Rob Hardin is the author of Distorture, a callously florid collection of short stories that seduced the Firecracker Award into being won and then told the award it should really start seeing other people. His fiction and essays have manipulated their way into the anthologies Avant-Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation, Postmodern Culture, Storming the Reality Studio, In the Slipstream, Forbidden Acts, Mississippi Review's Best of the Web Anthology and An Exaltation of Forms (which also contains the sheet music for an art song he composed on his poem, "The Justine Variations"). As a studio musician, he has intimidated others into using him on more than forty albums. He's currently an editor at Sensitive Skin Magazine.
"For those who appreciate dark fiction and can accept the truly cutting edge, Rob Hardin's cerebral Distorture will come as a revelation and cause for celebration." —Paula Guran, Dark Echo
"Rob Hardin's beautiful nightmare prose foresees a future ravaged w/sexual disconsolation, boys haunted by girls and girls lost in scarification. His muse is the nyc tenement rat delirious in conflicted greyscale psychosis. Inside the blood and heartbreak, he senses mystery. And he writes with the terror of love released." —Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth