Jeff Mach has what’s been called “the best supervillain origin story since the Joker fell into a vat of chemicals.”
He’s a writer, creator, event promoter, and a builder of ideas; he’s put on some of the world’s most iconic events for geeks, nerds, Steampunks, weirdos, and unusual people. He’s been writing for some thirty years now. He’s fascinated by thoughts gone strange, short-short science fiction, dark or strange humor, and dystopias.
Jeff is the creator of the first Steampunk Rock Opera, “Absinthe Heroes”. He’s been a practicing musician for over 30 years, and has written a number of song cycles. In 2017, he wrote “Beneath”, about the relationships between humans and monsters. Jeff’s grown increasingly fascinated with our ideas of good and evil, and the stories we tell about those things. Also, he really, really thinks Darth Vader is cool.
Jeff Mach invented and ran The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire, The Geeky Kink Event, The Steampunk World’s Fair, The International Steampunk City, The Midsummer Magick Faire, The Anachronism NYC, Halloween in December, and numerous other events whose goals were to bring unusual people together to have a great time.
Jeff is forty-four years old and lives in Hackensack, New Jersey, with the company of his collection of several-thousand books, almost all purchased at bag sales for about a quarter a piece. He loves giving used books a new home. He prefers writing longhand, and then editing as he types things up.
Jeff’s writing influences include Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin, Daniel Pinkwater, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett.
You can find Jeff’s writing at www.JeffMachWrites.com.
Jeff Mach is also the author of “There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN: Diary of a Dark Lord” – coming out in July 2019 from Infinity Press. He’s available for interviews and villainous hate mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“There is a white wizard, cloaked in spellcraft and guile and a truly astonishing sense of self-righteousness, and he simply will not stop slaughtering The Chosen One until he kills me.”
Set in a fantasy world of unmanageable magics and questionable cosmology, “There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN: A Dark Lord’s Journal” is the peculiar, blackly satirical tale of the Dark Lord, who is amassing an army of Things of the Night, and awaiting likely death at the hands of:
The Elves: A beautiful, shiny, sociopathic species whose language is entirely sarcasm.
The Dwarves: Doomed hammer-swinging dwellers of the underground.
The Armies of Man: No one tells a better tale, or causes a more rapid extinction.
The White Wizard: Embodiment of all that is good and right; just ask him.
The Chosen One: Victim–sorry, meant to say “Hero”–of a glorious prophecy. The Chosen One is destined to bring down the Dark Lord, if not killed first. In which case, The White Wizard will have to find a replacement. Again.
Behold! A (relatively) epic narration of world-changing events, told from the point of view of the Dark Lord. ‘Tis a story of shattering destiny, drinking, arcane secrets, drinking, and battles worth of the Sagas. Well, not the Sagas of Men, but the Orcs have probably got something to say about it. Let’s get going; it’s time to steal the Sun.
“There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN” is the first novel by Jeff Mach, playwright, event creator, and certified Dark Lord.
“Amazing book. Interesting theme. Strange at first, but then you get into it. It’s been years since I’ve been able to get into a tilted-universe, philosoohically-based type of Sci-Fi like (as mentioned in previous reviews) Douglas Adams, etc. Originally I started reading it on Kindle – liked it so much I bought not only one hardcopy for myself, but a second hardcopy for my oldest kid. Definitely an interesting and unique (but in a good way) work. It’s one of those books where I’m sure as I step away from it or discuss it with others who have read it, that I will come to realizations that I missed the first time around and be drawn to read it again. That is the definition of a good book to me – one that draws you back again and again and again…
Expand your mindfulness. Definitely a worthwhile read…”
“What a delightful little romp into the dark side! Here we have a loquacious super villain pontificating their own existence while besmirching the good names of elves and unicorns. There’s a lot to love here – a playfulness of language, a sense of well timed whimsy, and at times glimmers of wise insight you wouldn’t really expect. It’s a bit light on plot but it was too funny to care that much. I mean parables from the dark side? Yes, please. I have already recommended it to other twisted minds.”
“This is one of those books were the first line in the first chapter grabs you and continues to hold on. It’s funny and awesome at the same time”
“Five stars; I found the physical copy of the book to be great for napping on… and for sharpening one or more of my claws. The binding, however, did not taste good. -10/10 do not recommend eating.
An easy, fun read for any minion who wants to get a taste of what’s going on in their Overlord’s head. It’s almost charming.”