Daniel Kalder was born and raised in Fife, Scotland. But then, in 1997,
after spending a month working as a civil servant in the UK government's
mad cow crisis unit, he decided to escape what promised to be a lifetime of
clerical boredom, moving to Russia at the high point of Yeltsin-era
gangster capitalism. Originally planning to stay for a year only, he quickly
became fascinated by what he saw there and spent the better part of the
next decade working, living in, and travelling around the former Soviet

Kalder's explorations in the ethnic republics of European Russia led to his
pioneering work of "
anti-tourism",  Lost Cosmonaut (2006), while his
second book,
Strange Telescopes (2008) saw him dive deep into the
psychic wreckage of post-Soviet Russia and become one of the first
western writers to interview the now-notorious Vissarion Christ, an
ex-Soviet traffic cop turned messiah living on top of a mountain in Siberia.
In 2006 Kalder traveled to the Central Asian dictatorship of Turkmenistan,
which sparked a fascination for the writings of tyrants. After spending
almost a decade reading and researching the poetry, novels and
theoretical works of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and Mao and many other
despots, he published his third book, the critically acclaimed The Infernal
(2018), (entitled Dictator Literature in the UK).

In addition, Kalder has written for
The Guardian, Esquire, the Times
Literary Supplement
and many other publications around the world, and
has written and presented for BBC radio. He moved to Austin, Texas tw
years ago and has no plans to leave any time soon.

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