APRIL 30, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
As a child of Kentucky and Texas, bluegrass and bluebonnets share equal time in my blood, fueling a need for adventure and exploration, and a keen desire to see what is out there.
This is my third evolution as a writer, starting as a young boy inventing adventures for my toys and friends. In school, I wrote to fulfill assignments and map out the world. Now, I write for the same reason I read: I want to know what happens next.
Stories can make us laugh or smile, scream or cry, sometimes at the same time. In the best stories, we let the pages tell us what we need to see inside ourselves.
My fiction ranges from horror to historical, and I placed in a short story contest when one of my first stories found a home in Evolution: Vol 1, published by Evolved Publishing. Outside of the Lone Star state, I won the Arkansas Writer’s Conference Special Award (2009) and the Creme De La Creme Award (2014) from the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. for best overall story.
Watch for The Holocaust Engine, a horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic adventure co-authored with David Rike, to release on 7 October 2019.
The armies of hell are loosed upon paradise, and nothing can stand in their path.
It begins with disease.
A brain-rotting virus, which leaves its victims disoriented and hyperviolent, rages out of Cuba into the Florida Keys. The bewildered government destroys the mainland bridge in response, and places the islands under quarantine. Inside this cordon, the population descends into chaos as rival factions battle over dwindling resources. Buildings become fortresses, boats lash together as defensible islands, and whole neighborhoods wall off into armed camps. As order slips beyond any chance of recovery, hopelessness reigns.
But not everyone accepts this fate.
Extreme prepper Reagan Castaneda emerges into this world of cruelty and paranoia feeling destined to conquer; a group of high schoolers known as the Wharf Rats roam the island under the leadership of the charismatic Hunter Grant; and Police Captain Perry Nelson struggles to keep the formal government functioning, until he is ordered to rescue a Navy SEAL that is trapped on the island, but who is not what he seems.
Isolated and locked away behind a military cordon, Key West has become the beachhead for an invasion. These monsters have have not come to kill, though; they have come to build an army of the doomed, and unless the survivors can destroy them and close the breach into our world, they will dominate all of creation.