David J. Lovato


I live in Gladstone, Missouri, a small suburb of Kansas City, where I spend most of my time reading, writing, or reading and writing.

Where to find David J. Lovato online


Pen and Paper, Wood and Nails
A series of loosely related poetry collections about alternate realities, post-apocalyptic landscapes, loss and recovery.

A Means to an Ens

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Build Yourself Better

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Build Yourself Better
Series: Pen and Paper, Wood and Nails. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Two people meet, fall in love, fall out, and fall apart, left wondering what to do with the pieces that remain. A collection of narrative poetry.
Pen and Paper, Wood and Nails
Series: Pen and Paper, Wood and Nails. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,010. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A gathering of four narrative poetry collections about alternate universes, the last man on earth, loss and recovery, and more.
A Means to an Ens
Series: Pen and Paper, Wood and Nails, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.00 from 1 review)
A Means to an Ens is a collection of narrative poetry that tells the story of the last man on earth. Years after waking up to find himself seemingly alone in the world, the narrator heads out on a journey to find any sign of life in a desolate place, but is instead confronted by the ghosts of his past.
Zombiemandias: In the Zombie Apocalypse Collection
Series: Zombiemandias. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 380,020. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A collection of three zombie apocalypse books: After the Bite - 17 short stories set before, during, and after the zombie apocalypse. In the Lone and Level Sands - Seven groups of people across America attempt to survive the onset of the zombie apocalypse. In the Year of Our Death - Seven groups of people find themselves two years into the zombie apocalypse, struggling for survival.
In the Year of Our Death
Series: Zombiemandias, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,780. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
In this sequel to In the Lone and Level Sands, seven groups of people across America find themselves two years into the zombie apocalypse. Some have set up safe zones, others are low on supplies and wandering the wasteland fighting for survival. The zombies, starving and freezing, are still out to destroy them... and a zombie-worshipping cult is looking to help them do it.
The Ones Who Follow the Water
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,880. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The town of Welby is surrounded by a high wall, built to keep the dangerous outside world at bay. Oren and Carah grew up together in Welby, but when Oren makes a mistake that could get Carah exiled, he has no choice but to leave the safety of his home, following a river and looking for a necklace. The water leads Oren to a magical castle, and once he enters, he might have to stay forever.
Permanent Ink on Temporary Pages
Series: Pen and Paper, Wood and Nails, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
16 poems detailing a narrator's struggle to find his place in the world as he drifts through parallel universes, replaces the people around him with fictional characters, scatters his poetry to the wind, and keeps the things he can't bear to lose by writing them down.
In the Lone and Level Sands
Series: Zombiemandias, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 218,710. Language: American English. Published: November 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Seven groups of people across America are thrown into a dangerous new world together when people around them begin killing and eating others. Some search for safety, some search for loved ones, and some search for answers about the dangerous, evolving creatures around them, and what they have to do with a man in a prison cell in California.
Six and Seven
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,440. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Two lost souls learn there's a way out of the underworld by climbing up one of its chimneys, but learning is the only way to reach them. As Six and Seven search for clues to remind them who they were and how they got here, the chimney draws closer, but knowledge comes with a terrible price. Keeping in line with this dark place's dark humor, it's a price Six and Seven might not be able to pay.
After the Bite
Series: Zombiemandias, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,050. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
21 short stories set before, during, and after the zombie apocalypse.
Dark Things
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,320. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of four short stories. Read the transmissions of an astronaut en route to an alien planet in "The Journal." Join an FBI agent as he attempts to track a killer using spontaneous human combustion to murder his victims in "The Fire Inside." Discover things about human nature and paranoia in "A New Place." Wander the city with a vampire in "Until Morning Comes."
Price: Free! Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.25 from 8 reviews)
Sully Michaels built himself an underground shelter, in preparation of the end of the world. He couldn't know his shelter was missing the one thing he would need the most.

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Smashwords book reviews by David J. Lovato

  • On the Great Wall of Texas on March 30, 2010

    An eerie, somewhat unsettling look at a possible future; one that puts politics aside in favor of fiction, merely asking "what if?" rather than jamming ideas down the reader's throat. My only complaint is that the first-person narrator seems to be too omniscient, even making what felt like an unneeded reference to the age of a character he's just met; the story feels like it would work a bit better from a third-person perspective. Still, the story itself is a good one, very concise and very possible, which is what makes it so intriguing.
  • Moments of Silence: A Short Story on March 31, 2010

    Well-written and contains a powerful message, but the piece offers little challenge. The description of emotion is strong and effective, but at times, a bit too long. I was going to give it three stars, but I thoroughly enjoyed the poem contained within; if I could rate it separately, I'd give it five stars. From there out, the story really shines. Well worth the read to get to that point.
  • The Morning Light on April 06, 2010

    I love this story. Besides a few minor errors, like misplaced commas or tense changes, it's very good. I like how it doesn't really spell out what exactly is going on, how the reader will miss out on the story if they aren't paying attention. It's very clever.
  • Legend of the Ztarr Ch.1: The Offworlders on April 27, 2010

    I find it difficult to write an accurate review based on what is just the beginning of a story, and almost couldn't bring myself to give it five stars for the same reason. The story thus far seems captivating and incredibly promising, but in this volume can be just a bit confusing at points; it currently isn't long enough to tell whether or not it'll prove to be very original (I was reminded somewhat of Star Wars, to be honest.) The artwork is excellent, though a few of the scenes transitioned a bit roughly. The potential here is endless, and I'm definitely looking forward to more. There's something here everyone can enjoy, be it the comedy, action, romance, the colorful characters (including what I hope will prove to be a strong female lead,) the science fiction and RPG-like elements, or the beautiful fantasy aesthetic provided by the artwork and the story. Overall, it's a very promising piece of fiction, and I hope future parts won't fail to deliver.
  • Stay Dead: A Day With The Dead on June 14, 2010

    An intriguing and emotional story hindered by a few technical and grammatical errors. The length of the story is holding it back from what it could be; the unfortunate lack of depth or further development ironically prevents the story from being human, which it definitely appears to be trying to be. All in all, a good story which falls just short of being a great story.