Novelist & Artist, Joe Turk
Joe Turk was born a second son. At the age of sixteen, his working class family moved from his rural childhood home to a university town where he graduated high school and received a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. After college he traveled to Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, and much of the US, before taking up residence in Dallas, then later Oklahoma City, and finally Charlotte, working at each stop as a residential architect. In 2008 he sold his home and moved back to the grasslands where he dedicated himself to writing fiction and making oil paintings.
Though Joe has been painting for many years, he formally entered the arts scene in early 2013 with gallery representation with Obsolete Gallery in Venice, California and Kasum Contemporary Art in Oklahoma City.
Joes gracefully intense artworks drew swift applause from collectors who were struck by his emotive paintings. Since experiencing a rapid rise in popularity Joe has relocated out of state where he paints most of the month; returning home for short stints in his native Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The End is Near…and it’s Corporately Sponsored.
Making Monsters is an apocalyptic horse race. Ozark reluctantly participates in a half-baked conspiracy to overthrow the United Corporations of America. But time is running out. Manmade earthquakes create sinkholes that devour the landscape. Engineered sterility devastates crops and plant life. Chemically induced insomnia spreads like a virus. Scorned militants indulge dark desires. And ancient, subterranean nightmares will compete to bring the era of man to an abrupt and unmerciful conclusion.
Review: Making Monsters
“Simply exquisite. Joe Turk’s story was powerful and irresistible. The satire presented in his book drew me in instantly for a most compelling read. Comical, sarcastic, yet very true to life. As an avid reader, I highly recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy reading a very amusing tale in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn through explosive events and realistic characters in such an entertaining way that leads to environmental disaster. It definitely leaves you with that “wow” feeling. Top notch!”
BREAKING THE TOY
The First Novel of The Waiting Room Trilogy.
With more than 7 billion flesh and blood avatars fighting for sport and resources, earning money points and engaging in romance, the Living Game has never been so popular. Breaking the Toy is a nightmare comedy that pits an ancient organization against the raw rage of a brilliant misanthrope.
This brilliant story is set against the backdrop of The Waiting Room- a purgatorial sanctuary where those between lives observe other players roam the spherical map.
Review: Breaking The Toy
“This new author has a gift for creating characters and NEW ideas! I believe Turk displays a combination of some great predecessors of fiction. He has the sense of drama and plot of Tom Clancy, the character building and far reaching imagination of CS Lewis, and the ability to create dark characters such as those created by Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and found myself laughing often at the unexpected and welcome comic relief during some tense or violent scenes. This should hit the big screen!”