Edward Reib was born in Arcadia, California, in 1978. He began writing short stories and poetry at age 12, and never really stopped. He spent his years working for Screen Actors Guild, volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity, and teaching Hermetic Kabbalah.
These days, Edward lives with his wife Priyal in Goa, India. A Yoga Teacher by trade, Edward has written numerous articles for blogs and periodicals, usually on subjects of religion and metaphysics. Thomas and The Wolf is his first published book.
"The new competition, the new race for space, the new rivalry is to uncreate rivalry. Those who accept this already know it. Those who resist it will create its joy being thrust upon them. Everybody gets to win."
Tom is a young LeftTuber doing his best to balance having a personal life, making the world a better place, and pleasing the demanding YouTube algorithm.
Jacob "The Wolf" Freeman is the unofficial mascot of the alt-right.
Thomas and The Wolf tells the tale of a time these two very different Americans met, what they discovered, and how they became partners in crime.
"The eastern influenced metaphysical basis is refreshing to see as a foundation for such a western setting and language. Rather subversive."
- Craig Tisdale
We've searched the skies and combed the Earth, drained the sea, put a camera up an atom, and the single most interesting thing we can find is human consciousness.
Edward Reib's short stories are different.
They are often fast-paced and ethereal. They often end just when you think it's starting to get going.
These 31 short stories were written over a period of about as many years, arranged in a way that tells another story, if you squint a bit. Sometimes they are lucid and intensely personal. Other times, science fiction, but the author is never too far away from the story. Sometimes the protagonist dies, which sometimes goes badly, and other times it goes well. Other times it's all just silly.
So if you enjoy mind-bending, surreal, multi-dimensional Burroughsian gibberish, then look no further than The Small Grey Mouse And Other Short Stories. If not, it's probably best to read something else, if I'm being honest.
"The use of colored text helps guide the reader through the supernal journeys of various entertaining characters."
- Lorraine Evanoff
Edward Reib's The Small Grey Mouse And Other Short Stories includes: The Small Grey Mouse, The Last, The Multiverse Cartographer, Do You Hear the Colorado River?, MEST-Pudding, Truth Serum, Mosquito, Cemetery, Gooey Bubble of Graven Images, Charles the Grey, Monk, Crossed Wires, Journaling, Tiri and Mel, The Death of Henry, The Quarter, Synaptic Orchestra, Argon, Ghostwords, Ch’Kung!, The Thoth Parade, Fred and Dog Biscuit, The Dice, Story, The Twelfth String, Egrigore, Barista, The Path of John-Bob, Our Great Leader, Mushrooms, & Larry The Librarian.
Taco is a collection of Edward's poetry written from 1999 till 2017.
The majority of the book is the section called "Entertunion Senryu". If you have the time, interest, and patience to read thousands and thousands of haikus, by the end you'll have a good idea of what it was like from the inside of the Entertainment Industry during the rise of YouTube and Netflix and so on, as well as the increase in online piracy, and how all these things affected the machinery of Hollywood.
The rest of it varies. Some of it is funny, some silly, some free-associated, some deeply introspective. A whole spectrum, really.
The paperback is 5" x 8", and 571 pages.
After you've finished reading Thomas and The Wolf, if you enjoyed it, might I recommend my dad's book TRANSFORMATIONS which he wrote in 1976.
It can work as a sequel to Thomas and The Wolf, actually, as it will shed light on the character "Samuel" as well as on my own inspiration for writing Thomas and The Wolf in the first place.
TRANSFORMATIONS, for those who've read Thomas and The Wolf, is the closest thing there is in the real world to the leather-bound book in the cubical tent.
"With so many of us here who journey, and with more of us popping through to NOW-awareness every parsec," Edward Reib felt the time was right to publish his late father's magnum opus, TRANSFORMATIONS, which he wrote in 1976.
The book evades description. Small portions of it were used to be the voice of Samuel in the red-letter text of Edward Reib's recent Debut Novella, Thomas and The Wolf.
Suffice to say, TRANSFORMATIONS is the product of a brilliant man deeply rooted in Eastern and Western Esotericism, after he had recently undergone E.S.T. training. Reflecting on the world around him, from Arcadia California of 1976, he wrote something of a Tao te Ching.
The book reads as though it were a letter, or a series of letters, written to you, the reader. This voice tells intriguing stories of other places, and of this place which he calls "The Fleshplace". He gives friendly advice to the reader, helps them remember things from before, dances and plays with the reader's mind.
In addition, it is divided into chapters and verses, perhaps to make clear that it should be taken with the same reverence, or lack thereof, as sacred scripture.
Sonnet1.bas is a GW-Basic, sort of vintage '80s, program written by Edward Reib. The program composes an infinite (almost) variety of randomly generated, but grammatically correct, pseudo-Shakespearean sonnets.
So, naturally, somewhere in The Grid there is a Doppelganger of Edward who wears a blue (usually) light suit and speaks only in dramatically pontificated sincere but nonsensical, sometimes funny, sometimes dirty, sometimes thought-provoking, iambic pentameter-ish.
If you read it slowly, and take the time to really visualize and conceptualize each thing he's saying, this book can help alleviate the harmful effects of word-virus. Or, at the very least, you're sure to get a chuckle or two out of it. I can’t imagine there could ever be a greater fan of Sonnet1 than his User.
The paperback is 7" x 10", and 531 pages.
The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this book are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.