Travis Blase

Biography

I am a writer of horror and psychological thriller short stories, having done so for the last decade or so. From that passion for scary and unsettling tales came my drive to create Surefire Stories which is my motivation to create solid reading material for those interested in the same genre that I enjoy. I try to bring a new and creative style for readers who aren't looking for a two chapter description of a character, but instead want to have a story that is always sending them in different directions. My stories can be gruesome, but for me and other readers of horror it's a staple to the entertainment value I hope to bring. I am a very open person to feedback as I'm always looking for ways to improve my writing styles. While I have a lot of inspirations to my writing when it comes to other authors, I really enjoy the quick thrills of a short story. Many of my writings are inspired from shows like the Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits, but with a much less TV-friendly approach. The story that really jump started my interest in writing these types of literary works is one by Shirley Jackson titled "The Lottery". For those who haven't read it I suggest doing so if you are curious what my writing styles include.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I actually don't remember the first story I wrote. It was in the seventh grade and I got second in a story writing contest for my class. When I was at that age writing stories, I was also writing up comics which was what I was more interested in at the time and I remember a few of those. I wrote one on a superhero called Fire Man and it was more of a joke that people would call for him to put out fires, but he could only create them. Sounds dumb now but I thought it was funny....I was 12.
What is your writing process?
This has changed over the years. I am sort of a perfectionist with my writing, but that doesn't mean I think everything I publish is absolutely perfect. I have had to train myself to get a story done without trying to constantly rework a single thought and then come back to change things I didn't like. I also enjoy a bit of feedback from friends and fellow professionals to see if my story is coming off the way I intend it to. I get a lot out of this as some of these friends have read hundreds of books and know a good author from a bad one.
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Where to find Travis Blase online

Twitter: @SurefireStories

Books

Executive Retreat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,130. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Long days at the office mixed with a drastic need for a better life, brings 11 people together to compete for an executive position within a global company. Their competition begins with next to no problems, but that will not be the case for long. One-by-one disastrous actions lead to unexplained deaths and it's up to each set of remaining survivors to figure out what is the cause.
A Cure for the Wicked
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,480. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Waking up confused in a hospital is one thing, but discovering an empty ward with no staff and filled with other patients raises concerns with the only conscious person, John Sanderson. It doesn't take long before he begins finding signs that this hospital is more than it seems and when he's thrust into the role of caretaker things take on a brand new twist.
Damien Avenue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,140. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Jillian's impatience to wait for a new bike on Christmas morning was too much during her summer break, leading her to drastic measures to take on the responsibility of a paper route on Damien Avenue to afford the new toy months before the holiday. The weird and off-putting things she finds along her route make her begin to realize hard work doesn't always pay off.
The Mysterious Massacre of 76'
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,880. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A small quiet island town is beyond shocked when they are woken by a massive group of indescribably deadly creatures. Unsure of their fate, the town rallies together to try and take on the devastation head-on and save whatever humanity they have left. Through the eyes of one young man the town's story is finally explained, but what happens to them in the end may still remain a mystery.
Uninvited Darkness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,350. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Lost in love's mad web, Felix and soon-to-be wife Dezzi travel away from their previous life in the city to trade in a new one up in the mountainside. When Felix almost hits a mysterious figure in the road near their new home, the couple's problems go from insignificant to frightening. It isn't long before Felix runs into the figure again and realizes his troubles are just getting started.

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