Mishka Zakharin


Mishka Zakharin was born in 1970 in Wisconsin--where his existence yet rolls lackadaisically along... he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from UW-Whitewater, graduating Magna Cum Laude, in 1992, and has since published various anthologies of poetry, prose, and miscellaneous ramblings... influences in Zakharin's writing include Shakespeare and the greats of 19th Century Russian literature, as well as Jack Kerouac and Pablo Neruda... odder moments can best be attributed to Groucho Marx, Steve Martin, and Monty Python...

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The Spleen of Fiery Dragons
From the angst and antagonisms of the everyday arises the literary epiphanies of Zakharin’s black bile… the inculcations and inanities, the wit, wisdom, and woes of the very primordial engorged spleen of his soul… 'The Spleen of Fiery Dragons' is a collection of Zakharin's usual contradicting extremes--from bleakest despair of past misgivings, to brightest optimism for the future, or just random creativity and chaos in the moment...


‘Poopy Derringer and the Singing Monkey of Death’ and Other Metaphysicalities
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,300. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
In his latest anthology, Zakharin addresses the Big Questions in Life: the Time Loop of the Very Existence of All Things; demonic underpants; getting small (more in an Alice-ish way, than in the Steve Martin-esque manner); beautiful women in the park; and what to have for lunch. A collection of fiction rich with fantasy and humor, an esoteric and metaphysical mêlée of insight—and/or insanity.
Musk Oxen!!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,040. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Revel in Zakharin’s indelible wit, abstruse wiles, and esoteric wisdom in this new collection of short prose and poetry. Humorously absurd, darkly disturbing, and unerringly honest (except the bits he just made up)—why, it may even hold the very key to Existence in the Multiverse itself! (No promises.)
'Le Morte de Vronsky'
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,560. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
A metaphysical play of dark humor, 'Le Morte de Vronsky' is described by Zakharin as "Bulgakovian" (a'la Mikhail Bulgakov)--but admits it is so, perhaps, if only because its really rather strange. At times chaotic, yet a wonderful example of Zakharin's linguistic acrobatics, it is a fun and enigmatic romp--for those open to it... but no doubt highly objectionable to those easily offended.
Anna Karenina
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,090. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Alternative history
Zakharin's parody of Tolstoy's novel of the same name--but with characters and elements added from various other sources of Russian literature (including Dostoyevsky's 'The Double' and Nabokov's 'Lolita'), and set in the absurdist, cartoon-like world of the author's esoteric humor and abstruse imagination.
Dostoyevsky for Children: Crime & Punishment
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,010. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Alternative history
Zakharin’s parody of Dostoyevsky’s classic novel ‘Crime and Punishment’, but with the grittier, more adult themes (such as murder and prostitution and alcoholism) toned down and obscured to (in theory) make it more appropriate for younger readers...
Beyond the Alveolar Ridge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,000. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In a mythical land, whose geography and populace are inspired by the human digestive tract, Zakharin spins a tale of truly fantastical pun-ishment… who knows what dangers may lurk—whence one dares to venture beyond the Alveolar Ridge…
Presumed Journeys
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
‘Presumed Journeys’ collects 21 poems of libertine wants and lascivious wiles--a free flowing, rambling jaunt of love and lust, dreams and desires, wrought in Zakharin’s esoteric humor and clever verbiage. Originally published independently as a poetry chapbook in 2001, ‘Presumed Journeys’ does indeed take the reader on a journey through what remains some of Zakharin’s finest poetry.
The Brighter Side of Angst
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In his newest poetry collection, Zakharin strays from the doom and gloom of ‘The Spleen of Fiery Dragons’, offering a more humorous perspective of existence. At times sexy, at times absurd, at times… kind of disturbing, actually — but always amusing! ‘The Brighter Side of Angst’ makes the perfect companion to Zakharin’s recent fiction ebook ‘Enigmatatas and Eclecticicities'.
Enigmatatas and Eclecticicities
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Zakharin’s newest ebook collection, ‘Enigmatatas and Eclecticicities’ is… well, enigmatic and eclectic!… Compiling an odd and humorous variety of short fiction and stray thoughts, if there were a genre known as ‘Cruel Shoes’ (à la Steve Martin), this would usher Mishka in as one of the masters…!
The Masticator! (or: Chew On This For Awhile!…)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
In ‘The Masticator!’ Zakharin features 11 works of short fiction, including stories, dialogues, and an historical play in three acts. Zakharin’s unique perspective has been described by some as beatnik… others — well, just think it’s kind of freaking odd — regardless, one cannot help but find ‘The Masticator!’ to be fresh and alive, humorous, thoughtful, and ever entertaining!

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