James Burr

Infobox Writer
name = James Burr

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birthname = James Burkes

birthdate = birth date and age|1971|3|22|df=yes
birthplace = Wolverhampton, England
nationality = English
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active = 1997 ndash Present
genre = Slipstream (genre), Bizarro fiction, Satire
subject = Romantic love, Insanity, Consensus reality
influences = Philip K. Dick, Chris Morris, J.G.Ballard, David Cronenbourg

website = http://www.myspace.com/jamesburr
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James Burr is an English writer of dark, although often humorous, paranoiac fiction. His first collection of short stories, "Ugly Stories For Beautiful People" [British Fantasy Society (2007) News: Ugly Stories For Beautiful People by James Burr now available! http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/news/?p=153] was published in 2007 and was favourably compared to the work of Russell Hoban, early Kurt Vonnegut. [Tennant, P (2007) Black Static Magazine, http://ttapress.com/286/peter-tennants-case-notes-36/] and Philip K. Dick [Bowden, J. Raw Edge Magazine. http://www.rawedgemagazine.co.uk/] . His work has often been described as Bizarro fiction [Rubenstein, N (2007) Horrorworld, http://www.horrorworld.org/december_2007.htm] although he has no direct links to the group of writers working under that banner.

His work echoes that of early J.G.Ballard with its fascination with the mundane grittiness of the concrete underpass or the wet tarmac street, but it also has similarities with the surreal satirical works of Will Self, and the reality-questioning works of Cartesian doubt for which Philip K. Dick was so well-known. Indeed, Burr is a well-known admirer of Dick's work having written a piece about him for The Guardian newspaper in 1995. He is currently working on his first novel, "Razor Moccasins." [Burr, J. (2007) http://www.myspace.com/jamesburr]


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