Rick DeMarinis has published nine novels, six story collections, and a book on the art and craft of the short story. Magazine publications include The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, GQ, Harper’s, Paris Review, and others. A respected teacher, Rick taught fiction San Diego State, Arizona State, the University of Montana, and the University of Texas at El Paso. He received two NEA fellowships, and a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He now calls the town of Tumwater, Washington home.

A Clod of Wayward Marl

A Novel by Rick DeMarinis



Getting shot by a woman he meets in a bar is just the beginning of Guido Tarkenen’s troubles. Struggling crime writer, drug enthusiast, virtual reality pioneer, and reluctant English professor, Guido is about to go on a journey deep into the sleazy, venal heart of academia—La Siberia Tech. When it’s over, he'll never be the same. And neither will you.

This new Concord ePress edition marks the first wide availability of this hilarious and surreal novel from a master of out-there noir.



“Rick DeMarinis is the literary equivalent of black tar heroin.”
– Scott Phillips

“This big, messy, often hilariously funny novel skewers every subject it touches.”

Ribald and bighearted.”
– Publishers Weekly