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I am the director of Fantasy at Visionary Press Collaborative.
I spent 20 years serving in the United States Air Force, and have had the fortune to live all over the world, including Iceland, Germany, and in a tent for a year in Saudi Arabia.
Always an artist at heart, I produced many paintings during my adventures. After my service, I settled down with my family (wife, two great daughters, 2 cats and a little white fluff dog) in small town Iowa, where I love to volunteer at the antique carousel. Now, I help people with intellectual disabilities to reach their potential and teach psychology classes at a local college.
I switched from a paint brush to a pen and am now a horror writer, by night.
I have had short stories published by The Horror Zine, Alliteration Ink, Death Throes Webzine, Crypto and Co., and several horror anthologies.
on Sep. 23, 2011 :
When I started this book, I thought this had to be a child’s book, with a title like Let’s Pretend…boy was I wrong. When a child’s imagination goes from the virtual world to the here and now, he finds himself tormented by a Darth Vader poster and literally drawn into a world he watches everyday. This book will send shivers down your spine…at least it did to me. The whole time, I imagined how horrible it would have been for me, as a child, with my wild imagination to see my imaginary friends, heroes and monsters come to life. Towards the end of the book you’re telling yourself, it’ll be ok there’s always a happy ending… I feel sorry for you!!!
(review of free book)
on April 13, 2011 :
\In “Let’s Pretend,” Mr. Gustafson re-creates the real world through the eyes of a child. Johnny is an ordinary boy doing what we adults recall in our everyday lives of childhood by playing war, admiring Star Wars posters, and watching favorite cartoons. As Johnny becomes more fascinated with his make-believe world, it incorporates into his own reality separate of his parents’ as he merges into the entertaining but violent world of television. As the story reaches its end, Johnny successfully separates from reality, leaving a disturbing but valid point, as part of maturity is the ability to recognize fantasy in the world of reality. Four stars for Mr. Gustafson!
(review of free book)