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’m no stranger to the Appalachian Mountains.I’ve traveled up and down the eastern seaboard and am known to spend late summers in Pensacola, Florida. I am happily married to a very understanding and patient and beautiful woman, my personal adviser and often cheerleader. We have a daughter together, who amazes me every day with her intelligence and love for nerdy things, including TMNT and “scary story’s!” As an OIF veteran, I categorize myself as a “Words after War” kinda writer. The emotions and motivations for my characters and the situation-driven stories are drawn from my 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 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, below you’ll find some general info on some of my work. Also, take a look around the blog here. Cruise the latest articles section. We’ve got some great reviews here if I do say so myself, from an assortment of some rather fantastic writers. We typically keep to horror themed topics on Machine Mean but we’ve been known to wander off the dark path into more murky waters. Our latest series, Universal Monsters in Review, is a look back at the classic Universal Monster movies we all love and adore, the pillars if you will, and inspirations to some of the modern works we enjoy today. During October, we’re hosting a month-long Fright Fest, featuring 21 different writers tackling 21 horror movies.
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Dwelling (Subdue Book 1) is my latest series with Limitless Publishing, LLC. is available in 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 book delves into each of the characters own personal struggles and demons and situations in which they find themselves. Maggie wants things to return as they were when they were kids. Simpler times. Jake wants a resolution to his faith. Bobby desires refuge from his lycanthropic curse. And Johnathan, he wants the nightmares to stop. As a combat veteran myself, The subdue Series is my dedication piece to not only those we lost in war but also to those who continue to survive traumatic experiences.
Emerging (Subdue Book 2) The story continues in this sequel to Dwelling. Letters emerge from Maggie and the surviving friends must gather together at the House on Oak Lee. But strange happenings are going on beneath the cellar. Strange clicking sounds and dreams pulling them each in different directions. They survived the war, but can they survive the house?
REINHEIT (now on sale for $0.99!!!!) has been on a long journey of publishers, now currently residing with Shadow Work Publishing. The story follows Rebecca Moss,who never questioned the purchase of a strange seductive armchair. She wanted to please Frank. But the armchair has a dark purpose. Nazi officer 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 views. There are those who want to destroy the armchair, to end its curse. But can the armchair be stopped before it completes its work?
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?
13: An Anthology Of Horror and Dark Fiction – 13 has always been unlucky. But now it’s turned deadly…Darkness has fallen. Real and unseen, evil is out there. Waiting. Watching. Biding its time. It might be your neighbor, your best friend—or something much, much worse. It might be the shadow itself. It will hunt you down when you least expect it. It will talk to you in the quiet hours of the morning and follow your footsteps when you’re alone. It’s chosen you…and it always gets what it wants. 13 dark tales await you. Ready to bring your worst childhood nightmares to life, to push you to the brink, and make you question your every decision… The circus. Your beloved carnival rides. That mom and pop motel you pass every day on your way to work. They’ll never look innocent again. Because they’re not. No one and nothing can be trusted. Not even yourself. Are you ready to take the ultimate dare? To spin the devil’s wheel? Be careful… 13 will get you every time.