Mel C. Thompson


Mel C. Thompson is a retired wage slave who survived by working through temp agencies and guard agencies. Unable to survive in the real world of full-time, permanent work, he migrated from building to building, going wherever his agencies sent him, doing any type of work he could feign competency in and staying as long as those fragile arrangements could last. He somehow managed to get a B.A in Philosophy from Cal-State Fullerton in spite of his learning disorders and health problems. Unable to sustain family life due to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, lack of transportation and lack of income, he lives alone in low-income housing and wanders around California on buses and trains. He began writing at the age of 14 and continues till the current day. (He turns 64 in June of 2023). In his early years he wrote pathetic love poetry until, in his thirties, he was engulfed by cynicism and fell in with a group of largely antisocial poets who wrote about the underground life of drugs, sex, alcohol, poverty, prostitution, heresy, isolation and alienation. In his fortes he turned to prose and began to write religious fiction with an emphasis on the comedic aspect of theology and philosophy. He now writes short novels focusing on the attempt to find meaning in a economic world beset with money laundering, unethical marketing, contraband smuggling, human trafficking, patent trolling, corrupt contracting and every manner of spiritual and psychological desperation and degradation. When he is not writing, he wanders from hospital to medical clinic to surgical room attempting to sustain what little health he has left after a lifetime of complications resulting from birth defects and genetic problems. When he is able, he engages in such hobbies as reading, walking, yoga and meditation; and whenever there is any money left over from his healthcare-related quests, he goes to wine tastings and searches for foodie-related bargains. Before the pandemic, he spent many years gaming various travel-points systems and wrangled many free trips to Europe. He is divorced and has no children, no pets, no real estate, no stocks nor any other assets beyond the $550 in his savings account. His career peaked in the early 2000s when he did comedy gags for a radio station and had about 10,000 listeners per week. However, currently, he may have as few as five active readers on any given day. He no longer has the stamina to promote his work and only finds new readers through random luck or quirky search engines results.


Heavy Slumming
Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2023 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
The ebook version of the out-of-print chapbook "Heavy Slumming." This book was written in a transitional period of the writer's life after he had been forced out of his rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco and forced to move to the far East Bay (in Contra Costa County) where he remains to this day.
The Book of Offerings
Price: Free! Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Eastern
(5.00 from 1 review)
In twenty-eight paragraphs, a real-life American polytheist shares his daily practice and minimalist teachings in the hope that it will help plant the seeds of ten-thousand new religions on American soil.
Price: Free! Words: 37,840. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Business
Vaporware is the essence of the struggle for power, technology, money, sex and meaning in Silicon Valley. Watch as the calculus of marketing and romance, power and lust, play out on the streets of Santa Clara County from San Jose to Palo Alto. There's a lot more to nothingness than you ever imagined; and at top of that mountain of voidness is Lanny Carroway orchestrating it all.
The BVI Express
Price: Free! Words: 23,590. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Billionaire women looking for love? Russian gangsters laundering money? Underground radio gossip-mongers plying their trade? Disillusioned supermodels seeking enlightenment? Crypto CEOs and London bankers spilling everyone's secrets? It's all here in this short, light, little play where bribes, assassinations and romance are as relaxing as a tropical vacation.
Why I Can't Be A Conservative
Price: Free! Words: 14,660. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Current affairs
(5.00 from 1 review)
Are you an old-world liberal who's been falsely accused of being a conservative? Can't figure out how to fight back? You've probably been so confused and overwhelmed by the smear tactics of the woke media machine that you've forgotten how to even define a true liberal and a real conservative. Chances are you're not a conservative but forgot how to prove that. This book is the solution.
Platform City
Price: Free! Words: 22,670. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Plays » Caribbean & Latin American
A new nation is created out of oil-rig platforms (inspired by the Principality of Sealand) and is used to host casinos, offshore banks, smuggling operations and massive brothels. Wandering through these platforms are seekers of fortune, power and enlightenment. Some of them find what they're looking for and others get more than they bargained for.
The Search For The Third Diamond
Price: Free! Words: 15,080. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Fairy tales
A handsome, successful young man who has it all is driven to boredom by the lack of challenge his life poses. Meanwhile, an elderly, homely, so-called monk, stumbles through his predictable routines. The two don't know that they are on a collision course.
The Scroll of Hi Nu
Price: Free! Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Religious, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Zen
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Zen emergency occurred wherein a Buddhist student needed to attain liberation in about five minutes. He was guided to "The Scroll of Hi Nu." Hi Nu was allegedly an ancient compiler of scriptural fragments who was "channeled" by a psych patient and poet from San Francisco. And while Hi Nu is supposedly ancient, he can allegedly compile modern sayings too. This work has been branded as heretical.
Reconciliation Island
Price: Free! Words: 15,060. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Alternative history
(5.00 from 1 review)
This short play, designed for streaming-audio or radio performance, keeps the action moving. There's Marxist insurgents, right-wing militants, Russian and Chinese oligarchs, a Voodoo priest who plays classical piano, an excommunicated Catholic priest who goes polytheistic, international money launderers, underworld weapons smugglers and our star, an idealistic young woman who turns tyrant.
Santa Monica Girls
Price: Free! Words: 85,240. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy, Fiction » Romance » Polyamory
(5.00 from 1 review)
Eddie Smith flees his home county where he has failed romantically and vocationally. He lands in Santa Monica where he finds himself thrown into a sexual, occupational and political whirlpool. Women, employers and political bosses come and go. Carried along on a stream of erotic, financial and political intrigues, he feels he has little choice but to go wherever the riptide of fate takes him.
The Universal Proclamation of Cultural Rights
Price: Free! Words: 19,530. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Civil rights, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights
This book is the definitive list of human rights concepts for anyone battling with the forces of cancel culture media, social justice warriors, politically-correct power-grabbers, Critical Race Theory authoritarians and Intersectional bullies. This book is the only book that aggressively proposes a legal and civil rights framework to restore the human rights that cancel culture took from us.
Drinking Jokes
Price: Free! Words: 8,270. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Wine
Break the ice at any party with this fun book one one-liners and short jokes. The first section is all drinking jokes, and the second section is a collection of comedy gags from back in my social media days. The third section is a small selection of jokes I did back when I was a part-time on-air personality at a radio station. The fourth section contains jokes from other times and places.
The Third Diamond
Price: Free! Words: 21,250. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The third book in the Zen Buddhist Scoundrels Tradition and the previously unreleased version of the third book of the Triple Diamond Sutra. (A shorter version without many of the main stories in it was released as a chapter in Slot Machine Bodhisattvas, but that chapter has only half the materials in this document.) Many of these stories are appearing for the first time in public.
Joseph Smith The Twenty-Fifth
Price: Free! Words: 22,620. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A new Mormon prophet emerges in Salt Lake City and takes on multiple spirit-wives. He pursues a married, female Deseret News journalist and is perused by an Agnostic jack-Mormon who is angry with the official church in Salt Lake. Meanwhile, a Buddhist space-time traveler named Sensei seeks out the new prophet to help him understand life on a deeper level. Theological sparks fly.
Diary of A Suburban Zombie
Price: Free! Words: 21,940. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
Perfect for Halloween, or anytime you need a little spooking, this book contains a lively assortment of short stories with protagonists ranging from vampire bats, wicked ghosts, insatiable zombies, and hostile UFOs. Each of the stories are designed to be read aloud and are only a few minutes long. Turn to this book anytime you need your fix of daily horrors and regular hauntings
Confessions of A Beta Male Orbiter
Price: Free! Words: 30,170. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A lust-crazed religious teenager is slowly driven to distraction by the hot babes that inhabit his evangelical, Texas youth group. Unable, due to his strict adherence to chastity, to have sex, and unable, due to his lack of financial status, to attract the top-shelf women he craves, he is forced into being the b-actor of romance awaiting a lucky break in the lottery of love.
Harbor Boulevard
Price: Free! Words: 34,050. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Urban
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Two friends start out on a walk down an ordinary street only to have the adventure of a lifetime. They are confronted with an array of fearful and wonderful things. The mundane world they live in is freakishly transformed into a memory machine and a future-world projector. They are lured on by the promise of meeting a mysterious person named Solomon Wedge who they suspect is pulling the strings.
Can't Hold A Real Job
Price: Free! Words: 21,840. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime, Fiction » Urban
Two desperate temp agency workers struggle to make rent in San Francisco. Their economic desperation drives them to specialize in working with clients who need short-term white-collar criminals to carry out their schemes. The perks are substantial, but the risks are high. Not only are the criminals being followed by federal agents, but the federal agents are being followed too.
When Publishers Stalked The Earth
Price: Free! Words: 23,500. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography, Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tales of San Francisco poetry publishers in the 1990s and beyond by performance-poet Mel C. Thompson. Instead of just publishing another volume of poetry, the author tells stories of the publishers he knew in the golden age of print media. In between the stories, the author includes the poems of his that these publishers printed.
Price: Free! Words: 4,360. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
An American poet and tourist takes a nine-day trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Fueled by coffee, beer and sugar-laden desserts, he obsessively crisscrosses this mini-mega-city by bus, taking copious photographs of everything he sees, but not for the purpose of publishing photographs, but rather poems. These poems are the "ekphrastic" results of that photography.
Tales of Zen Buddhist Scoundrels
Price: Free! Words: 41,060. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Religious
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sensei, a man accused of laziness, malingering, sexual misconduct, alcoholism, blasphemy and depression, wanders in a netherworld somewhere between modern Los Angeles and ancient Kyoto. Going from job to job, sometimes serving as a priest, and at other times wandering the streets homeless, he always seeks, though his adventures, to wreck any attempts at smugness and certainty.
The Story of "e"
Price: Free! Words: 20,550. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
An angry incel and his feminist journalist friend meet at high-end restaurants and try to plumb the depths of the manosphere. They have projects and publicity planned, but a mysterious humanoid by the name of "e" enters the scene and plans change. The journalist is employed by a sexist, old-world progressive publisher. And Incel rents an apartment from a gun-toting, old-world Russian.
Living The Zine Life
Price: Free! Words: 24,340. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00 from 1 review)
An otherwise-doomed poet's life is saved when luck has it that he falls in with a crowd of people who understand everything he's talking about and who accept his extreme mental illnesses and bad health as completely normal. He finds his voice and begins narrating his own life and the lives of those around him. His supreme triumph is that he lives to tell his story in short prose passages.
Tales of Slot Machine Bodhisattvas
Price: Free! Words: 59,480. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Religious
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Travel back and forth through Japan and California into the distant past and the post-modern future with the undisciplined Sensei, the frightening Fujikami and the condescending Fu War as they tackle every human worry in counterintuitive ways designed to undo every doctrine and every paradigm. In every backdrop possible, every pandora's box will be reopened and every assumption debunked.
Edmonton And Other Poems
Price: Free! Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2018 . Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
An anxiety-disordered poet sedates himself with multiple glasses of chardonnay and boards a nonstop flight from SFO to YEG and writes two cycles of short, spontaneous poems as he scours the greater Edmonton metro area for phenomena that will inspire his unruly and jaded mind.
The Gaslite Motel
Price: Free! Words: 27,370. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Biographical
A crippled, anxiety-ridden Philosophy student becomes a tourist-motel night clerk in suburban Orange County in the early 1980s, working for a stern entrepreneur from Taiwan and an alcoholic couple who manage the day shift. They are later replaced by an Evangelical Pentecostal couple. Together they witness crime, vice, love and grace in a world that refuses to be simplified.
The Acid Trips of Saint John The Divine
Price: Free! Words: 77,270. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Alternative history
(4.00 from 1 review)
Saint John, a bipolar saint with multiple-personality disorder, and his sex-crazed pagan priestess, Helen, have quite a romance going on. Athenodorus, a perennially-single island-resort owner, finds himself hosting Helen and John as their erotic, religious and accidentally-political adventures ensue.
Love At 19th & Guerrero
Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
A young man of thirty arrives in San Francisco in the cold Autumn of 1989. He finds himself in a poetry scene that abounds with the most colorful people he will ever have a chance to get close to. And while his own health is bad, the health of his friends is even worse. Three muses weave their way through his work for decades. Each of the muses passes on. These poems are dedicated to them.
American Wage Slave
Price: Free! Words: 23,150. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2017 . Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(5.00 from 1 review)
Wage Slave is mentally ill and physically ill, but his life is full of adventure. When he can work, he is relegated to soul-killing jobs that drive him deeper into depression, anxiety and insomnia. In spite of this, he survives and odd events follow him everywhere. His disastrous work record assures that his next job is usually more horrific than the last. But he carries on, fighting to live.
Antiheroes In Palestine
Price: Free! Words: 39,920. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
This slapstick theological comedy rewrites the Book of Joshua to account for the the historical fact that ancient Palestine was never conquered by Joshua and his troops. By using every mythological and comedic trick I can devise, I try to account for the non-invasion of the Holy Land in ways that are fun and life-affirming.
The Waste Basket
Price: Free! Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
Imagine T. S. Eliot being alive in this century and writing Wasteland and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in today's Northern California. My reinventions of those poems seek to both stylistically imitate and also ideologically diverge from Eliot's work. Making no claim to equal the great author, I self-depreciatingly named this send-up "The Waste Basket."
Khrushchev's Second Chance
Price: Free! Words: 18,600. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
What if a former Soviet leader could go back in time and revisit the United States? What if he could have a second chance to have the visit work out the way he had hoped, or almost as he had hoped, since even fulfilled wishes always come with a twist; and this book has a lot of twists. Whatever ideas you may or may not hold about the universe, this book is sure to throw a wrench into some of them.
The Epic Journey to The Great Palace of Non-Judgment
Price: Free! Words: 15,090. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Urban
Guilty Sinner has a problem with his dystopic homeland. It could have been the Orange County of the 1970s or the Bay Area of today. It's an inhospitable place, an emotional desert, where only economic victory is rewarded and where no excuses are allowed for failure. It's a humorless grim world where every word is subject to censorship. Guilty Sinner is fleeing an economic concentration camp.

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