Robin Wyatt Dunn

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Robin Wyatt Dunn lives in southern California. He is a novelist and he manages Deep Sett, a literary small press.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up first in Texas; I moved to California when I was eleven. They're the second and third biggest states in the union, sometimes too big for their britches, and very occasionally they're cognizant of the responsibility and the humility that size demands. Hopefully I manage the same feat.

Whatever is Texan in me is stark; Texans like simple things and they like poetry. They like the country and they like food, men and women, the land, nature. Texans don't have complex attitudes about the land, and about Nature, it's there, and they like it.

Californians love Nature too but it's a work in progress. It's something we either screwed up, are in the process of screwing up, or are in the process of fixing, and of course it's always all three. Also Californians tend to see Nature as an escape: get away to Nature, away from the hustle and bustle, whereas Texans tend to see it as part of the whole thing.

These are all shameless generalizations, of course, but I've benefited as a man and as a writer by absorbing the unique cultures of both states.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing before I could write, apparently: my Mom wrote down stories I told her. One that survives concerns a character named "Back-It Pallusus" who could "back it" people from the dead. In other words, he was a necromancer.
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Ari Figue's Cat
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 52,200. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015 by Robin Wyatt Dunn. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Philadelphia 2002. Ari Figue embarks on a quest to find love, wrenching from the multiplicity of human consciousness a unified and hopeful vision of one man's, and one's city's, future.
Little Rooms
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 39,590. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014 by Robin Wyatt Dunn. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Welcome to the nondescript living room of Parson and Mary Smith. Their neighbor Jack has stopped by for yet another long evening of “hooch drinking and light, mutually-confessional chat.” This is the universe of Little Rooms, James Lewelling’s absurd, fabular, darkly comic, and low rent Book of the Dead, a story of what can happen “when the hooch runs out.”


A Map of Kex's Face
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 36,960. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Roberto and his wife Sasha are busy acting out a bad campus novel in a recently seceded California when the known universe undergoes some fundamental changes. Campus administrator Kex is more than a human being, it appears, but also an avatar around whom mandala-like emanations revolve, frequencies whose meaning Roberto must discern if he is to legitimize his new Department of Cartography . . .
Fighting Down into the Kingdom of Dreams
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 77,420. Language: American English. Published: June 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Long ago lived Ing, who gave us Inglish. Eighty generations later, Ing's descendant Hrothbert fights down beneath the surface of another Earth, hunting the Wight. To regain his honor and his reason, Hrothbert must recover the lost dreaming of the Rat City of Roth, re-fight War War One with fusion weapons in a parallel New York City, and rearrive at Howth Castle and environs ...
Line to Night Island
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 20,510. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Kiss me, you’re beautiful. Will you come to Night Island? I’ve been calling.Tell me, are you there? I am coming but I cannot say what it is; what are you? Do I understand it right, that you are reading me? My name is Dun; I am Dark Knight, I am Dark Island, from Night Island. These words hurt me but they are necessary; tell me, can you feel it too? That something is coming to an end?
My Name is Dee
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 68,250. Language: American English. Published: August 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
John Dee is a magician in Los Angeles. He is going insane. My Name Is Dee is a novel of noir action, intrigue and dark romance, for the child in all of us who wants to go on adventures, and for the fearful adult too who marvels at the terrifying scale of this universe. John Dee must choose what moral course his life is going to take: can he stand to still wear the grey hat?
Los Angeles, or American Pharaohs
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 92,940. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Transgressional, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Robert, an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles, is hearing voices in his head. Alice Hershlug is slowly torturing him via The Grapevine, a kind of mental telephone. Hoovey Weinerschniztel, a movie producer in New York City, is blasé about his recent rape and imprisonment of one of his employees. Part political diatribe, part philosophical essay, part picaresque, this novel is dynamite.
Son and Woman, a short story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » General
In ancient times, a warrior leads his family on an adventure of survival.

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Smashwords book reviews by Robin Wyatt Dunn

  • Lost Worlds, Retraced on Oct. 19, 2013

    Marliyn K. Martin has an amusing take on "primitive humans of the ancient past" and what we get out of nurturing this idea of the simpler, charming ignorance of our ancestors. Think of it as "The Gods Must be Crazy" plus time travel. Jonathan Shipley captures some of the murky ethics involved in refugee crisis management, sketching a U.N.-like organization handling the death of an entire planet. Konstantine Paradias pens a charming version of "Wind and the Willows" during a kind of Salem Witch Trials. Soham Saha's affecting piece "Parallelobirds" describes a colony ship gone awry, not unlike a "Riddley Walker" in space. I especially enjoyed the frisson of "Arc" instead of "Ark" as initially I imagined arc sodium lamps lighting a huge ship or perhaps a Ringworld-style huge orbital habitat until my brain figured it out ;) Maureen Bowden's "Jango Rides Again" first and foremost has some beautiful British slang in it that really warmed my belly. And much as I might dislike bikers, Bowden managed to squeeze some sympathy for them out of me. In the story, due to "mental embargo," her protagonist Han's uncle has successfully hidden his 560 years, until to seek a parallel universe where her favorite biker did not die, Han goes into her uncle's inner sanctum of magic books. The root of the word "magic" is "to have power" and in this sense Bowden knows well the magic of words. But, what is the nature of their power? I don't believe this question has an answer, but Bowden understands what not many do, that part of it is their nature of disguise, to cover what we might not otherwise want to see. DeAnna Knippling's fable about power is swift and affecting. Judith Field's "Lindlow Five" is sort of a Wiccan Mod Squad, battling the dastardly with magic and gadgets. Ron Collins revamps the Terminator mystique with some quantum physics. Attack of the Giant Cattail. Giant Skunk massacres keg party. (His name is Aniywe). The Indians are angry. Oil Man gonna fight da monsters. This is Andrew Kozma's beautiful little "Breach of Contract." Sarah Hodgetts tells an affecting version of "28 Days Later" with giant wolves. Bruce Golden has the funniest story in the collection, "Ninth from the Sun," imagining the 9 planets as baseball players in the locker room, sad that Pluto's been cut from the team and "sent down to the dwarf league." Will Morton's promising story of science in a parallel universe is unfortunately torpedoed by its hamhanded union-busting politics, although, it must be said, there's a rich history of it in science fiction. And Neil Davies rounds up the collection with an updated Dr. Livingstone as a reality TV star stumbling upon the secret den of the Oompa Loompas. Overall the collection is a little hammier than I tend to like my pork-based science fiction products, but the moments of piquancy are generally enough to balance out the juvenalia.