Huei Lin is a writer, musician, and photographer from New York City. His professional work in the film industry paired with formal training as a classical musician has led him to pursue various forms of media including screenwriting, directing, and composing. In 2016, Huei was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where his collaboration with the Indigenous Leadership Conference and Music as Theatre department produced an acclaimed short film, “Black Earth,” which he shot and directed. From 2017 to 2019, he held a position at Canadian documentary studio EyeSteelFilm as a post-production assistant and editor. Since 2011 he has lived and worked primarily in Montreal, Quebec. His body of writing is composed of short fiction and narrative nonfiction. Recurring themes in his work include impermanence, modern life, and belonging. In 2019, two of his short stories were selected as semifinalists and finalists in the The William Faulkner Literary Contest and the Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction Award Competition, while other works of short fiction have been published by RCN Media. A screenwriting collaboration with UK and Hong Kong-based film director Luke Casey of Ocean Pine Studios is currently in pre- production. Huei is completing his debut novel.

King of Dhamma

Author: Huei Lin

Release Date: July 28, 2020

Pages: 24

Imprint: RCN Shorts

Partway through a silent meditation retreat, one attendee has a puzzling encounter with a dead man which shatters the monotony of his daily routine. When an old TV turns itself on one night and the dead man appears on the screen, a young writer’s reality starts to bend in startling new directions. His new companion preaches unorthodox wisdom that blurs the line between earthly pleasures and spiritual awakening— delivering a series of lectures that baffle and titillate with their straightforward love of sin. The young protégé becomes obsessed with this phantom, staking out the TV room at the end of each day in order to catch a glimpse of the elusive guru behind the screen. Their conversations are by turns playful and irreverent— and always thought-provoking. In the end, nothing is what it appears to be.

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