Interview with Gary L Morton

What do you read for pleasure?
My own reading in the fiction area is nearly all detective, horror and science fiction.
In younger years I read widely in other areas.
I use an e-reader and read print books. I like both modes of publishing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle to read books, but also my cellphone. I have a free library online at frightlibrary.org where a lot of stuff can be read free in html web pages on computers and phones.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Book marketing is difficult as there is no magic bullet. More people read my stuff at my library than anywhere else.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town. And there are small towns in some of my books. But I do the big city too, and live in the city now. A good story can be done in nearly any setting if you do it right.
When did you first start writing?
I never intended to be a writer, started writing later than most and because I wanted to write some comedy stories. One of my books is a collection of offbeat comedy tales. I read a lot more when I didn't write. Writing takes up a lot of time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Spells, Pinnacle City, Cult of the Comet and Indian Falls are my newest books and all novels.
Each book is science fiction and horror related, and each features a private eye of the future.
Cult of the Comet is third person and a richer style. The Spells is in first person style. Indian Falls - an alien invasion novel, has a subtle humorous aspect to it, as does Pinnacle City.
I wanted to do an alien invasion the way I thought it worked best, and not like TV stuff, so I came up with Indian Falls and a horrific alien invasion.
Pinnacle City takes place in a super complex in the sky and I had a ball of fun writing it. The plots I use are always strong and fantastic and I pay attention to story logic.
The Spells is just out and it is a hard-boiled detective novel of the future, with a tough private eye on a mean case involving mutated gangsters, monsters and a mad doctor.
My three horror novels are varied. All are occult involving seers, psychics and new age people. All are strong horror fiction and journeys into the supernatural. DemonSeer opens with an exorcism, Channeling the Demon features the evil of an occult church bringing a demon back to rule earth. Channeling the Vampire takes vampire fiction along a different supernatural route than usual.
My five story, novella, novellette collections are all horror and sci-fi horror fiction. Many of the tales were first published in print pulp magazines.
Walking Dead Man’s Blog and Halloween Tales is my most read collection of horror tales.
Fabulous Furry World is a collection of comedy tales that go from flash fiction to longer stories and from sci-fi to fantasy and horror.
The Rainmaker and other Tales features the horror novella The Rainmaker and seven more horror stories.
Vampire Alley is my collection of vampire tales and Making Monsters is a big collection of my science fiction horror tales.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was always an indie author and one of the first. I had books online in my own publishing in January 1996 and used to sell story collections on the old floppy disks.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gets my books out to other e-readers. I had little success in Amazon sales but sold more via another account to newer e-readers. Also sold some paperbacks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is very frustrating at the start of a book. I've written straight serial but now plan a story somewhat. Getting the first draft done is difficult but if you get a story rolling the creative effort is rewarding. Polishing a book is always fun because it is not as draining.
Who are your favorite authors?
I was never one of those people with a tiny list of favorite books and authors. Perhaps I like the best of everyone. But nowadays I read in the horror, sci-fi and mystery areas. Especially books in those areas with a comedic aspect.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Finding ebooks is difficult and all the ebook sites have terrible search methods. I want to see a lot of titles and descriptions and they want to slowly filter out a few to you.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, first story I did was Autumn Afternoon, a tiny comedy tale.
Published 2014-08-28.
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Books by This Author

The Liberty Bomb
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,590. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Private investigator Joe Holiday follows a dangerous case involving a mix of Islamic terrorists, Satanists and intelligence agencies. The novel is a suspense novel with a comedic aspect.
Illuminati Halloween
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 95,800. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
His girlfriend kidnapped and his best friend murdered, amateur private eye Joe Holiday tracks a mysterious Satanist wing of the Illuminati to the end of the conspiracy, Halloween and their ultimate creation.
The Reaper Run
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 118,170. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Sudden Supernatural Occurrences at a park and psychiatric institution lead to a long night of horror as a group of survivors deal with disaster, evil madmen and a monster from a parallel world.
The Spells
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 83,610. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Horror » Crime
The Spells is a sci-fi action novel. Detective Jack Michaels, accompanied by a fashion model, hunts for a missing teen girl in a case that explodes to mayhem, mutant gangsters and a freak doctor's mad plan for immortality.
Five Christmas Season Horror Tales
Price: Free! Words: 8,930. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
Five free seasonal horror tales selected from collections I have available at Smashwords.com. Two are vampire tales, two feature the grim reaper and the last tale is a ghost tale.
Pinnacle City
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,920. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Pinnacle City is a sci-fi novel, 89,000 words in length. Future detective Jack Michaels investigates a series of bizarre killings at Pinnacle City in the Sky. The book is a novel of action and humor in a super complex of the future, featuring an assortment of characters from a private eye to an AI ghost, mutants and androids.
Zombie Six Pack
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,960. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
Six offbeat zombie tales and one bonus longer tale. A zombie dog, a zombie invasion, a zombie holy site, a biker zombie, tale of a walking dead man and a tale of mad cannibals.
Indian Falls (An Alien Invasion Novel)
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 89,480. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
An alien invasion novel set in the near future. Supernatural happenings at a town and large conservation area become a full-scale invasion of bloodthirsty aliens.
Cult of the Comet
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 122,380. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Cult of the Comet is a full-length novel (122,000 words). It takes place in a dark future and features a fallen astronaut turned gritty private eye, and a cult leader on a mission to grab interstellar travel. A police state and evil elders rule most of the world. Mutants control the rest. The race is on as a comet, which is the final visitation of an alien race, heads for perihelion at earth.
Making Monsters (sci-fi horror tales)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 134,610. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
About Making Monsters These stories fit into the sci-fi horror category. The characters, settings, styles and forces of evil vary. Aliens, vampires, zombies, monsters, cannibals and serial killers all make an appearance.
Walking Dead Man's Blog & Halloween Tales
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,280. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Walking Dead Man's Blog is a horror fiction collection, featuring Halloween tales. Thirty tales in all ... ghosts, voodoo, the grim reaper, a zombie dog, a headhunter, ghouls and other forces of evil appear.
Fabulous Furry World
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,650. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
A Short Story Collection: it begins ... In a future society Jack is on the run from teddybots and robot evangelists … that want to rob him of his false immortality and humanity. The tale Fabulous Furry World is the first of twenty-four tales from very short to novella length. All of them offbeat and unusual, playing on sci-fi and horror in various modes of humor … mostly dark.
Theological Vignettes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,020. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
Theological Vignettes is a Christian book that addresses religious questions that have arisen in modern times. Articles in this book counter many of the arguments humanists, atheists and others make against the Christian faith. The book takes different approaches and is not an essay only.
Vampire Alley
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 60,970. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Vampire Alley is a collection of my vampire tales. It is also the title of one of the included stories. Originally these tales appeared in different offbeat publications and on the web. The tales go from shorts like “Vampire Dream” to longer tales like “Castle of Fangs.” Gary Morton
The Rainmaker & Other Tales
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,090. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
The Rainmaker - horror fiction collection. The survivors of a world drought face terror when an Ark appears in a dried up lakebed and the evil spirit of a rainmaker appears. Also included are the horror stories, The Brutality Zone, King Flame's Underground Party, Dwellers, Garage Sale, In the Blood and Shadow in the Backyard.
Channeling the Vampire
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,480. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
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Channeling The Vampire (102,000 words, 28 chapters)is at heart a supernatural horror fiction novel. It begins as a Jekyll & Hyde tale with a spirit channeler possessed by a vampire. He is pursued by a psychic investigator as the story moves deeper into vampirism and the occult. It is also a suspense and action tale with many twists and turns.
Channeling the Demon
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 73,630. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Channeling the Demon is a novel of occult action and supernatural horror from beginning to end. A demon king from another reality uses a spirit channeler and the priests of a world wide occult church to prepare the way for a new planet of evil. The book flies from one scene of terror to the next as the forces of good and evil clash, headed for the ultimate climax.
DemonSeer
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 86,050. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
DEMONSEER is a unique supernatural horror novel. The main characters are a seer and a spiritually gifted but troubled young girl. After being possessed and exorcised she seeks her identity and family through a host of supernatural experiences.