Derek Ailes


I am a science fiction & horror writer from Valparaiso, Indiana. I also love to write horror stories about zombies and cats. I am also a political satirist. In 1985 I wrote my first short story: "The Day It Rained Candy." I also started writing a science fiction series called "Power Force." In 1994 I published my first short story: "The Night Of the Living Redheads." I am currently writing horror short stories with my brother, Mark Cusco Ailes, for the horror collection: "The Second Journey Into The Unknown."

My writing influences are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ira Levin, Terry Brooks, R. Karl Largent, Zombie Fiction Writers. I started reading heavily at the age of five and by middle school I had read close to 200 books or more. I'm not talking just thin children's books. I mean Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Star Trek and Star Wars novels and more

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote the Day It Rained Candy in 1985. I was in elementary school and won a ribbon.
What is your writing process?
An idea pops in my head. I work out the outline and all the scenes in my head and then sit down and type it all out.
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Journey Into the Unknown: Deluxe Horror Edition
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,550. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » General
When incredible minds of horror collide, the result is a journey into the unknown. Sixteen tales of horror from spiders, killer cicadas, zombie twisters, cursed relics, witches, black cats, death and more.
Zombie Command: A Horror Anthology
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,480. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
Zombies are on the loose! Space Station of the Dead, Brave Zombie World and Zombienado headline the latest collection of horror short stories by Derek Ailes. Derek takes you on a horror thrill ride. Just when you thought it was safe to continue, he delivers you another spine chilling tale. Read if you dare!
Zombie Con
Price: Free! Words: 13,580. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
A zombie outbreak at a horror convention, a Zombienado and a gargoyle terrorizing a small town in Texas are the latest tales from the demented mind of Derek Ailes. Will there be any survivors? It's a fast pace horror thrill ride from beginning to end.

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