by Robert K. Blechman
illustrated by David Arshawsky
“Limited to 140 characters to confess his sins and meet his Maker, ‘tweeting’ may not have been the best use of Willum Granger’s final moments.”
NeoPoiesis Press announces the release of Executive Severance, a laugh-out-loud comic mystery novel originally posted in real time tweets on Twitter that is compelling, entertaining, and shows off what can be done in the 140-character form with style and mastery. With send-ups of the mystery genre, social media conventions and cell phone behavior, Executive Severance is a cornucopia of word play and comic misdirection stuffed with punny dialogue, clever character conditions, and a total lack of adherence to the old “rules” of storytelling. Robert K. Blechman’s delight in the language shows in every tweet – that is to say, every thread of the story. His plot is tight, tingling, and diverting.
More details concerning this Twitter novel can be found at Whale Fire a companion blog that will complement the mystery tale and explore the many literary and social media references embedded in the Executive Severance text.
About the Author
Robert K. Blechman is not a cartoonist. That’s Robert O. Robert K. was born at the start of the turbulent 1950’s and spent the first 17 years of his life in a house on the western boundary between Maryland and the District of Columbia, that is, on the demarcation line determining voting and non-voting citizenship. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in English Literature and went on to earn an MBA in finance and a Ph.D. in Media Ecology from New York University.
Until recently Dr. Blechman held a senior technology position at a St. George’s University. He has worked a variety of iconic institutions including Columbia University Medical Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, HarperCollins Publishers, Olympia & York Real Estate Management and CBS News.
Dr. Blechman continues to tweet at RKBs_Twitstery, discusses his Media Ecological musings and speculations at his blog, “A Model Media Ecologist” and is hard at work on a follow-up novel to Executive Severance.
Robert K. Blechman
NeoPoiesis Press/December 14, 2011
5.5×8.5; perfect bound, paper/ $16.95/ 148 pages
“Executive Severance, a laugh out loud comic mystery novel, epitomizes our current cultural moment in that it is born from the juxtaposition of authorial invention and technological communication innovation. Merging creative text with new electronic context, Robert K. Blechman’s novel, which originally appeared as Twitter entries, can be read on a cell phone. His tweets which merge to form an entertaining novel can’t be beat. Hold the phone; exalt in the mystery–engage with Blechman’s story which signals the
inception of a new literary art form.”
– Marleen S. Barr, author of Envisioning the Future: Science Fiction and the Next Millennium
“A He Dunit. Sometimes a little verbose, but OMG this is the best twitstery I ever read. It’s got everything: narrative drive, mystery, comedy, thrills, tension, laughs. Blechman is on to something, a genre as important to literature as the invention of haiku in rhyme. …”
– Marvin Kitman, author, The Man Who Wouldn’t Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O’Reilly
“A delightful ‘twitstery’ – a mystery written in real time Tweets – that is compelling, entertaining, and shows off what can be done in the 140-character form with style and mastery. Blechman’s delight in the language shows in every tweet – that is to say, every thread of the story. His plot is tight, tingling, and diverting. Poe would have been proud of the new form Blechman has given to the mystery story.”
– Paul Levinson, author New New Media and The Plot to Save Socrates
“Embracing the challenges found in publishing via the medium Twitter, Bob Blechman’s super silly story Executive Severance is stuffed with punny dialogue, clever character conditions, and a total lack of adherence to the old “rules” of storytelling. It’s a meaty tale told in deliciously rare, bite-sized chunks that I’d recommend for consumption to anyone hungering for fiction that satisfies. Well-done, Bob!”
– Michelle Anderson, mediaChick, author of The Miracle in July – a digital love story