Chris Carpenter is a lifelong resident of Dallas and has always been deeply interested in film, literature, and history. He has been on a path of high cultural sophistication since his 13th birthday, when he convinced his mother to rent an engine-block-sized VCR from the nearby Safeway so that he could watch Q, The Return of the Alien’s Deadly Spawn, and Basket Case in quick succession. (Incidentally, he would like to make clear that he was a fan of Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento long, long before they were used as throwaway hipper-than-thou pop-culture references in Juno.)
Barely escaping high school and obtaining a BS in history from Hendrix College in Arkansas, he moved back to Dallas and worked in insurance claims before, not coincidentally, deciding to return to school for graduate work. He acquired an MA degree in literature from Texas A&M University and an MFA degree in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. Upon his re-return to Dallas, he embarked on a career as a technical editor and a part-time English instructor at DFW-area colleges. He is a published and just-barely-decorated veteran of the literary-fiction scene in the United States, but would much rather write musicals about killer worms these days.
Shockingly, he is unmarried and has no children.