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About the author:
At 18, Dan was kicked out of the house. He spent the next 8 months homeless, often sleeping in the woods. Finally getting a steady job and a place to live, a friend flipped his old car and he went through the windshield. After a two week recovery, he moved, out of necessity, from Northern Virginia to downtown Washington DC. A year and a half later, a crack head broke into his house, and the resulting knife fight severed the tendon on his left hand. After surgery and yet another move, he finally attended art school.
His work made it into galleries, political cartoons for Madcap Magazine, covers for Maximum Rock and Roll, and numerous t-shirts and ads. Leaving art school early, at the advice of a teacher, he headed to NYC to pursue a career in art. Two interviews with DC Comics made him realize they paid very little, and only wanted superheroes.
At the urging of a tattoo artist, he went into the field. He's now been tattooing 11 years, and has been featured in a slew of books, magazines, newspapers, and on TV in the US and Europe, both for his tattoo work, and for his more traditional artwork. Tattooing has been very generous. Life, not so much. He had brain cancer in 2001, and was in Bellevue Hospital, recuperating in ICU, when the twin towers went down. Seven years later, his wife died in a hit and run.
But his motto is that life is what you make of it. He's always written, producing full novels (that he's sure were horrible) by the 5th grade, and taking numerous creative writing classes. He's put out quite a few articles over the years, and THE BLACK SEAS OF INFINITY is his first novel, published by Anarchy Books in 2011. Already hard at work on a collection of short stories, he hopes to have a new book out sometime next year.
The Black Seas of Infinity
Dan Henk, Dan Henk
The Black Seas of Infinity is Dan Henk's debut novel, and what a powerhouse of action SF it is!
Visions of pulp era heroes fill his thoughts. Taking advanced physics, he dreams big, but harsh reality bites in as he grows up, and he resigns himself to building surveillance drones for the military. After a brief probative period, he's unexpectedly moved into the clandestine world of investigating crashed alien craft.
Fascinated beyond anything he thought possible, it's a dream come true. His lack of social skills gets him fired, but, he's seen too much. A year later he returns and pulls off a bloody heist.
Fleeing into the woods, the military in hot pursuit, he makes a mad scramble up the coast. It's only then that he discovers the world has grown strange. Businesses are closed. Highways deserted. The US has fractured into competing war-like states. But trigger happy locals and violent militias are only the beginning. Death, madness, and the unwelcome return of creatures from beyond this world all await.
Think X-Files crossed with the fabulous Alastair Reynolds, and you'll begin to get a picture of where Dan's stunning original SF writing will lead you...
Artwork and internal illustrations by Dan Henk.
"The Black Seas Of Infinity" pays homage to the pulp greats of the '70s and '80s, while exploring some interesting new ground."
-Guy Aitchison/Hyperspace Studios
"This book is written perfectly, it's exciting and it has motherfucking aliens in it. It's absolutely fantastic. I really hope that Dan writes more books like this, because I would read every one of them."
"For fans of science fiction, this is a must-read."
-The Eclectic Reader
"A slightly surreal first person violent odyssey that is definitely a bit different. Well worth a look."
-The SciFi Reader
"The Black Seas of Infinity is an absolute 'must read' by all fans of things Sci-Fi, and I struggled to put the book down once started."
- Publication Date:
- Aug 18 2011
- 0615525644 / 9780615525648
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure