Nelson McKeeby in 2016, Boston MA.
The Pirate Author
Nelson is an autistic self-described author of biomythographic metafictional hypernarratives which are sometimes placed in the movement of new American romanticism. Most of his work starts from historical research, and then takes a surrealistic bend from there.
His work is known for deep characterization, complex plots, a certain disdain for traditional editing styles, and the tendency to blur the lines between reality and fiction
He maintains a blog in an irregular fashion at http://virdea.net/
Why did I start this project?
New American Romanticism
I met Nelson McKeeby for the first time nine years ago, but it was only three years ago that I heard him address the nature of his art. At the time he was writing under nearly a dozen pen names, working as a media consultant, teaching seminars in media, and had acquired the type of low grade reputation that many hard working cogs in the machine of American commercial creativity achieve simply by being around forever. It was during this well attended talk on creativity in Peterborough, New Hampshire that he defined what he thought was going on in American media today.
Since then I have attended or collected recordings of his talks on a number of subjects that are important for understanding his body of work. In a way, the subjects listed to the right could be considered elements of new American romanticism.
Norwegian Stylist Henrietta is the first website I have found on the Conspiracy of the Ravens. Currently written in English for what appears to be a university project, it is more of a character roundup that tries to make sense of the various characters, and not so much a fanzine. She is tracking this site and we will be trading information, although our takes on the series are different.
Some Oral History
I have promises from some long time friends of Nelson McKeeby who have offered to write short stories about meeting him or interacting with him. Since much of what I know about him comes from reading his writings or speaking directly to him, I thought it would be cool to add another dimension by letting his friends and colleagues tell small anecdotes about their encounters with him over the years.