Mr. Herman won his first writing award in elementary school for an essay on Eamon de Valera, and sold his first poem - “On the Death of My Wife” - to Ephpheta Magazine. He was 13 and allegedly unmarried. In high school he won a Quill and Scroll National Writing Award (1946); a Scholastic Arts National Writing Award (1946); and the Eugene Bracken Award in poetry. In 1967 he won an Excellence award from the American Security Council for his essay, “The Torch of the New Generation”, which suggested that President Kennedy’s torch be applied to the seats of the new generation.
For six years he was theatre columnist for Honolulu Magazine and senior drama critic for the Honolulu Advertiser, setting an island record for receiving death threats. His first novel, “Carnival of Saints”, was written in 1993 at the age of 65 and was published by Ballantine (NY). It was translated into German and Spanish, precipitating two revolutions and an economic collapse. It was also a finalist in fiction in the Oregon Book Awards and in the National Barnes and Noble Discover Great New writers Awards, and set yet another record in reaching the discount counters of supermarkets within the shortest period of time.
“A Comedy of Murders” and “The Tears of the Madonna” were published by Carroll and Graf in 1994 and 1996, inspiring many reviewers to ask why. His answer to this question was the publication of “The Florentine Mourners”, “The Necromancer” and “The Toys of War”.
Mr. Herman’s Childrens’ book, “Nine Dragons” was published in 1994 by Tuttle, and never heard of again. China denies having anything to do with this.
Mr. Herman is a published poet, cartoonist, composer, short story writer, playwright, and novelist indicative of his inability to find a profession worthy of him.