David Reynolds


Dave Reynolds studied at Memorial University where he completed his BA in Philosophy and English Language and Literature in 2006 in addition to completing his MPhil in Humanities in 2008. His graduate research focused on the cultural significance of superhero narratives and culminated in his dissertation Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture's Modern Myths. Presently, Dave enjoys teaching English at Memorial University. His other research interests include moral philosophy, justice, semiotics, rhetorical persuasion, and various forms of popular culture.

Smashwords Interview

So... who are you?
My name's David Reynolds. I am many things (as we all are), but mostly I am a culture addict and critic. I can't stop thinking about things - too many things - and that's led me down a path of adventure, academia, and publishing.

That's pretty much who I am in a nutshell. For further gritty details you should visit my blog (http://davaflava.wordpress.com).
When did you begin writing?
That's hard to pin down. Like so many others I began writing for school. Unlike so many others, however, I actually liked writing at a very young age. I'd write little stories, like fan fiction or mash-up stories featuring my favourite characters from popular culture, and I'd record little radio-dramas on our old tape-recorder, making all sorts of strange voices and crazy sound effects. I love going back through whatever scraps that have survived from those early days of writing for a laugh. And, it's still good for a laugh.

I wrote a lot of poetry in my teenage years. Poetry brought me to writing songs and music, which I still dabble with a little. I moved away from writing like this when I went to university. Academic writing demands a different sort of rigour, and so I had to change gears.
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Where to find David Reynolds online


Divergent Thinking - TEDx St. John's
Dave explores creative thinking and how it helps in our everyday lives. Creative thinking can help when you want a day off work or when a family needs to all share one bathroom. He also reflects how thinking creatively has helped him on his journey of becoming an author.


Sabaku, the Deserter Vol. 0: "Showdown at the Cactus's Prick"
Price: Free! Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013 by Problematic Press. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
"Showdown at the Cactus's Prick" is a short story written by David Reynolds. It was originally published in Late Night Dungeons. Sabaku has already left the oppressive land that was once his home. Now, he must resist capture at the Cactus's Prick, a tiny hovel beyond the borders of his homeland.
Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Problematic Press. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Fawning, Fear and Frustration collects thirty six poems by a young David Reynolds. It features a range of poetry that considers love, death and confusion in addition to a number of matters that lay somewhere in between.
Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture's Modern Myths
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,910. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011 by Problematic Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Linguistics
A scholarly interrogation of popular North American superhero narratives, such as those of Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman, provides insight into how media’s messages influence the culture’s ethical values. As an extension of ideas presented by Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Campbell, and Umberto Eco, this dissertation argues that superhero tales must be regarded as modern mythology.

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