On the Landing Page of this website, I stated that "I refuse to play it safe or be defined by any specific genre."
I am not strictly a horror writer. I write Fantasy. I write Drama. I write Supernatural Romance. I write Comedy. I write Disturbing. I write Get Your Attention. In short, I write to add value to your life. Pablo Picasso said, "Everything you can imagine is real." Norman Mailer said, "You end up with a literary reputation that's built by your detractors." I say what I want and hope you find something inspiring, interesting and valuable in my words. “Horror is not a genre, like the mystery or science fiction or the western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion.”
—Douglas E. Winter
My life and the events surrounding my life have shaped the voice of the multitude of my statements. In a similar sense that the Civil War helped produce Mark Twain and Walt Whitman - and World War II generated J.D. Salinger - and the Vietnam War generated Richard Brautigan, Stephen King, Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut. I have The Beatles, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Watergate, the 9 years I spent in active duty military service, the Iran/Contra Affair, guns at my head, Chernobyl, 9/11, the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and Wilma and the Tsunami in Thailand and my 4 divorces. And then there is the beauty: the birth of all of my children, surviving freefall mishaps from 12,000 feet, the joys of helping someone less fortunate, and the bliss and the wonder of love. Through all of this, I have found a very special joy in writing fiction for it is in fiction that I have found the greatest truth to share with myself and others. And the definition of my work, in addition to what I have to tell you, is an amalgamation of the interpretation of my work from my passionate detractors along with those who choose to be dedicated loyalists.
I find that horror is the original form of storytelling. That's what I remember from history and that's what I remember as a child. My parents told us ghost stories, stories about monsters and also used these dark, horrific tales to assist in modifying some of our mischievous behavior. My grandmother, especially on my paternal side of the family, told numerous stories of evil, disaster, and horror, filled with portents of death and fear. We loved every minute of it. Therefore, over the years, I must admit, I have been drawn into some pretty dark themes and have certainly been immersed in horrific elements, but there is so much more to writing fiction - in my world and from my point of view. You'll find a lot of things here - not only in written content but also in appearance and imagery. It may seem at first glance that incongruency rules the domain you have entered. You may believe you are hallucinating or experiencing an illusion. And sometimes you will be right. On my pages where I give the themes of horror full rein, you'll see text dripping in blood. A bit cheesy, but certainly creates that nostalgic feeling of old time horror, which you must admit, is very, very cool indeed. And there's nothing like a fine piece of Gorgonzola. You'll see sophisticated script you might expect to find connected with elegance and culture. You may even discern that you've stumbled upon the virtues of refinement and quality. Your discoveries may lead you to acquire pearls of wisdom and succulent good taste and then you may find yourself in your beautiful house and in your beautiful car exposed to moments of what may appear to be vulgarity and momentarily shocking crudity. It all may seem demented - at times. Remember: things are not always as they appear. I refuse to be defined by any specific genre. I march to the beat of my own conundrum. You will undoubtedly find instances that you feel inclined to unfold an umbrella and sip Champagne. Go ahead. Satiate yourself. Feed your desires. Moderation in all things - including moderation. Sometimes, we must abstain. Then in order to respect the true balance of the Universe, we must indulge. There are times we must ride the centerline - the place most people feel the safest. In reality, it can be the most dangerous place to force yourself to remain - especially if your driving. Enjoy what you find here and be prepared to confront many skeletons in your closet as well as mine. It's all for you.
E. R. Robin Dover
OH, THE HORROR!
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Journals of Horror:
JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION is Pleasant Storm Entertainment’s first horror anthology. JOH is the first anthiology written entirely in epistolary form. On it's debut on Halloween 2014, Journals of Horror hit #1 in the Fiction Anthology Bestseller List in Australia! My story, 'Turn Me On, Dead Man', is included in this cutting-edge anthology. The found footage subgenre is possibly the biggest in the horror film market. In Journals of Horror: Found Fiction that style of storytelling has been translated to the page. The stories presented here are horrific journals discovered in a variety of hidden places. The most interesting part of this anthology is the numerous places where the stories have been found: journals, diaries, legal pads, cocktail napkins, fortune cookies, instruction manuals, food ingredients, post-it notes, grocery lists, chalkboards, translation books, crossword puzzles and more. JOURNALS OF HORROR can be found anywhere! These tales are straight forward accounts, warnings or secret messages hidden in text. This collection has been compiled and edited by Terry M. West. Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists.
Terry M. West and Pleasant Storm Entertainment, Inc. present a revolutionary approach to the horror fiction anthology. JOURNALS OF HORROR: Found Fiction is a collection of terror inspired by the mechanics of the found footage horror film. In JOURNALS OF HORROR, the stories presented are horrific encounters committed to paper, item or device and discovered later. Each tale is a case file that has been transcribed from some type of unearthed diary. These tales can be discovered anywhere.
This anthology is filled with some of the hottest talent in the horror fiction genre: P.D. Cacek, Todd Keisling, Glenn Rolfe, Robin Dover, DS Ullery, Essel Pratt, Michael Thomas-Knight, John Ledger, Paul D. Mark, Sonja Thomas, Paula Cappa, Stuart Keane, Darryl Dawson, Crystal Leflar, Lori R. Lopez, Michael Seese, Jeff O’Brien, Matt Hayward, Joseph Ramshaw, Michael McGlade, DJ Tyrer, Wesley Thomas, Regina West, Evan Purcell, Robert McGough, Erik Gustafson, Christopher Alan Broadstone and Robert Holt.
A SPICY APPLE GLAZE
AND THE UNGRATEFUL SHALL GIVE UP THEIR MOST PRECIOUS...
Rik Apalooza-McRik just read A Spicy Apple Glaze. Here is what he has to say, "I just read it and it's great! A little hint of Neil Gaiman but not too much. Nice work, sir!"
This story was inspired by my parents. They enjoyed using stories with monsters, evil beasts and ghosts to help keep their children from getting too far out of control. This story was based on the old legend of The Sacky Man. In this case, The Sacky Man is Santa. Can you think of a better man to carry the sack? It's a story about a world that no longer experiences gratitude. And because of this, the world - and Santa - are living a curse. "And the ungrateful shall give up their most precious..." This is a wonderful and tasty alternative to the traditional (howbeit heartwarming) Christmas cheer that we experience every year and is so thought-provoking, disruptive and humorous that it keeps me occupied throughout the whole year - this puppy is NOT just for Christmas! Take this to bed with you, lay back, and bring REAL emotional disturbance into your nightmares. I'll be waiting there for you with a sizzling hot plate of baby back ribs covered with a spicy, apple glaze.
"I am a fan of Mr. Dover's writing style. He is immediately captivating and highly entertaining, with a style that keeps to it's own beat. Truly an original voice in horror. I definitely recommend seeking out any and all of his works."
"Robin Dover writes exquisite anything... I have read his work. People will know about him one day. He has serious chops - could review a vacuum cleaner instructions pamphlet and I would hang on every word - truly one of the most articulate and intelligent authors I know - magnificent and ferociously original."
Terry M. West - Acclaimed Horror Author, Writer, Director, Producer, Editor at Pleasant Storm Entertainment
"I don't care how jaded a reader might be, there is no denying that is powerful imagery and excellent writing - his command of the English language is a wonder to behold - successfully pulls off a style that Peter Straub has tried (and in my opinion) not succeeded at for many years - an educated, higher tier of writing that requires the audience to be at least fairly proficient in English to really appreciate the full impact of his prose - an emotional resonance that openly invites the reader in. - Robin Dover is the Pablo Picasso of horror literature: What he brings to the table may look crazy on the surface, but he's got a plan and his work carries with it an undeniable power to compel, terrify and entertain."
D.S. Ullery - Contributing Author - Anthology When Red Snow Melts and Journals of Horror - Found Fiction; Poet and Reviwer Extraordinaire
"Cool and creepy..."
Robyn Contract Varon - Avid Reader, Master in Literature, Super Mom
". . . a Modern Master of Horror. . ."
Christopher Alan Broadstone - Writer, Editor and Director Black CAB Productions; Musician and Filmaker; Contributing Author Journals of Horror: Found Fiction; Producer of three award-winning short films to date, Scream For Me (Best Short Film: NYC Horror Film Festival, Best Underground Short: B-Independent.com), My Skin! (Best Horror Short: Shriekfest Film Festival [L.A.], Best Film/Director: Cinema Edge Awards), and Human No More (Best Horror Short: The Indie Gathering Film Festival [OH]).
"This man has a way of creeping into your brain. Poetic yet brutal. The only person I have found that rivals him is Gary Braunbeck. You need to check this author out. Now-ish."
Anthony Harlan - Voracious Reader; Reviewer; Dedicated Father, Husband and Community Philanthropist.
“A gifted writer with a command of the language. His prose will get under your skin and scratch it’s way back out.”
J.D. Barker - B.A. in English from Beaumont University and currently lives in Shadow Cove, Massachusetts. He is the Author of the magnificent novel, Forsaken; and the acclaimed short stories, Hybrid and Of The Lake.
Reference to Journals of Horror: Found Fiction's piece, 'Turn Me On, Dead Man':
"A creepy, encroaching madness piece with a nice circularity to it. I give it a recommendation."
John F.D. Taff - Published Author with more than 75 short stories and five novels in print. Six of his short stories have been awarded honorable mentions in Datlow & Windling’s Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. His anthology novella collection, 'The End in All Beginnings', is loved by Jack Ketchum and is part of the HWA’s Stoker Recommended Reading List, along with two individual novellas: “What Becomes God” and “The Long, Long Breakdown".
". . .a devilishly disturbing tale that I won't soon forget. Well done, times nine!"
Robin Spriggs - American writer, actor, and poet. Known primarily as a dark fabulist, he is the author of the critically acclaimed Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist and Wondrous Strange: Tales of the Uncanny and is a Bram Stoker Award Nominee.
Rik Apalooza-McRik - Here is what Rik has to say after reading A Spicy Apple Glaze, "I just read it and it's great! A little hint of Neil Gaiman but not too much. Nice work, sir!"