When I was in high school back in the 1970s, I weaned on Dracula and Dark Shadows, and have always enjoyed a good horror or science fiction flick. I did not begin writing until 1990, when a college professor encouraged me to try writing to process my grief over my mother’s death. A Stephen King fan, I began with horror fiction, and work through my grief I did, for many of my protagonists were grieving over deceased parents. My horror and science fiction short stories have appeared in The Vampire’s Crypt, Alien Worlds, Detective Mystery Stories, The Ultimate Unknown, and other small press magazines. Night to Dawn published some of my tales before the former editor retired. I’ve been editing the magazine for the last five years.
In 2008, I began publishing books through the Night to Dawn imprint. Novels by Tom Johnson, Neil Benson, Rod Marsden, and a few others have gone to print through the NTD imprint, and most of them enjoyed four-star reviews. I’ve been pretty active in the authors’ online and in-person communities such as Horror Writers Association, www.facebook.com, WorldFictionWriters, Twitter, and others.
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From the cities of USA to the balloon trees on Dorjyn, and a vast galaxy in between, Close Liaisons offers two different tales of heroic aliens bent on rescuing the human race, evil aliens intending to destroy it, and a healthy dose of sensual probing in between.
Life Raft: Earth
Trittonite Chibale warns Natalie Springer that an exploding star heading toward Earth will incinerate the planet. After lengthy negotiations with politicians, he and his pilots organize a fleet of ships to pull the Earth away from the exploding star’s path, an endeavor fraught with danger.
Trilogy of the Dead
Three short stories involving a vampire, zombies, and a revenant. The opening story, “Rebirth,” tells a poignant tale of a bullied teenage girl grieving for her mother. The residents in “Homes for the Dead” overwhelm an ill-tempered manager. A sickly woman in “Roses for Elaine” seeks to escape sordid conditions at a nursing home. Who will help her? Collectively, about 8,500 words.
City of Brotherly Death
William Penn never suspected that his beloved Philadelphia would turn into the city of brotherly death. But that’s what’s happening in Philadelphia and other major cities. And it’s only going to get worse. The dead are coming—revenants, vampires, and zombies—people who have scores to settle with the living. So padlock your doors and pack up your guns and survival gear.
Twilight Healer is a vampire romance, where a timid, bullied respiratory therapist finds new life as a vampire. But it isn't until a war threatens her life that Leslie learns how smart she really is.
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