Photo of KenKen's publication credits include everything from speculative fiction to scholarly translations and academic journal articles to mass-market magazines—plus websites, anthologies, countercultural media projects, a series on the history of love and sex, and, of course, books. He has written many works for hire; crafted book proposals; and worked as a project editor, developmental editor, and copyeditor on encyclopedias, books, websites, and magazines. His particular talent is accurately conveying complex technical, historical, and scientific ideas to a non-specialist audience.

Following are Ken's popular-audience publications. For his academic publications, please see his Scholarship page, and for a full listing see this page.

 

Online Columns:

"Medievalisms." Medievalists.net, 2018–present.

"Academic Politics." The Faster Times, 2009–2012.

"A History of Single Life." Nerve.com, 2005–2010.


Websites:

CorporateMofo.com, 1999–2005.
Pioneering, lauded, but now defunct countercultural e-zine

 

Fiction:

"The Screwhead Files." (Novella and other materials in Neal Stephenson and Nicolle Galland's shared-world project, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.) Bound, 2017.

“Victor Victus.” Adventures of Sword and Sorcery. No. 7, p. 64 (2000).

 

Creative Nonfiction:

"A Note Concerning the Coronavirus Outbreak from Your University's Vice President of Academic Affairs." Timothy McSweeneys Internet Tendency, 2020.

"That's Farkin' Right!" New York Press, June 13, 2007.

My First Date at Phony Island.” New York Press, February 16, 2005.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail.” New York Press July 14, 2004.

“Random Passages Culled from Novels I Edited While Working at a Vanity Press.” In “Lists.” McSweeneys.net, 2004.

“Ostrim.” In “New Food.” Timothy McSweeneys Internet Tendency, 2004.

“Rovespeak Lexicon.” In Billionaires for Bush: Ruling the World for Fun and Profit. New York: Four Walls, Eight Windows, 2004.

 

Canterbury Classics Book Introductions:

Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2020.

Barack Obama Speeches. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2020.

Works of Jack London. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2020.

Novels of Jane Austen. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2019.

Poems of Robert Frost. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2019.

Ancient Greek Philosophers. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2018.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2018.

U.S. Constitution and Other Writings. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2017.

H.P. Lovecraft Tales of Horror. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2017.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2016.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2015.

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2014.

The Divine Comedy. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2013.

The Arabian Nights. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2011.

Grimms' Fairy Tales. San Diego: Canterbury Classics (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2011.

 

Works for Hire:

Monument. San Diego: Thunder Bay Press (Printers Row Publishing Group), 2019.
The four presidents depicted by Gutzon Borglum on Mt. Rushmore and the history of the monument.

Social Progress and Sustainability: South and Central Asia. Broomall, PA: Mason Crest, 2016.

Career Launcher: Education. New York: Ferguson, 2011.

Field Guide to Finding a New Career: Food and Culinary Arts. New York: Checkmark, 2009.

Field Guide to Finding a New Career: Advertising, Sales, and Marketing. New York: Checkmark, 2009.

Great Careers with a High School Diploma: Construction and Trades. New York: Ferguson, 2008.

Great Careers with a High School Diploma: Communications, the Arts, and Computers. New York: Ferguson, 2008.

 

Popular History and Nonfiction Articles:

Contributor, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Weird Canada. New York: Portable Press, 2013.

"How to Teach Fencing." Tournaments Illuminated, Winter 2013.

“Surpassing the Love of Women: Male Homosexuality in the Pre-Modern World.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 6, 2004.

“A Field Guide to Buying Armor.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 5, 2004.

“An Interview with Armorer Brian Price.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 5, 2004.

“The Secret History of the Holy Grail.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 5, p. 18.

“Racing Toward the Apocalypse: Calculating the Coming of ‘End Times.’ ” Mysteries, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 7.

“Anton LaVey Unmasked.” Mysteries, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 54.

“The Noble Knights of Noble Cause.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 36.

“Command and Conquer: The Medieval Warrior.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 41.

“Russian Stone May Prove Dark Ages Not So Dark After All.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 15.

“The Mysterious Treasures of Rosslyn Chapel.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 31.

“Prince Henry Sinclair: American Explorer?” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 36. (sidebar)

“The Mysterious Templar Treasure.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 38. (sidebar)

“The Norse Roots of Democracy.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 62.

“Tournament Productions: Full-Contact Swordfighting.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 22.

“Justin Tausig: Modern Fencer” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 24.

“Ramon Martinez: Maestro de Esgrima.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 40. (interview)

“The Riddle of Steel: The Neophyte’s Guide to Buying a Sword.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 61.

“Thor the Barbarian: A Mythic Figure in Modern Times.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 14.

“The Greatest Minds of the Age.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 42. (co-author)

“Ahmed Abdur Rashid: Naqshabandi Sufi.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 3, p. 72. (interview)

“Death in the Middle Ages.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 35.

“Funerary Sculpture of the Renaissance.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 37. (sidebar)

“The Top Millennial Movements of the Middle Ages.” Renaissance. Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 38. (sidebar)

“The Deadly Marching Drum.” Renaissance. Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 49. (sidebar)

“China’s Great Explorer.” Renaissance. Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 93.

“Of Hobbits and Heroes.” Collector Editions. Vol. 28, No. 3 (May/June 2000), p. 66.

“Life in a Medieval University.” Renaissance. Vol. 5 No. 3, p. 24.

“The Celebrations of Twelfth Night.” Renaissance. Vol. 5 No. 4, p. 40.

“Destriers, Derring-Do, and Devotion: Behind the Scenes at the MSR Jousting Team.” Renaissance. Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 51.

“The Wild, Wild East.” Hammerterz Forum. Vol. 5, No. 2/3 (August 1999), p. 5.

“Driving Obsession.” Collector Editions. Vol. 27, No. 7 (December 1999), p. 46.

“The Traveler’s Guide to Pennsic War.” Renaissance. Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 47.

“Advice for the Novice Campaigner.” Renaissance. Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 49. (sidebar)

“So You Want to Be a Swordsman?” Renaissance. Vol. 2, No. 3, p. 16.

“The Society for Creative Anachronism: Re-enacting the Middle Ages.” Renaissance. Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 7.

“Martial Arts in the SCA.” Renaissance. Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 9. (sidebar)

 

Book Reviews:

“Into the Nerve Center of the Latest Sexual Revolution” (Review of Nerve’s Guide to Sex Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen by Emma Taylor and LoreleiSharkey.) New York Press Vol. 17, No. 9.

“It Looks Better than it Tastes.” New York Press Vol. 17, No. 21. (Review of Hideous Absinthe by Jad Adams.)

“50 Reasons not to Vote for Bush.” New York Press Vol. 17, No. 22. (Review of Robert Sterling (ed.) 50 Reasons Not to Vote for Bush)

“15 to Life.” New York Press Vol. 17, No. 47. (Review of Anthony Papa and Jennifer Wynn’s 15 to Life.)

“The Last Knight.”. Renaissance Vol. 9, No 5, 2004. (Review of Norman Cantor’s The Last Knight.)

“Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 4, 2004.

“Italian Rapier Combat.” Renaissance Vol. 9, No 4, 2004.

“Shifting Frequencies.” Mysteries, Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 60.

“Medieval Swordsmanship.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 60.

“Medieval Combat.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 61.

“The Myth of the Sword Video.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 61. (Video review).

“The Knight: A Portrait of Europe’s Warrior Elite.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 61.

“Legends of the Star Ancestors.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 58.

“Galactic Alignment.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 59.

“Beneath the Stone.” Mysteries. Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 59.

“The Green Man in Britain.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 82.

“Keepers of the Kingdom.” Renaissance. Vol. 8, No. 2, p. 82.

“The Pen and the Sword: The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sydney Anglo.” The Fight Master: The Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors. Vol. XXV, No. 1 (Spring/Summer, 2002), p. 32.

Death in Medieval England by D.M. Hadley.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 80.

The Black Plague by William Naphy and Andrew Spicer.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 4., p. 80.

Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction by Brian R. Price.” Renaissance. Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 76.

“The Pen and the Sword: Medieval Combat by Hans Talhoffer, Translated by Mark Rector.” The Fight Master: The Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors. Vol. XXIV, No. 2 (Fall/Winter, 2001), p. 42.

The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sydney Anglo.” Renaissance. Vol. 6, No. 2, p. 68.

“The History of Fencing.” Renaissance. Vol. 4, No. 4. p. 77.

 

Professional Online Publications:

"Hide the Salome." Jewcy.com, 2007.

"Frum Seeking Frum." Jewcy.com, 2006.

"War Support." Freezerbox.com, 2004.

"The Society for Creative Anachronism." Disinfo.org, 2004.

“Daggers of the Mind: Towards a Historiography of Fencing.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1998.

“The Other Wild West: Fencing in New York in the 1880s and After.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Review: European Helmets, 1450-1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Review: The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe by Sydney Anglo.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Review: Medieval Combat.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Interview with Brian Price.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 1999.

“Getting to the Point: The European Art of Fencing.” FightingArts.com, 2001.

“It’s All in the Timing: Concepts of Timing in Combative Italian Swordsmanship.” FightingArts.com, 2001.

“It’s All in the Timing: Concepts of Timing in Combative Italian Swordsmanship.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 2001. (reprint)

“Getting to the Point: The European Art of Fencing.” The Journal of Western Martial Art (www.ejmas.com), 2001. (reprint)

“Daggers of the Mind: Towards a Historiography of Fencing.” The Journal of Western Martial Art (www.ejmas.com), 2001. (reprint)

“Western Martial Arts Workshop 2001.” The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org), 2002.

“Swords of Western Martial Arts.” FightingArts.com, 2002.

Medieval Swordsmanship, by John Clements.” FightingArts.com, 2002. (review)

 

Editor or Developmental Editor:

Swordmaster, the journal of the US Fencing Coaches' Association (2009–2010)

Field Guide to Changing Careers (Checkmark, 2008–2009)

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Scribners, 2003)

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual History in America (Scribners, 2003)

Dictionary of the Middle Ages Supplement (Scribners, 2003)

Estafilade, the semi-annual newsletter of the Association for Historical Fencing (AHF). Estafilade archives may be viewed on the AHF’s Web site at The Association for Historical Fencing (www.ahfi.org). (1999–2005)

 

Translator:

The Spirit of Épée. New York: SKA Swordplay Books, forthcoming.

Jean-Pierre Verney and Jérôme Pecnard,The Great War in 3D. New York: Black Dog Leventhal, 2013.