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Writing is the only job where you get to sit around in your underwear all day and make stuff up.

Background Information

I was born in a tiny suburb of L.A. that started out looking like hell and went down from there. Being an army brat, I saw Georgia, Maryland, Detroit, much of France and Italy and bits of Germany before I was ten.

Where was I by the age of ten? Back in L.A., where else?

The point being that I'm not really "from" anywhere. I used to like to tell people I was born in L.A., raised in Virginia and disillusioned in Utah. Want more details? Like the song says, "hey, buy the rights."

My major influences are Roger Zelazny, Orson Scott Card, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Harlan Ellison, in no particular order. I was fortunate enough to meet Roger Zelazny before cancer got him. Since I entered my work in Writers of the Future, he read it, judged it and liked it.

Can you get a better vindication?

Other writers, including Mort Castle himself and Michael Collings of Pepperdine University have liked and recommended my work.

I hope I can live up to their expectations.

Stories Currently in Print:

"Old Hippies, Duct Tape and Tough Choices" in Thinner Than Mist, Bones and Caskets Press in 2008. (Nick and Lysette)

"With Black Curtains" in Thinner Than Mist, Bones and Caskets Press, 2008,

"Those Eyes"in Thinner Than Mist, Bones and Caskets Press, 2008.

"What You Carry With You" in Beneath the Stones, Bones and Caskets Press, 2008

"The Minimart, the Ruger, and the Girl" in Thicker Than Water, Tigress Press 2005 (Nick and Lysette)

"The Carrion Bird, the Angel of Death, and Me" in Thicker Than Water, Tigress Press 2005 (Nick and Lysette)

"Maslow's Magic 8-Ball" in Thicker Than Water, Tigress Press 2005 read it now

"From the Inside Out" in Vicious Shivers, Undaunted Press, 2004

"Any Parent Would Understand" in Open Graves, Volume 1, Blood Rose and Undaunted Press, 2004

"You Can't Go Back" in Washed by a Wave of Wind, Signature Books, 1993.


The Horror Writers Association Richard Laymon President's Award for Service

Additional Information

This summer, I'm hard at work on my first novel, Red Rock Boogie, featuring none other than Nick and Lysette.

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