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"Only Nightmares Matter..."

Background Information

I was born in L.A. and raised, along with my big brother, in Harbor City by two beautiful parents who are both educators. I watched reruns of Night Gallery as a kid, and that helped develop my taste for the bizarre. I graduated from Narbonne High School with honors, and then attended Long Beach State. In the mid-80's to early 90's I worked as a disc jockey in Northern California and Reno. I left Reno for Phoenix in 1996, where I worked as a video editor for KPNX. After a brief turn in Albuquerque, I moved back to Phoenix to work for KPHO in 2004. It was there that the material for The Crawlspace began to take shape in the form of nearly 50 short stories (most of them, as of this moment, are still not completed). In 2009 I made the decision to self-publish, and with the gracious help of AuthorHouse The Crawlspace debuted in October of 2009.

And now, here I am. A writer. An author. And grateful to be so.

I write because it's easier than speaking, and I don't mean that in a narcissistic way.  Most people who know me know that hearing me speak at length about anything is as unlikely as Apple going broke. Having the gift to put my thoughts down on paper (or WordPad) and turn them into wild, terrifying stories is a wonderful gift, and I don't know what I would be or do if I hadn't found that gift.

I write horror because the dark places are more fun. Horror is my fifth limb, an inseperable part of me that may make me appear to most as a freak, but feels perfectly natural. It is an unusual road for an African-American to walk, but one that I traverse with frequency and intense glee. I have strong feelings about horror: for example, I don't think it's disposable, but too many involved in producing the genre believe that it is. Also, as you can imagine, I'm a little tired of seeing the Black guy either dying first or playing an embarrassing stereotype. But mostly, I believe that best way to gauge the true quality of a horror movie, TV show or book is to look at how it makes you feel the next day, and the day after, and the week after. The best horror stays with you for the rest of your life.

The Crawlspace is the first phase of what I hope to be a long, prolific career. I thank you for being a part of it.

Birth Place
Los Angeles, CA USA

2010 Honorable Mention (General Fiction) - Hollywood Book Festival

Additional Information

The new, expanded edition of "The Crawlspace," now with four additional stories, will be available in paperback on January 18, 2011. You can order the eBook version from right now on most digital formats! I am currently working on an amazing novel about the evil influence of television. "If It Bleeds" will be released in 2012. I've just released three stories in an e-book-only compilation called "Cold Sweat," which you can buy on right now! All three of those stories will be part of a larger volume called "Karma."

Contact Information
Fear Of Sleep Press
P.O. Box 83945 
Phoenix AZ 85071   USA
Contact Author: Darryl Dawson
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