Allow me to tell you a little bit about the guy writing the blog and the books. I’m not a native Texan, but as the saying goes, “I got here as fast as I could.” Because I hail from a military family and myself thus serving in the U.S. Army, I have traveled somewhat extensively. For a time, I lived in Maryland, RAF Chicksands, England, Busan and Seoul, South Korea, Roanoke, Virginia, Ft. Hood, Texas, Tikrit and Baghdad, Iraq, and now Houston, Texas. I am happily married to a very understanding and patient woman who acts as my personal adviser and often cheerleader. We have a daughter together, who amazes me every day with her wit and love for nerdy things, including TMNT and “scary story’s!” As an OIF veteran, I categorize myself as a “Words after War” writer. The emotions and motivations for my characters and the situation-driven stories are drawn from war-time experiences, though not all my stories are about the war, typically you’ll find something subversive, but mostly it’s just fun if you consider dark fiction fun, that is. I am honored though to play a part in this upcoming generation who are turning war experiences into words, hopefully with the aim of breaking down the decorum of war and violence and opening the door to honest debate and discussion. If you’re curious about the things I write, here’s some general info on some of my work. Also, take a look around the blog here. We’ve got some great articles if I do say so myself, from an assortment of some fantastic new and upcoming writers out there. We typically keep to horror themed topics but have been known to wander off the dark path. Our newest series is called Universal Monsters in Review, which is a weekly look back at the classics we all love and adore, the pillars if you will, and inspirations to some of the modern works we enjoy today.
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The Subdue Books have finally released! Picked up by Limitless Publishing, LLC. Both books in the series (Dwelling & Emerging) are now available to purchase on paperback and eBook. The story follows a group of childhood friends, once close friends, now grownups lost from each other, torn apart by war. The books delve into each of the characters own personal struggles and demons and situations in which they find themselves. Some want things to return as they were when they were kids. Some want a resolution to their faith. Others a refuge. As a combat veteran myself, these books are my dedication piece to not only those we lost in war, but to those who we are continuing to lose to war, and for those who continue to survive traumatic experiences.
REINHEIT ($3.99) was recently picked up and released with Booktrope under the Forsaken imprint. The story follows Rebecca Moss,who never questioned the purchase of the strange seductive armchair. She wanted to please Frank. But the armchair has a dark purpose. Nazi officer Major Eric Schröder believed fervently in Hitler’s vision of purity. Now the chair has passed to Frank, an abusive thug who has his own twisted understanding of patriotism. There are those who want to destroy the armchair, to end its curse. But can the armchair be stopped before it completes its work?
HOBO & ARE YOU HUNGRY, DEAR? ($0.99 each) Are two self-published short stories. HOBO is based on a series of brutal crimes in located in the Houston, Texas, area. Several bodies have been discovered, maimed and mutilated. The police are baffled. Who is haunting the peaceful Texas suburbs? Crawling out from under the overpass are those we ignore. But what if something terrible happened, something horrible and ghastly enough that we could no longer ignore? ARE YOU HUNGRY, DEAR? follows the story of Jacob Miller who has had some serious troubles. DUI. Prison. Divorce. Dead end job. Nothing could ever go right for Jacob. But when he stops at a mysterious pizza shop for dinner, he’ll discover just how bad his luck really is. Mama, the proprietor, seems legitimate enough, kind even, but when something begins to grow inside him, Jacob discovers that maybe the pizza wasn’t just a pizza after all. For those who are hungry will cease to hunger and those who languish will be made anew.
LANMÒ ($1.99) First featured in the horror anthology, THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS, Vol 1. LANMÒ follows the story of 1964 Mississippi. John Turner is a young black man canvassing for votes in the Delta during the Freedom Summer Movement. In the Delta, race relations are getting heated. After being pulled over by what he believed were local police officers, John witnesses the hard reality of racism. The Klansmen thought they had gotten away with murder. They didn’t bank on the powers of good old southern voodoo.
THE INCREDIBLE ZILCH VON WHITSTEIN ($1.99 eBook & $6.08 on Audible): Whit had done everything right, but when the world seems against you, can good boys stay good? Whit never drank in excess, never said a bad word to anyone, did his taxes, even called his mom on Sundays, never even had a tattoo…until one night, the night a malicious clown turned everything upside down.
($0.99 on eBook & $3.46 on Audible): Jill and Bill Cook didn’t care much for the Noke, but the Noke was home. And sometimes home can be the most difficult place to get away from. Jill also didn’t care much for cats, but cats don’t seem to be in short supply in The Noke. Swarming in from the abandoned sections of used up coal refineries, their home soon becomes overrun by multitudes of feral felines with strange glowing green eyes. What do these strays want? And why won’t they go away?