Lawrence Dagstine was born in 1974 in the heart of New York City. He was raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but in 2000 moved to Brooklyn, where he still resides today. He started out a graffiti artist, with a passion for comic books and drawing. But at the age of 21 he realized the written word was his true path. He considers himself the ultimate "geek", and he is not only a collector of rare action figures but a history buff as well.
He spent his childhood digesting such movies and television shows as Doctor Who, Blakes-7, Star Wars, The Shining, Aliens, Dawn of the Dead, and The Incredible Hulk; his cartoon diet consisted of shows like He-man, Thundercats, Transformers, and G.I. Joe. He cites authors Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Graham Greene, Jack Ketchum, Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Jules Verne, and even Lewis Carroll as some of his early literary heroes; one would see where he gets his inspiration from.
He is a freelance writer of non-fiction by day and genre fiction by night, and is probably best known for his short stories and novelettes. He has consistently covered science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is currently the author of almost 400 published and reprinted works in pulp magazines, small literary journals, digital markets, and webzines viewed countless times around the globe. He currently has digital stories out with such places as Damnation Books and Steampunk Tales. His first "official" short story collection, FRESH BLOOD: Tales From The Speculative Graveyard, was released in spring 2009 by Sam's Dot Publishing. He attends signings and functions at Coney Island, New York, regularly.
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It’s not every day that a 1920’s flying ace risks his life to bring a plane down safely for a little girl. But when a horribly disfigured Sal and Lillian land in the remote, snowy mountains of Montana, a friendship will occur, a bond like no other. As the winds blow and the snow accumulates, the pilot will do everything in his power to get this child down harsh ravines and rocky slopes.
A Child Weeps in Moscow
Alien possession meets alternate history, in this communist tale set in 1923 Russia, about a boy named Abraham (Abe), whose parents suddenly disappear one day. Like many of the adults throughout Russia, they are being taken away in the night by a special police force put together by Lenin’s “new” government, a government put together after the arrival of spacecrafts with biomechanoid origins.
The King of Trumpeters
Salamand (Sal) was a slippery donkey, and a troublesome one. Escaping one bad owner, only to find himself in the hands of another. But after being sold to a nice couple, he swore he’d finally escape and start the perfect coup. The one that would help all donkeys take over Jerusalem and the human race. The plan might work, as humans are stupid creatures; might even give Salamand the edge he needs.
When Kendra was a teenager, she got raped and knocked up more than once. When she finally found the courage to run away with the children, she went back to school, got a job, and set up a nice life for herself far away. The children are now eight, and Howard has come ‘home’ for what he feels belongs to him. He wants this reunion to be one that Kendra and the kids will never forget…
When Herbert was told he had amnesia, he knew things were bad. When he couldn’t feel anything below the waist, he got scared. When the doctor told him he’d be paralyzed for life, he got depressed and wanted to die. After all, no one wants to be a paraplegic. But what made him crippled so suddenly? Now in the hospital, little does Herbert know that the force responsible is not done with him.
How Jones Goes
In the late 21st century, overpopulation is a problem. There's also the problem with mental health. In one particularly unusual asylum, there is Dr. Born (psychiatric intern) and Dr. Bloch (sexologist). And then there's Jones. You have not met anyone like Jones. You see, it's not every day that patients claim they are from Mars. And it's not every day they come and go as they please.
The Mysterious Lady of the Caribbean
Mercer Hollingsworth is not your typical pirate; he’s more a buccaneer of the freelance sort, with a bit of the old hero in him. No job is too big for his merry crew, so long as it helps bring down the Great Armada and plenty of booty is involved. But when he brings his own wench aboard, members of the crew start disappearing.
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