The author Zachary Dillon reclines on a green couch in a living room, reading an e-reader. There is a dark, stripey cat sitting on him and staring at the camera.

So, What Is This?

I launched this site in June of 2021 and wrote a story every week for the rest of the year. I’ve commissioned artists I know and love to illustrate those stories, which will culminate in a book, available soon!

This do-it-ourselves book project was inspired by filmmaker Mark Duplass’s SXSW keynote speech, “The Cavalry Isn’t Coming.” If you’re a creative in any field, it’s an enlightening and empowering watch.

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Four of last year’s stories were written for the 2021 NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge, in which I won 2nd place.

I’m on the seventh draft of my first novel, based on inside understanding of hearing voices and paranoia.

I have a B.A. In English (Creative Writing) from University of Southern California, where I studied under Marianne Wiggins and T.C. Boyle.

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If you subscribe to my mailing list (it’s free), I’ll send you an email when I post a new story. Those emails have notes and things about the latest story and/or stories from previous weeks.

And if you’d like to keep abreast of my progress on the paranoia/hallucination novel—and soon the second one—that’ll be in the emails too.

Thanks for reading.

Where human feet have never trod
Where human eyes have never seen
I’ll build a world of abstract dreams
And wait for you

– Sun Ra