Joe Compton


Born in Hawthorne, CA in December of 1973 Joe grew up in Southern California; the majority of that spent in Torrance, CA. Writing has always been that thing he could do at an early age. He spent many a summer stints with his Grandma and Aunt where he was left mostly to his imagination and would escape by writing scenes and short stories; then acting them out in the backyard. Sometimes bringing in his brother to help act or just be an audience member. Then when his mother went back to work, Joe would spend the summer with his brother, write scripts ( even before he knew what a screenplay was), and perform all the characters for his brother. Joe went on to South Torrance High School and while he wasnt the world's best student, he did manage to have 3 short stories published in the school's annual creative anthology. They were mostly horror driven, in the vein of Poe or Lovecraft. It would be Joe's first published works. One of those stories Joe would end up turning into a screenplay and short film. Joe served his country in the United States Marines for 4 years, were he wrote the very first draft of Amongst the Killing. Once he was out of the Marines Joe moved to Denver, got another short story published in a underground magazine called Harvest Moon, a sort of reader's digest for Horror fans. Joe started writing screenplays and decided he would like to try making movies. He shot his first movie, Karl's Liquor in 2001 ; which had one screening and one screening ever, at the awesome, world famous Mercury Cafe in Denver, CO in August of 2001. You can still see the trailer on youtube. Joe went on to make 2 more short films, Devilwind and afforementioned (short story turned into movie) Out of Range. Joe at one time had a deal in place with a publishing company to publish Amongst the Killing but didn't want to change the principle concept and thus walked away. Now a few years later he has started this company and decided to his first release would be Amongst the Killing . In 2010 Joe met the love of his life, his wife Shawna. Knowing that they will have children very soon he wanted to have something to hand over to his child, should they want it. So he felt the time was now to do this.

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What do your fans mean to you? share the passion for the work, they come up with the questions no one else is thinking of and furthermore are more interested in getting the answer because they invested so much of their time in the world you created.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to Amongst The Killing, it's called We The Moral Majority. it will be out in 2016. I also contributed a short story to an Anthology that will be published in October. Go to my website on the news of where you can get that.
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Amongst The Killing
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,820. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Detective Charles Street always wanted to be a police officer; never did he think his dream job would become his nightmare. Jack Casey wanted to be free to do what he pleased when pleased, even killing. Never did he think he would ever meet anyone his equal. Told in their own words, as the moments unfolded when their paths first crossed and their lives intersected. 2 men, 2 philsophies; 1 outcome.

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