Josh Shiben

Biography

Josh Shiben lives in the swamps of Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife and two mongrels. An aerospace engineer by day and couch potato by night, Josh has from a young age been in love with storytelling. Whether they be told through published works, e-books, or simply around a burning campfire, he's always particularly loved the captivating, yet intimate power of a scary story. Born in the late eighties, Josh spent his formative years reading Goosebumps, watching Are You Afraid of the Dark, and hiding under the blankets reading the esteemed Alan Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Today, his favorite authors include Dan Simmons, Stephen King, Richard Matheson and H.P. Lovecraft.

His first novella, Dreams of Eschaton, is available now. He also blogs (ir)regularly at https://WrithingWord.blogspot.com/

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Shenandoah valley, which runs along the Eastern edge of the Appalachian mountains from Maryland all the way down to Southwestern, VA. I essentially spent my whole life there, periodically moving further South along I-81. I almost always set my stories in this area (assuming it makes sense), I guess since I feel like I know it well enough to describe it to a stranger.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been a story-teller, even as a little kid. I'd be the one telling the scary story late at night, or fabricating some elaborate tall-tale. I've really only recently begun writing in the last couple of years.
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Where to find Josh Shiben online


Books

A Face at the Window
Price: Free! Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
A mother begins to worry that something is coming to her son's window each night.
Prey
Price: Free! Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00)
Greg is searching for the perfect woman. Beautiful. Smart. And vulnerable.
The Unmasked
Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.33)
A man searching for shelter from a storm finds instead, a nightmare
No Strings
Price: Free! Words: 1,820. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
There's something inside Evan, digging through his skin, boring a trail of tunnels through him. Can he find a cure to his suffering?
The Day the Dying Stopped
Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
An ancient man recounts what happened when things mysteriously stopped dying.
Dreams of Eschaton
Price: Free! Words: 26,960. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Death. Despair. Madness. When a terrifying nightmare predicts the apocalypse, Detective David Burfict finds himself drawn into an ancient conspiracy to bring about an end to the age of man. Can he stop the machinations of madmen, or is he merely an unwitting link in the chain of our destruction?
The Lake of Glass
Price: Free! Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00)
When two archeologists investigate an ancient sheet of glass found buried in the Libyan Desert, they unwittingly awaken something buried for millennia.

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