David Keffer

Biography

David J. Keffer was born in Kansas City, MO. He pursued a technical education earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. After a year as a post-doctoral scholar at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., he began his career as an engineering professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he remains today. He has published about 90 technical papers in archival journals.

Outside of engineering, David Keffer studied world literature and creative writing. He has published analytical articles on the works of Primo Levi and Kobo Abé located in the Scriptorium of The Modern Word site (http://www.themodernword.com/). He created various reading aids to several classical Chinese novels (http://tinyurl.com/3k8n9qm). Over the past two decades, David Keffer has been active writing novels, poetry and stories. Several novels and illustrated stories are available on the web at http://www.poisonpie.com.

David Keffer lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife, Lynn, and two children. As a family, they enjoy hiking through the local mountains and are always on the look out for poison pie and other ambivalent mushrooms that dot the landscape.

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Books

June and Jitter (The Bugs)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,450. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"June and Jitter (the bugs)" can most succinctly be described as the bastard child produced from the unholy union of Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" and an unrelenting dose of the clinical absurdism of Kobo Abé.
The Ruins of My Daughter's Cities: An Imaginary Travelogue
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,480. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
“The Ruins of My Daughter’s Cities” contains descriptions of cities that exist only in the imagination, created solely as a means of providing an explanation for the convoluted psychology of the relationship between a father and daughter.
Hysteresis: An Asymmetric Account of an Individual Apocalypse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 76,490. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
If St. John the Apostle had been a twenty-something twentieth-century post-existentialist, his book of revelations would have described a much different apocalypse, one tailored to fit a more independent and inward-focused generation. Hysteresis, the description of a path in which the distinctions between coming and going govern the outcome of the journey, provides such an alternate revelation.
Perhaps: The Continuing Exploits of Alton & Eugenia
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,480. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A second volume of stories. Eugenia was the greatest sorceress of our age, though she took pains to make sure that no one knew of it. Her mission was simply stated, though not to easy to accomplish, to reduce the sum total of misery on planet Earth. To aid her in this work was her comrade in arms, Alton, a reluctant zombie, unwilling to come to terms with either his death or his love for Eugenia.
A Memory of Fire: A Novel of Indeterminate Conflagrations
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,920. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Let it be said that, even in simplicity, there is the opportunity to lose one's way. A Memory of Fire follows a simple man who was guided by his conscience and natural impulses until he encountered someone who was simultaneously damaged, vulnerable, enigmatic and monstrous. Together they explore fires, real and imagined, in which innocence has been consumed.
Symptoms of the Lunatic
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 95,750. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Symptoms of the Lunatic is a novel written about a lunatic in the manner of a lunatic.
Insect: An Entomological Fairy Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,450. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Trapped within a palace following a holocaust, the inhabitants—two queens, one dysfunctional and the other petulant, an angry gardener, a lovelorn soldier, a jester, a court magician, a distraught minstrel and an oracle hiding behind the boiler—seek to survive in their post-apocalyptic isolation, though the greatest threat may come from the memory of the King, which haunts the palace.
The Sutra of Reverse Possession: A Novel of Non-Idiomatic Improvisation
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 124,780. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Sutra of Reverse Possession is a novel of non-idiomatic improvisation. People routinely explore a variety of peculiar avenues, many of which are spiritual in nature, in the pursuit of purpose and meaning in their lives. One should therefore not be taken completely by surprise that Poppy Hortie too opted to invite spirits inside himself in his goal of becoming a better husband and father.
I Saw Blood and Then Everything Went Black: Sixteen Dark Fables from the Future
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,990. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
I Saw Blood and then Everything Went Black contains sixteen visions of the future experienced during periods of blackout. Bearing titles such as Blackhole, Blackjack, Blackstrap, Blackeye, Blackmarket and Blacksheep, the stories straddle fantasy and science fiction.
The Horties: An Invisible Novel
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,230. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In the future, when Darwin's laws of evolution are judged insufficient by the minds of the creatures they have produced, an artificial intelligence is assembled to seek out a new set of characteristic traits suitable for perpetuating human life. "The Horties" brings a happy American family of four, average in every respect save that they are all invisible, into the focus of this investigation.
These Stars Are All The Same: A Survey of Constellations
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,220. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
As astrophysicists have long known, stars are alive. Stars are born and they work, converting matter into energy. When their work is done, they die. Like their celestial constituents, constellations also live. Constellations love, they weep, they battle the seemingly infinite expanse of cosmic ennui in which they are enveloped. In this light-hearted novel, Boötes stirs up trouble in the heavens.
Alton & Eugenia: Twelve Stories
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,740. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Eugenia was the greatest sorceress of our age, though she took pains to make sure that no one knew of it. Her mission was simply stated, though not to easy to accomplish, to reduce the sum total of misery on planet Earth. To aid her in this endeavor was her comrade in arms, Alton, a reluctant zombie, unwilling to come to terms with either his death or his love for Eugenia.
Slow Ecclesiastes
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 169,290. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Written from 1997-1999, "Slow Ecclesiastes", a sprawling novel of America at the end of the twentieth century, is unapologetically a monstrous psychological drama in the grand tradition of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. An extended cast of characters--mothers, convicts, homosexuals, aesthetes--are embroiled in a tangle of interwoven stories, from which something other than heroism is required to escape.
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (Revisited)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,910. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
This novel is a modern adaptation of “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath” originally written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1927. In this version, a father and son travel through the Dreamlands on a quest for Unknown Kadath. The father’s goal is not to recapture the happiness of his own youth but rather to find the path by which his son can avoid the traps that have led his father far from happiness.

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