J. A. Crook is an independent American horror and literary fiction author. He writes anthologies that combine terror, suspense, and supernatural elements. His short literary fiction focuses on the human condition with southern gothic influence. His inspirations include the modernist writers Ernest Hemingway and Carson McCullers. Contemporary inspirations include Stephen King, Clive Barker, Cormac McCarthy, Raymond Carver, and Flannery O'Connor. He has written and released two horror anthologies and has published a series of short fiction pieces. His style involves the use of intertextuality between stories and anthologies, with a focus on keen dialogue and minimalism.
Published: December 6, 2015.
Fiction » Horror » General
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A Penny Down the Well: A Short Story Collection of Fear contains five short horror tales that put a dark spin on everyday events. In "Down the Drain," Jared learns of his apartment's dark past. "Their Last Ride" shows the danger of cemetery work. "A Penny Down the Well" revives long-buried evils. "The Wheezing Man" uncovers a town's vile secrets. "Our Spirits Out West" dissects human desperation.
Amid the Recesses: A Short Story Collection of Fear explores primal human fear with stories of tragic loss, murder, psychological torment, the afterlife, mental perversion, hidden evils and dark taboo. The short story anthology shows us that the greatest fear is that within ourselves.