Mel C. Thompson

Biography

Mel C. Thompson is a writer of fiction and poetry. His stories tend to center around the topics of greed, sex, religion, alcohol, and history. He is a cultural relativist, which means the good guys and the bad guys are often hard to find in any given tale he is telling. Being a staunch enemy of political correctness and traditionalist norms, it is unlikely that a doctrinaire conservative or an orthodox liberal would come away from these stories feeling happy. He is a trained philosopher who majored in that discipline at the California State University at Fullerton, specializing in such diverse topics as World Religions and scientific methodology. Much of his fiction might loosely be called "theological comedy," although he is now venturing into more overtly secular themes. He is also a publisher and has published other authors under his Mel C. Thompson Publishing Company label. As an amateur musician and part-time radio personality, he appeared on KMEL as a nerd rapper and geek-philosopher. He earlier wrote Buddhist hymns and ordinary pop songs. He survived as a security guard and clerical worker for decades before going out on disability due to a host of physical and mental health problems. At this phase of his life, his studies have gravitated toward higher math, computer literacy and electronics.

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Books

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.
Winnipeg
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
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
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
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
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: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
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: 23,200. 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: Fiction » 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: 18,250. 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: 13,020. 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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