Colin Fleming composes fiction and writes on a myriad of subjects—sports, art, architecture, literature, jazz, dance, history, classical music, film, and rock and roll. His work has appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Tin House, The New York Times Book Review, The New Criterion, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, BookForum, ARTnews, ESPN The Magazine, Salon, Time Out New York, Nerve, The Smart Set, The Village Voice, The American Scholar, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, MOJO, Paris Review Daily, Salmagundi, The Word, JazzTimes, Gramophone, Esquire.com, Architectural Record, Spin, Boston Review, DownBeat, Azure, The Barnes and Noble Review, The LA Times, PopMatters, The Boston Phoenix, The Wilson Quarterly, Vibe, Art In America, Fanfare, Art New England, The San Francisco Chronicle, The American Interest, Film Comment, Metropolis, Seattle Weekly, The Brooklyn Rail, Sight and Sound, Rain Taxi, The Oxford American, The Washington Post, Bright Lights Film Journal, The Missouri Review, Vanity Fair, The New Statesman, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, The New Haven Review, The American Interest, Cineaste, The Northwest Review, Smithsonian, World Literature Today, Sport Literate, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.
His first book, Dark March: Stories for When the Rest of the World is Asleep, was released June 8, 2013, from Outpost19, and was followed by Between Cloud and Horizon: A Relationship Casebook in Stories on August 20, 2013 from Texas Review Press.
The Anglerfish Comedy Troupe: Stories from the Abyss will follow from Dzanc in April 2015. And by the abyss, what is meant is the abyss’s abyss. Fucked up. And gutting. O so gutting. But with humor. So you get to laugh, too.
His short stories have recently appeared in—or are forthcoming from—Virginia Quarterly Review, Post Road, Southwest Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, The Hopkins Review, Bull, Boulevard, L Magazine, AGNI Online, The Republic of Letters, TriQuarterly, The Southampton Review, PEN America, Gargoyle, Green Mountains Review, The Texas Review, Black Clock, Prime Mincer, Joyland, New York Tyrant, Slice Magazine, and The Massachusetts Review.
In October 2013 he completed his first book of nonfiction, Don’t Call Them Pieces: Excursions in Art, Music, Literature, Film, and the Writing Life, which is comprised of work culled from many of the aforementioned venues.
He is presently finishing a novel about a genius piano prodigy—and his pet hermit crab—who would rather be anything but called The Freeze Tag Sessions, and a new kind of music book called Just Give Me the Backing: A Life Lived to the Music of the Beatles which examines the direct impact of the band’s music in shaping a life.
Subsequent pipeline: Here, Googan Googan: Cape Cod, Home Videos, the One that Got Away, and All Manner of Briney Salvation from the Edge of America, some fiction straight from the lobster pot. A second novel, Musings with Franklin, which is set in a bar in what may or may not be hell, where the regulars—Writer, Bartender, and the guy from the suburbs who dresses up as Ben Franklin—gather, and is told entirely in conversations, which one can, should one choose to, drink along to. A book as drinking game for college kids, or mineable territory for students of literature. Depending upon where you stand on such things.
A third novel featuring a reoccurring duo throughout his fiction called Padraig and Lorcan: The Demands of Crime, the Logistics of Friendship, and the Art of Taking the Piss, is underway, with a children’s book, Silas Beaverton: The Beaver Who Tried to Dam the Ocean, to follow, plus a collection of fiction set against various aspects of Beatles history, a hockey novel, a book about rock and roll bootlegs, a study of virtuosos throughout history, and Death Me: Stories from the Point of No Return, a work for the Reaper in all of us.
As he is a firm believer that time and tide waits for no man, he is a doubly firm believer in keeping busy.
Here’s the scallywag on NPR’s Weekend Edition talking about the Beatles with host Rachel Martin.