Dennis Vickers


Surprisingly, truth is best told through fiction. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Also, lies are best told through nonfiction, but I don't do that. With fiction, the story can be about anything so long as it has the stuff of life in it. The stuff of life -- aye, there's the rub.

Like bears and Sasquatch, Dennis Vickers lives in the north woods. Sometimes he teaches philosophy and creative writing at a tribal college; other times he holds up in a river cottage and writes this stuff. As the previous sentence proves, he knows how to work semicolons and isn't afraid to use them.

Book-length fiction:
Witless: Rural communities clash in 18th Century Wisconsin.
Bluehart: Life story of fictional blues accordion player.
Second Virtue: Courage -- where it comes from and where it goes.
Adam's Apple: Life story of congressman who f**ks his mother. You thought they all did?
Passing through Paradise: Narrative collage mixes quest story, love story, satyr play.
Between the Shadow and the Soul: Love and lust, or maybe the other way.
Mikawadizi Storms: Open pit mine vs. pristine forest. You decide.
Double Exposures: Collection of short stories, some realism, all magical.
Only Breath: Ghost story wrapped in mystery wrapped in waxed paper.

Smashwords Interview

Do you have a specific writing style?
I don't intentionally write in a certain style, but when I read over things I've written, even from years ago, I detect some commonalities. I like to break narratives into brief (1,000 word) parts. I use dialog extensively. I like to build story around a sympathetic protagonist.
What writers influenced your writing?
The writers I enjoy most - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, but also Chuck Paluhnuk (I always have to look up how that's spelled), Louise Erdrich, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce. For I time (when I was mainly writing short stories) I wrote minimalist fiction reflecting the influence of Hemingway and Wilff, Carver, Barthelme. I still think about minimalist objectives (economy of words, inviting the reader's imagination into the story, gritty scene descriptions, terse dialog) as I write and probably more often than not I sway toward those objectives when I make writing choices.
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Where to find Dennis Vickers online

Where to buy in print


Only Words: A Fairy Tale
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,730. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Hero sets off on quest to recover lover lost when her father sold her into marriage. Set in ancient Europe. Contains some Proto-Indo-European words. This story is narrated by the very words that make up the story - like ancient dancers, they arrange themselves.
Double Exposures
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,650. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Double Exposures is a collection of short stories, some previously published, some not, some related, some not. Each strives to shed light on an underlying complexity (psychological, metaphysical, or aesthetic). That is the main characteristic they have in common and the main reason they are collected together here.
Between the Shadow and the Soul
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,220. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Expelled writing student, Devin Post, is flabbergasted to see his life fracture into two tracks. In one, unprincipled employer, Leach Pharmaceuticals, sends him to Mexico on an impossible quest. In the other, he is office sex toy for a lineup of lusty women. Which life is real and which fantasy? Between the Shadow and the Soul follows Devin through these escapades with humor and literary panache.
Passing Through Paradise
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,020. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Experimental fiction at its best! A collage is an assemblage of diverse elements in unexpected juxtaposition. Passing through Paradise is a collage of narrative elements, some forming linear narratives, others embellishing these narratives with odd images and facts. Characters appear and vanish. Plots take shape and develop. Settings adjust sporadically. Themes emerge.
Mikawadizi Storms
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,170. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Freelance journalist Evie Arnold agrees to cover the emerging conflict between mining magnate Clive Gready, who plans to dig an open-pit mine in the Mikawadizi hills, and La Roche Verte Indian Nation, who intend to stop him. As she watches and records, the conflict spirals from serious to severe to ominous. and finally explodes into an epic battle between good and evil.
Adam's Apple: Recipes for Forbidden Fruit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,950. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Biographical
Finally the magnificent seven (pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, sloth) have their own story. The protagonist of Adam’s Apple samples each in turn and entangles himself in all aspects of postmodern life. He emerges the dark, damaged, yet likable anti-hero.
The Second Virtue
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,210. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Searching for the courage to become themselves weaves these characters together in a braid of uplifting, funny exploits, including the Sherlock-Holmes-like unraveling of a stubborn crime puzzle, pushing off a mother’s smothering love by stealing her car to take a girl she dislikes to the prom, and the best sex scene ever involving a woman with casts on both legs.
Only Breath: A Ghost Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,280. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
English teacher William Kepler strives to calm the angry ghosts that haunt the grounds of Luca D’Angelo’s mansion. Marci and Lisa, hot sauce and honey, help him uncover the ghosts’ secrets and reveal some of their own.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,420. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
Seven Hart, mysterious daughter of A. J. Bluehart, sets out to discover the source of her father’s contentment. Following audio tapes he recorded to preserve his memories, she uncovers a captivating life story, and solves, through her search, the riddle of her own happiness.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,970. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Romance falls victim when cultures clash: This is an engaging story that sweeps forward with humor and energy, but pauses to explore how tension infused into a community results in personal tragedy and ultimately destruction of the community itself.

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