writer & purveyor of curiosities all sorts

Denver-based author of bizarre & unruly fiction

co-host of ink & echo podcast

film director, kinda sorta

"Gaines has an enviable command over everything that happens here, each passage written with a twisted clarity, each scene arranged by the hand of a legit writer, the real deal stuff. The Shot is likely the first in a wide compendium of of grim and slithery work Gaines will be famous for, and he did not start it lightly."

-Praise for THE SHOT / Matthew D. Jordan, author of the Tincture trilogy


"The voice and tone are compelling, and the story is brimming with vivid descriptions that immerse the reader. Gaines reinvents and reshapes popular Science-Fiction tropes to yield something new, imaginative, and fun. What is perhaps the best aspect of The Shot is how it offers clever social commentary and criticisms without becoming didactic. Overall this is a good read, a strong narrative with a unique form that doesn’t sacrifice substance for style. It has camp and consciousness."

- Praise for THE SHOT / Donald Quist, author of Let Me Make You A Sandwich

"It's a familiar but seductive template, with echoes of Dawn of the Dead and I Am Legend...Gaines executes the premise deftly, pulling in everything from filmic the kind of soul-searching you'd expect in a philosophical novel like Nausea or The Stranger... It's wildly enjoyable, at times terrifying and grotesque, and has a genius ending that left me both horrified and grinning like an idiot, if that makes a lick of sense. Definitely worth your time."

- Praise for THE SHOTChristopher J. Fraser, author of Dystopolis