Joseph VanBuren is a multimedia storyteller who creates weird and dark tales about broken pasts, uncertain futures, and the present struggle of love and light. He is also the scrambled brains behind Sykophunk Productions.
JVB’s work has been published in the magazines Novel Noctule, Star*Line, The Sirens Call, Horror Trash Sleaze, and Rattle + Rictus, as well as the anthologies Untimely Frost, Haunted are These Houses, and Bards Against Hunger. He spent a year as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Confluence. He has written, recorded, and produced hundreds of songs; opened up for national touring acts like Rehab, Anybody Killa, and 2 Live Crew; had one of his tracks played on The Colbert Report; and is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Spawned from the haunted Hudson Valley, New York, JVB now lives in the Midwest with his beloved wife and adorably neurotic dog. He often uses the languages of horror, hip hop, heavy metal, and other misunderstood media to connect with misunderstood people. Recent projects include a trilogy of poetry books with accompanying soundtracks. Find him on introverted media @ JVBsykophunk.