Douglas Jeffreys

Biography

Douglas Jeffreys Is a Martial Artist holding a 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do as well as training in Judo, Hapkido, Kendo & Fencing. Mr. Jeffreys is a gun enthusiast and an avid motorcyclist. He has many hobbies and interests including, but not limited to; Astronomy, Architecture, Surveying, Drafting, Pen & Ink Drawing, Sculpting, Classic Cinema, and B-Horror movies. He is also fascinated with, and eagerly awaits the impending zombie apocalypse.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The 'Rule of Idiots'. I don’t remember the film but I clearly recall Roger Ebert referring to “The Rule of Idiots”, i.e. if it wasn’t for the idiots, you wouldn’t have a story. I saw this rule used time and again in books, television and movies and it would drive me crazy! It’s pure laziness on the part of the writer. Either that or all the screen writers and hack authors actually are that stupid (or they think we are)!
More times than I can recall, I would put down the book or leave the theater thinking, “Even I could write a better story than that.” I found myself critiquing the science and logic of every manner of story whether it was the big screen, the small screen or the printed page. Perhaps this is why I still enjoy the old pulps. As they dealt mainly with magic and the super-natural, which is by its’ very definition, beyond the laws of nature. Thus you have quite a bit more leeway in plot devices.
Being a great fan of all things (zombie and/or apocalyptic) it pains me somewhat to point out that the godfather of zombie movies himself, the legendary George A. Romero, is guilty of relying heavily on the rule of idiots. I found Tom Savini’s re-make of “Night of the Living Dead” to be a vast improvement over the original. Although to give Mr. Romero his due I believe he was more concerned with the underlying political/social message of his stories as opposed to the science. It was my hatred for the near epidemic use of the “Rule of Idiots” that spurred me to write. I’ve always felt that rather than use idiots to move the plot along or provide a challenge for the protagonist simply provide a smarter/faster/stronger monster/enemy/antagonist.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords not only provided the venue but also offered many helpful tips for writing, formatting and marketing a successful book.
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Where to find Douglas Jeffreys online


Books

The Darkest Hour
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,820. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The time: Now. The place: Western Pennsylvania When a terrorist organization engineers a new virus that turns people into monsters, one man must overcome his grief of personal loss and his obsession with revenge and leave his misanthropic life behind to risk his life and possibly his humanity to save the re-emerging civilization without becoming worse than the monsters he hunts.

Douglas Jeffreys’s tag cloud

action    guns    horror    martial arts    pandemic    scifi   

Douglas Jeffreys's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Douglas Jeffreys

  • Like Part of the Family on Aug. 27, 2011

    This was a great short story. A near perfect blend of old fashioned hard-boiled detective, humor, and horror. A fun read that had a nice double twist and definitely left me wanting more. If you're reading this Mr. Maberry, more Sam Hunter stories, please.