I am a native of Smyrna, Tennessee and am currently Professor of Philosophy, Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Besides an edited scholarly book, Beyond Brain Death (Kluwer, 2000), and numerous scholarly publications, my Southern Fiction novel, End of Summer, was published in 2011 by WordCrafts Press in Tullahoma, Tennessee. My second novel, a horror novel, Unpardonable Sin, was published, also by WordCrafts Press, in 2014. My poetry chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers' Network. That same year, the NCWN awarded me the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Award for the essay, "Haunted." My essay, "The Heart of Horror: Sex, Death, and the Heart in Slasher Films," was published in Vince Liaguno's anthology, Butcher Knives and Body Counts (Darkscribe Press, 2011). I also have two horror short stories published in a literary journal and in an anthology. My poetry has been published in several literary magazines, and I have republished From Field to Thicket as well as a new collection of poems, Hiding from the Reaper and Other Horror Poems.