JD McDonnell


I have been writing stories on and off since I was a teenager, always with one foot in the realm of serious and another in the realm of cheap pop fantasy/sci-fi/horror - which, of course, is probably how I ended up with a firm footing in neither.

I believe in a balance of craftsmanship and wild entertainment. I write what I like, and I like to think that I do a good job in doing so.

Enjoy the words.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
It is unique, home-made, my own personal Frankenstein Monster - providing Frankenstein's Monster was painted white, made of plywood, and still running Windows XP (in which case I would feel very sorry for it).

However, I'm not kidding. Circa 2009 I got rid of my old sit-down desk and built a standing desk. It's not easy on the feet but better everywhere else, and yes I do all of my writing standing up. You may notice a boost in energy and urgency in everything I've written since 2009 - that's the desk, not me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Upstate New York, Catskills and Hudson Valley region.
How did it influence my writing? Well, no region does Halloween better and a lot of what I do always seems to gravitate back to an October state of mind.
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Where to find JD McDonnell online

Where to buy in print


The Golden Orb
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A short story about gluttony, greed, aliens baring gifts, and quite possibly the end of the world - all told by the last person you would expect.
The Angel Underwater
Price: Free! Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Short Story - An intrepid Times Picayune reporter finds himself going toe to toe with a demonic gangster who is surprisingly light on his feet despite what is actually on his feet. The man has a master, and it's not anyone you would ever want to meet.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,660. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Supernova is a thrilling tale of tension and terror from deep in the dark heart of the sunshine state. Bring sunscreen, pack a flamethrower, and if you happen to find yourself riding the rocket - be sure to take a seat inside the capsule before the engines ignite.
Fossils in the Asphalt Vol. 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,360. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Seven More Tales of Terror, Suspense, and the Supernatural.
The Celtic Shelf
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 196,990. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
An epic adventure in a savage and thrilling world which may have once been our own, the Celtic Shelf follows the exploits of a small band of prehistoric cave dwellers along the beaches of Western Europe, circa 12,000 BC.

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Smashwords book reviews by JD McDonnell

  • Red Herring on Sep. 12, 2014
    (no rating)
    Damon Wakes writes something which has always been sorely lacking in literature - stories which are actually fun to read. So if you are looking for poignant emotion rending drama then go elsewhere. If you've had a bad day and need something to pull you out of a flunk then this is the stuff.