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Eckhard Gerdes (born 1959) is an American novelist and editor. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He is the author of twelve novels:
- Projections [1986, Depth Charge Press]
- Ring in a River [1989, Depth Charge Press]
- Truly Fine Citizen [1992, Highlander Press]
- Cistern Tawdry [2002, Fugue State Press]
- Przewalski's Horse [2006, Red Hen Press]
- The Million-Year Centipede, or, Liquid Structures [2007, Raw Dog Screaming Press]
- Nin and Nan (appeared in Bizarro Starter Kit (Blue) [2008, Bizarro Press]
- My Landlady the Lobotomist [2008, Raw Dog Screaming Press]
- The Unwelcome Guest b/w Nin and Nan [2010, Enigmatic Ink]
- Hugh Moore [2010, Civil Coping Mechanisms]
- Three Psychedelic Novellas [2011, Enigmatic Ink]
His work reflects experimental technique, sometimes ignoring time, space, or cause-and-effect, in the service of stories of individuals struggling to transcend fear and limitation. His recent work has been associated with the Bizarro Fiction movement, of which he is one of the leading proponents.
Gerdes is the editor of The Journal of Experimental Fiction, issues of which are usually Festschrifts on a single writer (e.g. John Barth, Raymond Federman, Harold Jaffe). He has also written on modern and post-modern literature for Review of Contemporary Fiction, Hyde Park Review of Books, and other magazines.
- Tomasula, Steve. "Cistern Tawdry. Eckhard Gerdes." Notre Dame Review 16 (Summer 2003): 207
- Seed, David. “My Landlady the Lobotomist, by Eckhard Gerdes.” Review of Contemporary Fiction 29.2 (Summer 2009): 362.
- Graham, Lorraine. "Eckhard Gerdes. Cistern Tawdry." Review of Contemporary Fiction 23.1 (Spring 2003): 154-155.
- Bio from Raw Dog Screaming Press
- Bizarro Central
- Author's website
- The Journal of Experimental Fiction website