Chris Toll

Chris Toll (b. 1830, d. 1886)

Chris Toll, author of several books including The Pilgrim’s ProcessLove EveryoneBe LightThe Disinformation Phase and the soon-to-be released Life On Earth, died on Thursday of natural causes. It was unexpected and unbelievable and too soon.

Chris was a poet and collage-maker. He lived in Baltimore, where he was an integral part of the literature scene. I invited people to send me their memories, which I’ve compiled here. Hopefully people will feel free to add more in the comments. READ MORE >

Author Spotlight & I Like __ A Lot / 11 Comments
October 1st, 2012 / 4:44 pm

I Hate Reality

Here is the outline for my novel: there is a complication! but it’s okay because there is a nonsensical invention to solve it! but it breaks! but it’s okay because there was no complication in the first place! I’m a writer!

I hated Mission Impossible: 4 but Chris Toll told me I was wrong but I’m not wrong and here is why.

Take a look at the scene where the mask-making doohickey malfunctions when they are at the hotel to make the deal with the French assassin and the henchman. Here we have some technology that is ridiculously advanced, capable of laser etching into some polymer substance, and also portable and also capable of paint mixing and spraying the paint (albeit not flawlessly, as the machine breaks down). OK, no problem; I don’t care about the probability of that. I’m happy to accept that they have such a device. READ MORE >

Film / 40 Comments
December 31st, 2011 / 3:17 pm


The Disinformation Phase

The Disinformation Phase
by Chris Toll
Publishing Genius Press, 2011
68 pages / $12.00 Buy from Publishing Genius Press
Rating: 8.0








I bought The Disinformation Phase basically because I liked the cover. Then I found out that was actually a good piece of criteria to go on: its author, Chris Toll had made it.  It’s a collage of unlikely portrait-sitters, kind of like his poems, which paradoxically at once seem made at home and extraterrestrial, like alien-worshipping cult flyers; you wonder if someone really believes all this.

November 10th, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Chris Toll, The Disinformation Phase

Video by Stephanie Barber
Book by Chris Toll

Pre-orders close this weekend. Order now for advance discount and a chance to win books by CAConrad, Heather Christle and M. Magnus. Chances of winning are high right now.

“I do believe Hell could be driven from the heart with Chris Toll’s amazing new book.”
CAConrad, author of The Book of Frank

“…these poems are tenderly repossessing the ineffable and the commonplace.”
Heather Christle, author of The Trees The Trees

“The Disinformation Phase is conspiracy theory in poetic practice.”
M. Magnus, author of Verb Sap

Author News / 9 Comments
June 1st, 2011 / 5:13 pm