Deran Ludd takes traditional genre fiction, twists it and twists it, adds unusual characters, and tells tales pumped with action, woe, and dark humor.

Ludd is the author of two published novels:

Sick Burn Cut (Semiotext[e], 1992) was optioned for a film, and a screenplay was developed by the author. A slightly reworked excerpt from the novel appeared in the German short story anthology AmLit (Druckhaus Galrev, 1992).

No Aloha (Semiotext[e], 1999; DIY ebook edition, 2010) has been a part of class required or supplementary reading on the collegiate level, and No ALoha has been included in bibliographies and suggested reading lists from libraries.

Ludd is also the author of several short stories, including four e-short stories, all available for FREE from most ebook outlets.


Ludd’s favorite books, and authors that have influenced him:

Louis-Ferdinand Celine, North

Erskine Caldwell, Poor Fool, Tobacco Road

Lydia Lunch, Daddy Dearest

Daniel Woodrell, Winter’s Bone

Samuel R. Delaney, Dhalgren

Per Pettersen, Out Stealing Horses

James Purdy, Narrow Rooms

Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff

John Rechy, City of Night

Jane Bowles, Two Serious Ladies

Donald Goines, Never Die Alone

Senji Kuroi, Life In The Cul-De-Sac

Manuel Munoz, Zigzagger

Dennis Cooper, Closer, A Herd

William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys, Nova Express, The Place Of Dead Roads

Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Hubert Selby Jr, Last Exit To Brooklyn

Tarjei Vesaas, Spring Night, The Ice Palace

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, The Orchard Keeper

Takako Takahashi, Lonely Woman

Jim Thompson, Pop. 1280, The Grifters, The Killer Inside Me


I was also very influenced by movies, all of my novels and short stories are very visual. When I’m writing, I’m seeing what I want to write. Films showed me different ways of seeing stories. (Listed, by director and then title)

John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy

David Lynch, Blue Velvet, Twin PeaksMulholland Drive

John Waters, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble

Jim Jarmusch, Stranger Than Paradise, Ghost Dog

Takeshi Kitano, Sonatine, A Scene At The Sea

Ridley Scott, Blade Runner

Sophia Copolla, The Virgin Suicides

Wim Wenders, The American Friend

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Fear Eats The Soul, Fox And His Friends

Jed Johnson, Bad

Joseph H. Lewis, Gun Crazy

Tim Hunter, River’s Edge

Gus Van Sant, Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy


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