Jason’s Authors You Should Know – Thomas S. Gunther

ThomasToday’s author you should know is Thomas S. Gunther.

Thomas is an absolutely brilliant horror writer. I’ve read several of his short stories and loved them all. He writes excellent tales of dark and dread and they are so entertaining. You really need to try his work!

I met Thomas through Twitter where he’d comment on a few posts of mine and I’d do the BigBooksame with his posts. I was able to read one of his stories and his talent blew me away! On top of that, he has been a big advocate of my work for which I’m super appreciative of. We’ve both had short stories published in Hellbound Books anthologies with Thomas’ stories finding homes in their collections The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Vol.2 and The Big Book of Bootleg Horror Vol.4.

Thomas’ bio from his Smashwords page:

Thomas S. Gunther enjoys reading and writing fiction of all kinds, though he is partial to horror. Like the original American horror writer, Edger Allen Poe, he favors the short story over longer works, though he is currently working on a novel (or two), as well. He is employed as an aquatic transfer engineer on a tree farm but also works as a writer/editor for occasional private clients. While his parents had hoped he would pursue his artistic talents, he chose to draw with words instead, having been inspired by various writers, including but not limited to, Jack London, Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. In turn, his work may be described as being a mix of brutality, dark humor, and the macabre. The stories showcased here are just a sampling of the many he has written. Three of his short stories have recently made it into print within the pages of three separate anthologies with another publisher (whose initials are HBB). While not stabbing at his novel(s), Thomas works diligently on a collection–long overdue–of short stories entitled, “Mumbling Darkly,” (sharing the same name as his WordPress page), which he hopes to publish soon, possibly 2019). He has one son from a previous relationship (very handsome and much brighter than his father), and two older kids, and several grandchildren via his second marriage. When not working or writing, Thomas S. Gunther spends his days helping his beautiful wife around their home in Kalamazoo, MI, making sure the dog doesn’t eat the youngest grandson, eat the flowers, or dig up the cats buried in the backyard.

You can find more of Thomas’ short stories on Smashwords or check out his blog for more about this super-talented writer!


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – Stephanie Barr

StephanieToday’s author you need to know is Stephanie Barr.

Stephanie is an excellent author of science fiction and fantasy hailing from the Lonestar State. She writes amazing tales that take the reader on fantastic journeys. Much of her science fiction is packed with legit science (she is in fact a rocket scientist!) which only serves to make her stories feel so real.

I first met Stephanie through a Facebook group we both belong to. Since then we’ve BeastWithinworked together on a boxed set (On the Horizon) and are currently both involved in a fantasy shared world project along with Mirren Hogan, Greg Alldredge, and many more talented authors. Stephanie is insightful and dedicated to the indie author community.

From her Amazon page:

Although Stephanie Barr is a slave to three children and a slew of cats, she actually leads a double life as a part time novelist and full time rocket scientist. People everywhere have learned to watch out for fear of becoming part of her stories. Beware! You might be next!

To find out more about this rocket scientist-author, check out Stephanie’s blog or her Amazon page for more of her books.


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – Ray Wenck

Ray2Today’s author you need to know is Ray Wenck.

Ray is a talented writer of thrillers. He’s got a whole slew of thrillers to choose from: RandomSurvivalpost-apocalyptic, zombie apocalyptic, and more. One of his latest creations is his “Pick-a-Path Apocalypse” books similar to those old “Choose your own adventure” books you remember as a kid. Ray is a prolific writer and has a thriller for just about everyone. I’ve read his book Random Survival and thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced tale.

PickAPathI first met Ray at an event in St. Louis called Contamination back in 2016. We had a fun time on our row with Ray, Vince Churchill, Eric Asher, and Amy Hale. I’ve learned a lot from Ray since then and he introduced me to my editor Jodi who does an amazing job of making my words make sense. He’s been kind enough to share a table with me at the St. Louis Wizard World Comic Con for two years and has offered to share at other cities as well though I’ve yet to be able to take advantage of the offers.

From his Amazon page:

Ray Wenck is a retired teacher and prior owner of DeSimone’s Italian restaurant. He is the author of the Danny Roth thriller series and the highly acclaimed, post-apocalyptic series, Random Survival.

The Danny Roth series includes Teammates, Teamwork, Home Team and Stealing Home and Group Therapy.

The Random Survival series includes The Long Search For Home, The Endless Hunt and Hanging On.

Also published are the humorous YA adventure, Warriors of the Court, the paranormal thriller, Ghost of a Chance. the suspense thriller, Live To Die Again and the Zombie thrillers, Tower of the Dead and Island of the Dead. His latest release is Pick-A-Path: Apocalypse, a choose your own adventure for adults.

When not writing Ray hikes, cooks and plays harmonica with whatever band will let him sit in.

To find out more about Ray, visit his website raywenck.com or his Amazon author page for a list of his books.


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – Pamela Morris

cemeterypamToday’s author you need to know is Pamela Morris.

If you’ve been a long time reader (and you are, aren’t you?) of my blog, Pamela’s name is no surprise. She’s an absolutely amazing author writing mostly horror and dark fiction. Her writing is infused with realism and down-right excellent talent. When I want a great DarkHollowhorror fix (or opinions on my own horror writing) I do not hesitate to pick up her books or share my work with her. She’s super-crazy-talented and someone you really want to try if you like dark, wonderfully written novels.

I’ve interviewed her on the blog and I’ve reviewed her book Dark Hollow Road.

Here’s her bio from her Amazon page:

Raised in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, but forever longing for the white sands of New Mexico, Pamela has always loved mysteries and the macabre. Combining the two in her own writing, along with her love for historical research and genealogy, came naturally. Hours spent watching ‘Monster Movie Matinee’, ‘Twilight Zone’, a myriad of Hammer Films, and devouring books by Stephen King, Tanith Lee, and Anne Rice probably helped, too.

Outside of her work as a novelist, Pamela has written numerous historic articles for the Tioga County Courier, an Owego, NY newspaper. She has done genealogy research for family and friends and was a Civil War reenactor for close to ten years. In 2014 Pamela joined the ranks of writers for the online magazine, The Good Men Project. She also enjoys scrapbooking, bad B-Movies, road trips with her husband, and feeding the crows that frequent their back yard.

Seriously go check out her books. If you’re a fan of horror, you won’t be disappointed. Find out more on her website pamelamorrisbooks.com.


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – M.D. Parker

MDParkerToday’s author you need to know is M.D. Parker.

I first met M.D. Parker through mutual Facebook friends and was soon introduced to his writing. I read his collection The Ghosts Between and loved it! They are dark short stories (which I love!) and I knew I found a new author to follow. Not long after, I was invited to participate in the Trumpland charity anthology and we’ve stayed in touch ever since.

I can say that M.D. Parker is a tireless writer, always working on a new project and TheGhostslooking to release a horror novel in the future. He’s an advocate for other indie writers and his storytelling ability is top notch. If you like dark short stories, check out his collection The Ghosts Between or if you want to try some alternate future dystopian tales, check out the Trumpland anthology helmed by M.D. Parker.

From his Amazon page:

I am originally from the Oregon Coast but am currently living and writing full time on the road. My lovely wife and I (and our two furry companions) are writers, bloggers, and vagabonds. Currently, we share the crazy, and often confusing ride, that is our life on Twitter and Facebook. You can find my writing, in the form of short stories in various online magazines and my first published collection, “The Ghosts Between” was made available on Amazon. I am also a proud contributor and organizer of the multi-author charity project, “Trumpland: An Alternative History Of The Future.”

Currently finalizing a soon to be published sci-fi novella and working on my first full-length horror novel.

Check out more at his website writeontheroad.com.


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – Brent A. Harris

BrentToday’s author you need to know is Brent A. Harris.

Brent is an amazing author of science fiction and alternate ATimeofNeedhistory. He’s extremely talented and well worth a chance. I’ve read several of his short stories through Inklings Press and his novel A Time of Need (you can see my video review of it here). I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve read so far.

I don’t recall when or exactly how I met Brent, but I do know it was over Twitter. Most likely it was through Inklings Press. He’s been a big advocate of my work and a great sounding board when I’ve asked. I can’t say enough positive things about Brent as a fellow author and friend.

From his Amazon page:

Brent A Harris is a Sidewise Award nominated author of alternate history. He also writes science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Previously published works can be found through Insomnia Publishing, Rivenstone Press, Rhetoric Askew, and Inklings Press, the latter having published his short story, Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon, which reaped the Sidewise Award nomination.

He is the author of A Time of Need, an alternate history of the American Revolution, which sees a world where George Washington fights alongside the British against American forces marshaled under a power-hungry Benedict Arnold.

Brent resides in Southern California, where he’s become convinced that Joshua trees are in fact, real trees. When not writing, he focuses on his family, shuttling children around as a stay-at-home dad.

Check out all his short stories and his novel A Time of Need on Amazon and give this talented author a try.


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Jason’s Authors You Need to Know – F. Kenneth Taylor

FKennethToday’s author you need to know is F. Kenneth Taylor.

Ken is a freelance writer, scifi author, and small business owner from St. Louis, MO. My connection to Ken goes back to his magazine Some’n Unique Magazine. Sometime in 2016, he came across my blog and contacted me to see if I wanted Aftermathto write for his magazine. I gladly accepted and wrote many articles. I no longer write for Ken, but we stay in touch. I will always be indebted to him for organizing my very first book signing at the Book House in St. Louis.

Ken writes scifi and urban drama along with actively supporting local indie authors through events and his magazine.

From his Amazon page:

F. Kenneth Taylor has pursued writing since 2001 and has served brief writing stints with 2 online magazines. As a Freelance Writer; he has written 100s of articles discussing an array of topics. F. Kenneth Taylor writes in multiple styles and genres to enhance his credibility, worth, and audience.

Check out more of Ken’s work on Amazon or Some’n Unique Magazine.


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