Eric A. Shelman


Eric Shelman lives in Cape Coral, Florida, on the Gulf Coast of the state. He's been writing a long time, and oddly enough, when he finally decided to give up the short stories and write a book, he ended up sidestepping what he actually wanted to write - and that was supernatural fiction. Nope, his first book was not fiction at all, rather a "based on a true story" book, co-written with physician Stephen Lazoritz, entitled Out of the Darkness: The Story of Mary Ellen Wilson. One reviewer said it like this: "A fascinating and compelling chronicle of love, war, hope, despair, good intentions, bad luck, brutality, and the misery of a child who was at the center of it all." It's available in print at all online booksellers. The next book, which is a collection of all the materials used to write the first book, is "The Mary Ellen Wilson Child Abuse Case and the Beginning of Children's Rights in 19th Century America, which was released in 2005. NOW ... the third book, released in early 2011, brought Eric closer to what he really wanted to write in the first place: Fiction! It's called "A Reason To Kill," available in digital formats and in print. It's a novel about a serial killer named Frank Swanson and the woman who throws his pattern-filled life into one of uncertainty and doubt .... a suspenseful tale, to be sure. And there's more! Eric wrote a ZOMBIE novel called Dead Hunger, and readers ate it up so much, he wrote FIVE MORE in the series! They are: Dead Hunger II: The Gem Cardoza Chronicle, Dead Hunger III: The Chatsworth Chronicles, Dead Hunger IV: Evolution, Dead Hunger V: The Road To California, Dead Hunger VI: The Gathering Storm, and Dead Hunger VII: The Reign of Isis. Eric also has an interesting witch novel called Generation Evil, which is about reincarnating witches who keep returning life after life to destroy an evil warlock - only each time they are reborn, they have no idea who they are, what their purpose is, or even that they are witches! This makes their goal a challenge, to say the least. Last but by no means least, is Eric's time travel / serial killer novel called Shifting Fears. This is a very cool, somewhat complex novel about a mild-mannered mechanic named Luke McCabe, who restores a 1958 Cadillac, only to be taken back to 1958 and discover that in this place, he is trapped inside the body of a brutal serial killer who calls himself The Cowboy. This story will make your head spin …

Try them on for size … Eric's pretty sure if you do, you'll be a fan for life. :-)

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
You know, I sit my ass down and hope like hell I'm going to have some words some to me … and they always do. I've never really plotted a book out - beyond the most basic idea. I'll have what I call a "grain of sand" and hope it's not a clump of poo. Then I'll start going, creating that first character. I try to make you like them right away, just based on something they say or do, or some emotion they're feeling that anyone can relate to. Once I get to know my character, I let them take control of the story. The ending of the book comes when it comes - I never know how long a story is until it's over.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really, but I was a Hardy Boys fan. The first horror novel that REALLY got me was Lair by James Herbert. Had no idea it was the second in a series. I also LOVED Whitley Streiber's Wolfen. One of the most frightening books I've ever read. The movie SUCKED ASS. Oh, well. That is one that NEEDS to be remade. Oh, yeah. Impact on me? Just made me want to read more good, scary stories.
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Where to find Eric A. Shelman online

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Dead Hunger VIII: Peace, Love & Zombies
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 110,440. Language: American English. Published: February 1, 2015. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Nelson Moore, the lovable stoner, takes over the telling of this, the eighth installment in the series. His story is far more terrifying than any could have guessed. After encountering the living dead in Central Park, Nelson escapes New York City to get to his grandfather, Jim Scofield, in Concord, New Hampshire. The journey is fraught with danger, and not only from the walking dead . . .
The Camera: Bloodthirst
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 65,230. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
When evil slips into the body of a camera, the photographs are not all that develops ... Crime scene photographer Jack Hunger and Sheriff Wayne Olsen discover the power of darkness when two of Jack's subjects come back to life; Sergei Veselov, a Russian killer, and dismembered rookie cop Justin Sims. They are drawn to something, and Jack and Wayne are in a race against time to learn what it is.
Dead Hunger VII: The Reign of Isis
Price: $5.49 USD. Words: 114,780. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A dozen years have passed since a massive storm forced our heroes to find a new home in Kingman, Kansas. Our survivors create a community where people can live and thrive, of course with its own unique defenses. When Max and Isis beckon the distant Mothers and Hungerers and they do not come, their only choice is to seek them out and destroy them where they stand, but evil has another plan ...
Dead Hunger VI: The Gathering Storm
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,870. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Some of our friends have returned home safely, to be with the ones they love. Even as they are greeted, another threat builds. It enters their home in the form of a little girl, who carries within her an adversary as single-minded and deadly as the zombies themselves. It is known to have existed over 350 years, and it takes life with brutality. Brace yourself against the coming onslaught.
Dead Hunger V: The Road To California
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,870. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Over a year has passed since an ancient gas began seeping from the planet. Nine of ten humans have since transformed into walking dead creatures with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Dave Gammon travels to California to find his Uncle Brett, a prepper from years back. He and Serena travel from Whitmire, SC to Dunsmuir, CA and what they discover there is more than they ever expected ...
Dead Hunger IV: Evolution
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,120. Language: American English. Published: July 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Hemp Chatsworth has already figured out how the infected became what they are. Now he must find out why some of them are evolving into something more dangerous. With their families poised to grow, the stakes are now higher than ever for our friends. Each new discovery creates the need for a new defense. Hemp has his hands full as some among the zombie masses appear to be smarter than others.
Dead Hunger III: The Chatsworth Chronicles
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,760. Language: American English. Published: July 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A gas emitting from the earth has transformed most humans into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies, and the living are fighting for their lives. Hemp Chatsworth takes the reins in book three of the series, which finds our small band of heroes growing with each passing day. But someone else needs Hemp's help, and they won't take no for an answer. The resulting conflict is brutal and action packed.
Dead Hunger II: The Gem Cardoza Chronicle
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,060. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
In book two of the series, Flex, his niece Trina, Gem, Hemp and Charlie brave the wild world teeming with the walking dead, making up the rules as they go along. But this is not a world where love dies; this is a moment in history when human connections and beauty are more important than ever. Join them, and you'll begin to wonder: Just who are the hunters, and who are the hunted?
Generation Evil
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,930. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Over 300 years have passed since five witches were burned at the stake in Andover, Massachusetts. After multiple reincarnations and an endless cycle of birth, life and death, four of them ultimately learn their purpose: Find and kill a warlock named Murdock Vickar. With the help of a medium from Laguna Beach, California, their work begins …
Dead Hunger: The Flex Sheridan Chronicle
Price: Free! Words: 75,030. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
An epidemic that's turning humans into zombies has swept over the eastern United States and quite possibly the world, and Flex Sheridan doesn't like it one bit. Join Flex, his girlfriend Gem, British scientist Hemp Chatsworth, his foul-mouthed 6-year old niece Trina, and crossbow-wielding Charlie, as they use street smarts and technology to survive in this terrifying new world.
Out of the Darkness: The Story of Mary Ellen Wilson
Price: $8.75 USD. Words: 115,020. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Child Abuse
In 1874, a little girl's screams of pain and terror in the dilapidated tenements of New York alerted her neighbors that her life was one of misery. They fretted every day how to save the child. 8 years earlier, a man in a top hat named Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He could not know that one day, he would save that girl and change the wor
A Reason To Kill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,150. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Frank Swanson is a transient serial killer with his own reasons for who he is and what he does. But when Frank meets a beautiful, intriguing woman named Olivia Rainey one dark Texas night, he must analyze his inner demons more closely than ever. His chance encounter spins his life quickly out of control, for Olivia has secret demons of her own. And what Frank doesn't know just might kill him.

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