Cat Spaulding is a thirty-four-year-old journalist and author of the blog Cat Spaulding on the Down-low. She began writing simple stories at the age of eight and has cherished the written word ever since, believing that an author has a sacred obligation to readers to bridge the gap between what is known and what needs to be brought to life with honesty and integrity. In high school and college, she won many short story, poetry, and essay contests, and decided to major in journalism in college.
Cat became fascinated with the phenomenon of cult fiction and underground literature in her late twenties, methodically researching their publishing histories, distribution, and sales. In 2008, she read William Hammett’s John Lennon and the Mercy Street Café, a work of magical realism in the vein of W. P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe, cult fiction that spawned the motion picture Field of Dreams. Believing that she might be witnessing the birth of cult fiction, she contacted Hammett, who she interviewed for many hours. Additionally, she did her own research into how and why the novel was quietly making headway. Her efforts are chronicled on this website. She has already begun work on a book of nonfiction dealing with both the phenomenon of cult fiction and underground literature.
About This Website
Index of Articles on This Website
What Is Cult Fiction?
Is Cult Fiction the Same as Underground Fiction?
Cult Fiction and Genre
Cult Fiction and ON THE ROAD
Cult Fiction and A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES
Moby-Dick: The Ultimate Cult Novel
John Lennon and the Mercy Street Cafe: Cult Fiction in the Making?
The Next Wave of Cult Fiction
List of Cult Fiction Classics
Cult Fiction Websites
Current Trends in Fiction
Understanding the Literary Marketplace
Emerging Writers in the Literary Marketplace
Resources for Writers
About Cat Spaulding