Today’s author you should know is John W. Smith.
John is an author of horror and dark fiction. He’s got a couple short story collections available (I’ve read Nightmares of a Madman and loved it!) as well as the novel Tainted Blood and a new upcoming dark novel called Death’s Retribution. He’s a talented writer of dark stories which kinda counters his friendly and helpful personality.
I first met John at the St. Louis Indie Book Fair in 2016. We were seated next to each other and soon discovered we wrote similar material. We ended up naming our little corner the Dark Corner and had a great time getting to know each other. He then invited me to share a table at PennedCon in St. Louis last year and we sold quite a bit of books and met a bunch of new readers. John has been so helpful to me, sharing new events and supporting my work with reviews and more.
From his Amazon page:
John Smith is a features and short story writer who has grown into longer works. His professional career began as an award winning military journalist. He is the au-thor of numerous works, including the award-winning book of short stories, Dark Dreams. Other works in-clude Nightmares of a Mad Man, A Dark and Stormy Night, an anthology, and three Kindle short stories, Spirit Dagger, Colonial Scum, and Hungry Things. John has been an avid reader of dark fiction since an early age and has used books, magazines, and movies to en-courage his imagination. Tainted Blood is his first novel.
John currently lives in Illinois with his Basset Hound, Barkley P. Howl.
Check out his other books on Amazon or get more info on his website johnwsmithauthor.com.
Come back tomorrow for another author you should know!
Dark, creepy, and scary stories are perfect for this time of year. I enjoy a good horror movie or book and in the days leading up to Halloween, I can’t get enough.
I want to share a few books to get you in the Halloween mood that you might not have read. These authors are not as well known but that doesn’t mean their work isn’t excellent.
“The Butcher Bride” by Vince Churchill. I met Vince at a con in St. Louis in June. Great guy! He’s hilarious and we had a great competition going. In the end, he won the “Golden Screw” but it was close! (Go ahead and ask him when ya get the chance!) This book reminds me of 80’s slasher flicks. And I Love those kinds of movies. It’s set in a small Illinois town and centers on a haunted house around Halloween. Give it a try! Vince is an excellent writer who clearly loves horror and does it right.
“Nightmares of a Madman” by John W. Smith. Despite his common name, John is not a common writer. I met him in St. Louis in May of 2016 and instantly hit it off. He has a couple short story collections featuring dark fiction similar to my two books. This is his debut collection and I was entertained from the beginning. Dark, twisted plots with some unusual characters fill this volume of stories. It’s certainly worth a read.
“Sea Sick” by Iain Robb Wright. I came across Iain on Twitter and I’m thankful I did. He’s got an excellent writing voice and in this zombie novel, I couldn’t get enough. I say “zombie novel” but trust me, it’s not your run-of-the-mill story about zombies. There’s an interesting plot twist that makes it a highly entertaining read. I have four more books of his I intend on reading but I can’t recommend this one enough.
“Moments of Darkness” by…me! (I had to do at least one shameless plug, right?) It’s my second collection of dark fiction short stories perfect for when your reading time is limited. My stories are often referred to as “slightly darker than Twilight Zone” which I take as an excellent compliment. I recommend this book but try it for yourself and let me know what you think!
There you have it.–four books to set the Halloween mood. Have you read any of these? Do you have others you’d like to recommend? Do so in the comments below and maybe help us discover new voices in dark fiction. Thanks!