Growing up an a diet of horror, sci-fi, and comic books, I always wanted to be a writer and artist.
At first I was determined to be involved in comic books, not unlike my heroes Frank Miller and Alan Moore.
Long distant mailings from Virginia obtained me some praise and promises of jobs that never came. Two companies that were interested went out of business.
In frustration, I worked my way through art school, and then moved to NYC on the advice of my teacher. All in an attempt to make my dreams a reality. With nothing but a 10 year old motorcycle, all my belongings in a backpack, and the word of a distant friend that I could stay in his spare bedroom, I went for broke.
Initially planning to tell my story in graphic novel form, I had even been working on drafts since my days in a Florida university town. This was during the indie comic explosion, I managed to make friends with a few local comic artists, and I’d bug them every week with new pages. By the time I arrived in NYC, I was on my fifth draft, and with an interview set up with Andrew Helfer from the DC Comics Vertigo line, I figured I was on my way.
He turned out to be real negative (they actually fired him 2 weeks later), but it made me realize that comics might not be the best way to visualize my story. They kept all the rights, paid very little, and micromanaged what the artist was allowed to accomplish.
Fast forward to 2011 (I took a rather significant break as I dealt with brain cancer, the hit and run death of my wife, and a suddenly burgeoning tattoo career). With some serious prompting by fellow author Wayne Simmons, I released my first book, The Black Seas of Infinity. I had decided that an illustrated novel would give me the best shot at telling my story, and I’ve retained the same style across all of my books.
I’m on the third one now, it’s a loose sequel to the first (think Mad Max to Road Warrior), and the editors and writers I’ve run it by seem pretty enthusiastic. All my work takes place in roughly the same universe, and with this third work all the loose strings come together.
I think the publisher’s description of the novel best summarizes it.
“In a not-too-distant future, the US has fallen into near social and economic ruin. As the fringe elements of society and ordinary citizens alike struggle to deal with the terrifying new reality, a maelstrom of governmental deceit and malevolence churns just beneath the surface. Against this chaotic backdrop, strange new beings have risen out of the rubble. A former government worker, who in a fit of obsession and delusion steals and inhabits alien technology during a violent raid… A teenager whose reality contorts, making him privy to the cries of the dead as he stumbles in and out of worlds in a surreal game of musical chairs… Soon things take a dark turn for the newly emerged pariahs. A long-running conspiracy involving a highly proficient military-industrial complex is attempting to resurrect an ancient horror, and the very outsiders laboring to cope with the dangerously altered state of the world might be the only ones who can do anything about it.”
“Terrifying,political inspired, sci-fi horror. The End of the World is Dan Henk’s best work to date!”- Jack Bantry, author and publisher of Splatterpunk
“An ambitious and thrilling large-scale science fiction adventure! I loved it!”- Jeff Strand, author of CYCLOPS ROAD
“Dan Henk’s ‘The End Of The World’ is a tale that packs more bare-knuckle punches than Charles Bronson’s time behind bars. In a novel bursting at the seams with creative genius, you’ve little choice but to strap yourself in and prepare for an onslaught of gritty-as-hell mayhem, as the world collapses from the provocative corruption of a bastardized government.
Armageddon has never been so fucked up.” – DLS Reviews
“Expertly written, with an unbelievably acute attention to detail, Dan Henk is able to paint meticulous landscapes that we can step through.
If you’re ready to peer behind the veil, remove the mask, leap the wall to the other side of Armageddon, your ship is waiting. The End of The World, A novel by Dan Henk.” – Bobby Lisse, editor at large Rue Morgue Magazine
“If you are in the select market for a tear-your-face-off race against the powers that threaten to engulf and destroy us all for their own ends, Dan Henk delivers again with The End of the World.”- Ashley McGee, Dark Corners Reviews
Dan Henk has been working in and as a part of the tattoo community for 20 years. He writes novels, illustrates magazines and books, and owns The Abyss Fine Art & Tattoo Gallery in Long Beach, NY, and competes in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu. Check out all his adventures on danhenk.com!