Kelson Hargis


Kelson Hargis is an author, analyst, and professional technical writer for a Fortune 100© insurer. He has a B.S.|B.A. in Organizational Innovation which he’s found to be completely useless.

He’s also an internet entrepreneur and partner at 1106 & Darkhouse Films where he’s still forbidden from touching any equipment. Their 2016 Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project entry Abaddon was critically acclaimed by close friends, relatives, and anyone remotely familiar with the disturbing nature of Kelson’s horror fiction. He’s occasionally permitted to relieve himself, eat, or sleep when he meets scripting word counts, casting, sourcing, and project management objectives.

Kelson has published horror shorts such as Elijah’s Phone, Festival of Ghosts, and Acta Somnium under his brand HorrorByHargis. He's determined to prove his sanity to family and friends by publishing a compilation of modern realistic shorts called True Stories & Other Fantastic Tales, then despoil that with a supernatural, thriller novella, Karma, Pleasure & Pain both of which are almost done (really).

Please don’t startle Kelson should you encounter him as he is considered "clinically unstable.” He is a contributing author of the horror anthology, Shadows And Teeth, Volume 2.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had a different sort of childhood in Cincinnati, OH. My parents were divorced. Mom was disabled. We lived on social security and child support. My dad was rarely around because he was an over-the-road truck driver. Both my parents were alcoholics. We would always run out of money by the end of the second week of the month. I was often hungry and homeless periodically. I was pawned off to family and "friends" occasionally which also lead to abuse. I left home at 15 and did a lot of things that I am not proud of to survive. My writing is replete with those experiences and my struggle to forgive myself, overcome addiction, and ensure that my children never experience that.
When did you first start writing?
I have always written in some capacity as long as I can remember. I wrote short stories at a very early age, say, around 8 or 9 years old. The first one I remember was called, "Today's Blessed Angel" (dumb, I know) about a guy that discovers that he is really a fallen angel. I then graduated to writing comic books. I actually studied how they were written professionally. Comics are written in very descriptive compact paragraphs much like the copy that you see in them only with description for the art panels. I also wrote role playing games. I eventually wrote movies for a while and got a manager and a lot of meetings but it didn't work out.
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Where to find Kelson Hargis online


Price: Free! Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
15 harrowing minutes in the life of con-man amnesiac with a wife and opulent lifestyle totally alien to him for some reason, killers chasing him, and an aversion to alcohol, he doesn't quite understand.
Price: Free! Words: 1,340. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2017 . Categories: Essay » Political
(4.00 from 1 review)
This essay about personal heroes by Kelson Hargis touches on the legacy of the U.S. government's atomic testing on marines in the 1950's before anyone understood the consequences for them and their families.
Junky Requiem
Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017 . Categories: Essay » Sociology
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
A flash fiction depiction of a day in the life, and observations of, a Miami, FL junky on her trek from scoring to fixing, and riding the result on the sun-drenched beach. Her fogged musings reveal more about blindly accepting the futility of societal norms and true happiness than most of us care to face ourselves.
Acta Somnium (The Dream Journal)
Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Stephen's generous donation to a panhandler nets him a tattered, old journal from the homeless man and an ominous warning, "...All your dreams will come true."
Quarry Lake
Price: Free! Words: 9,730. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00 from 1 review)
What if the dead desperately needed something other than just communion with the living? What if there were consequences for ignoring them? Deadly consequences...
Festival of Ghosts
Price: Free! Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
On July 15th of every year in Asia the gates of hell open allowing the dead to roam free and curse the living. Vietnamese children make burnt offerings of valuables from cash to whole homes to appease the dead and ensure, they're not afflicted by the itinerant spirits during The Festival of Ghosts. This year so will Matthew Powell whose father made burnt offerings of his own during the Vietnam war

Kelson Hargis' favorite authors on Smashwords

Malcolm Torres
Latest book: The Pirate.
Published March 18, 2017. (4.68 from 40 reviews)