DAVID COMFORT (dbeco@comcast.net)

David Comfort’s  publishing industry exposé, An Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing, was released by Writers Digest Books in December, 2013. Excerpts from the title appear in Pleiades, The Montreal ReviewStanford Arts Review, The Satirist, InDigest, Writing DisorderEyeshotGlasschordLine Zero, and Johns Hopkins’ Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review.

Simon & Schuster published Comfort’s three popular nonfiction trade titles: For Dogs Only, The First Pet History of the World, Just Say Noel. In 2009 Citadel/ Kensington released his The Rock And Roll Book Of The Dead, The Fatal Journeys of Rock’s Seven Immortals — a study of the tempestuous lives and tragic ends of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, and Kurt Cobain. The author’s pop culture blogs appear in The Wrap, Culture Catch, and BlogCritics.

The author is a Pushcart Fiction Prize nominee, and has been a finalist for the Faulkner Award, Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren, America’s Best, Narrative, Glimmer Train, Helicon Nine, and Heekin Graywolf Fellowship. His current short fiction appears in The Evergreen ReviewCortland Review, The Morning News, Scholars & Rogues, and Inkwell.

Comfort self-published his satiric novel, The Reborn Bible 2.0, The 2nd Coming of the American Rapture, in the spring of 2013.

The author is represented by Don Fehr of Trident Media.

 

Nonfiction:

• AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO PUBLISHING

(Writers Digest Books, Nov. 2013) (Prescriptive nonfiction)

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“Comfort is not only a brilliant writer, he is one of the keenest humorists and knowledgeable authors today….This is a Bible – hilarious, intensely well informed, and a fun read – and as such needs to be in the hands of everyone considering writing as a career. Bravo David Comfort!”  Grady Harp, Top 50 Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer

  “Charming and churlish, funny and depressing, and engrossing… explaining how we get from The Great Gatsby to Fifty Shades of Grey.” Jim Booth, Pulitzer Prize nominee, professor of writing and literature

 “An entertaining rejoinder to the rising tide of fantasyland pep talks about how to make $1 million self-publishing e-books… An ice-cold bath of publishing reality. I recommend it strongly.” Robert Rosen, author of bestselling Nowhere Man, The Final Days of John Lennon

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• THE ROCK AND ROLL BOOK OF THE DEAD:

The Fatal Journeys of the Seven Immortals

(Citadel/Kensington, 2009) (Narrative, historic pop nonfiction)

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• JUST SAY NOEL: A History of Christmas, from the Nativity to the Nineties

(Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1995) (Light Reference)

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• THE FIRST PET HISTORY OF THE WORLD

(Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1994) (Light Reference)

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• FOR DOGS ONLY: How to Live with Human Beings

(Pocket / Simon & Schuster, 1989) (Humor)

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Fiction:

THE REBORN BIBLE 2.0: The 2nd Coming of the American Rapture,

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RECENT WEB & LIT MAG PUBLICATIONS

• “A Birther Is Born”                                                                     The Satirist

http://www.thesatirist.com/satires/birther.html

• “Exodus Redux”                                                                        Evergreen Review

http://www.evergreenreview.com/121/exodus-redux.html

• “White Rabbit”                                                                        Cortland Review

http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/54/comfort_f.php

• “God’s Privates”                                                                    Scholars & Rogues

http://scholarsandrogues.com/2013/02/13/scholars-and-rogues-fiction-gods-privates-by-david-comfort-2/

• “The Kiss”                                                                           Inkwell

http://www.inkwellmag.com/post/44294198502/vol-12-home-david-comfort-the-kiss

• “It’s Complicated”                                                                 The Morning News

http://www.themorningnews.org/article/its-complicated

• “Secrets of Literary Success: Luck, Suck, Pluck”                 Eyeshot

http://eyeshot.net/comfort.html

• “Taking It in the Shorts: The Greatest Story Never Told”        Montreal Review

(New Yorker magazine exposé)

http://www.themontrealreview.com/2009/The-New-Yorker-Short-Story-of-Short-Story.php

• “Divine Madness: A Brief History of Literary Lunacy”                Stanford Arts Rev

http://artsreview.stanford.edu/?p=9163

• “Writer 911! Historic Tales from the Literary ER”                 Writing Disorder (Best Fiction/          Nonfiction of 2012 print anthology

http://www.thewritingdisorder.com/nonfictiontwo.html

• “The Pen Award: Of Lit and License Plates                         InDigest

http://indigestmag.com/blog/?p=17467#.UGyi5vl26m0

• The Dues to Pay the Muse                                            Pleiades (Spring 2013, print issue)

• Lazaruses in the House of Literature                           Line Zero (Fall 2113, print issue)

 • Bards Behaving Badly (6 part series)          Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review (Feb. 2014 issues)

http://thedoctortjeckleburgreview.com/2014/02/04/bards-behaving-badly-by-david-comfort-part-i-paper-lion-prize-fights/

• Save a Tree, Burn an Author: A Green History of Writer Recycling  (6 part series)                  Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review (June-July. 2014)

http://thedoctortjeckleburgreview.com/tag/david-comfort/

 •The Greatest Story Never Told                             Eclectica Journal (Winter 2014 Issue)

http://www.eclectica.org/v18n1/comfort.html

 

 

HONORS

2012                                 Top 10 Finalist: Narrative Fiction/ Nonfiction Award

2012                                Finalist: Red Hen short fiction competition

2005                                 Top 25 Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Award

2000                                 Finalist: America’s Best (short story: “Fields of Heaven”)

Finalist: Faulkner Awards for short fiction (“Treemen: the Movie”)

1998                                 Finalist: Heekin Fiction competition (“Gateway to the Interior”)

1996                                 Finalist: Helicon Nine Contest (story collection, Mother’s Sons)

1995                                 Finalist: America’s Best Contest. (for novel, The Contact Sport)

Finalist: Chicago Tribune Nelson  Algren Award for short fiction

1994                                 Finalist: Heekin/Graywolf Fiction Fellowship for short fiction

Honorable Mention: Belletrist Review Short Fiction Competition

Nominee: Pushcart Prize

1993                                  Top Ten Finalist: Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award

for short fiction (judges: Mona Simpson, Scott Turow)

1991                                  Winner: New England Living Magazine Fiction Contest

 

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ONLINE COLUMNS / EDITORIALS (2010-2012)

THE WRAP              http://www.thewrap.com/articles/david%20comfort

-“The Man Who Murdered Jimi Hendrix”

-“Making The Case Stick Against Dr. Murray”

-“Elvis Presley: The Lonely Birthday Boy”

-“Recalling The Day John Lennon Died”

-“The Media’s Ground Zero Mosque Follies”

-“The Great Ghosts Of Rock’n’Roll”

-“Janis Joplin: Buried Alive In The Kozmic Blues”

-“The Mystery Behind Hendrix’s Death”

-“Revisiting A Legend’s Final Days” (Brian Jones)

-“The King Of Pop’s Neverland Of Truth” (Michael Jackson)

-“The King & The Cover-Ups”

-“Woodstock: A Bad Trip For The Bands”

 

CULTURE CATCH

http://culturecatch.com/music/who-murdered-jimi-hendrix

http://culturecatch.com/music/janis-joplin-memoriam

http://culturecatch.com/music/janis-born-blues

http://culturecatch.com/music/jim-morrison-obit-editorial

http://culturecatch.com/music/john-lennon-memoriam

http://culturecatch.com/music/john-lennon-and-immortal-9

http://culturecatch.com/music/beatles-holiday-break-up

http://culturecatch.com/music/jerry-garcia-in-memoriam

http://culturecatch.com/music/elvis-gladys-rip

http://culturecatch.com/music/elvis-presely-birthday-boy

http://culturecatch.com/music/elvis-presley-king-christmas-past

http://culturecatch.com/music/michael-jackson-elvis-presley-cover-ups

http://culturecatch.com/music/michael-jackson-conrad-murray-trial-preview

http://culturecatch.com/music/brian-jones-drowning

http://culturecatch.com/music/heavy-metal-music-torture-gitmo-grammies

http://culturecatch.com/music/rush-limbaugh-elton-john

 

BLOG CRITICS

http://blogcritics.org/writers/david-comfort

 

 

 

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ART WORK

by David Comfort

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Comfort’s painting and sculpture has won honors in many juried shows. Judge Mel Ramos included his work in the Crocker-Kingsley exhibition (one of sixty pieces, from a field of 2,500 entries). In his juror’s statement, he said that his final cut “represented the strongest work with the highest quality of execution and personal commitment.”

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Comfort’s  work has been represented by Virginia Breier Gallery (San Francisco), The Huntress Gallery (Huntington Beach), Blooming Art (Sacramento) and by Plaza Arts (Healdsburg, CA.). Since 2002 he has been a featured artist in the prestigious, juried Sonoma County ArTrails Open Studios program.

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3 thoughts on “DAVID COMFORT (dbeco@comcast.net)

  1. Rene

    Aw, this was a really good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to produce a very good article…
    but what can I say… I put things off a lot and never seem to get anything done.

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