So, who is Who is Daniel Otto Jack Peterson?
Before we proceed, please let me steal a moment of your time, so I can say I did my job.
If you want to read ahead, that’s fine, but I recommend learning these two definitions I found on Google. “Ecocriticism” and “Thomism.” Don’t worry, I was confused at first.
“Ecocriticism” is the study of monsters and environment as represented by literature. I was confused at first with the word “ecocriticism.” It looked like the word “esoterism,” and this would make perfect sense given Daniel’s interests. “Esoterism” is the study of hidden and secret knowledge. For instance, “Western Esoterism” is a religion or is applicable to this line of thought. And the umbrella word “occult” definitely uses esoteric teaching.
And finally, “Thomism” is the study of St. Thomas Aquinas’s teachings and his followers. I would have never guessed this. Thomas Aquinas is a theologian, Philosopher, and Doctor of the Church. I do not know how to pronounce “Thomism” and I’m ok with that at least for today. lol
In Daniel Peterson’s Own Words…
“I am a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. My thesis is an ‘ecomonstrous’ reading of the fiction of R. A. Lafferty and Cormac McCarthy. I study monsters, the environment as represented by literature (ecocriticism), speculative realism, and Thomism. I also try to hone the craft of writing my own fiction when I can fit it in. I’ve had a few short stories published in indie press publications. Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Otto-Jack-Petersen/e/B00PMDN61A.
Authors that interest me include R. A. Lafferty, Cormac McCarthy, H. P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, Black Elk, G. K. Chesterton, Gene Wolfe, Michael Bishop, Cordwainer Smith, George Mackay Brown, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Jeff Vander Meer, Stephen Graham Jones, & Colson Whitehead (among many others). In the 1990s and 2000s I ‘sang’ in the punk/post-punk bands Blaster the Rocket Man and Voice of the Mysterons. I’m married to Andrea and we have five children, aged 5 to 20.”
So, before you go, I’d like to point out one of the authors Denial listed above. Jeff Vander Meer is his name. I hardly know a thing about the guy. I just randomly searched this author to see what Daniel’s fiction interests were. Jeff Vander Meer is a fiction writer, and The New Yorker named him the “King of Weird Fiction.” So I’ll admit I’m intrigued and I hope “King of Weird Fiction” catches your eye too.
Here are Daniel Otto Jack Peterson’s official websites. The blog is a must see.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Otto-Jack-Petersen/e/B00PMDN61A.