Leroy Smith

Biography

Leroy Smith is an award-winning fiction writer with a style compared to Norman Mailer and Raymond Chandler. A professional story-teller, journalist and technical writer, he has written for several newspapers, magazines, and international corporations like Swatch, Creamware, and VEXTEC. He won the University of Tennessee Award for Excellence in Fiction for his series of short narratives, "How I Killed Myself and What I Did Next." He is a successful veteran of the US National Poetry Slam and toured the Southeastern U.S. poetry slam circuit.
He has written 20 books of poetry. Several art magazines and websites have published his open verse and lyrics. He has written over one thousand three act story-songs in all genres. His song "Walk Like That" is on Marty Stuart's Live at the Ryman CD which was nominated for a Grammy. His band, The Jonny 3, was softening up the mid-section of the USA during the punk rock invasion of 1977.
Leroy is an unpredictable idea machine. He recently completed a blue billion screenplays with new ideas germinating daily. He is a permanent student of the living art.
"Beautiful, moving, honest. A personal mythology that resonates beyond the personal. The writer goes anywhere. Leroy's dedication to the craft is contagious. Really fine work. No shit."
Dr. Marilyn Kallet Director Creative Writing Program
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1994

"It is this sense of menace, this uneasy balance of fun and danger, that lifts Leroy out of the ordinary. He's my pick for emcee on Drown Night in hell."
Duane Davis/Westword, Denver, CO 1982

"The difference between Leroy Smith and Norman Mailer is that Leroy knows who Norman Mailer is."
Dr. George Welch/ Miami Dade Community College

Very funny. Clever. Excellent work. Terrific gags.
Gene Perret 2010 (Bob Hope's joke writer)

Books

Tourist Trappers
By Leroy Smith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,070. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
This is a camp/comedy/horror short story about a band on their way home from the South by Southwest Festival. They go to a hotel called Tourist Trappe, run by 4 crusty old frontier-styled trappers. Their motel is filled with traps for anybody unlucky enough to believe their lying road signs. Paranormal Pulp is a series of nervous stories and novellas.
Unicorn
By Leroy Smith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,920. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
Push comes to shove when the military investigates the mysterious healing powers of Izzy Einhorn, a unicorn.
Oh! Positive
By Leroy Smith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,260. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
A Czech girl and two of her brothers become vampires out of boredom. They move from Prague to Hollywood to become movie stars. They open a drive-thru blood bank franchise so they can legally harvest blood. Tensions arise when old habits die hard for two of them.
Swampire
By Leroy Smith
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
A hunt for wild hogs and gators takes an unexpected turn when the hunters realize there’s a big hairy vampire in the swamp with them. Paranormal Pulp is a series of nervous stories and novellas.
Real Vampires Don't Dance
By Leroy Smith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,350. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
Old-school vampire Vili is disgusted by the new, “hot” vampires. He hates Dusk the teen-aged vampire show. He hates Evening, the Dusk Cologne, and he hates vampires who go to boutique hair salons, like Hairy Nation. He shows Miami what a real vampire is all about—a terrifying, bloodthirsty horror. Paranormal Pulp is a series of nervous stories and novellas.
Amish Country aka The Hills Have Straw Hats
By Leroy Smith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,300. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
Sociology students go on a weekend road trip to Lancaster, PA to study the Amish culture. They get more than they bargain for when they end up at a farm filled with psychos who have been drinking benzene tainted well-water for decades. Paranormal Pulp is a series of nervous stories. Many of them were adapted from screenplays I've written.
The Dog with Two Tails
By Leroy Smith
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2011. Category: Fiction
Digger was born with two tails. One day, she was kidnapped and put in a sideshow where she meets other freaks. She discovers that being different doesn't make you special, but being special makes you different.

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