A. Lopez, Jr


Born and raised in Texas and now residing in Arizona. I am an avid reader and big Houston Sports Fan. I play chess everyday when I'm not squeezing in a little time for writing. I published my first work Purgatory - 13 Tales of the Macabre and Floor Four - A Novella of Horror, an Amazon Bestseller in Occult Horror. Also completed is Night Dreams, an episodic series in seven parts that can be read separately or in one complete novel. My column, 'Ask AJ', appeared in All Authors Magazine online and I have had short stories published on Dark River Press, The Sirens Call eZine Issue #14 and the anthologies, State of Horror Illinois published by Charon Coin Press and Concordant Vibrancy published by All Authors Publishing. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and my website, alopezjr.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Texas, just outside of Houston. The region is multi-cultural and the landscape is of trees bordered by water (I love the water, be it a lake, river, stream, or ocean). The land and its surroundings provide great windows into creative worlds for my fiction writing. There is a lot of history and old tales that provide ample avenues to bring fiction to life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer using my iPad as my e-reading device. With it, I can choose from the many retailers to select a book to read.
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"Floor Four"
Official Book Trailer for the Horror Novella "Floor Four"

Night Dreams Series
A Dream Psychologist, Dr. Joseph Rickettes, has no choice but to live out the nightmares of his patients in hopes of curing them of their demons. He is bound by the demons in their dreams, while he struggles to make sense of the nightmares that plague his own life. As each episode unfolds, Joseph learns more about the dangers of using his 'gift'.


My Inhuman Condition - A Short Story of Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
An Innocent high school kid and a dark secret merge all in one night of partying and fun. This short story is dark and fast-paced and doesn’t look back until the fates of all involved are revealed. Even in a small town, one night can change everything in the blink of an eye. When the night gives way to dawn a shocking and painful truth is soon revealed. "Crazy will change you...if you let it."
Night Dreams #4 - Tall Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,740. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A fresh start brings a new set of critical decisions for Joseph as the series continues with episode four. Will he help his new patient, Claire Botkins, while knowing the danger in not truly understanding his gift? Claire has a recurring nightmare of a stalker in her own house—a nightmare that tempts Joseph to help her with his unpredictable talents.
Night Dreams #3 - Rising Darkness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,690. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
The demon attempts to divide the Rickettes' household in an endless evil assault. Its power may be too much for Joseph to handle alone as he learns more about Andrea's past with her sister, Jessica. The haunting novella series continues, with the next intense episode answering more questions about Andrea’s nightmares and the demon that haunts her. Joseph’s gift is severely tested by the demon o
Night Dreams #2 - Andrea's Demon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,900. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The novella series continues, with episode two finding Joseph years later, after using his gift to help his mother. In his mind, his gift was all but forgotten, until his wife, Andrea, reveals her secret past and the demon that has pursued her and her sister Jessica, since childhood. The tension builds as Joseph and Andrea both tell their secrets from their childhood and look for a way to end her
Purgatory - 13 Tales of the Macabre
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,340. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Purgatory is said to be a place where dying souls go to be punished for sins. For the superstitious, the number 13 symbolizes suffering and death. When the two are combined, it leaves us with this question: Is death the end or is it only the beginning?
Night Dreams - The Complete Series Box Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 148,520. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Dreams Inspire Us . . . Nightmares Change Our Lives If you had a gift giving you the power to enter someone's nightmares, would you help them, even if it meant they could die from your actions? Dr. Joseph Rickette's discovers he has that gift and he must decide if he should use it to help his mother, his patients, and more importantly, his wife, Andrea.
Night Dreams #7 - Underworld
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,760. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
How far will one go to set things right? In the final episode, Joseph and Father Lombardi battle their own inner demons while trying to prepare for a showdown with the real evil behind the chaos in their lives. Guilt and the need for revenge drive the two men blindly to a fate worse than they could have imagined. The gates of hell are closer than they think.
Night Dreams #6 - Soul Reaper
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,730. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
What dwells in the lake and woods? The Soul Reaper... Two children connected by the dreamworld, and a doctor with an unusual gift must battle the Reaper on their own to set the wrongs right and save more people than just themselves.
Night Dreams #5 - Malevolence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,740. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
“Something evil lurks in those woods.” Malevolence introduces new characters into the series, namely, a ten-year-old boy, Michael. His bike rides into the woods opens a door to a fascinating and beautiful world . . . at first. But it is a world he soon wishes, he never unveiled. The only good thing about the woods is, Sarah—a mysterious girl in a blue dress. She may have the answers he seeks.
Til Death Do Us Part - A Zombie Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(1.00 from 1 review)
A normal day in sunny Los Angeles is suddenly turned upside down. An epidemic of unknown origin spreads over Southern California. A desperate man miles from home must fight through the pandemonium as legions of the crazed and infected stand between him and his family.
Night Dreams #1 - The Beginning
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,320. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A doctor with a special gift to heal those suffering from their most horrific nightmares. His patients in desperate need to rid the demons in their sleep. But there is one catch...he must enter their night terrors, often putting their lives and souls in mortal danger.
Floor Four
Price: Free! Words: 30,220. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An old abandoned hospital haunted by the ghost of a serial killer. A group of friends too curious for their own good. An old man hiding a secret. The old and vacant Saint Vincent Hospital is said to be haunted by the ghost of David Henry Coleman, the notorious serial killer known as The Mangler. Curiosity gets the best of a group of kids as they explore the dark haunted halls. Who will survive?

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Smashwords book reviews by A. Lopez, Jr

  • After: First Light on Jan. 16, 2014

    The end of the world and all of the possible scenarios after have been written and told, but this story takes a different and fresh approach to what could happen. The prequel in the series sets the tone. Fast read leaves you wanting to find out who might die next.
  • A Tragedy: The Short Story of Fox & Tango on April 25, 2014

    From the names of Fox and Tango, to the M n M's, I found the pre-read blurb interesting and intriguing. Then the story unfolds and you find a powerful love story caught in the middle of, as the title implies, a tragedy. The way the author works the story into a twist at the end is done very well. The short story has a good pace and flow and for anyone wondering...the M n M's on the cover will be explained - you will just have to read. Definitely recommended.
  • Martina's Memories on April 09, 2017

    Whether it's nostalgia or just a trip to the past, this story gives us a feeling of retracing Matina's past as she revisits certain moments in her life. (The rocking chair on the cover is a big player.) As we see the story through Martina's eyes we learn of her deep appreciation for things gone by in her life and at the same time, I thought of my own past and of how one thing or another could change the present. I enjoyed this short story and the very well-placed visits to the past and the strong ending.