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Local author releases new shock fiction book
N. SHUMATE, OUT OF THE BLUE     posted: Nov. 26, 2009
Columbus author Justin Bauer brings censorship and media into
the forefront with his second fiction book
Swicked Vol. I-II.
    
“A lot of people view the first amendment as an end all be all
protector,” 23-year-old Bauer said.  “But it’s often not true, and
I used that as the biggest inspiration.”

In his 120-page story, Bauer said he attempts to expose how the
media can be a negative outlet in society.

“When the Virginia Tech shooter sent his promo package to a
news source he became a media icon for a week,” Bauer said.  
“How the media portrays things, even school shootings, can be
sick and twisted.”

Bauer published his first book
The Great Selene and the
Synodic Halo
in 2006 and said his new work, released Sept.
2009, takes more of a down to earth approach.

“The first book showed my comic book upbringing. Being raised
in a comic shop, the sci-fi came through,” Bauer said.  “The
new book has more of a twist with some humor and has more
realistic fiction. I’m trying to reach a darker audience.”

Taking two years to write
Swicked, Bauer said his original plan
was to write something similar to the school shootings in
Columbine.

“I was still in school then and that would have probably reflected
poorly on me,” he said.  “That one developed for a couple of
years, and I wrote it so it wouldn’t all be just for horrific shock
value.”

Taking a grassroots publishing approach, Bauer releases his
books through an online publisher, lulu.com.
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“I didn’t really have to spend anything because when people order
the book, it’s printed on demand,” Bauer said.  “It’s just a smaller
operation and more realistic for me right now.”

Writing since high school, Bauer said he continues to be
influenced by Aldous Huxley and George Orwell.  More recently,
English author John Niven caught Bauer’s attention with his novel
Kill Your Friends.

Other than writing, Bauer is also a music producer and performs
with two bands.

“After training at Hocking recording studios, I do production for
a lot of blues and country bands,” Bauer said.  “I also play in a
band called Live Again and work with a Tool, Nine Inch Nails-
esq band named Prada, as a studio project.”

Bauer is also a full-time student majoring in english at Columbus
State, with plans to transfer to Ohio State, and works full-time at
a Columbus hotel.

“I work with real life hookers on a daily basis, I’m writing that
one out,” Bauer said.  “The hotel job is a story in itself.
Especially when you have a meth lab in room 329.”

As for his future writing pursuits, Bauer said he plans to write
two more volumes for
Swicked.  

“I want to do other things with it through switching installments,
and I already have plans for those,” Bauer said.  “Overall I see
people of strong faithful values being turned off by this really
quick.”

Bauer’s science fiction fairy tale
The Great Selene and the
Synodic Halo
and his recent shock literature book Swicked
Vol. I-II
can be purchased here at lulu.com and amazon.com.