U.L. HARPER IS A SPECULATIVE FICTION/HORROR AUTHOR, INFLUENCED BY MAGICAL REALISM. A FORMER JOURNALIST FROM LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, HE NOW RESIDES IN THE EVERGREEN STATE OF WASHINGTON WITH HIS WIFE. HE IS A SOON-TO-BE FATHER.
I began writing one-page stories in the summer after sixth grade. These were handwritten, never edited, and many times, lost pieces of fiction. You can imagine stories about pools of blood and kids jumping across dimensions. Eventually, I finished my first novel. The Nothing Bottom. I have no recollection of what it was about. But I do remember by the end I thought it sucked. It too was handwritten in a spiral bound notebook. I think it got wet, and that was that.
Keep in mind this is all happening while taking journalism classes. Journalism is where I learned to write. Subject before verb and pay attention to dangling modifiers. Those were my personal rules for years. The English classes talked about thinking how to write rather than writing. I could have benefitted from another grammar class but that didn’t happen.
During this time, I found a voice in freestyle poetry. A friend and I published a monthy chapbook call The Body Politic. Very fun, and challenging. Because of this experience, to this day you’ll find a prose style that’s meant to be read aloud in my narrative every now and then. It’s like I’m writing in riffs.
Here’s a secret. More than one person has told me that my work falls into the horror category, so I label it that to check the boxes online and otherwise. But I don’t really write horror, no matter how much gore there might be. I believe the genre an author writes in is an approach rather than a checklist of styled events. To put it differently, if you get scared because someone got peeled like an ear of corn then that’s how you took it, but I didn’t mean it to be frightening. Kind of like how my rare sex scenes don’t make me an erotica writer.
I grew up in Long Beach, California but spent a bunch of time in San Pedro and was greatly affected by it. San Pedro has a certain smell, and is quite the interesting small town. Although there is no place like San Pedro, Long Beach is where my heart is, is where I learned things don’t need to be okay. You can be homeless, regardless of how hard you work or what your intentions are. I lived in other places around Long Beach, Los Angeles County, but I’m not here for a life story. What’s important is that there are many people to thank. I didn’t get here alone. Since I believe in all or nothing, I’m saying nothing. Not enough time to tell about all.
I now reside in Puyallup, Washington.
Got married in the house where we currently live. Child on the way.
It rains a lot out here, and I’m fine with that.
Thanks for being here.
Keep in touch.