More About the Author
Dallas Dunlap lives in a rural county north of the Tampa Bay area. He spent nearly twenty years in EMS before returning to graduate school. He now teaches economics at a local college.
"I've been writing all my life," Dunlap says. "But it wasn't until the advent of e-books that I seriously thought of publishing anything."
He had been working on his first e-book, "The Cabin: A Time Travel Adventure," off and on for several years. He decided to post his manuscript as a Kindle book to see what kind of response it received. "Of course, it didn't exactly take off, since I wasn't set up to do marketing and publicity. But it was liked by those who read it, has sold a lot of copies, and has gotten a great review in the UK."
"The Cabin" is set in fictional Narvaez County, in rural West Central Florida. "I imagined what would result if a group of teen agers found a time machine, and how the local Sheriff's Department and the local politicians would react to it. The result is what one reader called 'winding.' The plot is complex and involves a good many interesting characters."
The next work, "Eater of Souls: The Food," envisages what would happen when that same Sheriff's Department, ten years later, is faced with a vampire. The main characters of "The Cabin" become minor characters in "The Food."
"The Food" tells two stories. The first is the development of a graduate student as he becomes an increasingly desperate and dangerous vampire. Meanwhile, an Iraq veteran Sheriff's Captain has a kinky romance with his capable and ambitious fellow officer. All the while they try to deal with what they see as a serial killer who doesn't hesitate to murder police.
"Blood Spirit" Books One and Two is a sequel to "The Food." Here, the characters discover the mystical afterworld which produced the vampires. Narvaez County is plagued by episodes of dementia, a succubus, and bizarre homicides, which baffle the vampires as well as the humans. Is the plague of weirdness caused by a spirit trying to enter the world? As vampires and humans try to understand their place in the miasma of worlds, the federal government takes an unhealthy interest in the outbreak of strangeness in Narvaez County.
"I try to take fantasy situations and use well defined characters, elaborately detailed settings, and realistic dialogue to make the story believable," Dunlap says. "I want to do quality horror and science fiction that's completely different from typical genre work."
"The problem is," he adds, "I'm kind of a loner and I suck at marketing. But I'm learning. So please, folks, check out my books. They're very good value for the money. And, hey, I could use some reviews."