Gene Doucette is a novelist, a screenwriter, a playwright, a humorist, an essayist, and a few other things. He is, in other words, a writer, and thank goodness for that because the other options were alcoholic (still possible) and axe murderer (less likely.)
There is durable evidence of his existence as a writer, although not as much as one might hope. Beating Up Daddy: A Year in the Life of an Amateur Father, a collection of early humor columns in which Gene rightly takes his children to task for existing, was published in 1999.
A few years later Gene published The OTHER Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: A Parody. This was written shortly after discovering that the actual survival handbook was being sold in, of all places, the humor section of the bookstore, which was unutterably sad insofar as it’s not at all funny. The parody, however, is very funny indeed.
Somewhat more recently, Gene decided to do something with the many other humor columns he had lying around. This was after he discovered Amazon doesn’t charge
anything for Kindle publishing, but before discovering what a big pain in the ass it is to format something for the Amazon Kindle. And so was born Vacations and Other Errors in Judgment.
And then there’s the fiction. In October of 2010, Immortal will to be published by the new Hamel Integrity Publishing. Immortal is a mash-up of science fiction, contemporary fantasy, historical fiction, first-person confessional, humor, and action/adventure. A little bit of everything, in other words; it’s a lot of fun. Much more on this as the publication date nears.
What else? There’s the sequel to Immortal, creatively titled Hellenic Immortal, which will obviously have to wait a while before debuting. There is Fixer, a novel about a man trying to stop a creature that lives five seconds in the future from killing people in the present. That book is currently looking for a home, largely because Gene has yet to send it anywhere.
And there are the screenplays. Charlatan is a feature length spec script that won the Scriptwriting Network’s Hollywood Outreach Program. It’s about a professional psychic– a fraudulent one– who has to help the FBI stop a killer of professional charlatans before he becomes the next victim. It’s based on an early unpublished novel also written by Gene. And there are a number of short films, the most recently produced being Parting, by 386Films.
Finally, Gene has had a number of stage plays produced. Deus Ex Quanta, a full length script incorporating quantum theory and chaos theory into a homicide investigation, has been produced on multiple occasions in four countries and on three continents. Slightly less produced are Artifact– a discussion of faith with a dual backdrop of alien abduction and plague era France– and In the Valley of the Shadow, a one act about conspiracy theory and paranoia.
Gene lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife and two children, and a varying assortment of pets. Although the kids are in college, so really, “wife, varying assortment of pets, and the dirty clothing of two children” might be more accurate.