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David Niall Wilson
I was born in a very small town in Illinois. Clay County has less people in it than your average large city, and Flora , Illinois , is so tiny it barely hits the map. That's where it happened, though. My grandparents lived there, and I spent a lot of happy times with them in my youth --... show more

I was born in a very small town in Illinois. Clay County has less people in it than your average large city, and Flora , Illinois , is so tiny it barely hits the map. That's where it happened, though. My grandparents lived there, and I spent a lot of happy times with them in my youth -- particularly my grandfather, Merle Cornelius Smith, who was likely the most amazing man I'll ever claim association with. But that's another story, and this one is about me. My first really clear memories start around my third year of life, when my father left. He took me out for a drive, let me sit on his lap, then went back out for milkshakes and never came back. Things blur quite a lot during that period, but after a period of living with my grandparents, my brother and I were whisked away to Charleston Illinois , where our mom had a job working in one of the cafeterias at Eastern Illinois University , and had married a barber named Robert Leland "Bob" Smith. I could write volumes about good ol' Bob, but I won't. If you really want to meet him, look between the lines of the bits and pieces of Deep Blue where Brandt talks about his father. Think Seagram's 7, Ballantine beer, cheap cigars, Hank Williams, Sr., and Archie Bunker and sort of squash it all together into a 6'4" 270 or so pound frame -- that was Bob. Formative? Yes. Important here? Nope. I escaped Charleston , family, Bob, and a number of other things in 1977 when I left in June and joined the United States Navy. I headed for San Diego , where I went to boot camp, headed next to Groton CT for submarine school (which I dropped out of because my ears wouldn't equalize) and ended up in North Chicago attending Electronics Technician "A" school. I learned guitar, got engaged, unengaged, taught Bible School , got excommunicated, and moved on to San Diego, California once again as part of the crew of the USS Paul F. Foster. My time in the US Navy would fill a dozen books. In fact, parts of it can be found in almost everything I've written. Many of my novels were typed on US Navy computers (later on my own, but still on board) and the first two issues of my magazine, THE TOME, were printed and published on board the USS Guadalcanal (thank you Uncle Sam for supporting the arts). I was stationed on a lot of ships, went on a lot of cruises, lived in Rota , Spain for three years, and wound up retired in Norfolk , Virginia . I've worked as a contractor with several companies, and am now the IT Manager and Facility Security Officer for a company in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.We live in a nice, new house now where everything mostly works, but recently I lived in the historic William R. White house in a tiny place called Hertford , NC , where you buy your hardware from a man named Eerie Haste, and you can still get an ice-cream cone for fifty cents. I have a woman who loves and supports me, Patricia Lee Macomber, three great sons, two of which are serving now in the US Navy, and the third of which will be there in June. I have a lovely, talented daughter about to graduate college, and another - 9 years old and smarter than any nine year old ought to be who keeps me on my toes. She is also an author, both the girls are. You can buy Stephanie's "Tales of the Southern Hotel," a collection of girls about a young girl named Mary Lou who has visions of the past, and two children's books by Katie, our nine year old, Perilous Pink PcGee and Mars Need Pumpkins, available for Kindle.I've sold a small pile of novels to date and published over 150 short stories, been in 32 or so anthologies, countless magazines, year's best collections, won awards -- notably The Bram Stoker Award for poetry, which I share with co-authors Mark McLaughlin and Rain Graves, and a second Stoker for my short story "The Gentle Brush of Wings," from my Stoker nominated collection Defining Moments. I've been President of the Horror Writer's Association, and I'm an active member of both SFWA and the newer International Thriller Writer's Association. These days, along with writing, I'm CEO of Crossroad Press, an ever growing print, digital and audio publishing company. Now, enough about me...let me tell you a story...DNW
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Shiftyj1
Shiftyj1 rated it 4 years ago
*I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this one from David Naill Wilson. I had no idea what to expect from this one, but have enjoyed David’s previous work and decided to give it a go. Glad I did. An old mystery resurfaces in Old Mill a...
Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it 5 years ago
This audio book was a decent read, but it didn't knock my socks off. It's your average backwoods hillbilly church on a mountain tale; with the young man who left the mountain as soon as he came of age getting sucked back in to returning to his native home. My problem with this audio was two-fold....
Shiftyj1
Shiftyj1 rated it 5 years ago
A twisted novella and chapbook from the warped minds of David Niall Wilson and Bret Alexander Savory. I can’t say too much about this one without ruining it and honestly, couldn’t really describe it if I wanted to. It was strange and engaging and extremely well written. Filled with disturbing imager...
Shiftyj1
Shiftyj1 rated it 7 years ago
Great characters, well developed in a fast moving western tale of love lost, bargains made, conjured angels and demons, otherworldly talismans and revivals. What more could you ask for? Solid 4+ Stars. Highly Recommended.
MizNikki
MizNikki rated it 7 years ago
Hmm. The writing is very good. It was on another level. Deep comes to mind. The writing was deep and it flowed with its own lyrical tempo.The story itself was melancholic. The story didn't pull me in. Maybe because I'm unfamiliar with bands and music. I'm just not that in touch. And the whole book u...
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