With the January 2003 publication of “Nocturnes: A Triptych,” which comprised three short tales (“The Secret Seduction of the Subtle Serpent”; “The Triumph of the Autosomes”; “The Return of the Low Bunnies”), I started to explore a mode of storytelling that I describe as Nocturnes and that eventually included a series of microfictions that appeared under the Lost Myths banner. As of 2007, I began performing a rotating set of these Nocturnes & Lost Myths at various venues. From 2009 to 2012, I collaborated with visual artist Rupert Bottenberg on the Lost Myths facet of the Nocturnes project; the collaboration encompassed a website with 101 Lost Myths posted, various publications, and a dozen multimedia (with music and a slideshow) live shows of the growing Lost Myths set list. Since 2014, to promote my collection Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, I’ve been performing a rotating set of Nocturnes included in that volume; as that collection gets translated internationally, I continue to perform some of those Nocturnes in various countries. And I continue to pepper various events with the occasional performance of brief Nocturnes and Lost Myths. My Nocturnes have been adapted into art videos in several languages — most notably Ian Cameron’s English/French bilingual short film “La Bière éternelle” (2012) is an adaption of the 2008 Nocturne “The Cornucopia of Dionysus.”
The latest incarnation of my Nocturnes project was the Nocturnes video reading series, which was online at YouTube from January 2019 to May 2021.