Brian Spaeth (aka: B.F. Späth) was born in College Point, Queens, New York, in 1948. He lived in New York’s East Village from 1979 to 2001, was homeless for the next 6 years, before moving to Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park in 2007, and finally to Tarrytown N.Y. in 2010.
He studied painting at The Art Student’s League, Hunter College, New York Studio School, and earned a BFA at The School of Visual Arts in 1980. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous Manhattan galleries.
He played tenor saxophone with New York City’s Fleshtones in the early 1980’s, and was a founding member and bassist of The Soul Assassins band in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s. He then went on lead his own band, playing guitar and singing in The Crazy Pages in the 1990’s.
He trained and studied martial arts for several years in the 1970’s with the legendary John Perretti, the originator of Mixed Martial Arts.
He made a small fortune in the stock market in 1999—then lost it all as the market crashed in 2000. He was exposed to toxic chemicals in the year 2000, and as a result found himself homeless for the next several years, and also suffering from Acute Chemical Sensitivity, which still plagues him to this day. His novel and screenplay, The Fortune, is a chronicle of these extreme highs and lows. In 2008, Serious Ink Press published his collection of short stories and abstract poetry, entitled Clocks Stopped at a Strange and Savage Hour.
He was an avid science fiction and fantasy/horror fan in the 1960’s, reading works from H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, H.P. Lovecraft, and many others. His literary tastes began to broaden later in the decade, leading him to such authors as Thomas DeQuincey, Baudelaire, Dostoyevsky, Bruno Shulz, Gustav Meyrink, Arthur Machen, Ambrose Bierce, and Fernando Pessoa, among many others. His favorite book is Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet.
He was a great comic book fan in the 1950’s and 60’s, and also a fanatical collector of Mad magazine and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. He remains a huge fan of the Mexican Horror films of the 1960’s, such as Robot vs. Aztec Mummy, The Baron of Terror, Genie of Darkness, and many others. His all-time favorite film, however, remains Karel Zeman's animated 1962 masterpiece, The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.
He worked in the art department of High Times magazine from 1986 till 1992. He rode the High Times Psychedelic Bus to Ann Arbor Michigan in 1988 for the Annual Hash Bash.
He was introduced to Native American culture and teachings in 2003, and is very grateful to have participated in numerous sweat lodges and healing ceremonies. He was told that his true calling and real work on this Earth was to be a writer. He was advised to buy a notebook and simply begin writing. He has now compiled over 100 journals of his thoughts, observations, and petty complaints.
He recently discovered that the original spelling of his family name was "Späth", which was Americanized to "Spaeth" in the year 1900. Reasoning that the use of an umlaut might improve his fortunes, he adopted the pen name B.F. Späth.
His full-length novel, The Sun Temple, was published in 2016.