About

I was born and raised on back-to-the-land communes and counterculture enclaves ranging from Southern Ohio to Upstate New York. One of my earliest and happiest memories is of standing by the side of a country road with my mother, hitchhiking to parts unknown. Since then, I’ve been a factory grunt, a vacuum salesman, a convalescent, a high-school dropout, a graduate student, a semi-truck loader, an activist, a kitchen-table gunsmith, a squatter, a college professor, a dishwasher, a technical writer and a petty thief.

My first novel, Pike, was published in America in 2010 by PM Press, and in France in 2012 by Éditions Gallmeister. Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers, a memoir co-written with country music legend Charlie Louvin, was released by Igniter Books in 2012. My second novel, Cry Father, was published in 2014 by Gallery Books in the US, and in 2015 by Éditions Gallmeister in France.

I live with my two children in Colorado (shown above in a photo by Jay Halsey), where I spend most of my free time trolling local histories and haunting the bookshops, tobacconists and firing ranges of ungentrified Denver.

You can find me lots of places online, but the surest bet is email.

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