Tom Bradley is one of the most exasperating,
offensive, pleasurable, and brilliant writers I know.
I recommend his work to anyone with spiritual
fortitude and a taste for something so strange
that it might well be genius.
— Denis Dutton, Arts & Letters Daily
When Tom Bradley was a little boy he was given a gazetteer for Christmas. As little boys will, he looked up all the
places in the world that start with the F-word. There were two, Fukien in China and Fukuoka in Japan. Little did he
suspect that he would one day be exiled to both.
Tom is a former lounge harpist. During his pre-exilic period, he played his own transcriptions of Bach and Debussy
in a Salt Lake City synagogue that had been transformed into a pricey watering hole by a nephew of the Shah of Iran.
He taught British and American literature to Chinese
graduate students in the years leading up to the Tiananmen
Square massacre. He was politely invited to leave China after burning a batch of student essays about the democracy
movement rather than surrendering them to "the leaders."
He wound up teaching conversational skills to freshman dentistry majors in
the Japanese "imperial university" where
they used to vivisect our bomber pilots and serve their livers raw at festive
banquets. But his writing somehow
Tom Bradley's books include Felicia's Nose (with Carol Novack, illustrated by Nick Patterson, MadHat Press, 2012), Family Romance (Jaded Ibis Press, illustrated by Nick Patterson), A Pleasure Jaunt With One of the Sex Workers Who Don’t Exist in the People’s Republic of China (Neopoiesis Press), Even the Dog Won’t Touch Me (Ahadada Press), Hemorrhaging Slave of an Obese Eunuch (Dog Horn Publishing) and Put It Down in a Book (Drill Press, 3:AM Magazine’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2009). His next novel, with secret title and hidden nature, illustrated by the alchemical artist David Aronson, is coming next year from the occult publisher, Mandrake of Oxford. Further curiosity can be indulged at tombradley.org.
Tom Bradley's book with Carol Novack, Felicia's Nose, is available through MadHat Press: