Mark Falkin

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We’re sitting down with author Mark Falkin this week.  His novel,   THE LATE BLOOMER will be released October 16, 2018  by Rare Bird Books/California Coldblood.

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Mark Falkin’s third novel is THE LATE BLOOMER (Rare Bird Books/California Coldblood, October 16, 2018). His previous novels are the self-published, Days of Grace (2006) and Contract City (Bancroft Press, 2015).  Contract City was nominated for awards  including the Edgar, PEN/Bingham, PEN/Hemingway, Flaherty-Dunnan, and Oklahoma Book awards.

Mark Falkin was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He has lived in Texas for the last twenty-plus years, where he is a literary agent and recovering music attorney, having represented platinum sellers and Grammy winners alike. He also used to sing with a band that rock and rolled.

He lives with his wife and daughters in Austin.

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Praise for THE LATE BLOOMER (Rare Bird Books/California Coldblood

“Like a sharp, winding staircase that narrows as it turns, the claustrophobic world of The Late Bloomer edges the reader in page by page.” ―Tal M. Klein, author of The Punch Escrow

“An apocalyptic coming-of-age tale the likes of which you’ve never seen, Mark Falkin’s The Late Bloomer channels the heart of Ray Bradbury, the sensibilities of Rod Serling, and the grim despair of Cormac McCarthy, all wrapped up in Falkin’s unshakable, inimitable style. Both beautiful and horrific… riveting and deeply moving. Highly recommended.” ―Ronald Malfi, author of Bone White and Little Girls

If you’re into roller coasters, laughter, fear, surprise, and characters who keep going against all odds, then The Late Bloomer will suck you down its twisted literary throat through its very last word.” ―Jason Neulander, producer, director and creator of The Intergalactic Nemesis

“With pitch-perfect prose, Falkin has penned an irresistible and audacious coming-of-age novel that plumbs the depths of adolescence and global cataclysm in equal, page-turning measure. I predict The Late Bloomer will take its place on the post-apocalyptic bestseller list, next to Station Eleven and The Stand.”― Will Clarke, author of The Neon Palm of Madame Melançon and Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles.

“Harrowing, unsettling and exquisitely written, The Late Bloomer is part War of the Worlds, part Twilight Zone and part Shirley Jackson. It is an unforgettable unforgiving vision of the end of the world, of those who attempt to survive and those who wish to stop them. The images conjured here will haunt you long after putting it down.”―Louisa Luna, author of Two Girls Down

“An apocalyptic tale unlike any other, The Late Bloomer is smartly written; with shades of Stephen King meeting Cormac McCarthy, a blistering pace and lyrical prose, it demands to be consumed. Falkin’s take on the end of the world is intriguing, beautiful and tragic―a must-read.”―Kristen Zimmer, author of The Gravity Between Us

“Imagine nature itself seething with Holden Caulfield’s rage at adult phoniness. Now imagine what happens when a decimated humanity inherits the planet. With The Late Bloomer, Mark Falkin combines an authentic portrait of twenty-first-century adolescence with a terrifying, and unsettlingly plausible, vision of the end of humanity as we know it.”―Christian TeBordo, author of Toughlahoma

” Like the best post-apocalyptic novels, The Late Bloomer is a tale of horror derived from the stuff of everyday life…and the beauty of this novel is that it makes you seriously wonder: could this happen to us?.” ―Kyle Semmel, 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow and Executive Director of Writers & Books

“In The Late Bloomer, Mark Falkin’s post-apocalyptic young adult novel, the world as we know it has imploded. A small band of teenagers are the only ones left to figure out what has happened and try to piece some semblance of their world back together. Beautifully written and action-filled, The Late Bloomer is narrated by a teenager who is at once jaded and hopeful, a voice you’re not likely to forget any time soon.” ―Suzanne Greenberg, author of  Speed-Walk and Other Stories


In Mark Falkin’s THE LATE BLOOMER, the world experiences an abrupt and unthinkable cataclysm on the morning of October 29, 2018. Kevin March, high school band trombonist and want-to-be writer playing early morning hooky, is witness to its beginning, though he isn’t as shocked by it as he thinks he should be or wishes he could be—these dreams he’s been having; this story that he wrote; his little brother’s night terrors and sleepwalking. Surprised or not, Kevin now not only finds himself pitted against forces these changes have wrought in order to survive, but soon discovers that he may have a crucial role in this new world, one that he is reluctant to play. 
To stay alive, Kevin embarks on a journey that promises to change everything yet again. On his journey, into a digital recorder he chronicles his experiences at the end of his world. 
This book is a transcript of that recording. 
Depicting an unspeakable apocalypse unlike any seen in fiction—there are no zombies, viruses or virals, no doomsday asteroid, no aliens, no environmental cataclysm, no nuclear holocaust—with a Holden Caulfieldesque protagonist at his world’s end, The Late Bloomer is both a companion piece to Lord of the Flies and a Bradburyian Halloween tale. And though crossover-oriented and delivering genre-novel fear, The Late Bloomer is harrowing, grim and poignant in the way of McCarthy’s The Road. Told in Kevin March’s singular and unforgettable voice, delivering a gripping narrative with an unsparing climax as moving as it is terrifying, The Late Bloomer defies expectations of the genre and will haunt those who read it. ―Rare Bird Books