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Hello Everyone. Thought I’d check in since It’s been a while.

We are currently in the 46th chapter of the series, titled, “Clementine”. This chapter will run just four episodes, ending next Monday. If you haven’t read the DFTD spin-off story, Hangar Six, now would be a great time to do so since it gives additional insights into the character of Clementine and where her group started shortly after “The Change” occurred.

I unofficially call the current chapter, “Dead Dolls Part 3”, because it concludes the orphanage (which is not really an orphanage) flashback story that was introduced by Meredith back in Chapter 35. Of course, if you’re doing the math, then you’re saying, ‘Wait a minute, what about Part 2?’ Good question, I’m glad you asked… lol. Answer: The middle arc of that particular story will be told in Book Six.

After this brief chapter, we will be finishing Book Five: Remains with Chapter 47: The Enemy, which I expect to run between 7 to 9 episodes. I won’t say much about the finale other than it’s going to be intense, followed by some situations you might not expect, wrapping up Don’t Feed The Dark for the summer.

I can already tell you right now that Book Six: Mother, will begin this fall and that we will finally find out what happened to a certain group of people that I left in a bad way on the other side of a certain underground door.

I’ll have more to talk about later after the conclusion of Book Five. Thanks for sticking with me and continuing to read this long dark tale.





Just a quick update: Don’t Feed The Dark will resume Monday, April 16th. We will be starting the second arc of Book Five, titled, The Nomad. I’m expecting it to run four chapters, finishing up the fifth book in this series. As mentioned before, we will be returning to Gina Melborn to find out what happened to her after being exiled from the Wasteland community.

Just a weekly reminder: If you haven’t voted yet this week for Don’t Feed The Dark at topwebfiction, you can do so by just clicking the link above. Thanks again to all of you who have been voting for this long dark series each week and for helping me stay listed. This helps more readers find my story.

I look forward to resuming this creepy tale with all of you in a couple of weeks,



Well, that’s it for the first long arc of Book Five. By the numbers, Part Eight: All Is Lost, is now on record as the single longest arc in the series, clocking in at over 174,000 words… wow! For those of you left wondering why I abandoned Tony and the gang in a bad way, trapped in New Cleveland with their fate unresolved, it’s because I realized a chapter or two ago, that this tale from New Cleveland is far from over and needed more than a chapter to tell it. We will return to find out what happens to Tony and the rest of the gang in a future story arc.

This particular arc surprised me on several occasions during the writing with some new unexpected developments along the way, such as, the re-introduction of Sergeant Richard Hash, who we haven’t heard from since way back in Chapter Ten. I always intended to bring him back and tell Hash’s story, but I was not expecting him until Book Seven. In addition, Alysa Monroe’s backstory, delving into her training and initiation into the Shadow Dead (a.k.a. Ama-Eskua Order) threw me for a loop several times as we discovered that Alysa has a much larger role to play than I first realized. I love it when character stories wander off the outline and go their own way… lol. I intend to talk more about Alysa’s story as she is the next special guest lined up for After The Dark, my DFTD talk show, which will air sometime later this month (time dependent).

As for the delay, I knew after this long arc, which is as long as an entire book, that I would need time to recharge and prepare for the second half of Book Five that will commence sometime in April. I apologize for the pause, but it was necessary.

Looking ahead into the second half of Book Five: Remains, the new arc will be titled, “The Nomad”, and will take us back to Gina Melborn as we find out what happened after she was exiled. We will also find out what happened when Marcus Dempsey, a.k.a. Russell Bower, caught up with her. There will also be a few surprises thrown in as well. That’s all I can say about it for now… no spoilers.

Aside from that, I look forward to resuming this series and hearing from all of you in April. When I have an exact date I’ll announce it. In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the new Audio Edition of Don’t Feed The Dark, I encourage you to do so. You can either click the above link or visit the tab located at the top of the main page that will take you to all the available audio episodes, narrated by Jerimiah Vega. Please show your support and encouragement for Jerimiah’s efforts by liking and commenting on his Soundcloud page where all the audio episodes are hosted. I believe he’s done a great job so far bringing these characters to life in audio format, and he continues to get better with each new episode as he gets a feel for the characters and the tone of this long dark tale.

My special thanks goes out to all of you who have faithfully been voting for DFTD each week over at topwebfiction . I’ve been holding strong with at least ten votes or more each week, which helps more people find my story. I you haven’t yet had a chance to vote this week, you can just click the link above and do so now. Again, thanks for supporting the cause.

Well, that’s all I have for now. More to come…




Hello Everyone, just a quick weekly reminder: If you haven’t yet voted this week for DFTD at Topwebfiction I encourage you to do so and help keep me listed. My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have faithfully been voting and keeping me in the rankings. All you need to do is click the highlighted link above and vote.

Well, it’s been a while since my last update. This story’s been keeping me busy.

I’m wrapping up the first long arc of Book Five: Remains, which will conclude with Chapter 43: Feed The Dead. Afterwards, I’ll be starting the second arc of this book, titled, The Nomad, which will take us back to Gina Melborn to discover what’s been happening to her since being exiled at the end of Book Four. I haven’t decided on the duration yet, but I will be taking a little time off before starting the new arc (I’ve been going hard at this story since last June and need a break to recharge). I don’t want to say too much about the new arc due to spoilers, but it should be another wild ride.

After Gina’s arc, I’ll be jumping right into writing Book Six: Mother, which will start with those poor unfortunate souls who barely escaped the massacre down in the compound by making it through the ‘mystery door’. We will find out what happened to Meredith, Logan, Stephen and Megan once they found themselves on the other side of that door… as well as a good many other discoveries.

On to some new and exciting news: I’ve been talking behind the scenes with an aspiring audio book reader, Jerimiah Vega, who found my story and has decided to narrate Don’t Feed The Dark when he can. It’s takes a lot of time and hard work to narrate this monster story, but so far, Jerimiah has knocked out the first eight episodes, adding up to more than two hours of audio so far. I encourage you to check out his audio renditions by visiting the tab at the top of the main page, or just click one of the links below to go directly to the first episode or to Jerimiah’s Soundcloud page. Also, Jerimiah just started a new facebook page specifically for DFTD. If you have the time, please go check that out as well and ‘like’ his page. Please show Jerimiah your support while he endeavors to tackle this project. I’m excited to see DFTD find another platform to reach more people.

Chapter 1-1: Demon Night (AUDIO EDITION) – Narrated by Jerimiah Vega

Jerimiah Vega on Soundcloud

Don’t Feed The Dark – Audio Book on Facebook



Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to check in once more before the Book Five premiere. Just a quick reminder: Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Five: Remains, will start next Monday, August 28th. From that point on, new episodes will be posted every Monday and Thursday until the holiday break around the middle of November.

As far as where I’m at with the new story, I’m currently finishing up Chapter 2. I’ve already written over 50,000 words in two chapters, so… yes… this is shaping up to be another long book. I can’t tell you too much, but Book Five will cover two story arcs, the first being five chapters long. The first chapter is six episodes, and the second is eight episodes. I expect chapter three to be even longer… lol. So basically, the first seven weeks of the serial are nearly completed.

Aside from that, I will continue to post new episodes of After The Dark at the conclusion of each chapter (time permitting), and I’ll let John loose to interview some new characters from the story and field any questions you may have.

For returning readers who would like a brief refresher course on the past four books before starting Book Five, I’ve updated my synopsis page and you can check it out HERE or on my sticky post.

And don’t forget to keep on voting for DFTD at Top Web Fiction to keep me listed. You can vote every seven days (more than that if you vote from different devices). I would love to see my story climb the charts for a little while. Thanks for supporting the cause and helping more readers find out about this series. Here’s the link: Vote Now. You can also vote by clicking on the kitty up in the upper left hand corner of my home page.

I can’t really talk about story details at the moment without getting into spoilers, so I’ll just stop there. I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you next week.




Hello everyone! It’s almost time to embark on another horrific journey into the darkness (Now, doesn’t that sound inviting?). In just a few more weeks, Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Five: Remains, will commence. I can now release the premiere date: Monday, August 28th.

So, what can I share about the new story arc so far? I can tell you that the premiere chapter will pick up right where we left off at the end of Book Four, and that it’s going to be very intense right out of the gate. The Shadow Dead have come… and that is not good news for our survivors. The first chapter will be titled, Obituaries… and yes, there will be death… lots of death. The second chapter will be titled, Wick, and will tell a creepy little thriller of a tale. Sorry I can’t say more.

Looking at the new arc from a wider perspective, Book Five will take us back out into what’s left of Northeast Ohio, and give us a much bigger picture as far as what’s happened ‘out there’ since our survivors went into hiding beneath the Wasteland during the long winter. Book Five will take us into unfamiliar territory as we visit new places, meet new people, and of course, discover just what the hell the dead have been up to. Book Five will also bring us closer to understanding the mysterious forces at work in the world that led us to the horrific event, known as The Change. There will be two new additional flashback story chapters centered around the origin of the Shadow Dead, and a continuation of the strange happenings occurring at an orphanage (which is not an orphanage). We will find out what happened to Gina. We will hear strange words whispered like, ‘Alpha Zombie’ and ‘The Nomad’. There’s a lot more, but of course, I can’t talk about it… lol.

I had a lot of fun writing during the month of July, accelerating through more than 30,000 words. I intend to keep writing like a madman going into August to find out how far I can get before crashing into a highway horde… lol.

If you haven’t discovered them yet, I started a collection of stand-alone stories and poems of a dark nature that I will continue to post on occasion, located in the top tab under ‘Other Short Works’. So, if you want to read some other dark offerings I’ve written over the years, be sure to check those out.

Time permitting, I hope to have one more episode of After The Dark, my DFTD talk show, ready shortly before the premiere to help us kick off Book Five.

That’s it for now. I’ll tell you more when I can. I hope to hear from you all after the premiere.




Just checking in with the latest news.

I’ve been busy working on the premiere chapter to the fifth book in this epic series. I now have a title for the book: Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Five: Remains. When I looked up the definition for this word on my phone and read: Remains – the parts left over after other parts have been removed, used, or destroyed I knew immediately that this was going to be a strong primary theme for the next arc of this series.

The first chapter will tentatively be titled: Obituaries. Considering where we left off at the end of Book Four, that doesn’t sound very hopeful… lol. This has been a challenging premiere chapter to write in that this is the first time I’ve written a premiere that will also feel like a finale… and that’s all I can say about it.

Here’s a tidbit about Book Five that I can mention. For all you Northeast Ohio readers out there getting a kick out of the various local settings that I’ve been writing in, Geauga Lake will be one of the locations featured in Book Five. That chapter’s going to be a blast to get into. For those unfamiliar, Geauga Lake was a popular amusement park that was closed down back in 2007, but its remains are still there today… looking very much like the perfect post-apocalyptic setting.

As far as what lies ahead, I am now seeing the eventual finish line of this long, long tale and can tell you that Don’t Feed The Dark will conclude with Book Eight. So I guess you can say we’re a little past the half-way mark. I am already neck-deep into three separate plot lines that will span the next two book in this series, setting up, in part, the last two books. It’s going to be a wild ride to the end. Here are the title teasers for the next three books:

Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Five: Remains
Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Six: Mother
Don’t Feed The Dark, Book Seven: The Prophet

I, of course, will not spoil anything, but there’s a lot going on and I’ve been waiting a very long time to tell various stories found in the next three novels. It’s exciting!

On to other news: The editing of Book Four: Phantoms has been postponed while I’m writing new material, but I’ll try to get it in print as soon as possible. Also, later this month, I’ll have the second part of the two-part interview with Russell Bower for the next After The Dark episode.

As mentioned last month, I’ve started a separate tab at the top of the page for other various dark stories, poems, etc., that I’ve been posting over the month of June. Just click on the “Other Short Works” tab to read any of it. I’ve included all three DFTD spin-off stories there as well.

That’s it for now. I’ll post more updates as we get closer to the premiere.