Dave Franklin

Biography

Born in Wales, Dave Franklin published his first story in a national fishing magazine at the age of sixteen. He emigrated 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, violence and a childish glee in winding up the politically correct. There are no car chases or explosions in his books; instead he prefers outlandish sex scenes while focusing on exasperated loners full of doubt.

Readers who like his work tend to see its humour (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 eight books, remains being published in a fishing magazine.

Where to buy in print


Books

Straitjacket Blues 2
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Series: Straitjacket Blues, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,410. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
A charnel house, a medieval lord who plays God, and a devastated young woman who just can't let go... Dave Franklin presents his second collection of bedtime stories for the children of the damned. Length: 60,000 words. Dave Franklin has written six novels. His caustic brand of profanity-laced fiction should be approached with caution.
We Should Be More Like Fish: A Medieval Novella
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,410. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Sickened by man’s barbarity, a medieval lord decides to conduct a bold experiment. Length: 19,000 words.
The Goodreads Killer 3: Artistic Differences
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Series: The Goodreads Killer, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,010. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror
The final blood-soaked part of The Goodreads Killer.
The Goodreads Killer 2: The Contest
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Series: The Goodreads Killer, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,830. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
The Goodreads Killer, adored by every reader from God downward, now has a sequel. Thomas Ultorem - author, madman and critic-slayer - is back!
The Goodreads Killer: The Trilogy
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Series: The Goodreads Killer, Book 4. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 63,360. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Thomas Ultorem's burning obsession to make it as a writer has broken him. And in the chaotic world of his disintegrating psyche, someone’s got to pay… The Goodreads Killer – Talk is cheap, but murder costs nothing.
Evil Arse Soup: Three Ultra-Dark Comedies
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 239,690. Language: British English. Published: February 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy
Welcome. Come amuse yourself in the company of slime-dripping vagina jaws, Aboriginal ABBA tribute bands and Deliverance-quoting parrots. This trio of politically incorrect comedies, which bleakly focus on male inadequacy and misogyny, will introduce you to a bunch of chronic misfits kicking around Wales, Australia and South Korea. But be warned - you may grow to like some of them.
The Goodreads Killer 1: A Revenge Fantasy
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Series: The Goodreads Killer, Book 1. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 23,070. Language: British English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Thomas Ultorem's burning obsession to make it as a writer has broken him. And in the chaotic world of his disintegrating psyche, someone’s got to pay…
Straitjacket Blues
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Series: Straitjacket Blues, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,890. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Emotional vampires, control fantasies, murder and the horrors of World War Two... Come play in the dark, unsettling world of Dave Franklin's short fiction.
Shelter: A Supernatural Thriller
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Price: $1.40 USD. Words: 12,250. Language: Australian English. Published: December 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Darwin, 1974. Nick and Liz are preparing for their first Christmas together as the deadliest storm in Australia's history bears down on them...
Camaraderie: A Crime Short Story
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Price: Free! Words: 3,800. Language: British English. Published: October 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Friends. We all need them. And some of us are happy to go to extraordinary lengths to find them...
Blundering Blokes (Looking For Sarah Jane Smith, Girls Like Funny Boys & To Dare A Future)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 244,870. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A three-novel anthology that wallows in dark, twisted humour, sexual obsession and the latent violence of the male animal.
Manic Streets of Perth: An Australian Comedy
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,280. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A crime comedy that centres on a group of misfits in Australia all struggling to make better lives for themselves.
Looking For Sarah Jane Smith: A Riotous Black Comedy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,950. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A foul-mouthed comedy that follows one man's search for the perfect woman as it takes him from a grotty Welsh town to the other side of the world.
Girls Like Funny Boys: An Ultra-Dark Australian Tale
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,830. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
Part coming of age story, part exploration of the maddening nature of dreams, Girls Like Funny Boys is a potent mix of sexual obsession, guilt and fame.
To Dare A Future: A Novel of Rage
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,130. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
We all have black thoughts. It's just some of us act on them.
English Toss on Planet Andong: A Dark Teaching Comedy
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 107,000. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A biting black comedy that centres on three hopeless expat teachers who have all ended up in an ESL classroom for the wrong reasons.

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