Thomas Denis Gibney

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You’ve chanced upon the website of twenty-first century author, Thomas Denis Gibney.


As chance would have it, we won’t destroy you right away. We’ll let you peek around for a while, get comfortable, forget you ever came here.

This site is a repository of TDG’s work, but its principle project—and the one to which you can subscribe, in juicy, serial installments—is an organic novel which at this very moment is being written for express dissemination on thomasgibney.com. If you’re new to the site and would like to get in on this hotness, we here behind the scenes suggest that you read The Rules to get an idea of what the project is all about.


At this juncture the author would like to identify his vital stats: namely, that he is twenty-six years old; that he is of the blood type A+, should that information become necessary; that he loves dogs; has an unnatural relationship with hot peppers; and was born in Nashville, Tennessee—a rather jigsawed and stupefyingly gorgeous state in the southern U.S.

Influences include: Joshua Beckman; Tomaž Šalamun; Radu Andriescu; Valzhyna Mort; Mary Ruefle; Fernando Pessoa; Lorca; Frost; Bolaño, Bulgakov, Cervantes, Wallace; Final Fantasy no.’s VII & VIII; and those Choose Your Own Adventure novels.

He is fully aware of how presumptuous the whole third-person biography thing sounds.


If you’re not here by accident (Hey, Accident! Welcome!), you’re probably here because of the novel: an ongoing, serial fiction project that deals with—among other things—a hippie commune in Florida, a spate of factory worker suicides in Southern China, electronic dance music that can brainwash you, and kung fu novels that drive you mad. The Camel & the Eye of the Needle is at once a hypercontemporary exploration of the Internet as medium, a re-envisioning of the author as writer/publicist/and publisher rolled into one, and a full-frontal assault on the traditional definition of a book.

In the pretentious opinion of the author, this format—this medium, this experiment—is what the future of reading could look like. It works by following the stories you’re most drawn to, remixing the text in the order you want, and telling all your friends, your co-workers, your ex-lovers, your current flames, your arch nemeses, your strangers with candy.


Are you moved yet? Confused? Heartbroken? Want your money back? The author can be reached by personal correspondence or via the glut of icons below.