As a writer I am defined by my imagination that is refined by my experiences in living and observations of life.
- Joeseph Simon
I am a man with a past. This is a good thing.
Let me explain.
My publishing credits start in the late 80's. This was before the current reign of eBooks, where the reach to readers was significantly smaller and the cost of entry far higher. The same applies to my credits as an author that started a few years later in the early 90's.
My early writing credits started with dark fantasy/horror comic stories at Caliber Press and then revolved around the music industry through entertainment weeklies, newspapers and magazines.
On the other hand, my publishing efforts focused on other authors rather than my own creations. Great things happened for those projects. Two of the books I published sold out. One featured a story that won an award from Ellen Datrow.
My life would be in a state transition as the 2000's started. I created a record label with talent like the Grammy nominated Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet to world-renowned composer Halim El Dabh. It was never boring. Keeping busy was always easy to do. I've acted in some indie films, taught at a college, managed bands, created music festivals, worked at nightclubs, and owned two stores. That's actually just the short list.
During this transition I discovered the publishing world was going through a transition of its own. This was right before eBooks became mainstream. Amazon ruled, but with actual books selling while bookstores started to decline.
It was during this time where I would publish my first book, Observations from the Door. This book would come from a more personal source. I have a long history working in nightclubs. My experiences working at nightclubs included many great things as well as tragic. After witnessing several separate accounts of innocent people being shot in front of me I was compelled to write and publish a book on how things could be done to create a safer nightlife. Sometime after that, eBooks started roll into the mainstream.
After Observations from the Door was released, I decided to listen to my origins of creativity and started to engage as an author in both eBooks and in print.
As a result of those efforts so far, you can now read my dark urban fantasy series, Dark Veritas. My second series, This City Bleeds Sin, a new noir social commentary just started and I already released Ende Nue, an annual publication made public on my birthday.
I smile thinking about my upcoming projects. Through the decades I realize change is going to happen, transitions and disruptions will occur. It's kind of cool because I remember how it used to, how it is right now and I have a good idea of how it is going to be in the future. 2013 and beyond…it's going to be interesting!
Where to find Joeseph Simon online
Where to buy in print
World of Dark Veritas
If you believed someone you loved was returning from the dead, what would you do? How long would you wait? "Rachel's Waiting" answers those questions. World of Dark Veritas features reviews & previews of the upcoming Dark Veritas books in addition to behind-the-scenes "of an Earth of undead possibilities" & exclusive stories like "Rachel's Waiting" set in the Dark Veritas storyverse.
Ende Nue 2013
In "Questions Unanswered" meet a man embracing his end of days & what happens in-between the moments of waiting & his passing."Unbroken Hope" features a man who finds himself in an unusual situation resulting in an even more unusual apology. "Parasite Mannerisms" shows that even parasites can be courteous. "Fecal Matters" details a possible future that our Earth may take one day. + 1 more story.
Jeremiah the Vampire Hunter
When meeting a person for the first time, are you more concerned about whom you are meeting or what they might be thinking about you? When Jeremiah meets Jasmine, he suspects that she might be a vampire; while Jasmine believes that Jeremiah is not the vampire hunter he claims to be. Find out who’s right & how it ends in this paranormal fantasy. This story appears also appears in Gotham's Sin.
Life takes strange turns when you love someone without knowing if the other person loves you. In this short story, Patrick & Mary have secret desires. Fearful of exploring them, they resist these dark temptations until one night when they both begin to falter. The first story of Dark Veritas revolves around the idea of vampirism & the pressures of virginity. This story appears in Gotham's Sin.