Gene Head is a Fiction writer, and author of the new novels The Orchard, Supercilious, and the pitiless inferno Nudie Mag.
A professional knockabout across a broad spectrum of menial career paths, Gene has spent the last two decades rigorously noting the often wildly unreasonable milieu of a labour factotum’s daily trials, giving his writing and characters a palpable grit, which is unputdownable. His fiction is set in both real and fictitious townships of a surreal Australian topography.
Gene has attended writing seminars, namely an intensive writing discussion with seasoned Australian literary novelist Stephen Carroll during the 2019 Brisbane Writers Festival. He has had select short publications printed in Torpedo #6 The Bullet (Monkey Vs Falcon) AUS [under pen name Joshua Okokin] and the Anthology Yuck #7 (Milk Shadow Books) AUS [pen name Joshua Head].
Gene lives and works out of his home in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast; his study walls blanketed by artworks from a previous life as an accomplished illustrator. He was one of twenty-five recipients of the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Art, two years running, selected from more than 15,000 entries, then obtained a bachelor’s degree in Illustration from Melbourne Polytechnic. These achievements only deepening the creative potency he would later unbind in his writing career. Along with his writing credits, Gene has had his artwork featured in such counterculture periodicals as the popular American quarterly Tiki Magazine USA.
“My current influences include, Mikhail Bulgakov, Chuck Palahniuk, Charles Bukowski, and Franz Kafka. My work might be defined as Dirty Realism meets Magic Realism.” – Gene Head