Dale T. Phillips


The third book in the Zack Taylor mystery series is now out: "A Shadow on the Wall" joins "A Memory of Grief" and "A Fall From Grace."

I studied writing with Stephen King, and have published over 50 short stories, story collections, poetry, and articles. I've appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, Throg. I've also appeared on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice. I co-wrote and acted in The Nine, a short political satire film. I've traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe. I enjoy competitive sports, historical re-enactment, and my family.

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Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading an excerpt from Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine at a very young age. The story talked about a new pair of sneakers at the start of Summer being absolute magic with their potential, and it sparked something within me that continues to today.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Long ago, I read about the legend of the Wendigo, and it's such a powerful and disturbing idea, I've never let go of it. Wrote a bad version of the book a long time ago, but wasn't good enough to make the book a good one. Last year, the idea for making it work came to me, and it's now coming to fruition.
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More Crooked Paths
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,130. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
More tales of crime and mystery, those who walk crooked paths and pay the price. People on the spot, when things have taken a bad turn. A young woman facing a deadly challenge. A man who walks into the wrong bar with the wrong attitude. A boxer who refuses to quit. A DA with a grudge. A rich man who finds his motives questioned by the police. These are the stories of the darker side of life.
A Shadow on the Wall
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,460. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Zack Taylor's new life is crumbling. His fledgling business is in jeopardy, he's been dumped by his lady love, and a murderous gang leader is bent on revenge. A shattered Zack is enticed onto a movie shoot to provide martial arts expertise and security, when a sudden murder raises the stakes. Zack must deal with his own demons, as well as a host of shadowy tricksters with secrets to hide.
A Fall From Grace
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,350. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When a single mother is wrongly accused of murder, Zack Taylor must work to clear her name. Not an easy task, as everyone in the Maine town of Mill Springs thinks she's guilty. Zack finds, however, plenty of people who wanted the victim dead. He discovers that when small-town politics mix with big-time ambition, the combination can be lethal.
A Memory of Grief
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,220. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Troubled ex-con Zack Taylor is haunted by the accidental death of his brother years before. Zack's guilt and anger have pushed him into a shadowy, wandering life, with little purpose and few attachments. When he hears of the death of his close friend Ben Sterling, a supposed gunshot suicide, Zack finds he now has a purpose-- to find out what happened. Then his purpose becomes an obsession.
Halls of Horror
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,020. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » General
This collection of ten tales of horror involves monsters, mayhem, and murder: everything from war to everyday homicide, to otherworldly terrors from hell dimensions. The horror may be internal or external, in your heart or in your cellar. Here are people making bad choices, and people reacting to terrible situations. These are stories to make you think, tremble, and shiver with fright.
The Big Book of Genre Stories
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 52,940. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Horror » General
Here are five books combined into one big volume of stories, thirty tales in different genres. Strange new worlds and encounters with the unusual, in stories from light to dark. Some to make you laugh, some to make you think, and some to scare you. Dip into the Big Book for a taste of monsters, mayhem, myth, magic, and murder. Crime and Mystery Science Fiction Horror Fables and Fantasies Magic
Shadow of the Wendigo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,480. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In the snowy Canadian wilderness, a terrifying legend springs to life, sparking a series of gruesome crimes. Government agent Sean Laporte is sent to investigate, and contends with an obsessive, resourceful foe, a hostile environment, and an elusive search for the truth. He is soon pulled between worlds of myth and madness, a present haunted by the past, and a primitive world of mystery and power.
Apocalypse Tango
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,840. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
How does the world end? Self-launched bombs, asteroid from space, rain of fire, alien invasion, or virus and pandemic? Maybe none of those. Maybe it's giant lobsters. Or zombies. Here are five different takes on the end of the world-- as we know it. It's a tango done at the Apocalypse, dancing as the race of Man comes to a close. Come take a whirl.
Strange Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,580. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Here are five tales of people going off the beaten track of reality to experience something completely new and unwordly. Stories of individuals in pain who ride a rollercoaster of odd happenings that show life in a different perspective. People running to something or away from something, or finding something unexpected.
Jumble Sale
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,940. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This blend of all previously-published stories crosses many genres: science fiction, crime, fantasy, horror, humor, magic realism, and mainstream. There are fractured fairy tales, cautionary parables, peeks into disturbed minds, and amusing little romps. Everything from people with problems to giant lobsters, demonic creatures, small-time gangsters, and perverted dwarves.
Crooked Paths
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,200. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Five stories of crime and mystery, people who walk crooked paths and pay the price for it. Stories of criminals and heroes, killers (accidental and deliberate), rumrunners, safecrackers, people framed for horrible deeds. Some of these stories have been published in mystery magazines.
Fables and Fantasies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,290. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
These five tales are a mix of fear, fun, and fantastic elements. Some of these stories are humorous, some are scary, some end well, some badly, and some have mixed blessings for those involved. Kind of like life. Fable and fantasy blend to make a journey into other lands and times and magics.
Blades and Butchery
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
This bawdy, probably offensive, parody of Epic Sword and Sorcery fantasy pays homage to the great Fritz Leiber, and his immortal characters. Here, Fatbird and the Gay Louser are rather far from heroic, but manage to hack and slash their way to fortune, while rescuing a princess.
The Little Guy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A strange little man gets kicked around all his life, but then has a chance for sex, riches, and glory, when he uses his powers to help a young maiden in dire straits. This is a funny, bawdy take on an old tale.
Our New Queen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When a mysterious enchanted maiden in the forest is awakened by the prince, they marry, and she becomes queen. But she and her little men have a dark secret. This tale of dark fantasy puts a new twist on an old story.
Froggy Went A Courting
Price: Free! Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The ugly High Count is rich and powerful, and when he demands to wed the daughter of a noble, she cannot refuse, though her heart is not in it. Her mute sister, though, practices the dark arts, and will stop at nothing to save her sister. No matter who gets hurt.

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Smashwords book reviews by Dale T. Phillips

  • Uneasy Living on Nov. 23, 2011

    Within these few stories of various length, tone, texture, and ideas, the author has shown us grief, and joy, and love, and pain, and loss. But most importantly, heart. For that is what makes a story, and we have that in abundance. Well done@
  • Fishermen's Justice on Dec. 26, 2011

    Unsettling little tale of the sea, and of the strange things that happen on the water. Violence, revenge, and long-buried secrets make for a spooky Downeaster yarn. Nice framing story adds just the right touch. Works as a great caution to anyone who thinks they can get a free lobster by pulling someone else's trap. Watch out for those old-time fishermen!
  • Wind Castle on Feb. 22, 2012

    In the first book of his new series, Wind Castle, author Brian Hammar has given us a wondrous new world of imagination. Think of Oz, Narnia, and Middle-Earth, with all their glorious strangeness, and yet their perils and lurking dangers. In this magical land, many of the creatures of mythology and legend reside: griffins, dragons, unicorns, trolls, even Sasquatches. The land itself is alive, giving sustenance and healing. But of course, there is something wrong in this world that must itself be healed-- before it destroys the land and all that dwell within. On orders from his boss, George Severe goes looking for this rumored place, and finds it-- and finds a lot more than he ever could imagine. Aided by his crusty, folksy, guide Annie, he's soon embroiled in a battle for the soul of the land and its people. A war is brewing, and George must aid a peaceful, embattled folk who know little of defense or aggression. But George is no warrior-- he must find other means to stop the spreading violence of a charismatic, power-seeking madman. George falls in love with this marvelous magical place, but he's torn by thoughts of his family left behind. We're with him in this conflict, and want him to succeed, but what will he decide? Will he lose himself in saving others? There is much to enjoy in this debut novel. We are constantly reminded that we're not in Kansas, that this is a place where different rules apply. It is a fully-fleshed-out fantasy world, and one you might like to visit.
  • Brachman's Underworld on Aug. 28, 2012

    Delilah Brachman is having a tough time. First, she gets killed. Then her problems get worse. Folks, that is a great way to start a book, as is done here. After her sudden and unexpected death, Delilah plunges into the hideous underworld of an “In-Betweener” afterlife, where people await judgment while trying to dodge demons and deadly foes. Delilah has made terrible life choices, and is destined for a rough ride on the “Tuesday Train,” one of the worst judgment transports. But Delilah is a fighter, and makes her way through her new nightmare, finding unlikely allies and opponents alike, as she tries to unravel the secret to her fate. If you're killed in this underworld, you're dead for all time, and there are plenty of ways for that to happen. Delilah becomes a pawn in an unholy war between powerful forces, and she must evade the clutches of murderous minions. The author begins with a tough proposition, a totally unlikeable lead character. Stay with her, though, because her struggle is worthwhile. And the descriptions of the underworld are worth the read, as the author skillfully appeals to all the senses. This is a place of moral and physical darkness, alive with the filth of decay and evil. The book gives many eerie echoes of Stephen King, in a very good way. Because of the realistic manner in which the horrors are presented, it will not appeal to casual readers of tamer fare. But if you're a horror aficionado, you will enjoy it. Might even give you a few nightmares—a good thing in this genre.
  • Yorick on Oct. 21, 2012

    In Yorick, author Vlad Vaslyn gives us a well-crafted tale of the macabre. His deft handling of the creepy story of a lonely old woman and her new find ranges from pathos to terror. He brings the characters to life and presents the wonderful unsettled feeling we look for in a good horror yarn. The suspense remains throughout, a tight balance that delivers as it should. Fans of the work of Stephen King will love this eerie little book, and will never look at a muddy riverbank the same way again.
  • Buried Treasure on Dec. 08, 2012

    Pete Morin has given us a fun little tale of murder and mayhem on old Cape Cod. We get buried treasure, an ornery suspect who looks like a pirate, boats blowing up, and an intriguing mystery. The characterizations are sharp and well-drawn. The style shows the writer has a feel for the area and its people. An entertaining read.
  • The Button on April 13, 2014

    The Button is a down-to-earth, scary science fiction story about two brothers who make a creepy discovery, and what they do after that to change everything for their world. Not to give anything away, but let's just say some nasty government officials get involved, and some people trying to reveal the truth, while the clock starts ticking before a Really Bad Thing happens. The bond of the brothers is tested by unfolding events, and all that they are and care about is on the line. The story moves along with great characters, pulse-pounding action, and questions of who we are and what else may be out there-- and how we might deal with that. There's tremendous tension as all the different forces push against each other, with the highest of stakes. All in all, a solid tale that will entertain you.
  • The Moon is Dead! on Jan. 03, 2015

    While books for kids aren't my specialty, quality stories are, and this one is a good-time romp. It presents fun characters and situations, sure to please the target audience, and enough so that other ages can enjoy as well. A great start to a new series that will delight and entertain. Even better, all the sale proceeds go towards a children's charity, so it's win-win-win. If you know any kids within the 8-12 age span, this would be a good tale for them.