TooFar Media features the immersive story experiences of Rich Shapero, including Island Fruit Remedy, Balcony of Fog, Rin, Tongue and Dorner, Arms from the Sea, The Hope We Seek, Too Far and Wild Animus. “A delirious fusion of fiction, music and art.” —The Village Voice
Island Fruit Remedy: A romance writer and fantasist heads to Key West after his wife leaves him. A cast of colorful characters helps him heal in this stirring story about how we learn to love.
Balcony of Fog: A toiler from post-nuclear America meets a mysterious woman who escapes with him to the cloud realm, where sublimity and nightmare mix to illuminate the tension between the power of love and the love of power.
Rin, Tongue and Dorner: A Planning luminary of “Clemency”, a futuristic weather dome, hears female voices in his sleep and flies through the cosmos of his brain to find their source, discovering the violent, rapturous inner workings of human desire. “Shapero displays an impressive command of the unconscious.” —Kirkus Reviews
Arms from the Sea: A young sculptor from the State of Salt swallows a poison pill that transports him to a watery heaven, whose monstrous, seductive creator reveals to him what it might mean to redeem a desolate world. “A tangible encounter with the creative spirit.” —Moses Hacmon
The Hope We Seek: Zachary Knox, "the Bull's-Eye Telepath," heads north in search of gold, arriving at a mining camp where arduous labor, sustained by belief in the cult of Hope, promises an unearthly reward. “Rich Shapero is a spellbinding storyteller.” —Howard Frank Mosher
Too Far: An exhilarating and heart-breaking story of an end to innocence that follows two six-year-olds as they take refuge from their turbulent homes by exploring the mysterious woodland beyond. “Shapero displays an impressive command of the unconscious.” —Kirkus Reviews
Wild Animus: The quest for a “bliss beyond fear” drives a young idealist to the Alaskan wilderness where, alone with his dangerous ideas, he transforms himself into a wild creature, prey to a strangely familiar pack of wolves. “Powerful and complex.” —Library Journal
About the Author: Rich Shapero’s stories strike flashes of insight into realms unseen. His projects—all available inside this app—combine fiction, music and visual art and video. The Village Voice hailed his story experiences as “A delirious fusion of fiction, music and art,” and Howard Frank Mosher called him a “spellbinding storyteller.” He is the winner of a Digital Book World award for best adult fiction app. He lives with his wife and daughters in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Features include: • Fully integrated music and video players • 85 original tracks written by Rich Shapero, Elsiane and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), featuring vocals by Orenda Fink, Marissa Nadler, Maria Taylor (Azure Ray) and musical contributions from Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), Marc Ribot (John Zorn/Tom Waits), Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies), Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart/PJ Harvey) and more • Stunning high-res art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Donald Pass, François Burland, Adde Russell and Hilary Brace • Hi-res videos featuring natural (and unnatural) phenomena as well as pundits from various fields discussing core ideas of Balcony of Fog • Bonus audio tracks including “Wild Animus: 50 Years Later” and “Hard Trials, Great Tribulations” by Mt. Zion Baptist Quartet • Bonus video featuring Elsiane's live performance of a track from Rin, Tongue and Dorner