We are a small online publisher and blog, Veteran owned and operated.
We aim to have quality conversations about “L”iterature within the genres of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy. We feel that mainstream tends to neglect these genres as having real value in our communities. Reading and analyzing how we study fear and how writers use fear is important to find the monsters, the enemy, the feeling of isolation within our communities.
Blog Creator and Publisher, Willy Martinez:
Throughout my education, I have always been attracted to the metaphysical; this small press and blog is my exploration of the why, how, and where the horror, science fiction, and fantastic are crafted.
I began my writing career in 1st grade when I scrapped together a short fiction called, “Caveman Will”. In 8th grade I was introduced to Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” and began reading voraciously. During my Sophomore year in highschool I picked up fiction and poetry writing. Soon, I would submit a short story for the Fenton High School paper called “Alberto and I’, a story about a troubled teen with a best friend.
After Highschool graduation on Friday, I immediately began my college studies that following Monday. I began by taking a writing class and science fiction course, however, I did not yet have a focus. About a year into my studies at the community college, I decided that if I wanted to be a writer, I need to travel, to challenge myself, and to see the world. So I did what some young men with a wanderlust do… and I joined the Marines in 2002.
After I was Honorably discharged in 2004, I began studying at College of DuPage. I received an A.A.S. in multimedia. I then transferred to SIU and moved to Southern Illinois around 2008. I completed my Bachelors in English, in 2010. In May of 2018, I graduated with my Masters in Rhetoric and Composition, which falls under the English program.
Throughout all of my travels, studies, and adventures, I have always kept a journal of my readings and reflections. I have collected over 800 books ranging from Egyptology, War History, Autobiographies, to metaphysical books. I consider myself more of a curator of fiction than I would a writer of fiction. However, I do write expressively and persuasively to promote anthologies. I love working with other writers to help them get their works out into the hands of the world’s bibliophiles.