Who Am I Anyway?
I've been writing since I was a little kid, and storytelling has always been a passion of mine. Comics are my favorite medium to work in, but as it's too time-consuming, I tend to stick to narrative. I'm a big fan of newspaper serials, old school Punisher comics, men's adventure fiction, westerns, samurai cinema, American crime films from the 1970s, the Three Stooges, new retrowave music, and Youtube Poops.
I began as a horror author, but couldn't get my stories published in magazines, so I posted them online instead and created a sort of writing portfolio that follows me everywhere. All of my horror fiction is strongly inspired by the Scary Stories for Sleepovers anthology series, and many of them deal with similar themes and use similar structure, but the target audience is always adults rather than kids. After writing about twenty horror stories I sorta retired, and now I write assorted flavors of adventure fiction. I love genre fiction, but I never write vanilla genre fiction myself: I always try to mix things up, in order to create something unique.
What Are My Best Stories on the Wiki?
Carbon River. My personal favorite. Five little teenagers are snowed in at a cabin near Carbon River. Then it’s four...then three...then two...
Jozsa's Grove. An asylum patient insists he had perfectly sane reasons for burning the Schall Estate to the ground.
The Darrow Curse. This is a spooky Halloween tale that went viral last year, mostly thanks to Scriggler making it the Story of the Day around Halloween season.
The Laughing Desert. Prosperity, New Mexico, 1976. Population:
Lights Out. People have lost sleep after reading this one, so good luck I guess.
Shameless Self-Promotion Time!
My website, mikestoybox.net, is the hub for all my internet and publishing activity. If I made something, and it's available for download or purchase, you'll find the links here.
In 2016 I published two novels and a short story anthology, and I've been writing follow-ups to my books ever since. I still write comics from time to time as well, and I'm hoping to get into the comic industry as a writer at some point...partly because all my other job opportunities have petered out. If you read any of my work, don't be afraid to leave reviews, good or bad! (Hopefully good, though...)
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