Novelist, poet, playwright, short story author, non-fiction writer, and game designer
photo by John D. Wright
Welcome to my official website. I am an eclectic writer in many genres, thoroughly addicted to reading and writing since I was old enough to do either. Whether you like fantasy, poetry, general fiction, regional and area non-fiction pertaining to hiking and other interests, or the careful non-fiction work of academic and scholarly writing, I probably have something for you.
I have an abiding love for games. I design board games as well as role-playing game material. I have been an avid fan of Dungeons and Dragons for around 30 years and, when I am not reading and writing, I am generally gaming.
A person is not readily-definable by
one descriptor or limited to a false label based upon his preferences. Neither is this collection. Magical realism, supernatural, horror, psychological
terror, dark fantasy, high fantasy, religious, social commentary, literary
realism, and humour can all be used to describe the works in this compilation,
but one such label will always fall short of the essence of existence these
stories represent. The entirety of life
with all its glory and vagaries is the goal of these tales, welded together in
a mosaic of life and death that defines what it means to be human.
At some point in their lives, most
people have brushed against the odd, the macabre, or the unexplained. These experiences leave those involved
grateful to be alive, morbidly curious, shattered emotionally, or dead—but it
never leaves them unchanged. Most of the
stories contained in Tales from
Transylvania depict such occurrences.
In dreamscape versions of familiar
settings, good and evil vampires, deadly wizards, brooding faeries, ghosts, ,
other horrors, and the boundless recesses of the human mind all demonstrate
that, more often than not, things are not what they seem. These illusions often crumble with
devastating consequences for those involved. These tales, set in recognizable settings, seem even stranger than they
would in an unknown setting.
Terror and despair, though, are not the
whole of life, and they are not the sum of this collection. Relationships, time, and the divine are
inseparable from the human condition, so they have a place herein. Humour is also present because it is a vital
part of existence. Tales from Transylvania touches on a number of themes and genres,
and should appeal to a wide variety of readers.
See the Book Page for more information.
Available at the following:
Paperback at Amazon
Kindle at Amazon
ebook at Smashwords
Paperback at Lulu
Paperback at Barnes and Noble
ebook at Kobo
ebook at Lulu
Hardback at Lulu
All my writings by genre
Academic scholarly works about literature, history, and other topics
Hiking Trail Reviews covering all the trails in DuPont State Forest, Gorges State Park, and the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina via my website, blueridgehiker.com
Druidry I am a Christian Druid. This category differs from biblical writings in that it may include non-biblical material
Dungeoneer Games this is my own rpg company. As you might imagine, I write a lot for it
Bloodstone Classic Fantasy Role-playing Game Review containing a number of great reviews of modules by many different game companies
Short Stories many different genres, but with a focus on fantasy, horror, and magical realism
Novels longer works; includes novella-sized and larger books
Poetry I am first and foremost a poet. I have chapbooks and full length books
Humour is typically incorporated into my other works, but stand-alone humour is here
Plays in a variety of genres and styles
Book Reviews on Goodreads
My Books Everything regardless of genre in order of publication