere in my teens I began creating my own pen-and-paper role playing game and experimenting with poetry. Ever since, I have been bouncing between and/or combining all of the above.
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Where to find Joseph VanBuren online


Masks: Shadow promo
Promo video for my upcoming dark poetry chapbook + soundtrack.


The Consciousness Conspiracy (Remix) vol. 1
Price: Free! Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Sykophunk Productions presents a thought-provoking and stomach-turning collection of poetry for the post-truth era. Dark surrealism, reflections of depression, nihilistic nightmares. Poems to question reality to.

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