about

Imagine if characters in a world you invented were searching for your protagonist — before or after the events of a novel. That’s what I imagined and that’s what I’m doing with this website. I wrote an urban fantasy novel, populated by artists who learn that creativity and access to magic are the same but at a cost.

  • Stories on this site are written by these fictitious artists.
  • A story is:
    • a first-person account of magic & mystery (short fiction).
    • a blog post that is mostly nonfiction, covering real art, artists, galleries, cultural history, literature.

Why wouldn’t I just write another novel? Well, I am writing one, but this site is a way to continue the mythology of Galen Gorry and People Without Names. It’s a way to keep Galen Gorry alive, a way to keep me alive. His life and my life are connected, just as yours and mine. Here’s a glimpse of his life:

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People Without Names

a novel by Tommy Tung

Since he fell in love with a Jinni, Galen Gorry hasn’t set foot in Los Angeles but now he’s returning to the city that broke his heart, because someone’s got to stop a faction of Jinn from owning all the magic.

Magic is meant for everyone, Gorry knows. Artists just pick it up faster. As a painting prodigy, Gorry showed writers, musicians, and creative types in L.A. that magic and art were the same: an ability to render reality. Some of his protégés could read your life history by touching your skin. Some could paralyze you with a crow’s feather. But then some started killing with their talents. Gorry couldn’t stop them all nor could he stop his Jinni lover from dying.

Eight years later, Gorry needs more than magic against the Jinn who are masters of it, according to Islamic mythology. He needs the help of a bitter ex, an estranged friend, resentful artists, and even a skinwalker he’s killed a few times. More than anything, Gorry needs to love people enough again to save them. That’s the only way creativity survives for the human race.

urban fantasy | literary fiction
seeking literary representation & publication

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photography by Joel Harris

Want to help bring People Without Names to life?

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Then I need your help.

And it won’t cost you any money.

People Without Names is more likely to become a novel if publishers can no longer ignore it. That can be achieved by simply tweeting U.S. publishers the short link for the about page — http://bit.ly/2hHsjk4— and telling them you want to read this book:

  • Tor Books — https://twitter.com/torbooks
  • Harper Voyager — https://twitter.com/HarperVoyagerUS
  • Penguin Random House — https://twitter.com/penguinrandom
  • Orbit Books — https://twitter.com/orbitbooks

Or you can contact them on other social channels, or email them directly:

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Not your style? Not a problem. Even sharing this site with your friends can make a world of difference and a world of magic, so thank you.

Sincerely,
Tommy Tung

2 thoughts on “about

  1. Let me tell you something. This was pretty cool. I came across this entirely by accident, in an Internet search for a man with no name; this little scavenger hunt across your stories ended up pulling me in. I like what you’ve done and written, and I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your endeavors, but I’m very conflicted here. I spent so much time searching through your site because your page didn’t make much sense to me, and it seemed like a cool mystery. I don’t know if you’ll get a whole lot of traffic with your set-up. Either you need to need to broaden your cool mystery vibe you’ve got going on, or you need to make it obvious what this site is. Again, I like what you’ve got going, but I was mostly engaged with the mysterious riddle, and I don’t know if this is the best way to mobilize people for your book. But then again, what do I know? I’m just a dude at a computer. Anyways, best of luck!

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    • I appreciate your feedback and the time you took to explain your user experience, so I took your advice and slightly redesigned the UX of the site! Thank you. Now the about page + novel page = just one about page with all the info about who I am and what I’m doing with the site. And the call to action at the end of every post is no longer the password-protected riddle a reader has to solve with the 5 stories. Now, readers are just enticed into either reading the 5 mysteries or into arriving at this about page.

      The site will evolve again when the book is published — whether that’s through a traditional publisher or an independent means of distribution.

      My connection with my audience is an essential part of how this site lives and grows, so thank you again.

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