So this is me: I write stories that I like to call “socio-political horror,” or, scary stories about the world we live in. Here, have a quote that sums up my writing aesthetic:
“Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” – Werner Herzog
“The planet is a gunboat in a sea of fear.” – Radiohead
And this is why: Political science is my second great love, after fiction. I have an undergraduate degree in Poli Sci (Barnard College, 2009), and an M.A. in International Politics (American University, 2013). My focus within political science is mainly on the domestic politics of Southeast Asia – particularly legacies of colonialism, revolution, and authoritarianism, and evolving processes of democracy and nationalism. My undergraduate senior thesis was called “Postcolonial Stress Disorder: Indonesia and the United States in the Postcolonial World.” My M.A. thesis was called “Constructing the National Project: Toward Democratic Nationalism in Indonesia.”
I was also living in Jakarta with my parents during Reformasi in 1998. Witness something like that and you’ll never question the impact politics can have on ordinary lives again.
To that end, I write about politicians, generals, kings and queens; the disenfranchised and the dispossessed; outcasts, clerics, and pillars of society. I write about blowback and weapons of mass destruction: ghosts and demons and witch doctors. I write about people who, through a combination of circumstances and ambitions, take a ride down the road of no return. If my oeuvre could be summed up in three songs they would probably be:
- “Lucretia My Reflection,” by the Sisters of Mercy
- “If I Had a Heart,” by Fever Ray
- “Voodoo in My Blood,” by Massive Attack
A full list – of the stories, that is – is here.
Feel free to say hello – or email me (nadia[DOT]bulkin[@]gmail[DOT]com). I don’t bite… hard.