There can be no genius without a touch of madness” 
- Seneca, philosopher

"If you aren’t part of the Freaks, you’re part of the boredom”

John 3:15

“A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.” 
- Blackbeard, pirate

Abandoned at birth, Bill Hailey was raised in Asia by missionaries.  After dropping out of Baylor University to pursue a burgeoning career in Japanese sushi porn that was tragically cut short in a freak on-set accident, he joined the Royal Army of the Dutch Indies as a mercenary and was stationed in Sumatra.

There he promptly deserted & vanished into the jungle, resurfacing after 9 months about which nothing is known in Austin, Texas, where he authored the award-winning series of children’s books The Firecracker Eaters.

"Entertainment is in art like color is in pictures"

- Martin Kippenberger, artist 

“No mud, no lotus.” 

- Josef Mengele, geneticist


After dabbling in anarchism & door-to-door Bible sales he subsequently reinvented himself as an artist, and is currently at work on a series of overripe tropical fantasies, The Sumatran Paintings, as well as a series of “Anti-Fascist Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil)” still lifes, and post-election Clusterfux.  Moving ever closer to realizing his dream of starting a Pagan Luv Cult in the jungles of South America, his sensibility can be succinctly summed up in the song of the incorrigible prankster Nero during the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD: 

What shall I love if not the enigma?  Between living and dreaming there is a third thing. 

Guess it.”

© 2017 Bill Hailey.