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D.W. Hitz

DECEMBER 3, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.

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D.W. Hitz lives in Montana, where the inspiring scenery functions as a background character in his work. He is a lover of stories in all mediums. He enjoys writing in the genres of Horror, Supernatural/Paranormal Thriller, and Science Fiction/Fantasy.

Originally from Norfolk, VA, D.W. has degrees in Recording Arts and Web Design and Interactive Media. He has been a creative his entire life. This creativity has driven him in writing, music, and web design and development. He aspires to tell stories that thrill the heart and stimulate the imagination.

When not writing, D.W. enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, and playing with the dogs.

Be sure to sign up for his newsletter today at www.DWHitz.com.

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WATCH FOR THE FIRST 3 BOOKS IN THE “BIG SKY TERROR” SERIES OF HORROR NOVELS TO RELEASE IN 2020 AND 2021: 1) JUDITH’S PROPHECY (SEPTEMBER 2020); 2) JUDITH’S BLOOD (NOVEMBER 2020); 3) JUDITH’S FALL (APRIL 2021).

 
JUDITH’S PROPHECY

A small-town Montana vampire hunter seeks vengeance for his family’s deaths, but when he learns of a string of ritualistic murders, he’s forced to take on a different job: stopping an ancient apocalyptic prophecy.

From their off-grid campsite, Easy and Ben follow the trail of a bloodsucking syndicate boss. When the investigation leads to local disappearances, the duo discovers the aftermath of vampire rituals, and learns of an ancient prophecy.

Although Easy and Ben aren’t sure if the prophecy is real, they know they must defeat the syndicate to stop the deadly rituals. If they fail, it may mean Hell on Earth for the rest of Judith, and the start of a long foretold vampire uprising.
 
 
 
 
 
JUDITH’S BLOOD

Easy thought the battle for Judith’s future was won, but he’s only scratched the surface of the demonic fate that’s coming for his town.

If you’re going to war, you build an army and an arsenal.

Easy and Jess call in reinforcements and grow their mystic resources as infected creatures turn on humanity. They discover a pestilence is headed toward Judith, and it’s doubtful they can deliver the cure.

With the battle for the future of Judith descending upon them, Easy, Ben, and Jess are forced to fight harder and smarter than ever before, if they want to stay ahead of the bloodsucking enemy.
 
 
 
JUDITH’S FALL

Vampires think their prophecy is fulfilled, but Easy won’t stop until he proves them wrong.

During the night, humanity is stalked and hunted. They cower in fear. But Easy and his team keep fighting to stay alive, and hoping to find a way to save their race.

When Easy discovers a blood magic spell that could return vampires to Hell, he’s forced to decide whether or not it’s worth destroying his own soul. He may have to sacrifice his beliefs and risk the lives of those he loves if he wishes to save humanity from the vampire curse.

Stephen Patrick

APRIL 30, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.

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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.

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Watch for Fluid Shock, the second book in “The Holocaust Engine,” the horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic series co-authored with David Rike, to release in late 2020 or early 2021.

A team of investigators and military operators join the survivors in a race to stop the spread of an otherworldly plague.

After one year of quarantine, the Lower Florida Keys have descended into madness. The last of the local officials cling to power, hording supplies and using sheer brutality to force submission. When a second strain of disease burns its way through the enclaves of survivors, the military targets the islands for purge… until a cryptic message from inside the cordon halts the bombing. Now, a broken former detective and a group of military operators race to unravel the claim that the disease is already out, weaponized, and ready to bring the world to its knees.

David Rike

APRIL 30, 2018: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.

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I didn’t grow up wanting to write. In fact, when I finished college I’d all but stopped reading. Then I took a job at a local police department as a whistle-stop on the way to some great destiny, got hurt early on and, faced with long days of much-needed bed rest, limped into a local book store, and left with an armful of novels.

Two decades later and I’ve served that police department as an officer, supervisor and, now, investigative lieutenant, all the while bleeding the book stores dry. As for the great destiny, I simply offer this: we are never fully human until we find some outlet for our innate creative impulses. My outlet is the novel, particularly the dystopian science fiction and horror stories that resonated with me those years ago. Perhaps, one day, I’ll find that something I’ve written has influenced another, the same as that armful of books once did for me.

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Watch for Fluid Shock, the second book in “The Holocaust Engine,” the horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic series co-authored with Stephen Patrick, to release in late 2020 or early 2021.

A team of investigators and military operators join the survivors in a race to stop the spread of an otherworldly plague.

After one year of quarantine, the Lower Florida Keys have descended into madness. The last of the local officials cling to power, hording supplies and using sheer brutality to force submission. When a second strain of disease burns its way through the enclaves of survivors, the military targets the islands for purge… until a cryptic message from inside the cordon halts the bombing. Now, a broken former detective and a group of military operators race to unravel the claim that the disease is already out, weaponized, and ready to bring the world to its knees.

J.P. Barnett

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J.P. Barnett grew up in a tiny Texas town where the list of possible vocations failed to include published author. In second grade, he worked harder than any other student to deliver a story about a tiger cub who singlehandedly saved the U.S. Military, earning him a shiny gold star and a lifelong appreciation of telling a good story.

Fast forwarding through decades of schooling and a career as a software engineer, J.P. Barnett stepped away from it all to get back to his first real passion. Years of sitting at a keyboard gifted him with some benefit, though, including blazing fast typing hands and a full tank of creativity.

As a child, J.P. consumed any book he could get his hands on. The likes of Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and Dean Koontz paved the bookshelves of his childhood, providing a plethora of fantastical and terrifying tales that he read way too early in life. Though the effect these books had on his psyche could be called into question, these masters of storytelling managed to warp his mind in just the perfect way to spin a fun yarn or two.

J.P. currently resides in San Antonio with his wife and hellion of a cat, both of whom look at him dubiously with some frequency.
 

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Watch for Book 4 in the “Lorestalker” series of suspense/horror thrillers, The Haunt at Hogg Run, to release on September 14, 2020.

Mysterious screams and terrifying shadows haunt the woods of East Texas—horrors born of deadly secrets.

It’s not awkward at all when you’re forced on a family vacation with your new stepmother and her young daughter. Reluctantly, Macy Donner agrees to it to please her father. But camping? Even worse.

Beset by ominous weather, power outages, and hulking shadows heralded by terrifying screams from the darkness, Macy realizes that she’s their only hope for survival—a thin hope, at best. Although she’s learned a thing or two from her monster-hunting friends, she’s not equipped for the horrors of the nearby, abandoned haunted house, or for its long-buried secrets—secrets that want to kill her.
 

And watch for Book 5 in the “Lorestalker” series of suspense/horror thrillers, The Devil of Misty Lake, to release in 2021.

Swimmers beware—a mysterious creature lurks just beneath the serene waters of Misty Lake.

After a number of run-ins with the terrifying monsters near her home, Miriam Brooks finally leaves Texas to hunt the legendary devil of Misty Lake. Eager to prove herself, she packs her bags and heads to the Pacific Northwest. Though known for its stories of Bigfoot, this lake holds something else entirely.

The devil’s been tormenting campers and swimmers for decades, and Miriam quickly learns that she’s not the only one after this monster. A ruthless hunter skirts the periphery, with a far more sinister plan. Forced to stay one step ahead of the competition, Miriam engages in a deadly game of cat and mouse… but there’s something much more dangerous waiting just below the surface.

Mike Robinson

New to the Evolved Publishing Team as an editor on 15 February 2018, and as an author beginning the summer of 2020:

A writer since age six and a professional one since nineteen, my initial editing experience came in the swarms of prose I pumped out into the world, only occasionally into the world of actual magazines, anthologies or e-zines. Soon, as I began selling more regularly, and as publishers took note of my longer works, I began freelance editing.

In the past eight years, I’ve edited screenplays, memoirs, novels, children’s books and, would you believe it, epic narrative poetry. One of the novels I edited, Under the Tamarind Tree, was shortlisted among nine others for the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize. A charter member of The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS), I am also the managing editor of the organization’s official publication, Literary Landscapes, which features stories, excerpts, articles and poetry (see issues here). In addition, I belong to the editing collective Write For Success, for which I perform manuscript critiques and consultation. As an author, I have published nine novels and almost fifteen short stories.

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Watch for all 3 books in the “Enigma of Twilight Falls” trilogy of horror/supernatural thrillers to release in the summer/fall of 2020.

 
Editor’s Choice at HorrorNovelReviews.com: “Among the Top 10 Horror Novels of All-Time”

“Absolutely magnificent.”
~ Shannon McGrew, Nightmarish Conjurings

“Literary horror… Every page is full of insight, matched only by the high standard of the writing.”
~ Tom Conrad, The Indie Pendant

Martin Smith and John Becker: bestselling authors with ordinary names and extraordinary minds. Rivals since childhood, they are natives of the northern California town of Twilight Falls, and famous for their uncanny similarity in both physical manner and literary voice.

When one of them ends up dead at the other’s home, an investigation is launched into their dark past, revealing a series of troubling stories from their childhood, adolescence, and careers. All throughout, there lurks a sinister presence—an authorial entity with roots beyond our time or dimension, an entity with far-reaching designs.
 
 
“Hauntingly poetic.”
~ Jeff Soyer, Alphecca Review

“What a page turner! … Robinson is a fine writer, with an enviable gift for the poetic turn of phrase.”
~ Kitty Burns Florey, author of “Solos” and “The Writing Master”

A provocative painter named Max Higgins is on the verge of local fame. What is the secret to his work’s haunting allure? He collects photos of missing persons and incorporates them into his paintings, giving the faces, as he puts it, a “new home in his work.” This fascination stems from the bizarre disappearances of people he knew growing up, including his father.

When someone recognizes a face in one of his paintings, he’s suddenly thrust into a journey as surreal as anything from his brush, a journey into his past that will irrevocably determine his future.
 
 
 
“A disturbing, bizarre and intensely riveting novel.”
~ Leslie Ann Moore, Bestselling Author of “The Griffin’s Daughter” Trilogy

“Pick it up and don’t put it down. Have patience. Enjoy the poetic quality. Consume this book.”
~ Sissy Lu, Book Savvy Reviews

Meet Adrian Foster, a young and reclusive Los Angeles man with an extraordinary gift that has informally brought him the nickname “The Human Master Key.” When a new victim of a vicious serial killer turns up in the woods by Twilight Falls, California, Adrian reunites with eccentric detective Derek Adams in probing the occult lore surrounding the town—the town in which Adrian was born and raised, the town in which he left behind many a ghost, the town whose dark central spirit will force him on a harrowing journey through the rugged bottomlands of another’s psyche… as well as his own.

Waking Gods completes the dark, terrifying panorama established by The Green-Eyed Monster and Negative Space.
 
 

Edited or Co-Edited by Mike Robinson:

An American Family
by
Jackson Baer

Life after Death
by
Jackson Baer

The Beast of Rose Valley
by
J.P. Barnett

The Kraken of Cape
Madre
by J.P. Barnett

The Witch of Gray’s
Point
by J.P. Barnett

The Haunt at
Hogg Run
by J.P. Barnett