Roger Keen was born in London and attended Plymouth College of Art & Design and Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design, studying fine art, photography and film. Since then he has worked extensively in television, contributing to many award-winning dramas, documentaries and children’s programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. His programmes have won Royal Television Society, Worldfest-Houston and other awards.
He began publishing fiction and non-fiction in the 1990s, specializing in articles and reviews concerning weird film and literature. He has a particular interest in the Surrealists, the Beat writers, cyberpunk and the psychedelic movement. His work has appeared in anthologies such as Out of the Shadows and magazines including the PsypressUK Journal, Critical Wave, Writer’s Monthly, Threads and The Third Alternative. He also contributes to websites such as Reality Sandwich, The Digital Fix, Infinity Plus and The Zone.
In 2010 Roger published The Mad Artist: Psychonautic Adventures in the 1970s, a novelistic memoir concerning his pharmo-picaresque adventures as an art student. It is both an example of psychedelic ‘trip-lit’ and a piece of experimental ‘reality fiction’, exploring the interface between autobiography, fiction and metafiction.
The recently published metacrime novel Literary Stalker takes these elements further in pure fictional form, involving self-begetting and nested narratives looping into one another. As a horror/crime piece with liberal amounts of violence and multifarious nods to simpatico novels and movies, it plays with ideas of genre, and in the traditional of metafiction, it’s very ‘nudge-wink’, tongue-in-cheek and blackly comic.