Mark Hurley

The author's professional portfolio and résumé.

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Welcome to the professional portfolio of Mark Hurley, author.

On this site, you will find fiction, nonfiction, video game lore and scripts, novellas, poetry, journalism… everything Mark Hurley has successfully attempted in his career as a writer.

Please feel free to browse, take a look at the resume page, and contact Mark at firstworldstandards@gmail.com with employment opportunities, long-term and freelance. Use the category navigation links in the right hand column, or get a closer look below. Condensed digital file or hard copy available upon request, email: firstworldstandards@gmail.com

Creative Nonfiction was Mark’s specialty in college, and the basis of his masters thesis at Hofstra University. Employing the diction and devil-may-care structure of Faulkner, combined with the humorously self-depricating style of Sedaris, Mark’s essays attempt to embrace the modern affectation of the personal essay while adding a sense of social understanding (or guile, Mark has plenty of that). Read his nonfiction here.

Fantasy writing was Mark’s major duty at Red Dust Studios. RDS has since closed its doors, but was a company committed to creating a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG), in the vein of World of Warcraft. Such a project requires world building and maintenance, creating a rich history for an entire fictional planet, including characters, locations, historical events, religions and cults, etc. It was a major undertaking to weave the threads of Raan in a believeable and entertaining manner, but with the help of the writing team (Scott Lipsey, Mick Axelrod, John Wesley Hardin) this was accomplished with apparent ease. Read Mark’s contributions to the lore of Raan here.

Video Game Scripts and other internal creative documents became a specialty of Mark’s while working at Red Dust Studios. These were documents not meant for public consumption, but as technical specs, mood indications, and physical descriptions of locations, characters and non-player characters (NPCs), quests, etc. for artists and musicians that would later design them based on those specs. While these documents were considered fluid, and not truly completed until deep into production phase, the documents included here are examples of the level of detail and consideration that were expected of the Red Dust writers daily.

Poetry is a side passion of Mark’s, and echoes with influences such as Louise Gluck and Terrance Hayes. Read Mark’s poetry here.

Journalism is another trade Mark has been successful at. He is the editor and creative director for the successful internet magazine The Bajeezus (link outstanding). He has contributed with great success as the television editor of CC2K, with a world class article located here. He has also done music and venue reviews  and opinion for Radio Exile and My Vegas Scene. His was also one of two major articles on the curious case of Heather Barwick. See selections of Mark’s articles here.

Political Writing is also a burgeoning career for Mark. He has ghost written letters and speeches for several Nevada politicians, and is in discussions to expand his influence. His wife Dani put it best: He does not want to be Abraham Lincoln, he wants to be the guy who wrote the Gettysburg Address. Because of the secretive nature of political ghost writing, it is difficult to showcase his talents in this forum, but what he can show you can find here.

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Written by scumbagstyle

July 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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  1. nice to find another fantasy writer you tried sci fi?

    THE BEATY

    August 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

    • thanks dude. i’m in the middle of a sci fi product right now, actually. haven’t decided if it will be full form or a graphic novel. i’ll check out your site right now.

      scumbagstyle

      August 13, 2010 at 4:16 am


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