In the third grade, I was captivated by adventure serials on TV. At the end of each cliffhanger episode, the hero faced certain death, but the next week, you found out how he escaped from a fall from a cliff or an exploding mine shaft. It was at that time, I started writing my own six-chapter adventure serials. Whenever I finished one, I let the little freckle-faced boy who sat in front of me read it. He liked my stories and, consequently, because he caused me to think I had a talent for writing, I have been writing ever since. I often wonder what would have happened if his critiques were unfavorable.
As a teenager, I read a story entitled The October Game by Ray Bradbury in an Alfred Hitchcock anthology paperback. That story not only chilled me to the bone, but it inspired me to write horror stories of my own. From those humble beginnings, I have written over 130 short stories, mostly in horror genre with surprise endings. I have published seven compilations entitled Black as Night, Shivers and Other Nightmares, Don’t Look Behind You-A Collection of Horror, Scary Stories.: A Collection of Horror-Vol 1-2 -3 & 4.
I have seen more movies than anyone I have personally known and enjoy most genres, but a good horror film has always been my favorite.
I am a Stephen King wannabe, and I often say in jest in my promotional ad writing as an attention grabber that my goal is to surpass the King of Horror in total books sold by the end of the week. One reader thought I was serious, and was incensed I had the audacity to say such a thing. Rest assured Steve has a 35-year head start on me, and one of his books has more pages than all of my books put together. In reality, I am a dedicated Stephen King fan and have read the majority of his books. While I like some of them better than others, in my view, when he is good; there is no one better. Long live the King!
My dream would be to see some of the stories in my books become a movie or a TV show like the majority of Stephen King’s work.