I’m a writer of horror and dark fantasy fiction. I’m also a musician, martial artist, small business owner, husband and father– definitely not in that order. My first novel, The Devil of Echo Lake was published by JournalStone in October 2012. My second book, Steel Breeze, about a samurai serial killer, followed in July 2013. My supernatural thriller, Red Equinox, drops in January, 2015. You can email me at darkscribe[at]verizon.net
“But where there’s a monster, there’s a miracle.”
So there you have it. That’s where I nicked the title of the blog from. Actually, Neil Gaiman used the same quote as an epigram to open his short story collection Smoke and Mirrors. It’s from the poem Dragons Are Too Seldom.
Nash had a big influence on my grandmother’s writing with all of his satirical rhyming word play. I think I got the writing gene mainly from her and her father, who left behind a pile of tortured love poems in Italian, written for his true love when he was forced into an arranged marriage that would eventually result in the existence of yours truly.
Anyway, Nash was simply saying that a monster is a miracle. To see a dragon or a mermaid in the flesh would be anything but ordinary. For me though, there’s more to it than that. For me, this phrase resonates as a kind of equation–a theorem of the dark fantastic. It suggests that if we find ourselves in the realm of monsters, then we can take heart that we are also in the realm of the miraculous, where we may yet find angels, bodhisattvas, and the unexpected arrival of grace or transcendence.
And that’s why I’m not entirely satisfied with labeling my writing as “horror” or “fantasy” because it’s both and it’s more. I hope.
Miracles are always more vital in the presence of monsters.
PRAISE FOR THE DEVIL OF ECHO LAKE
“The author’s love of music adds another level to this atmospheric supernatural thriller, which should appeal to fans of Goth rock as well as horror aficionados.”
— Library Journal
“This book sings a dark, dark song — it’s got a grim rhythm that even rock-and-roll has forgotten. If you’re standing at the crossroads and you don’t know where to go, take the road that leads you to this book.”
“Doug delivers the quiet, atmospheric horror that pervades the story with the deft touch of an experienced writer. I may not have heard of Douglas Wynne before I started readingThe Devil of Echo Lake, but now that I have finished this excellent debut novel, I can honestly say that I’ll be looking for more of his work in the future.”
—Gene O’Neill, Author of Operation Rhinoceros Hornbill and The Burden of Indigo
“Ancient gods, haunted forests, the Devil, and Rock & Roll. What more do you need for a great story? The Devil of Echo Lake is a beautifully crafted book that puts a unique spin on the classic tale of Robert Johnson and the crossroads. In the first few pages, Douglas Wynne grabs hold and never lets go. You can’t miss with this fantastic debut.”