Mike Kennedy


Indianapolis author Mike Kennedy described by Trident Media Group, saying: Kennedy has a way with words and that readers attracted to Hemingway and Mailer will love Season of Many Thirsts (A novel brought to E-Books under the original title: REPORT FROM MALI). Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says of the manuscript: "This is a potentially important and significant novel on many levels, including formally." Little, Brown says of the novel: "Our admiration for its ambition and the energy and high-octane force it applies toward these engrossing geopolitical events. Chance and his team are memorable characters." Random House says: "Kennedy captures the strange, and intriguing world of Mali." Playwright Arthur Miller said of Kennedy: "Marilyn and I used to think there was something funny about Mike, and then we realized that he was simply hilarious."

Kennedy's message to the publishing world, "I have read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness from time to time across fifty years. During this, my most recent reading, it occurs to me that I am Kurtz and that all of you are Marlow. Kurtz lay dying in the pilot house of the river steamer. Marlow, the company agent, has found him and returns with him. Kurtz has spent years in the jungle pulling out ivory and sending it downstream. Finally, Kurtz agrees to return down river to civilization because he realizes that he has something to say, something with a value beyond his ton of treasure. Kurtz realizes that he has achieved a synthesis from out of his brutish experience. Kurtz imagines being met by representatives at each one of the string of railway stations during his return to civilization. He tells Marlow, 'You show them you have in you something that is really profitable, and then there will be no limits to the recognition of your ability.' And then, sounding as though he steps into our own millennium, Kurtz adds, 'Of course you must take care of the motives—right motives—always.' Now I see that Kurtz is Conrad. Kurtz is not unique. He is every writer. It is only Marlow, the agent, who is unique, unique in his fidelity, not just to the job, nor only to the company, but to the civilization that sent him.

Gutenberg published only 160 bibles, not enough to cause anyone since to reject it as a "previously published work."

Flannery O’Connor criticized readers for draining a concept from a story. Character, plot, and voice cannot hold Kennedy as much as can a concept. Hamlet’s characters and actions were for the groundlings. The galleries could have the concept and conclude that the play was all about revenge as they witnessed everyone serve the ghost as accomplices, as dupes, or as road-kill. Hamlet will revenge the ghost. Laertes will revenge his father. The son of Old Norway, will arrive at the end to revenge his father upon the ghost who, by now, surely has had his own surfeit of revenge, and has skulked from the ruins and back to Hell.

In a larger sense, this is the concept of the tyranny of the old men. In one way or another, every younger generation is commanded by Hamlet’s ghost to “fight for a fantasy and a trick of fame, and for a plot of land which is not tomb enough to hide the slain.”

Similarly, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon is less memorable as the story of the returning king. For Kennedy, the Watchman is the story, watching the irony of man unfold: Cassandra’s “painted show.” In this same way, Kennedy’s five novels and twenty-four stories of shorter fiction practice the same alchemy of HIGH CONCEPT wherein the characters are trapped, as the reader is trapped, as the Greek chorus was trapped by the bounds of the proskenion, all witnesses to a story “that is as it is”, a story which can only “end as it must.” Greek stories were old tales told to audiences who already knew their endings. In this way, tension was diverted from the surface into deeper levels. With unconscious irony, Flannery taught us this. Concept driven stories are more likely to have drama (the Greek word for “deeds”), and more likely to have genuine endings. Concept must be served.

The Indianapolis Public Library has purchased all seven of these works of fiction. It was at their Broad Ripple Branch, by way of bicycle, where the abundant scope & compass of books was discovered. This was eventually followed by the venerable rack of paperbacks at McSoley's Drug Store, where paper route profits were given over in that unblemished faith that makes calamity of so long a life. Having these stories back at the place of those beginnings imparts the Greek's almost-perfect almost-elliptical shape that the ancient tragedy of the Cretan Labyrinth demands.

When Kennedy writes, his sympathy is with the public patience, for a customer betrayed by the broken promise of a cover, for a reader angry at a reviewer’s brazen flim-flam, and in empty moments before a crash as a story slows to stall speed when a reader must cut it loose like ballast.

This writer's purpose is modeled after Robert Louis Stevenson's dedication of his novel Kidnapped: “…a book for the winter evening school-room when…the hour for bed draws near…[whose] purpose [is] to steal some young gentleman’s attention from his Ovid, carry him awhile into the Highlands…and pack him to bed with some engaging images to mingle with his dreams.”

Where to find Mike Kennedy online


Late Night Radio
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,280. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In a world connected by more than we know, why don’t we remember Orson Wells broadcasting from lower Manhattan only yesterday? Why do we remember him from the age of radio and movies in the ‘30’s and ‘40’s? And why don’t we call this place New York City any longer?
In Their Own Likeness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,550. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Cloud Shrouded Olympus is in an uproar. Tische, Giver of Luck, is streaking toward the house of Zeus Thundercloud to ask permission to live among the mortals yet again. Zeus is resentful. He suspects that Lovely Tische has slept with Far Seeing Anthony on her last visit. Hera, Wife of Thundercloud, has left in a jealous rage to fetch The Owl-Eyed Athena and her bow.
Bare Branches
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,360. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Escaping on the train out of New York, the ladies flee to Key West, a small town with one road in and one road out, and enter a world of dive boats, scuba captains, tiki bars all as it was before Hurricane Irma washed it away. In the lower Keys they will wait for the renegade crew of federal agents looking to sell Sally Luck to the Chinese and to rid themselves finally of agent Jillian de Guerre.
Lady of the Yellowstone
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,970. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Tunnel boring machines, each the size of attack submarines, are assembled beneath the planet's crust within the Madison Valley Abyss. Purdue geologists discovered the first of the lava and proposed the plan. When one or both of the tunnels connect, the Yellowstone magma chamber will drain, releasing pressure, and giving mankind a century, or an age, or an epoch in which to prepare once more.
Report From Mali
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,680. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
One million Tuareg have crossed the Sahara for a thousand years, but only in the 20th century have these Blue Men of the Dune Sea crossed the black lines of maps, and realized that they were stateless, and outlaws. Their liberation movement goes back a century but has been hijacked by Islamists in this Arab Spring, while the nobles of the 30 drum groups look on helplessly.
Leda and the Swan and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,090. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
1953: A watershed for 5-year-old Evan Donavan. Crossing the bridge over the Ohio in the old Studebaker, he is told, “Don’t tell anyone you’re a Catholic and don’t talk about the Civil War”— the beginnings of the trauma that will grow into a tsunami. But what else to expect from a father himself traumatized by the Klan, the depression, and the Battle of the Bulge. 1 of 7 stories + a novella.
The Prince of Staten Island and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,950. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Indiana State Fair. August, 1961. Their story is A DANGER IN BECOMING: Seven boys on the cusp of leaving childhood encounter evil on the midway and throughout their day at the fair with a peppering of horror from out of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. One of twelve white knuckle - nail biting stories from the relentless imagination of Mike Kennedy.

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