Doug Brunell


I've written for several magazines ("Tattoo Savage," "UFO," "Gray Areas," "Northcoast Journal," etc.) and websites (,, etc) since 1988. I have written both nonfiction and fiction, and my fiction work tends to lean toward the horrific.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I primarily grew up (teen years) in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. Anyone who has ever been there knows that the combination of deep woods and odd people can be a horror lover's paradise. Now I live in Humboldt County, which has deep woods and odd people. It is apparently a trend of mine. A lot of my horror stories focus on odd people out in the middle of nowhere.
When did you first start writing?
I read Stephen King's "The Shining" at nine years old. The second I finished it I decided I wanted to scare people like that. That is when I started writing.
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The Atrocity Channel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2015. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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The Power of Positive Visual Thinking
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Keep telling yourself how important you are. Keep visualizing who and what you want to be. Envision your destiny. Become who you are meant to be. Embrace all that is great about you. Become the killer you know lurks inside you. From the author of "Nothing Men" and "Candy."
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,890. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Nate Helton needed a break, and the cabin he inherited in the forests of the Poconos was the perfect place to get away. Those woods hold a wonderful, magical secret, however, and Nate is about to be one of the privileged few to be let in on it. Unfortunately for him, some secrets are best left unlearned, especially when it comes to Candy.
Abeunt Studia In Mores
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Practice becomes habit. Habit becomes compulsion. Compulsion becomes obsession. Obsession becomes you.
The Good Doctor Ambrose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,220. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
When a child is born of a villager’s tryst with an outsider, it is up to the Good Doctor Ambrose to show the fearful townspeople that the child is free of demon blood. What they are about to find out, however, is that their doctor may have a few dark secrets of his own.
Calling The Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Larson Fastings, investigative reporter, is intrigued by the man he’s been watching stare out the window of his apartment for two weeks straight. When curiosity gets the best of him and he decides to question the stranger, he quickly finds himself in over his head with a man whose cruelty knows few limits. The Amazon Shorts hit is available again for the first time in over ten years!
Nothing Men
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,160. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
For years there have been rumors of inhuman things inhabiting the forests and mountains that make up the Trinity Alps of Northern California. Bigfoot. UFOs. Ghosts. Vampires. One family is about to learn the truth behind these rumors as their summer vacation quickly turns into a one-way trip to Hell. No one is safe and nothing is sacred when dealing with the Nothing Men.

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Smashwords book reviews by Doug Brunell

  • The Billionaire's Babysitter: Deflowering the Sitter on July 28, 2012

    Looking for a quick read that cuts right to the chase? Like teen girls masturbating, getting caught and then taken? Well, you've got the right story. Poor Mia. She's stuck late babysitting and her imagination is getting the best of her. Soon, thanks to some pay-per-view porn, she's giving in to her baser instincts. Virgins can be funny that way. While she was expecting some pleasure, she was not expecting to get caught, and that's where the fun begins. To say more would spoil the surprise. Besides, you already have an idea of what is going to happen. It's the journey that makes this worth your time.
  • Curse of the Thunder Jewel on March 06, 2014

    If you like your fantasy with a little sex, look elsewhere. If you like it with a lot of sex, you've struck gold. Unlike most erotic fantasy, however, where the story is sex, in this case sex is the story. It is essential to the plot. Daleena is a half-elf who sells her services to various men. When a special visitor offers her the chance of the lifetime, she takes it, never realizing that bargain will end up with a magical jewel lodged inside a mercenary. Great stuff for all you lovers of erotic fantasy.
  • What’s Right in Front of You: A Novelette on Aug. 19, 2014

    There is so much more that could be explored in this ghost story. As it stands, the story feels somewhat rushed and incomplete. There are a few creepy moments, however, which does help save this from being a disaster. By its conclusion, I wanted more answers and more from the characters (which speaks to Scribner's abilities). I wanted to know these people better and was disappointed I wasn't given that opportunity. As a short horror story, it almost works. Its flaws have nothing do with the writer's talents, and everything to do with the story feeling like it was rushed to its conclusion. This could have been and should've been a novel.