Articles for the Month of January 2015

Benton: A Zombie Novel by Jolie Du Pre

513BdF2egIL__AA160_I have to say first off that I really liked this book, it is a really enjoyable story, and what made it even more pleasant, in my opinion, is the fact that it does not go overboard with graphic blood and guts descriptions but instead focusses on building up a really good story and characters.

At the beginning we meet Jennifer Benton hiding in her bedroom in Waterbank, Illinois. She’s hiding from her mother who has, like most of the people around been turned into a zombie. But she can’t hide forever, and so she makes a break for it and thus begins her adventures.

Soon she has the good fortune to meeting up with a group of other young people. Preparing well, they decide to make a run for it to Texas where one of them, Mark has a family ranch. However, the trip has many surprises in store for them as they discover other survivors, get to know each other, and their true natures come to the surface…

The characters are all very different, some you love, some are frustrating and others you could easily hate, however, this is the first book in this series and I for one cannot wait for Volume 2.

 

About the Author: Jolie du Pré is a full-time author, editor, article writer, blogger, and monster lover.

 

Author’s Website: http://www.joliedupre.com/

 

Benton is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Benton-Zombie-Jolie-Du-Pr%C3%A9-ebook/dp/B00KFPP3Q6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1421073699&sr=1-1&keywords=Benton

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Benton-Zombie-Jolie-Du-Pr%C3%A9/dp/061598603X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421073699&sr=1-1

and in Audiobook format from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Benton-A-Zombie-Novel-Volume-One-Audiobook/B00NUA9BWK/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1421074446&sr=1-1

Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth: How a Gay Child was Saved from Religion by Scott Terry

51wTA+Kh3eL__AA160_Just by the title I expected this book to be an eye-opener and I certainly wasn’t disappointed!

This is not a story for the faint hearted, it is gut wrenchingly frank and tells of a childhood that no child should have to suffer. Yet, it is written from the author’s own harrowing experiences, and this book tells of his childhood under the tyrannical reign of his stepmother “Fluffy.”

Scott and his older sister Sissy’s father is so besotted with his second wife that he turns a blind eye to the inhumane treatment of his children, and so they are afraid to put a foot wrong and suffered terrible abuse whilst growing up.

Rejected and unloved, he turned to religion for his salvation, and as a Jehovah’s Witness he was continually reminded that Armageddon was just around the corner, not allowed to celebrate many of the festivals his friends did and prayed daily for help and understanding as his sexuality bloomed.

This is a compelling read. The content is very sad, and yet the author tells the story of his childhood calmly, and without bitterness. His sexual preferences and coming to terms with them are graphically described in this no holds barred audiobook and he also offers an insight into the world of the Jehovah’s Witness, which those of us who are not one, do not realise.

 

About the Author: In 2007, Scott Terry sent an excerpt from his yet-to-be published book, Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth, to the San Francisco Chronicle. An hour later, he received a freelance contract and a request for more, leading to many stories for the paper.

In his book, Terry has produced a gritty and poignant autobiography of a young boy escaping an abusive and fanatical childhood. Scott Terry was raised as a devout Jehovah’s Witness, and spent his childhood praying for Armageddon to come and asking God to heal him of his homosexual thoughts. By adulthood, he had escaped the Witness religion and no longer believed in an upcoming apocalypse. Indeed, as a gay man and a real cowboy, he was riding bulls in the rodeo, abandoning all faith in religion.

Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth was named one of the Top 20 Must Read Books of 2013 by Advocate Magazine. It was named one of the best LGBT releases of 2012 by Out In Print and Band of Thebes book lists, and was a Bronze Medal winner in the Living Now Book awards, a finalist in the Next Generation Book Awards, and a finalist in the Rainbow Book Awards. Scott’s writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Alternet Magazine, among others.

For more information on Scott Terry’s work, visit his web page at http://www.ScottTerryProjects.com. For information on events or upcoming book signings, visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CowboysArmageddonAndTheTruth

Cowboys, Armageddon and The Truth is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Cowboys-Armageddon-Truth-Child-Religion-ebook/dp/B009F2F02C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421072343&sr=8-1&keywords=cowboys%2C+the+truth+and+armageddon

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Cowboys-Armageddon-The-Truth-Religion/dp/1590213661/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421072343&sr=8-1

and in Audiobook format from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/Cowboys-Armageddon-and-the-Truth-Audiobook/B00NH3IP90/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1421072549&sr=1-1

 

Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin by Stephen E. Crockett

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A frank look at drug addiction. 

Well, I must start off this review by admitting that before reading this book I had no idea about the world I was about to enter as I turned its pages. I suppose for many that may sound a naive comment but it’s true, that’s not to say I don’t understand an addictive personality, I do, anyone can have an addiction to any number of things, but the world of drugs was new to me.

This very frank autobiography starts at the very beginning, as they say as we learn how he suffered a terrible fever with which he experienced hallucinations by day, and night terrors at night, aged twelve in 1972. His teenage years were, I suppose typical for many children at that time, and he experimented with drugs and alcohol, and embraced the rock and roll culture of that era. Soon however, his experimentation with increasing more potent drugs became a heroin addiction which was to influence his life for many years.

Throughout this book his world is eye-opener. His obsession with the girl with the golden eyes (Heroin) overtakes his existence, and despite managing to stop taking it at various times, his life seems to be one of continual struggle just to survive.

As we travel life’s journey with him, there are no holds barred, everything is laid out in front of us, the love, death, tragedies and despair, until we find ourselves wondering, how can one man survive so much?

But, survive he did, but is he clean?

The bravery of this author in opening up like he has, must be admired, I found this book extremely interesting, however, I can see that if you have a family member or friend in the same situation, this could well be invaluable as an aid to understanding them.

 

About the Author: The books previewed on this website represent my work in the adult horror genre. My stories are drawn from real life experiences so a good part of each is, in effect, true. Of course I have taken a writer’s liberty with each but the truth is never forgotten no matter how I twist the facts. As a result every one of these books can be traced to a specific location and a specific person or group of people. They begin with the horror story “The Dark Man,” (2009), which is based on a true story that occurred in Advance, North Carolina and as implied by the narrative is still occurring today. I followed that with “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin,” (2010), a bird’s eye view into the daily life of a heroin addict, from addiction to destruction, to a valiant struggle to get clean and live a sober life as a recovering addict.

The personal view of addiction portrayed in Black Tar is followed by a collection of short stories entitled “Wicked Tales from a Twisted Mind” (2011). This book contains five stories which are either very personal or were drawn from the local news. They include serial killers, suicide, homicide, heroin addiction and two tales of occult tragedy. This collection of incredibly interestingly stories range from those who dabble in the occult and unfortunately lose their lives, to murderous newlyweds (It’s in the Will) and drug abusers (“Smack”) and people so tired of living they just want to die. (“Suicide.”)

These are followed by the lovable “Devil’s Kin” (2012), a work of total fiction that feeds off the words “wraith and “fetch.” “Devil’s Kin” is a writer’s project. It’s just one of those books that wells up inside you and demands to be written. You may find it interesting and it my not be your cup of tea. It was a blast to write, and I laughed the whole way so I hope you enjoy it.

My next offering is another collection of short stories entitled “Skeleton Keys.” Skeleton Keys was released in April of 2014. In it I return to the characters and territories of my first two books. “Skeleton Keys” cover subjects ranging from religious fanaticism, to drug abuse, homelessness, suicide, demonic possession and murder. As you can see I stick to my chosen subjects with true stories that can be considered skeleton’s in my closet. Understanding these stories is to understand me. Each key opens its own particular door and a possession of one kind or another is waiting behind each one.

“Ocular: the Haunting of Peacock Hill” (2014) is by far the best book I have ever written. It is a delicate blend of truth and fiction and makes for one hell of a read. Editors and reviewers alike describe it as a triumph on my part. “Topping perfection with yet more perfection.”

To be honest there are stories in these collections that scare me and when asked about their autobiographical nature I can only say; “I have been writing about one subject or another for as long as I can remember. When you write all the time you never lose anything. You may not know how subjects are going to develop but you have faithfully captured them, in files and folders, and they stand ready to be a part of one story or the other. High School drew the writer in me to the surface and it became an obsession that I have fed every day of every week for as many years as I can remember.

The early years of my life, particularly my late teens and early twenties were heavily influenced by substance abuse and a lifestyle that is best left alone. Living through such danger is no small feat but to emerge with stories to tell is an accomplishment that is almost never heard of. But here I am ready to reveal my treasures. To tell my stories and regale you with tales from which it may seem impossible to survive. Mine is a soul shaped by gritty, life changing experiences. Living it and writing it down as it happened and then weaving its various parts into a whole is not an easy thing to do.

I spent twenty-odd years studying the Kabbalah, The Golden Dawn and all forms of mystical-magical practice. The grandest knowledge I have ever gleaned from active research and practice is the mechanics of Precession and the impact that the Great Year cycle had on Judeao-Christian theology. During this period I sharpened my instincts and developed my writing skills. As a result I produced two books. “The Prophet Code” (2001) and “Bible Prophecy” (2007). The Prophet Code was first, however Bible Prophecy is better so the first is out of print while the second can be found on Amazon.com as a paperback on in Kindle form and on the CreateSpace book shelf. As proud as I am of Bible Prophecy I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be a theologian and while precession is certainly a lofty subject and the wisdom revealed in Bible Prophecy, is a knowledge worth obtaining, I never planned to spend my life writing about religious subjects.

This period instilled in me a strong desire to write stories where truth guided my pen so I weave truth and fiction in every story I write. I am blessed with a keen sense of literary creativity and am able to draw from a reservoir of dramatic experiences that have shaped my world and colored my life. The subjects captured in the books I have published are the result of the last ten years of writing and the last forty years of living. I have always felt it reasonable to assume that experiences and certain veins of knowledge could be turned into books. For that reason I have always felt it critical to write down everything that crosses my path. “Weak ink is better than a strong mind.” Nobody can be expected to remember everything – or with time anything – so writing down everything is critical to story telling.

There’s a lot of death and substance abuse in my writings and they are mirror images of my life. I have lost a lot of friends to drugs and car accidents and truthfully I am amazed to be alive myself. But that’s life when you lose yourself in drugs for a long period of time. Heroin and alcohol are unforgivable and I’m just lucky to be alive. So I’m sharing my experiences and while I may be accused of giving certain stories a romantic slant the truth still comes through and the nasty, gritty side of drug addiction is not lost or forgotten. It is what it is and if your going to write about it you might as well tell the truth. My stories are not precious and light. I spend a lot of time writing about the darkness of heroin abuse and the horrors of being homeless, penniless and friendless. Drugs will do that to you and the road back to soberity is a long one but should you live through it the adventure can only be described as incredible.

The decision to turn my stories into books has been a long, hard road and writing at a professional level takes long hours and patient editors. I’ve been blessed with good help along the way and while my support has changed from time to time I have a team of editors and artist that make my books the success they are. So read “The Dark Man” and “Ocular: The Haunting of Peacock Hill” because they are both good horror storys and you won’t expect what you find therein. You should also read “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” because its a cautionary tale that deserves reading. The same can be said of “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” because of the short stories “Smack” and “Suicide” although there are some other interesting stories in that book and these two particular stories don’t go like you might think. “Skeleton Keys” is another collection of short stories that deals with the subjects of religious poison, heroin addiction, suicide and homelessness. It marks the end of this portion of my writing. Passions and subjects change so I plan to keep writing and you can look forward to future publications.

Author’s Website: http://www.stephenecrockett.com/#!

About the Book: Black Tar is an auto-biographical look at the use of heroin and the toll it takes on the addict and his surroundings. It is written from an addict’s perspective and details the day to day existence of one junkie as he lives from fix to fix and watches as his life spirals from alcohol, pills and Cocaine to heroin. His attempts to free himself and live a sober life are always half hearted at best and so his casual drug use spirals from a clean life, with a job and the hope of a family to a heroin addict; living hand to mouth – unemployed and desperate on the streets of Winston Salem. In this smack tinted world the extremes are overdose and withdrawal and our leading man suffers through his share of both. In the end he finds himself dangling between the fix that will kill him and sobriety.

Black Tar is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Black-Tar-Heroin-Stephen-Crockett-ebook/dp/B009HTG9EG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421942598&sr=8-1&keywords=black+tar+by+stephen+crockett

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Black-Tar-For-Love-Heroin/dp/1480000124/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421942598&sr=8-1

 

 

Murder of the Banker’s Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker by R. Barri Flowers

51+zoHgH-DL__AA160_Fans of true crime stories will love this audiobook by best-selling author and award-winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers.

With her great narration Angel Clark takes the listener back to Los Angeles, California in December 1927, when Marion Parker, a daughter of a well-known banker was picked up from school for a seemingly legitimate purpose. By chance, the twelve year olds sister looked on never guessing that it would be the last time she would see her twin alive…

The details of this abduction and the horrific brutal slaying of this innocent young girl, despite her parents best efforts rocked America.

The manhunt, capture, trial and verdict seized the attention of the public and brought home the vulnerability of the nation’s children.

This is a really interesting short story which I had never heard of.  As a bonus, for his fans, the author has included excerpts from two other true crime shorts, Murder at the Pencil Factory and Mass Murder in the Sky”, as well as an excerpt from his book The Sex Slave Murders.

 

About the Author: R. Barri Flowers is an award winning, bestselling author of mystery, thriller, suspense, young adult, and romance novels, along with true crime and criminology books.

 

Author’s Website: http://www.rbarriflowers.com/

 

Murder of the Banker’s Daughter is available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Bankers-Daughter-Killing-Marion-ebook/dp/B00N5GMC70/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421070665&sr=8-1&keywords=murder+of+the+bankers+daughter

and in Audiobook format from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/Murder-of-the-Bankers-Daughter-Audiobook/B00NO19GSE/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1421070772&sr=1-1

Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers by Scott Bonn

517sOSAoSUL__AA160_Firstly, it’s confession time, as soon as I saw the title of this book I was drawn to it like a moth, I am one of those people who cannot resist reading about the people who carry out horrendous crimes. Throughout history there have been plenty of examples both real, and those which have been the product of somebody else’s mind, such as the serial killer Hannibal Lecter first made famous in the book and film Silence of the Lambs.

The author of this book, has however a special insight into its content. Not only is Dr Scott Bonn a Professor of Criminology but he also comes from a media and analytic background.

The author explores what makes these people so interesting to those of us who look on with morbid fascination at their crimes. He looks into their background, upbringing, and ultimately the people and events which have influenced them. However, he also looks at role that the killers themselves, media and law enforcement agencies have in the public’s perception.

For anyone interested in the subject, this book will be fascinating, famous serial killers such as David Berkowitz and Dennis Rader, and the author has interviewed some of them. There is also a look into the world of their cult followers and people who will pay for memorabilia and work by them, something I never realised happened.

 

About the Author: Dr. Scott Bonn is a professor of criminology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His expert commentary has appeared in the “New York Times,” the “Huffington Post,” Headline News Network, and more. Dr. Bonn hosts a weekly college radio show and has recently appeared as an expert analyst in the A&E documentary “The Long Island Serial Killer.” The author resides in Manhattan, New York.

Author’s Website: http://www.docbonn.com/

Why We Love Serial Killers is available from Amazon in Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Why-Love-Serial-Killers-Murderers-ebook/dp/B00NS42FBW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421071447&sr=8-1&keywords=why+we+love+serial+killers

and Paperback format http://www.amazon.com/Why-Love-Serial-Killers-Murderers/dp/1629144320/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421071447&sr=8-1

and in Audiobook format from Audible http://www.audible.com/pd/Nonfiction/Why-We-Love-Serial-Killers-Audiobook/B00MV1T8C2/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1421071412&sr=1-1

 

Hallways in the Night: A Legal Thriller by R.C. O’Leary

51kI-8gIppL__SL150_An audiobook review.

This audiobook starts in the way it means to go on with an action packed scene as Remo Centrella, baseball superstar and local hero, pumped up on steroids and feeling invincible narrowly avoids a collision with a large truck as he drives his red Porsche recklessly through the streets of Atlanta. This audiobook starts in the way it means to go on with an action packed scene as Remo Centrella, baseball superstar and local hero, pumped up on steroids and feeling invincible narrowly avoids a collision with a large truck as he drives his red Porsche recklessly through the streets of Atlanta. This audiobook starts in the way it means to go on with an action packed scene as Remo Centrella, baseball superstar and local hero, pumped up on steroids and feeling invincible narrowly avoids a collision with a large truck as he drives his red Porsche recklessly through the streets of Atlanta.

In the same city, Veteran cop Dave Mackno and his partner are on a stakeout, it’s a hot sultry summer, and the tension is rising on the streets because there’s a child killer on the loose. Suddenly, the cops evening changes and the chain of events which follow result in an altercation between Veteran detective Dave Mackno and Remo, the result – the town’s most celebrated baseball player is dead, and the future of the team in jeopardy.

Did Dave Mackno act correctly, could the death have been avoided? This is the basic storyline for this exciting, fast paced legal thriller which is steeped in intrigue, racism, and politics. A very entertaining read with great characters which are bought to life by the talented narration of Steven Jay Cohen. In the same city, Veteran cop Dave Mackno and his partner are on a stakeout, it’s a hot sultry summer, and the tension is rising on the streets because there’s a child killer on the loose. Suddenly, the cops evening changes and the chain of events which follow result in an altercation between Veteran detective Dave Mackno and Remo, the result – the town’s most celebrated baseball player is dead, and the future of the team in jeopardy. Did Dave Mackno act correctly, could the death have been avoided? This is the basic storyline for this exciting, fast paced legal thriller which is steeped in intrigue, racism, and politics. A very entertaining read with great characters which are bought to life by the talented narration of Steven Jay Cohen. In the same city, Veteran cop Dave Mackno and his partner are on a stakeout, it’s a hot sultry summer, and the tension is rising on the streets because there’s a child killer on the loose. Suddenly, the cops evening changes and the chain of events which follow result in an altercation between Veteran detective Dave Mackno and Remo, the result – the town’s most celebrated baseball player is dead, and the future of the team in jeopardy. Did Dave Mackno act correctly, could the death have been avoided? This is the basic storyline for this exciting, fast paced legal thriller which is steeped in intrigue, racism, and politics. A very entertaining read with great characters which are bought to life by the talented narration of Steven Jay Cohen.

 

Hallways in the Night is available from Audible http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_hp_tseft?advsearchKeywords=hallways+in+the+night&filterby=field-keywords&x=6&y=19

and Amazon.com in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Hallways-Night-A-Legal-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00HCLRPPS/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421069092&sr=8-1

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Hallways-Night-Novel-R-C-OLeary/dp/0985838280/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1421069092&sr=8-1

The Dark Man by Stephen E. Crockett

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Can where we live affect the person we become? Do such things as dark forces and evil presences exist, and can they remain patiently at a place for a long time, waiting for their next victim?

In the summer of 1972, twelve year old Scott Clemmons lives on a farm with his parents in the small town of Advance, in North Carolina. What goes on behind closed doors stays there, family affairs are nobody’s business but their own, and nobody interferes.

And so, young Scott and his mother live in a state of perpetual fear, bullied, and scared for their safety, under the tyranny of his alcoholic father.

Then, one day he notices a big black bird which speaks to him, and starts to see a mysterious dark man around the farm. Unhappy and scared, at night he has strange dreams… Is he going mad?

As this story unfolds, the tragic events that summer at the farm, and the influence of the big black bird, change Scott’s life forever.

However, despite his childhood, as an adult, he returns to the farm and discovers that Jane, the neighbour’s daughter is still there. As their relationship develops, they begin renovating the old farm together.

Scott soon discovers, however, that the big black bird and the mysterious man are still there, they have just been patiently waiting for him to return. Also, in the barn, he finds his father’s stash of whisky.

From then on, as life spirals into an alcoholic blur and the demons in his head overtake his life, you have to ask yourself is, is Scott imagining it all, or, are there really evil forces at work?

As the horrors increase and his mind begins to lose all sense of reasoning, looking into the mirror, what is he seeing? Is the monster in the mirror really his dead father? The warped imaginings of a mind on the verge of entering insanity? Or, could it be that the mirror really a portal to somewhere even more monstrous?

Well, you’re in for an interesting read. This story is very cleverly written, one would think that the answer is easy, however, there is a twist in the tale, and the answer is kept a secret right until the end…

I look forward to reading more of this authors imaginative stories.

 

About the Author: The books previewed on this website represent my work in the adult horror genre. My stories are drawn from real life experiences so a good part of each is, in effect, true. Of course I have taken a writer’s liberty with each but the truth is never forgotten no matter how I twist the facts. As a result every one of these books can be traced to a specific location and a specific person or group of people. They begin with the horror story “The Dark Man,” (2009), which is based on a true story that occurred in Advance, North Carolina and as implied by the narrative is still occurring today. I followed that with “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin,” (2010), a bird’s eye view into the daily life of a heroin addict, from addiction to destruction, to a valiant struggle to get clean and live a sober life as a recovering addict.

The personal view of addiction portrayed in Black Tar is followed by a collection of short stories entitled “Wicked Tales from a Twisted Mind” (2011). This book contains five stories which are either very personal or were drawn from the local news. They include serial killers, suicide, homicide, heroin addiction and two tales of occult tragedy. This collection of incredibly interestingly stories range from those who dabble in the occult and unfortunately lose their lives, to murderous newlyweds (It’s in the Will) and drug abusers (“Smack”) and people so tired of living they just want to die. (“Suicide.”)

These are followed by the lovable “Devil’s Kin” (2012), a work of total fiction that feeds off the words “wraith and “fetch.” “Devil’s Kin” is a writer’s project. It’s just one of those books that wells up inside you and demands to be written. You may find it interesting and it my not be your cup of tea. It was a blast to write, and I laughed the whole way so I hope you enjoy it.

My next offering is another collection of short stories entitled “Skeleton Keys.” Skeleton Keys was released in April of 2014. In it I return to the characters and territories of my first two books. “Skeleton Keys” cover subjects ranging from religious fanaticism, to drug abuse, homelessness, suicide, demonic possession and murder. As you can see I stick to my chosen subjects with true stories that can be considered skeleton’s in my closet. Understanding these stories is to understand me. Each key opens its own particular door and a possession of one kind or another is waiting behind each one.

“Ocular: the Haunting of Peacock Hill” (2014) is by far the best book I have ever written. It is a delicate blend of truth and fiction and makes for one hell of a read. Editors and reviewers alike describe it as a triumph on my part. “Topping perfection with yet more perfection.”

To be honest there are stories in these collections that scare me and when asked about their autobiographical nature I can only say; “I have been writing about one subject or another for as long as I can remember. When you write all the time you never lose anything. You may not know how subjects are going to develop but you have faithfully captured them, in files and folders, and they stand ready to be a part of one story or the other. High School drew the writer in me to the surface and it became an obsession that I have fed every day of every week for as many years as I can remember.

The early years of my life, particularly my late teens and early twenties were heavily influenced by substance abuse and a lifestyle that is best left alone. Living through such danger is no small feat but to emerge with stories to tell is an accomplishment that is almost never heard of. But here I am ready to reveal my treasures. To tell my stories and regale you with tales from which it may seem impossible to survive. Mine is a soul shaped by gritty, life changing experiences. Living it and writing it down as it happened and then weaving its various parts into a whole is not an easy thing to do.

I spent twenty-odd years studying the Kabbalah, The Golden Dawn and all forms of mystical-magical practice. The grandest knowledge I have ever gleaned from active research and practice is the mechanics of Precession and the impact that the Great Year cycle had on Judeao-Christian theology. During this period I sharpened my instincts and developed my writing skills. As a result I produced two books. “The Prophet Code” (2001) and “Bible Prophecy” (2007). The Prophet Code was first, however Bible Prophecy is better so the first is out of print while the second can be found on Amazon.com as a paperback on in Kindle form and on the CreateSpace book shelf. As proud as I am of Bible Prophecy I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be a theologian and while precession is certainly a lofty subject and the wisdom revealed in Bible Prophecy, is a knowledge worth obtaining, I never planned to spend my life writing about religious subjects.

This period instilled in me a strong desire to write stories where truth guided my pen so I weave truth and fiction in every story I write. I am blessed with a keen sense of literary creativity and am able to draw from a reservoir of dramatic experiences that have shaped my world and colored my life. The subjects captured in the books I have published are the result of the last ten years of writing and the last forty years of living. I have always felt it reasonable to assume that experiences and certain veins of knowledge could be turned into books. For that reason I have always felt it critical to write down everything that crosses my path. “Weak ink is better than a strong mind.” Nobody can be expected to remember everything – or with time anything – so writing down everything is critical to story telling.

There’s a lot of death and substance abuse in my writings and they are mirror images of my life. I have lost a lot of friends to drugs and car accidents and truthfully I am amazed to be alive myself. But that’s life when you lose yourself in drugs for a long period of time. Heroin and alcohol are unforgivable and I’m just lucky to be alive. So I’m sharing my experiences and while I may be accused of giving certain stories a romantic slant the truth still comes through and the nasty, gritty side of drug addiction is not lost or forgotten. It is what it is and if your going to write about it you might as well tell the truth. My stories are not precious and light. I spend a lot of time writing about the darkness of heroin abuse and the horrors of being homeless, penniless and friendless. Drugs will do that to you and the road back to soberity is a long one but should you live through it the adventure can only be described as incredible.

The decision to turn my stories into books has been a long, hard road and writing at a professional level takes long hours and patient editors. I’ve been blessed with good help along the way and while my support has changed from time to time I have a team of editors and artist that make my books the success they are. So read “The Dark Man” and “Ocular: The Haunting of Peacock Hill” because they are both good horror storys and you won’t expect what you find therein. You should also read “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” because its a cautionary tale that deserves reading. The same can be said of “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” because of the short stories “Smack” and “Suicide” although there are some other interesting stories in that book and these two particular stories don’t go like you might think. “Skeleton Keys” is another collection of short stories that deals with the subjects of religious poison, heroin addiction, suicide and homelessness. It marks the end of this portion of my writing. Passions and subjects change so I plan to keep writing and you can look forward to future publications.

Author’s Website: http://www.stephenecrockett.com/

About the Book: Scott Clemmons lives in a world of hurt. Abused by an alcoholic father who murders his mother when he is only twelve years old, Scott must deal with his own increasing paranoia and insanity. An hallucinatory crow helps him murder his father to avenge his mother’s death and then attempts to protect him from attacks that Scott believes is launched by his father’s disembodied soul. As he spirals into alcoholism he must defend himself from a dark man who haunts the farm on which he lives and seeks to destroy everything that he holds dear. Scott fights hard to live a normal life and for a few short years is able to do so. However, as time passes the dark man consumes each and every part of his life, from his sanity to the love of his life and in the end this evil aberration consumes Scott as well.

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