THE BOOK: Pharoni

PUBLISHED IN: September 20, 2022 (preorder now!)

THE AUTHOR: Colin Dodds

THE PUBLISHER: Dodds Amalgamated

SUMMARY: When Harry Injurides returns from the dead, it sends his friends in strange directions – before long, tech empires built on digital pain and reluctant religions lead those friends into a vicious conflict that forever changes what it means to be human.

THE BACK STORY: This is a personal story, the most personal novel that I’ve written in a while. I’m a writer and an artist now in middle age, and so are a lot of my dearest friends. I wanted to write about what’s happened to us. But I also knew that’s not enough. No good story consists of just what happens to the characters.

The resurrection came to me in a dream, and dropped the characters in an untenable situation where they had to become something other than just sadder and older.

I started sketching it in December of ’19, and was writing it as the world shut down in spring of ’20, and finished the first draft a few weeks before my son was born in June of that year.

It’s a book that takes place in the near future. So I was writing at a moving target, as all of us had to continually reconsider the shape of that time to come, as well as the past that would inform it.

WHY THIS TITLE: The title of the book changed a bunch of times from draft to draft. There’s a massive supernova visible in the night sky throughout most of the book, and that was part of the title. But Pharoni was always in the title, somewhere.

Pharoni is the last name of the main character and narrator, Tommy Pharoni, who attains the respectability to be called Thomas Pharoni for a short turn in the book.

The word “pharoni” is the Italian plural of pharaoh. And the contradiction of that intrigued me. A pharoah is the tippy top of the organization, and the book is about ambitions – artistic ambitions, worldly ambitions, spiritual ambitions, frustrated ambitions, ambitions quietly pursued through decades, and ambitions and ambitions too profound to even mention until they’re achieved.

At the same time, you really can’t have multiple pharaohs for very long, without major problems arising for everyone involved, which is what happens in the book.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Someone could want to read it because they have their own ambitions and want to see what might happen to them. Or maybe they don’t have ambitions and want to revel in what happens to ambitious people.

Maybe they want to hear about how hard it is to translate a person into an idea. Or maybe they want to know what brings the CEO of a bank to a homeless encampment in the wee small hours in the morning. Or maybe they want to know what could make all the computers become so sad.

Lots of reasons.


“Completely fresh and utterly surprising, Pharoni is an off-the-wall novel that will keep you scratching your head until the last unpredictable scene.” – Indies Today (5/5 Stars)

“(T)he storyline itself is ingeniously mysterious… miraculous spectacles in quick succession… sharply limns… the spirit of New York… provocatively mocking the ambition of artists…” – Kirkus Reviews

“Filled with fascinating ideas… technology transmitting pain… that a modern-day religion would be subsumed into corporate ‘wellness’… he writes about them with zest.” – Indie Reader

“A mercurial story that takes many satisfyingly surprising twists and turns… religious, social, psychological, and criminal processes come to life… intrigue and wry humor… a strange journey, indeed.” – Midwest Book Review

“Pharoni, with its philosophical and social commentary, shows the face of the world that we often ignore… captures readerly attention until the very end” – Independent Book Review

AUTHOR PROFILE: Colin Dodds has written several books, including Ms. Never and Windfall. He grew up in Massachusetts and lived in California briefly, before finishing his education in New York City. Since then, he’s made his living as a journalist, editor, copywriter and video producer. His work has appeared in Gothamist, The Washington Post and more than three hundred other publications, and been praised by luminaries such as David Berman and Norman Mailer. Colin’s poetry collection Spokes of an Uneven Wheel was published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in 2018. His short films have been selected by festivals around the world and he once built a twelve-foot-high pyramid out of PVC pipe, plywood and zip ties. Forget This Good Thing I Just Said, a first-of-its-kind literary and philosophical experience (the book form of which was named a finalist for the Big Other Book Prize for Nonfiction) is now available as an app for the iPhone. He lives in New York City, with his wife and children. See more of his work at

AUTHOR COMMENTS: This is a good book. It has some stuff in it you won’t find anywhere else.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: You can get the first bit here.



PRICE: $9.99-$25, depending on the format and the seller

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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