I’m Gerald. I write stuff. Like the novel The Ghost Toucher. I’ve also written several short stories and I’m a bit of a poet too.
I’ve lived a significant portion of my life in my own head. I was born in 1976 to a 911 operator and a line worker at Chrysler. I’m sure they weren’t doing that when I was born, but that was my earliest memory of what my parents did for a living. I was named after my grandmother, Geraldine Hill, and I’ve been fighting not to get saddled with her nickname ever since.
I've been writing for years. Mostly unoriginal, sucky stuff at first. I think it was in 2nd grade when everyone in class wrote their own book and we hand bound them with yarn or something. Mine was about two witches named Yvonne & Yvette, though I don’t remember what they did other than live in the woods and use big sticks to stir things in a cauldron. I would say writing really started for me in tenth grade with short stories and a comic book story my best friend and I collaborated on when we were Juniors in high school, but I wasn’t doing anything that really was going to go anywhere. By Senior year I’d given up and forgotten about writing, save for really, really bad poetry I wrote for my now wife.
After graduating high school in 1995, I went to GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint and took 2 semesters to learn I hated engineering. I dropped out and flirted with the idea of going back to college until after my wife graduated in 2000 when I enrolled at Mott Community College. It was somewhere around then I wrote a story called Night of the Loving Dead, pt. 2 (I never finished the first one) and submitted it to Cemetery Dance. After 6 months of anticipation I was greeted by my very first rejection letter.
I took a creative poetry class with Joseph Bommarito and wrote some okay stuff. Got a poem in a teacher's journal out of Ann Arbor and won or came in 2nd place in the short story and poetry competitions for both years I was there and got my Associate of Arts in English in 2002.
In 2002 I had the pleasure to make a few acquaintances on the on-line forum of one of my favorite authors as they were gearing up to write a kind of fan fiction sort of anthology. Two of the guys let me join and I came up with the idea for the story, The 5000 Fingers of Bob, about a group of guys in the 1930s deciding to kill a mentally handicapped manboy. It was kind of in honor of Stephen King's The Green Mile, though my John Coffey was the bad guy. But I have my copy still on my bookshelf. I'm immensely proud of what we did together.
The Ghost Toucher isn't the first time I've attempted to write a novel, but the first time I've succeeded. I started The Beauty, a story about an artifact that's supposed to go to a museum but people keep stealing it, but it's actually the head of an ancient Egyptian princess whose body is tracking it down and kills anyone in her way. I even did research for that, going to the Grand Blanc Township police to find out the size of their building, how many officers there were and what kind of dogs they used. They looked like German Shepherds, but they’re not. I started The Edge and had an awesome opening paragraph. But every time I open the Word file I have no clue where I was going with it. Maybe someday I'll think of something.
There have been a few others, but I've forgotten. I had another minor break through in my writing in 2003, I think it was. I was driving to school at U of M Flint, I think, when I was stopped at a light and saw a little old lady in my rearview mirror. At first I thought she was alone in her car until I saw a pink coat sleeve with a mitten reach up in the backseat to touch the ceiling of the car and then drag down the window. It disturbed me for some reason and a little while later the word 'marmon' popped into my head. I looked it up and found it was a type of old car. The two ideas melded: old woman, old car and I wrote the story of a crazy little old woman in an old car who gets into a minor fender bender with a guy who'd been in a terrible car accident years before who eventually opens her trunk and finds... well, her baby. You'd have to read it; I don't want to blow the ending.
I shopped it around and eventually found a home with the now defunct Nocturnal Ooze webzine. That's the sister website to Alien Skin Magazine. I’ve had several short stories and poems published in both. I won't bore with the details of every place I've submitted to, but I really turned the corner in '08 when Graveside Tales accepted my story Mona into the Harvest Hill anthology. I'd written two stories, not realizing they only wanted one and they liked that one better. I recently found a home for The Best Night of the Year, the other short I’d written for the Harvest Hill antho, due out in Shadow Fire Press' 31 Days of Halloween later this year.
But my last novel attempt was actually the springboard for The Ghost Toucher. It was called Born Dead and has a few of the same themes. I borrowed some from it as in my mind the main character was the same guy. But it was a half-inspired, rudderless effort. In truth, I didn't know how to plot. I got 40 pages into it before realizing I was completely lost. There are some good ideas in there and I'll probably merge some of that stuff into a future effort with some of the characters from this series (yes, The Ghost Toucher is the first book of a series).
The Ghost Toucher is actually an amalgam of a bunch of things that have been floating around in my head for years. Some of it is social commentary, like my dislike of personalized plates, and some of it is stuff that's just plain old funny to me. I have an odd sense of humor, but I'm okay with that.
My wife has been the best when it comes to no excuses. Every time I've offered one up, she's taken it away and she was right. If I wanted it, I would find a way. I found a way and got this novel done in 2009, starting in January and finishing it a couple days before my birthday at the end of the year. So now I'm working on the sequel. Hopefully, you'll love the first. Hopefully, I'll piss you off with the first few pages of the second. It's okay, I did it on purpose.
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Where the Monsters Are
A man meets his childhood monster, all grown up and is terrorized by him all over again.
How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way!
If you have a book, but have been afraid to dive into the world of self-publishing or don't know where to start, this book will show you how and give you promotional and marketing tips to get it off the ground and into bestseller mode.
Brothers Kenton and Joey have been surviving on the other side since their mother died. But heavy is the mantle of leadership on Kenton and as he struggles with life and death decisions and the thing that keeps their group alive in exchange for the life of one every full moon, Joey is plotting to kill the only reason they are all alive. Includes an excerpt of "Axe to the Face" coming soon.
Greg is a reporter who is about to get the story of his life. The Prophet, an elusive figure who makes predictions about disasters has just tapped him to do an exclusive interview.
The Butterman Cometh
A childhood monster comes to life for a woman at the start of the zombie apocalypse. At the same time she has to fight to survive against a neighbor, trying to keep his own family safe.
The Zombie Show
An undercover agent tracks down the drug cartel enforcer who uses zombies in secret parties. But the enforcer has plans to disappear forever before he can be taken alive, putting together a big show that will culminate with big ending.
A recently rewed widow becomes obsessed with the local sea monster legend, determined to find out what happened to her first husband. Is her 2nd husband trying to protect a cover job or is there something else going on?
The 5000 Fingers of Bob
Five men decide to kill a boy one summer. But the boy is much more than he seems. Slow and a giant, but there is something nefarious, something terrible just underneath the surface of his vacant eyes. When their plan springs into action they will discover that the trouble they've stumbled into has a cost attached the whole town will have to pay.
Tales from an Apartment
From the author of "Fleshbags" and "The Ghost Toucher comes 9 tales to scare, tantalize, puzzle, and make you laugh. Through different times and realities, see how the people change within the same four walls.
Turn It Off
Steve has a special kind of government job. But the problem is the prototype that's supposed to eventually replace him. After being a guinea pig in a minor test, he can shake the after effects. Every day they are worse and worse until he can't do his job. The only thing he has left is a plan for revenge against the woman who used the machine on him.
Terence is all alone in his hometown in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. But he's a loner and that suits him just fine. But when he traps the reanimated corpse of his ex-girlfriend he vows to get to the bottom of the mystery as to why she's there and not hundreds of miles away with her family. He discovers a thriving survivor community, but something worse than he could have guessed.
They're Calling for You
Henry and Carol couldn't be more different. He's a scientist; she's a hippy poet. But a chance combination between the two results in the whole world instinctually knowing who they are. As they race for shelter, the implications of what has happened becomes violently apparent.
The Best Night of the Year
2 tales of Halloween terror from the author of Fleshbags. Two police officers make a routine yearly stop and get a treat that will last them the rest of their lives. A man trying to bond with his stepson while trick-or-treating welcomes a lone child to join them. But some costumes are better disguises than others.
Sheriff Hackett is on the last day of the job. But old ghosts are hard to keep down and the boy he took under his wing many years ago is accused of a crime and the officer has to relive a horrific experience to save both of them.
They're just trying to get away. A father fighting to get to his daughter. A husband and wife checking on a neighbor. A nurse who wants to go home. An ex-con who just wants to get out of the city. And the cop who's trying keep control.
Keveny is dead. But even at the onset of the zombie uprising that's difficult. Straddling between the realm of the living and the dead, he's tethered to his reanimated corpse as it eats its way across the countryside. Somewhere out there his girlfriend may not be safe, but is there still enough time to save her?
The Ghost Toucher
Two men attempt to find the host of the Network's number one show, a cross between Medium and Jackass. But they find themselves the targets of several 'others' on their journey and discover they know each other a lot better than they would've guessed.
The Beggar's Bowl
Two men, a fence and a thief, get together to reminisce about the thief's latest conquest, a young African woman. But their relaxing evening is about to be interrupted.
30 Minute Plan
Near the dusk of the zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors find curious results after an experiment with the dead. One soldier amongst them vows to go to extremes to save his comrade, but finds that even the dead can change.
Goners 2: Left to Die
5 new short stories hot on the heels of Goners published last year! Join Leo and Carl as they make 1 last stop on Halloween, a township supervisor's wife as she investigates her first husband's disappearance, a roommate who attempts to help his friend exorcise his wife, a lovesick wife who gets rebuffed by her husband for the last time and a mother who tells her son an autobiographical fairy tale!
From the author of The Ghost Toucher. Meet Murray, a man whose superstition is about to ruin his dream business, Terence, a loner in a post-apocalyptic city on the eve of the end of man, an employee who realizes the office place is being run by idiots of a most dangerous variety, a magician whose trade is about to become surreal, and a couple who are about to get serious on a cross-state car ride.
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