David Cleinman


David A. Cleinman was born in 1964 in upstate New York and grew up in the small village of Gilbertsville. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling Butternut Valley hills and its rivers, forests, and streams, he began writing at age 13. A fan of classics, Tolkien-style fantasy, and literature of all kinds, his writing encompasses many genres and ideas. Characters are his favorite part of a story, both when reading and writing. His first novel, Principle Destiny, is a treatise on political and personal struggles where deadly consequences meet the heroine's desires head on.

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Price: Free! Words: 5,480. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Ned Turner's life is in shambles when he loses his job after 20 years. Then, out of the blue, he is seemingly rescued by a beautiful woman who loves him, and then forever changes him. Resentment spurs Ned's venom, and humanity becomes his target.
Principle Destiny
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 120,700. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When a banished Princess decides that she must take back the rights that were stolen from her and claim her rightful place as Queen, she chooses to challenge her brother in an eight month endurance race, the only way a challenger can win the crown. She will win, if she can stay alive.
Toys In The Attic
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 98,150. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Sara Stewart is violently assaulted by her own father, and discovers she is carrying his child, her life seems forever ruined. Can she ever regain the loving soul that died on that day? Despite her distress and personal agony, she refuses to give up. She decides that life is just too precious. Toys In The Attic challenges the mind to fight for hope when despair is all that is available.

Smashwords book reviews by David Cleinman

  • My Lover, My Garden on Jan. 24, 2012

    My Lover, My Garden by Erik Gustafson Review by David A. Cleinman When this short story began, and I understood it to be about a garden going crazy, I thought it would be tongue in cheek, dark humor, and maybe a bit silly. I can now happily admit I was wrong on all three counts. In this dark short, the author weaves a tale of unadulterated horror that is eerie at the getgo, and gets darker and scarier as time goes on. And, to my happy surprise, it never lets up. It drags you in from the first words and keeps you engaged until the end, where there is room for a new beginning should the author choose to write a sequel. Horror shorts generally have one flaw. They often do not give much time for character development. The clever use of only two characters for much of the story eliminates this problem, and the references to the other characters are brief and well placed. The vast majority of this story is spooky action, narrow escapes from deadly forces, and a real film noir quality that keeps that eerie feeling going throughout. Perhaps a bit on the simple side, without much depth or deep thought, this story is still a thriller in every way. In fact, the simplicity of the story is really what adds to its impact. It’s much less scary when characters sit down to coffee and read the newspaper. We don’t have any of that here. My Lover, My Garden is a great story and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror and suspense. I happily give it Four stars.