- McLennan Community CollegeSenior Lab Instructor - Writing Center, 2009 - present
I'm a writer, college teacher, and independent scholar living in Central Texas. With a master's degree in religion and a lifetime of involvement in the study of world religion and philosophy, I write frequently about the convergence of religion, horror, creativity, consciousness, and culture. I'm the the author of Divinations of the Deep (2002), which launched the New Century Macabre fiction imprint for Ash-Tree Press, and Dark Awakenings (2010), which Publishers Weekly praised as a "thinking-man's book of the macabre" with "unusual philosophic depth."
My short horror fiction, reviews, interviews, and essays have appeared in Icons of Horror and the Supernatural, Encyclopedia of the Vampire, Alone on the Darkside, Cemetery Dance, Lovecraft Annual, The Thomas Ligotti Reader, Cthulhu's Reign, Dark Faith, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and elsewhere. I have received multiple honorable mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and have been recommended for the British Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award.
I'm is also a successful corporate blogger, consultant, and copywriter with a portfolio that encompasses media companies, nonprofit organizations, online retailers, and religious and educational institutions. I blog about the shadow side of creativity, consciousness, and culture at The Teeming Brain, and about the muse, daimon, and genius of artistic creativity at Demon Muse.
I was a guest of honor at MoCon III: The Intersection of Spirituality, Art, and Gender, and have read from my work and appeared as an expert panelist at The World Fantasy Convention, The World Horror Convention, and ArmadilloCon.
I'm also a long-time pianist, keyboardist, and composer. Former careers include high school teacher, piano salesman, corporate communications specialist, media producer for a large state university, and video director for country music legend Glen Campbell.
- Missouri State UniversityReligious Studies
- Univeristy of Missouri-ColumbiaCommunication and Philosophy