Chris L. Adams

Biography

Chris hails from Dayton, Ohio circa Spring, 1969.

At about age six his family moved to Virginia. After only 2 years the countryside beckoned and his family moved to a horse farm in rural West Virginia where his parents yet reside.

The farm afforded plenty of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. As an adolescent he played Tarzan in the trees, and Huck Finn on the Bluestone River which surrounds his folks’ 80+ acre farm.

In the wilds of the farm and surrounds he scaled cliffs, learned to shoot and ride horses and played ‘war’ with his friends where they utilized an arsenal of BB guns to heat up each others derrieres to howls of laughter and cries of pain and wrath.

Growing up without the benefit of cable and satellite he developed a love of reading early on. After devouring many of the classics of both ancient and modern literature he settled into his favorite niche of pulp authors upon discovering authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Edmond Hamilton, Clark Ashton Smith, A. Merritt and of course Edgar Rice Burroughs.

An avid hobbyist, he is a guitarist, having been in an out of many bands since the late 80s. Besides reading, writing and dabbling in guitar he also enjoys collecting historic militaria of mostly the WW2 era.

Chris has been employed with ABB Inc. since 1992. Currently he is a Senior Systems Engineer in IS.

Chris resides in Southern West Virginia with his wife and two children.

PS: to contact Chris directly, please email to: TheDoubleShadow@Yahoo.com, and he'll be in touch.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised on an isolated, 80 acre horse farm in southern West Virginia that is surrounded almost entirely by a river, with the only place it's connected to 'dry land' being an old railroad tunnel. It also ran with cliffs, wooded trails, wild life, old fallen down home sites and abandoned cars rampant with copperheads - in short, practically every kind of danger a kid can grow up around except a city street. We didn't have cable, and my folks wouldn't pay for satellite, so I played in the woods, rode horses, climbed trees, waded and shot guns till dark, then I'd read. I read everything I could get my hands on, from classics to westerns to romances. When I discovered the old pulp authors, I left the other genres behind. Like many before me, I'd succumbed to the allure of science fiction, fantasy and horror. So it was the sheer lack of entertainment that drove me to a lifetime of reading, and it is a lifetime of reading that has led me to begin writing.
When did you first start writing?
The earliest thing I really recall writing was when I was in 9th or 10th grade. I wrote a short story for a creative writing class and won first place in Mercer County (West Virginia). They published the story ('Forbidden Fruit' IIRC, a macabre little piece) in Mercer Musings for the year (around 1984-86). About that same time I began work on a comic book, a sort of Star Wars meets Sgt Rock saga about a pilot and his sexy copilot who are in space on a routine mission and get sucked into a worm hole, ending up light years from home on a planet where they discover the source of an alien race that has been attacking Earth for decades. The story was fun, they met lots of different creatures and got into a ton of scrapes, falling in love during the adventures. In the end I think I had over 70 pages that I'd sketched, inked, colored and wrote the panels and dialogue for. It was neat to see how my artwork improved during the course of that project. I never got to finish it, however - my house burned down while I was in college and I lost all the work.
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Where to find Chris L. Adams online


Books

Conan and Old Crem (A Tale of Conan of Cimmeria)
Price: Free! Words: 1,100. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
In the days of his youth none were safe from the ravages of Conan the Raider...
Atlas of the Serpent Men (A Tale of Conan of Cimmeria)
Price: Free! Words: 13,110. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Leaving the comforts of his kingdom, Conan, King of Aquilonia, embarks on a quest that has virtually no chance of success. With only a single retainer, he must find a relic of the ancient race of serpent men. It's of little moment to him that his own life might be the price of its capture. This is a pulp story in the Weird Tales tradition.
The Cosmos of Despair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,960. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
With the entire cosmos enslaved by the gray-backs of Deneb, a band of malcontents on a slave ship plan a desperate mutiny which might result in freeing the entire cosmos. Of course, the possibility also exists that their tortured bodies will be fed into the incinerators to fuel the ship. This pulp story in the Weird Tales tradition is a sequel to the The Valley of Despair.
The Blonde Goddess of Tikka-Tikka
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,990. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Hired to head up security for a film company, Ansen Grost gets more than he bargained for when they're attacked shortly after arriving. When their movie star is abducted they set out in pursuit. But, even Ansen is unprepared for what they discover on this unknown island when they encounter extra-dimensional deities with hungers of cosmic proportions. A pulp story in the Weird Tales tradition.
The Treasure of Akram el-Amin
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,990. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Herein lieis the tale of Iskandar, a valiant Arabian boy sent on a quest by his father to purloin from his father's enemy his most valued possession. A tale that could only transpire in a magical time and place, this Arabian fantasy follows the brave and perceptive lad as he slips among the enemy, encounters genii and crosses blades with warriors of the Nubian Desert's most powerful sheikh.
On a Winter's Eve
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
No one knew where they came from - a parallel world, another dimension, the Abyss? They had preyed on the inhabitants of a remote area for decades, sometimes wiping out entire families, their numbers seeming augmented each time they returned, which was always during the coldest winter storms. But when they came this time - they picked the wrong cabin...
The Valley of Despair
Price: Free! Words: 24,610. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Flying off course due to a faulty compass and running low on fuel, German pilot Erik von Mendelsohn is forced to set his plane down deep in the African jungle. Pursued by strange, otherworldly beasts, he stumbles on a prehistoric city where he is captured by its cruel inhabitants - who aren't of Earth. The only bright spot in his life becomes the slave girl who teaches him their strange tongue.

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Smashwords book reviews by Chris L. Adams

  • Words and Other Stuff on Feb. 24, 2017

    I love writing poetry as a form of escape. As such, I don't read it quite as often as I should. I was very pleased to sit down and give this slim volume a read and delighted at how each zany little rhymer made me smile. Was each written per acceptable standards and styles? Probably not - which is also probably why I enjoyed them so...
  • The Fire Islands on Feb. 03, 2018

    How do you describe something you've had a life-long fascination with? For as long as I can recall, I've loved reading historical fiction. And no era is quite as fascinating to explore as that of ancient Rome—or in this case, Aquila.​ In his new Legionnaire series, Gilbert Stack doesn't just explore it—he owns it. Not initially realizing this was a piece of fantasy, I was quickly drawn into life in this Romanesque outpost where you could literally smell the Praetor's sweat and hear the creak of leather sandals. By Mars, many times while reading it I wished I owned a gladius so I could go outside and hack branches from trees—pretending them to be the enemies of Marcus Venandus.​ But this is no simple piece of fiction based around the legions of Rome. This initial piece of Mr. Stack's new series offers the fan of High Fantasy a taste of what might have been. The enemies of Aquila are not always couched in human guise, for in this world magic is real—and quite deadly.​ Any Caesar sitting in his loge would give this story a thumbs up, and so do I.
  • The Sea of Grass on April 24, 2018

    Gil Stack impressed with The Fire Islands -- Volume I in his Legionnaire Series. This seems to be a trend for the chronicled adventures of Marcus Venandus - Tribune. The Sea of Grass is a rousing tale of adventure where we are again immersed in Stack's imaginary empire which only gains more and more depth with each volume. I found this novel quicker to absorb than The Fire Islands, having a background this go-round with the terminology. As with any fantasy based on the Roman era, battles and intrigues are rife. These intrigues Marcus is quickly learning to thread, coming off exactly as one would wish of a hero - he doesn't care for the politics of being a soldier. It is in the heat of confrontation where Marcus' true brilliance is realized as he is able to scrounge from what little he has on-hand to come up with stratagem after stratagem to fight his enemies -- in this instance a horde of barbaric savages against whom Marcus must martial his defenses in the form of a rag tag band of legionnaires and a bunch of civilians among whom he is traveling. It doesn't help matters that the mysterious shaman rebel rouser is a magician who is able to call down the lightnings! Beware, Marcus!