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The books previewed on this website represent my work in the adult horror genre. My stories are drawn from real life experiences so in effect they are true stories. Every one of them can be traced to a number of specific locations in the piedmont and foot hills of North Carolina. They begin with the horror story “The Dark Man,” (2009), which is based on a true story that occured in Advance, North Carolina and is still happening to this day. I followed that with the autobiographical “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin,” (2010), which details my addiction to heroin, my struggle to get clean and my life as a recovering addict. I look back on my life and I am extremely impressed with the fact that I am still alive. Interestingly enough the path upon which I find myself has, by some strange intellectual development, sharpened my imagination to the point that I have no problem giving the monsters in my head complete and unfettered access to my brain. The shadows of my demons and their voices are echoed in the pages of my books.

 

The bird's eye view of addiction portrayed in Black Tar is followed by a collection of short stories entitled “Wicked Tales from a Twisted Mind” (2011). This book contains five stories which are either very personal or were drawn from the local news. They include serial killers, suicide, homicide, heroin addiction and two tales of occult tragedy. Drug addicts love "Black Tar", "Wicked Tales From A Twisted Mind" and "Skeleton Keys" because of their accounts of "in your face" heroin addiction.  These are followed by the loveable “Devil's Kin” (2012), which feeds off the words "wraith and "ketch." My next offering is another collection of short stories entitled “Skeleton Keys” (2013). Skeleton Keys was released in April of 2014. In it I return to the characters and territories of two of my most popular novels: “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” and “Wicked Tales from a Twisted Mind.” Drug addiction and occult possession are favorite subjects in these books and I stick to my chosen subjects with true stories that can be considered skeleton's in my closet. Understanding these stories is to understand me. My subjects that make up my life are like Skeleton Keys. The keys of homelessness, suicide, drug addition, alcoholism, demonic possession and murder. Each opens their own particular door and a possession of one kind or another is waiting behind each one.

 

To be honest there are the stories in these collections that scare me and they relate to my life in a way that is almost autobiographical. When asked about this I can only say; “I have been writing about one subject or another for as long as I can remember. School drew the writer in me to the surface and it became an obsession that I have fed every day of every week for as many years as I can remember.  I spent twenty years studying the mechanics of Precession and the impact the Great Year cycle had on Judeao-Christian theology. That study produced two books. The Prophet Code (2001) and Bible Prophecy (2007). However, I am not, nor have I ever claimed to be a theologian and while precession is certainly a lofty subject and the wisdom I revealed in Bible Prophecy (2007), is certainly a subject worth obtaining I never planned to spend my life writing about religious subjects.

 

I don't write fictional stories. I'm blessed with a keen sense of creativity and am able to draw from a reservoir of dramatic experiences that have shaped my world and colored my life.  The subjects I have captured in the books previewed on this website are the result of the last ten years of writing and the last forty years of my life. It is reasonable to assume that if experiences or certain veins of knowledge can be turned into books then I have a lot of books in me. The early years of my life, particularly my late teens, twenties and thirties were influenced by substance abuse and lifestyles that are best left alone and in many cases prove deadly. 

 

Living through periods of intense and prolonged drug and alcohol abuse is no small feat but to emerge unscathed with stories to tell is an accomplishment that is almost never heard of. But here I am ready to reveal my treasures. To tell my stories and regale you with tales from which it may seem impossible to survive. Mine is a soul bearing gritty, life changing experiences and its not always an easy thing to do. The decision to turn my stories into books has been a long, hard road and writing at a professional level takes long hours and patient editors. I've been blessed with good help along the way and while my support has changed from time to time I have a team of editors and artist that make my books the success they are.

 

When looking through my body of work to date its hard to ignore “The Dark Man” or deny either its horror or its genius. Many claim that “The Dark Man” is my best work however, I tend to think that “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” - an autobiographical memory detailing my struggle with heroin addiction - is my best work to date. There are also several short stories in “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” (Smack and Suicide) that deal with this subject. “Twisted Mind” also touches on the grisly work of a serial killer, the inevitable suicide of a desperate homeless man and the demon possession of people who get to close to the dark side and thus become the devil's kin. On the other hand, the book “Devil's Kin” is a playful romp based on the seldom used words; “wraith” and “fetch” and set in Seventeenth Century Bath; a small town n the outskirts of London England. Skeleton Key's is another collection of short stories that cover subjects ranging from religious fanaticism, substance abuse, homelessness and heroin addiction. The last story in this collection details my fight with Bi-Polar and the results 0f a mind twisted by this disorder.

 

There's a lot of death and substance abuse in my writings and they are mirror images of my life. I have lost a lot of friends to drugs and car accidents and truthfully I am amazed to be alive myself. But that's life when you lose yourself in drugs for a long period of time. Heroin and alcohol are unforgivable and I'm just lucky to be alive. So I'm sharing my experiences and while I may be accused of giving certain stories a romantic slant the truth still comes through and the nasty, gritty side of drug addiction is not lost or forgotten. It is what it is and if your going to write about it you might as well tell the truth. My stories are not precious and light. Well, Devil's Kin is. I spend a lot of time writing about the darkness of heroin abuse and the horrors of being homeless, penniless and friendless. Drugs will do that to you and the road back to soberity is a long one but should you live through it the adventure can only be described as incredible.

 

So read “The Dark Man” because its a good horror story and you won't expect what you find therein. And read “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” because its a true story and a cautionary tale that deserves reading. The younger you are when you read this book the better. The same can be said of “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” because of the short stories “Smack” and “Suicide” although there are some other interesting stories in that book and these two particular stories don't go like you might think. “Devil's Kin” is a writer's project. It's just one of those books that wells up inside you and demands to be written. You may find it interesting and it my not be your cup of tea. It was a blast to write, and I laughed the whole way so I hope you enjoy it. “Skeleton Keys” is another collection of short stories that deals with the subjects of religious poison, heroin addiction, suicide and homelessness. It marks the end of this portion of my writing. Passions and subjects change so I plan to keep writing and you can look forward to future publications.

 

As for the future, I would have to say that I am very proud of my first five books, each for its own special reason. “The Dark Man” because its just good. “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” because its true and because of so many accidential death's that heroin brings to the table. It's a story that must be read. It will save lives. “Wicked Tales From a Twisted Mind” it is a collection of incredibly interestingly stories ranging from those who dabble in the occult (Black Magic and Ouija Board) and unfortunately lose their lives to murderous newlyweds (It's in the Will) and drug abusers (“Smack”) and people so tired of living they just want to die. (“Suicide.”) But you will be elated by what else that book contains. I'll let that be a surprise. "Skelteon Keys" is a second master piece collection of short stories that cover a number of interesting stories including murder, wicked preachers and their cult-like church's, hot cars and beautiful women. I also include stories about heroin addiction ("Self Inflected Murder") and finally the in's and out's of contemplating suicide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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