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Stan finished his first juvenile fantasy novel, The Dragons of Shadara, in 1998. He published it through 1st Books (which later became AuthorHouse) in 2003. Also a singer/songwriter, Stan published Inspiration For Songwriters: Tips and Tricks to Unlocking the Muse in 2006 and The Songwriter's Journal: 52 Weeks of Songwriting Inspiration in 2007.

In 2008 he finished and published The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck, a fantasy book with a mystery twist, that was aimed at the 8-12 age group. The book has been garnering rave reviews. He is currently hard at work on the second book in the Hobart Hucklebuck series. The second book, The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Pandemonium in Pennywhistle, should be available in the fall of 2012 with other books in the series to follow.

Author visits can be scheduled for elementary schools, libraries and bookstores by following the link to the left.

While working on re-writes for the second Hobart book, Stan turned his attention to a new genre: adult fiction. Looking for something a little out of the ordinary, he decided to write a fiction book about, well, that's right... zombies.

That one may be a little hard to explain, but he always loved zombie movies and thought there was a niche that could be filled. He read several popular zombie novels and although he found some nice entries, he knew he could compete in the arena so began writing several short stories with a zombie theme. The result was Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales which is now available (and definitely not for kids).

Stan is currently working on two steampunk novels.

  • Garters and Gears: An Amelia Hawthorne Steampunk Romance

  • Airship Academy (a steampunk series aimed at the young adult audience)

You can purchase any of Stan's books through online bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and Books-A-Million. Your local bookstore can also order any of his titles if they are not currently on the shelf.

Any questions can be directed to Stan by e-mail at Questions can also be directed to his publishers, Stony Meadow Publishing and Dark Moon Books.


Forever Zombie:

A Collection of Undead Guy Tales

Zombies and quick-witted humor? You bet! Not your typical blood and gore zombie tales, even non-zombie fans will enjoy these stories. These tales will make you almost believe that the existence of zombies is a distinct possibility and that life after the undead might be much different than you might imagine.

Consider the plight of the Grim Reaper when he descends upon the law offices of Romero, O'Bannon, Fulci & Flanders only to find his next "client" is already dead in "Every Death You Take". Or how about "The Farmer's Daughter" who brings her boyfriend home to meet the family and he isn't exactly what they imagine a future son-in-law might be like. Or a creepy visit to a zombie museum in the middle of nowhere in "A Night At The Zombie Museum". And who do you think might be smarter? A gang of zombie bikers or the I.Q. delinquent hillbillies in "Ozark Hicks and Zombie Chicks"? Well, it's a close call.

And it's all here in "Forever Zombie: A Collection of Undead Guy Tales" and each story has a special touch that will keep you reading far into the night. Think you can read just one tale each night before bed? Try two or three. Or maybe you'll still be reading the last of the 12 short stories included in the collection before the sun comes up the next morning. But as an added precaution, make sure you check your pulse every once in awhile.

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"Forever Zombie caught me by surprise. There is a sinister humor here reminiscent of Edward Gorey, and a playfulness that echoes Roald Dahl. It's a curious mix, but it works great. Trust me: whichever way your pleasure tends, whether it's a subtly placed bit of characterization or a deliciously plotted twist ending, you're going to find something to love here. Forever Zombie is a hit!" --Joe McKinney, Dead City and Apocalypse of the Dead


Write of the Living Dead:

A Writing Guide for Your Dark Side

Two redhead educators and a horror publisher walk into a bar . . . during a zombie apocalypse. Armed with only their wits and a fully-charged-laptop battery, they hammered out the world's darkest writing manual amidst the flurry and chaos of gnashing teeth and rotting cadavers. Each chapter of the handbook is devoted to a different genre of writing--everything from academic writing (complete with MLA and APA sample essays), business writing, and even poetry and fiction--all of it with a dark and undead twist. Developing or improving your writing skills has never been so enjoyable. WRITE OF THE LIVING DEAD is the spawn of two scholarly writers and a publisher conspiring to create a freshly dug look at writing for different genres and media. Spattered with popular horror culture and written with horror enthusiasts in mind, this book raises the struggling writing handbook from the dead. Addressing methods of voice, style, function, and formula, WRITE OF THE LIVING DEAD is the perfect tool for students, writers, poets, authors, business writers, and teachers with a dark side.

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“I will wager you have never seen a book like this–one part humor, one part homage to the horror genre, and it is all layered over a solid foundation of serious instruction . . . an instant classic.”

--Rocky Wood (HWA President and Bram Stoker Award-winning author)


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