Bruce Taylor


Bruce Taylor, known as Mr. Magic Realism, was born in 1947 in Seattle, Washington, where he currently lives. He was a student at the Clarion West Science Fiction/Fantasy writing program at the University of Washington, where he studied under such writers as Avram Davidson, Robert Silverberg, Ursula LeGuin, and Frank Herbert. Bruce has been involved in the advancement of the genre of magic realism, founding the Magic Realism Writers International Network, and collaborating with Tamara Sellman on MARGIN ( Recently, he co-edited, with Elton Elliott, former editor of Science Fiction Review, an anthology titled, Like Water for Quarks, which examines the blending of magic realism with science fiction, with work by Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. LeGuin, Brian Herbert, Connie Willis, Greg Bear, William F. Nolan, among others. Elton Elliott has said that "(Bruce) is the transformational figure for science fiction."

His works have been published in such places as The Twilight Zone, Talebones, On Spec, and New Dimensions, and his first collection, The Final Trick of Funnyman and Other Stories (available from Fairwood Press) recently received high praise from William F. Nolan, who said that some of his stores were "as rich and poetic as Bradbury at his best."

In 2007, borrowing and giving credit to author Karel Capek (War with the Newts), Bruce published EDWARD: Dancing on the Edge of Infinity, a tale told largely through footnotes about a young man discovering his purpose in life through his dreams.

With Brian Herbert, son of Frank Herbert of Dune fame, he wrote Stormworld, a short novel about global warming.

Two other books (Mountains of the Night, Magic of Wild places) have been published and are part of a "spiritual trilogy." (The third book, Majesty of the World, is presently being written.)

A sequel to Kafka's Uncle (Kafka's Uncle: the Unfortunate Sequel and Other Insults to the Morally Perfect) should be published soon, as well as the prequel (Kafka's Uncle: the Ghastly Prequel and Other Tales of Love and Pathos from the World's Most Powerful, Third-World Banana Republic). Industrial Carpet Drag, a weird and funny look at global warming and environmental decay, was released in 2104.

Other published titles are, Mr. Magic Realism and Metamorphosis Blues.

Of course, he has already taken on several other projects which he hopes will see publication: My False Memories With Myshkin Dostoevski-Kat, and The Tales of Alleymanderous as well as going through some 800 unpublished stories to assemble more collections; over 40 years, Bruce has written about 1000 short stories, 200 of which have been published.

Bruce was writer in residence at Shakespeare & Company, Paris. If not writing, Bruce is either hiking or can be found in the loft of his vast condo, awestruck at the smashing view of Mt. Rainier with his partner, artist Roberta Gregory and their "mews," Roo-Prrt.

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Where to find Bruce Taylor online


The Infinite Tears of Pablo Azul - and Other Lamentations of the Human Condition
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,730. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2018 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Mr. Magical Realism takes you on a journey to Elsewhere, Elsewhen, to return with a smile.
Tales from the Good Ship KafkaBury
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,780. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The stories in this collection, all unpublished until now, are a testament to the impact of great writing. From the strange and surreal/magic realist writings of Kafka to the brilliant joy of Bradbury's imagination unleashed, writer Bruce Taylor learned well from these masters of expression.
Alleymanderous and Other Magical Realities
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,820. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2017 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A surrealistic/magic realist nightmare from Mr. Magical Realism himself.
Magic of Wild Places
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,320. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2017 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
An author's struggles to understand his father, and his own power as a writer.
Edward: Dancing on the Edge of Infinity
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,830. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Another excellent exploration of What It's All About, by Mr. Magical Realism. With footnotes.*
Mountains of the Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,790. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2017 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A writer's hike through a landscape of illness and family dysfunction to find forgiveness, courage and joy.
Kafka's Uncle: The Ghastly Prequel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,510. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Kafka's Uncle: The Unfortunate Sequel, and Other Insults to the Morally Perfect
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,730. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2016 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
You thought Kafka's Uncle ended with Anslenot climbing into-- You really thought the story ended there???
Kafka's Uncle and Other Strange Tales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,400. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016 by ReAnimus Press. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
An alternate universe? A different dimension? The "id" of America?

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