"Revolt of the Zoo Animals" appeared in Wanderings Magazine.
"The Pink Donkey" appeared in Deep Water Literary Journal.
"Sic Semper Tyrannis" appeared in OneTitle.
"Magnanimous Proceedings from a Deadly Sport"
appeared in Wanderings Magazine.
"Flash Mob" (radical version) appeared in Eyeshot.
"Flash Mob" (mainstream version) appeared in Sein un Werden.

Dark Romances

"Hanna" appeared in Wordland.
"Eclipse" appeared in RiverLit.
"Heart Tectonics" appeared in Peacock Journal.
"January Thaw" appeared in Wild Violet.
"Epitaph" (poem) appeared in The Camel Saloon.
"The Texture of Melancholy" (excerpts) appeared in Midnight Times.


A Ghost Story

"The Dark Empty House" appeared in Lunaris Review.

Science Fiction

"Robots in Underwear" appeared in Sein und Werden.
"The Prairie Demons" appeared in Cahoodaloodaling.
"Some Cautious Admonitions Concerning Death and Snack Cakes"
appeared in Schlock Magazine.
"The Hand of the Rose" appeared in Versus Literary Journal.
"A Little Blip" appeared in Scareship.
"The Others" (poem) appeared in Aphelion.
"Cartoon-girl" appeared in The Medulla Review.
"The Pyramid at the End of Time" appeared in Black Petals.
"Song of the Siren" appeared in The Speculative Edge.


"The Roman at the Dumpster" appeared in Used Gravitrons.
"Yule Tide" appeared in The Cosmic Vegetable.
"The Colossal Heads" appeared in Dime Show Review.
"Gifts for Libya" appeared in Bartleby Snopes.
"The Man Who Fell Off the Edge of the World" appeared in
Pink Eye Punchade.
"The Prairie Demons" appeared in Cahoodaloodaling.
"The Anthropods" appeared in MicroHorror.
"The Brown Bag" appeared in Alienskin Magazine.
"The Rockstar and the Turnip" appeared in Inane.
"Mary Meets the Tornado" appeared in Z-Composition.


"The Dinner Party" appeared in Gone Lawn.
"Here's the Story of a Lovely Lady Who Was Bringing Up Three Very Lovely
" appeared in Axolotl Magazine.
"King of the Gunmen" appeared in Unlikely Stories.
"QUESTION:" appeared in Tl;Dr Magazine.
"Dive House Bitch" appeared in Here Comes Everyone.

Fairy Tales

"The Dragon and the Dolphin" appeared in Jack Magazine.
"Keepers of the Egg" appeared in Anthro.
"The Happy Transfusion of Little Lily Lovesun" appeared in 50GS.
"A Lucky Day for Crocodiles" appeared in The Moon Magazine.


Blue Collar

"Overlord & Sons" appeared in The Literary Nest.
"Fuse" appeared in Sobotka Literary Magazine.
"Material Safety" appeared in Modern Literature.
"Orphans" appeared in Origins Journal.


"The Cold River Boy" appeared in Sein und Werden.
"Night Worship" appeared in Bent Pin.
"Papyrus" appeared in Spank the Carp.
"The Eye of God" appeared in Jack Magazine.
"Fuse" appeared in Sobotka Literary Magazine.
"God and Humans" (essay) appeared in The Chickasaw Plum.
"Nihil Obstat" (drama) was given a dramatic reading by Scripteasers.

Social Commentary

"Some Advice for the Rich from the Poor"
appeared as "The Money Dream" in Unlikely Stories.
"A Case of Public Indecency" (drama) appeared in Unlikely Stories.
"Robots in Underwear" appeared in Sein und Werden.
"Turnstile, a supermodern fugue in three dimensions" (drama)
appeared in The Chickasaw Plum.
"The Prairie Demons" appeared in Cahoodaloodaling.
"Shooters and Saints" appeared in The Moon Magazine.
"We, the Fat" appeared in Cerurove Magazine.
"The Dutchman, The Cowboy, The Cheerleader and Fate" (drama)
appeared in Danse Macabre.

Comic Horror

"The Anthropods" appeared in MicroHorror.
"The Brown Bag" appeared in Alienskin Magazine.


"Monody for Matador" appeared in Slow Trains Literary Journal.
"City Bus, Guadalajara" appeared in Ducts.
"Impressions: Beach Cafe" (excerpts) appeared in 7 x 20 Magazine.

A Personal Essay

"Loner Makes Friend, an Experiment"

Philosophical Essays

"God and Humans"
"Beauty as Power"
"Religion and Ego"
"Art and the Abyss"
"Language as Mystery"
"Poverty and Silence"

In January 1994 I dropped out of mainstream society.

Since then I have lived in thirteen different cities stretching from small-town New England, to Alabama, to El Paso, to Los Angeles, to Honolulu. In those cities I have held twenty-three different part-time jobs and met and worked with both parolees and students, both drifters and professionals, both working moms and immigrants, both unmistakable lunatics and borderline suicides. I've mopped floors with them and cleared out warehouses with them. I've fried onion rings beside them and watched them deal drugs. We've celebrated flush nights selling aluminum siding over the telephone, and cursed missing the last bus home. And we've watched out for each other on occasion, but we've also left each other standing in the rain. My neighborhoods have been rough and vibrant. And I've been saved from the street by my credit cards too many times.

I've lived this life for twenty-five years for two reasons: One, because I had a feeling the safe, well-worn grooves of society were not reality; and, two, because I wanted to write about reality.

For the same reason I dropped out of society, I have little interest in begging it to make me famous.

Those people are not my people.

I have come here looking for my people.

If you are interested in truths instead of illusions; if you value revolt instead of conformity; if you honor the chance-takers and the bold; if the big questions haunt you; if struggle and hardship inspire you; if you refuse to exploit or be exploited; if you aim to live truly; if you have the courage to face reality; if you sense something permanent beneath all this fluff that surrounds us; if all this fluff that surrounds us exasperates you, then you are my people.

This website is totally free. Further formulations of the values that motivate it can be read in Some Advice for the Rich from the Poor. There are broader treatments of the ideas in these two scenes from The Gods of our Fathers: February 22 and February 26. The most succinct distillation of my worldview can be found here: The Philosophy of John Dishwasher in 136 words. Having a hard time believing I'm for real? Check out my Honest-to-God resume of 23 part-time jobs in 25 years.

John Dishwasher