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Derek Pell

Derek Pellis a writer, visual artist, and photographer. He’s the author of more than 20 books, including Morbid Curiosities, Doktor Bey’s Bedside Bug Book, Assassination Rhapsody, and The Little Red Book of Adobe LiveMotion. Novelist Robert Coover calls Pell “...a wordplay master and a parodist of great wit and cunning.” Larry McCaff ery declared him “the most wickedly funny writer in America.” The New York Times Book Reviewreferred to him as “a British misanthrope-humorist”—despite the fact he was born in New York City. He describes himself as “self-uneducated,” although he attended The Art Institute of Chicago and The Goodman School of Drama.


Pell worked as a press photographer for United Press International (UPI) for several years. As a freelance photojournalist, his photographs have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Rolling Stone, Lens Culture, L.A. Weekly, The London Times, New York Magazine, Interview, The Village Voice, American Forests, and Zink.


He created the popular “hard-boiled” column The Laptop Detective, which appeared monthly in PC Laptop Magazine, and for 12 years served as editor-in-chief of the online technology review, DingBat. Today, Derek lives in San Diego, California, where he edits Zoom Street(www.zoomstreet.org), an online magazine devoted to digital photography.