Author Biography, Acknowledgements and Bibliography

Ken Despotiko


Author Biography

Kenneth MacKriell lives on the south coast and is dad to two wonderful children; Connor and Seren. He passionately loves music, science fiction, history, politics and philosophy, and shooting a bow. He’s knee deep in a Classical Civilisation MA, has been training in martial arts since he was twenty-one, describes himself as an ‘outraged liberal’, and still occasionally  runs an RPG because it’s fun. His hair is presently deserting his head faster than conscripts in a Russian winter and he has a wonky eye, but other than that he’s in extremely good shape. He also likes to write about himself in the third-person because it sounds more authoritative, and digs up temples in the Aegean in his spare time (of which he has very little).

He will almost certainly say yes if you offer to buy him a drink.

As a final note, Kenneth would also like you to know that Hunting Party is a work of fiction and not a political manifesto.



Hunting Party is in your hands thanks to and because of the following people, places and things:

Rachel, Connor-Beast & Princess Seren Pookalook, Ma & Pop, ‘Manna & Nugget, Paulie & Asli G, the readers (Dr Matt, Jeffers and his Law of Diminishing Returns, Teresa J, Dr Dan Hume, Evil PJT, Katie P-P, Dave P-P  and his Mid-Atlantic Duckcam, DJ Argus McWargus, James Carden, Little/Big Rob Wyle, & Dr Swinging Pan-International Infomatic G), Simon Hitchcock for turning lead into gold, Auntie Bet (for feeding the geek in me – RIP), Bella (my punk rock), all the Interwired people (especially LX and TC), the original UHC & Desmond Crisis, Owen O’D & Queen Lynds, Simon ‘Two Gats’ P, Daniel S. Laufer, Tom ‘Mr Tomnus’ Hume, Richard M. Albon the Polystyrene King, Rebecca Hume, the Interpol 2027 team, Misty the Navajo Barmaid (RIP), Michael Moorcock, Mondo 2000, Vienna, T.S. Elliot, China Mieville, London, Iain (M) Banks, Clutch, Ravensbury Court, Ken MacLeod, Tamzin Nobes, The Postal Service, Judy & Bear, Hunter S. Thompson, The Cure, Josh & Sadie, Albert Camus, Ben House, Shaun W. Keaveny, NMA, Sallymonkey, Lucy Dancer, Orbital, Bruce Sterling, Breakfastaz, Feather & Cara Groetzinger, William Gibson, Trent Reznor, Albert Hoffman, Splitloop, Rico, Brighton, Estrela, Damien ‘High Rise Drifter’ Gerard, Jeff Noon, Joe West, Team Mayhem, Aldous Huxley, Henry Rollins, NOLA, Alexander Shulgin, Gary Numan, Alan Turing, David & Jo-Ann Reynolds (RIP), The Lost Boys, George Gordon Byron, Kid Beyond, the Bay Area, Richard Brautigan, Black Rock City, Frances Eley, Bat for Lashes, Sami Giron, Elizabeth Kershaw, the 303 and the 808, Bill Hicks, Tom Waits, Charles Babbage, New Kingdom, W.B. Yeats, Richard Morgan, LCD Soundsystem, Imogen M. Thomas, Douglas Rushkoff, Michael Franti, Dan & Denise Pliskin, Mick Farren, Ada Lovelace, Hybrid, Maximum Mike & RTG, sweet girly coffee, Annie Nightingale, Space Island, Curve, BBC 6 Music, Neil & White Crane Fighting Arts/Shaolin Dog boxing, Lyndsey Best, Plato, Paul Turner and everyone at Broadsword, Kraftwerk, whisky distilleries everywhere, Johnny Cash, Team Tartaruga, night driving, Passengers, and many others.

All quotes and references are made with genuine love and admiration, without any particular permission but with no intention of infringement of copyright. Any comparisons between persons living or dead are probably deliberate but don’t get bent about it – it’s because you’re special.

And finally I thank you, dear readers. This story is dedicated to you all.

With love,


Bibliography & Quotes

p.194: Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-18) – Canto II/XVI – Lord George Byron

p.238: The Waste Land – Part I: The Burial of The Dead (1922) – T.S. Elliott

p.275: The Tempest (1610-11) – Act 4 / Scene 1 – William Shakespeare

p.410: L’Etranger (1942) – Albert Camus

p.397: The Municipal Gallery Revisited (1939) – W. B. Yeats


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