Eighty Six

Biography

David Klenda, also known as Eighty Six, is a poet, journalist, cook and cocktail maker. He supports his wife and sons with a combination of freelance writing and hospitality. Flexible and adaptable by nature, he accepts all writing challenges.

"Inside the Skull of David Priest" is a novella loosely based on Eighty's career in the hospitality business. It is twenty-four hours in the life of the "Door-Gunner of Drinks" David Priest. Already ideas for a full-length novel are bouncing around the author's head.

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Books

The Cheshire House
By Eighty Six
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Category: Fiction
A photographer and his boss sneak into the mansion of “the Oprah of Sex” hunting for her secrets. He would follow her anywhere, especially through a steaming jungle garden into a palace of pleasure. He's seen things done here. Dirty things. Luscious things. Things caught on video. Maybe, oh maybe, some of them can happen to him.
Inside the Skull of David Priest
By Eighty Six
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,080. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Twenty-four hours in the life of the bartender David Priest. Written by a twenty year restaurant veteran. Happy-hour. After hours. Stay up late until it's early again. Drink. Eat. Drink. Sex and drugs. Music. Do it all again. The pretty and dirty, the clean and ugly in the lives of bartenders, waiters, cocktailers, cooks and criminals. Welcome to SeaSalt Ocean Grill, Empire, Washington.
Cathartes Aura on the Road from Nowhere
By Eighty Six
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,280. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Our turkey-vulture narrator has escaped the zoo and is observing the ragged remnants of humanity recovering from disaster. Some will rebuild. Some will destroy. Some will come together. Some will fall apart. A novel-in-verse written in ten-by-ten format. Book Two in the Cathartes Aura Series.
Cathartes Aura and the Apocalypse Zoo
By Eighty Six
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,970. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.83 from 6 reviews)
A post-apocalyptic story of a zoo on the day no one showed up. Narrated by a captive turkey vulture. Written in verse. 10 syllables per line, 10 lines per stanza, 10 stanzas per chapter, and 10 chapters overall. The first episode in the series. The narrator must escape his cage and navigate a zoo without keepers or tourists on his way to a world without structure.

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  • The Mountain and The City, Part I on Sep. 11, 2011
    star star
    This failed to scare me. I got the feeling of paranoid compulsive-behavior brought on by poisoned air, but the descriptions lacked detail. I never saw the setting. I never saw the beasts. I wanted to get to the end, but it was just the beginning. I'm not sure where this is going. The run-on sentences and randomly capitalized nouns were also a turn-off. You might like it more than I did.
  • Ninjas of the 512 on April 22, 2012
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    It's a wacky premise: a corrupt Governor shuts down a high school causing a wave of demonstrations soon leading to ninjas battling pirates. It's ludicrous. It's fun. It has sex scenes. It was written for Canada's Three Day Novel contest. It is a political satire picking on conservative religious greedy politicians and backwards hick Texans. I never felt that it was real or deep enough to be a truly scathing criticism. The descriptions, characters and plots feel underdeveloped like someone wrote the book in three days and could not take the time to flesh it out. Suspend your disbelief and don't ask too much of the diction and you'll find this to be a fun book to read. It's unpredictable and original. With more work it could be awesome.