NEW FICTION: WHEN THE SHOOTING STARTED

 My short story, When the Shooting Started, was just published in the Longleaf Review’s fall 2018 issue. ( warning: though satirical in nature, this story does depict an active school shooting.)

My short story, When the Shooting Started, was just published in the Longleaf Review’s fall 2018 issue. (warning: though satirical in nature, this story does depict an active school shooting.)

Hi.

I'm Max, and I am a writer.

I teach a very exclusive class over at McSweeney's. If you'd like to become a writer too, let me help you.

I also write fiction, but who has time to read these days? You've got a short enough attention span as it is and summer's over, which means you're not at the beach anymore - you're just checking this website out at work while Jim recaps those frikin' expense reports and human resources has just turned off Facebook to increase workplace productivity so you really only have a minute to look at something that's not an excel spreadsheet. Well, my short story, The Bird, was recently published by the dreamy, wild, and uncompromising lit mag CHEAP POP. And it will only take a literal minute to read.   

  CLICK ME TO READ THE WHOLE STORY OVER AT CHEAP POP

CLICK ME TO READ THE WHOLE STORY OVER AT CHEAP POP

Or perhaps you like pictures with your words? Who doesn't. Graphic Novels ARE novels, dammit. So let us not forget Dislocated, a project that maybe was ahead of it's time? Written and released way back in 2012 before I truly understood how the internet worked, I collaborated with a couple incredible artists to make a wholly unique, episodic storytelling experience featuring infinite scrolling, original artwork, and man-eating wolves.

I've also written commercials for Char-Broil Grills...

... and often help brands like The Wheelhouse, Signal Snowboards, and Live Nation find their voice.

Damn. You hate reading and you're not a brand. I get it. But don't go just yet. Maybe listening is your thing? I'm the host of The MAD Fictioncast, a podcast filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem where I narrate short fiction to original soundtracks inspired by the story and interview the authors. Some of those authors have been Jonathan Ames, Amelia Gray, and Aimee Bender. 

Wow. You're still here. Let me tell you some other interesting things about me. I was once a background actor on television shows like How I Met Your Mother ( and CSI: Miami (Season 7, Episode 15). But I've never won the Emmy for "Best Background Miming on a Canceled Television Program."

My hometown was listed as one of Buzzfeed's 12 Bleakest Places on Earth. 

I studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and also work as a video editor. 

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I did not edit this particular movie, but this is what I imagine every time I tell someone I write AND edit - this could be me working for you. 

Here are some things I DID edit.