Writing is my passion. Whether it is a short story, a screenplay, a sitcom script or a novel, I'm always working on something new. When a book is nearing publication or is ready for purchase, it'll be listed here. I'll often update my blog regarding works in progress or speaking engagements. Read and enjoy!
The Event: The Chicago Rust Yards
A violent explosion in an abandoned industrial facility sends shockwaves through the entire city of Chicago. Power outages. Traffic jams. Car accidents. Death. The impact of the explosion is both far-reaching and wide-ranging. Follow along as three writers explore the potential causes of and dramatic impact of the destruction of the Chicago Rust Yards.
"Paradox Iron" by Steve Metcalf follows the King Paranormal Investigations ghost hunters as they film an episode of their TV show. Their investigation into the violent history of a haunted factory uncovers a military secret buried deep beneath the complex.
"The Foundry Incident" by Robert S. Miller follows an explosion that lit up the night sky in Chicago. The eruption left three people dead and a 60-foot deep hole in the ground. Community leaders have independently determined that somehow the homeless are to blame.
"The Blue Ribbon Panel of Academic Experts" by D.T.E. Madden follows a seismologist who is recruited into the Illinois Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel. This group of academic experts is tasked with explaining the disaster in the Chicago Rust Yards.
The Beast of Trash Island
A group of researchers set sail for the isolated North Pacific to investigate a phenomenon that mainly exists in pseudo-science, word-of-mouth and Internet memes: The Pacific Trash Vortex. A swirling, Texas-sized island of discarded plastic and slowly decomposing garbage that was first discovered in the mid ‘80s.
Arriving at their destination, they quickly discover that the garbage vortex is home to many monstrous secrets. They are not alone and the expedition is soon under attack! The crew must face a terrifying battle against leviathans from the deep and gigantic insects if they are to survive Trash Island.
The Beast Of Trash Island is a deep sea thriller filled with action, mayhem, and horrifying mutated creatures.
The Hidden Riches of Lord Granite
Immediately after the airing of the most popular episode of King Paranormal Investigations - Coldwater - the team is visited by Violet DePace. As the niece of the recenty passed industrialist, Caleb Montenegro, Violet wants to hire the team to explore Ten Brooks Manor.
There is, you see, a hidden vault that her uncle, nicknamed Lord Granite, used to stash away bars of gold, property deeds and million-dollar paintings. If the team can succeed in battling the ghosts of the manor, they stand a chance of uncovering the hidden riches of Lord Granite.
During three seasons of increasing popularity, the ghost hunting television show King Paranormal Investigations has come to be known to explore dangerous environments. The team is Lucas King, Harrison Knight and Jeff Blake. Their three personalities blend well and make for compelling television.
When the team receives a letter describing a haunted mining town and the curse that has followed a family for 100 years, how could they not explore it? The team sets about investigating the paranormal happenings in Coldwater, California, with a couple guest stars and a potential curse.
Jake Marquette loves to draw. So much so, in fact, that he often sketches images while sound asleep. His affliction – somnillustration – has been a part of his life since a very young age. Usually, his sleep-sketching results in poorly-drawn landscapes, mis-shapen homes or unrecognizable faces – images conjured up directly from his subconscious. Last night, however, he drew a figure that shook him to the core.
The woman in chains.
She is a prisoner - dirty face, disheveled hair, torn clothing, chains at her ankles. She fears for her life and is quickly losing hope for the future. For the next four nights, Jake draws different images of the same woman, sketches of a pirate ship and an oddly detailed treasure map. Now, aided by two close friends, Jake will attempt to uncover the secrets of the woman in chains who is inexorably tied to the buried treasure of pirate captain Dutch Aceveda.
RESET: A Videogame Anecdote
It's a 3 a.m. gaming session fueled by Doritos, beef jerky and Mt. Dew. It's "let me finish one more level and I'll save." It's comparing high scores, levels and fatality button combinations before class because there was no Internet. It's the ability to lose your weapons, lose your life and save your continue by hitting the . . . RESET.
RESET consists of dozens of small chapters chronicling numerous events in the history of the videogame industry. Discussions include the importance of a faceless avatar, the creation of the game rating board and what is the real meaning of SEGA's "Deep Water." Designed from the get-go as a lighthearded, humorous look at the billion-dollar industry, RESET reads more like a friendly conversation than a historical tome.