Ken Shakin has been called the most negative man in fiction. In 1997 "Love Sucks" appeared to critical and commercial success, followed in 1999 by "Real Men Ride Horses". Shakin's talent for insulting people and animals has won him international recognition, including numerous drinks poured over his head and a lawsuit filed against him by the German State for the alleged meaning of a single sentence. Before taking up the pen, the New York native armed himself with a piano, graduating from the prestigious Juilliard School to pursue the life of a degenerate. After a career in music and drug dealing, he left the island once and for all and has been roaming the planet ever since.