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About Marvin Brown
It would be a fiction-ready anecdote to say I was born fighting my way into this life. There's inherent drama--the stuff of memoirs--in an against-the-odds comeback, the underdog defying his fate, the counted out battling back to find the impossible means to claw his way into life.
My birth was less dramatic, though. I resisted my entry into this world, holding on and holding back until my tiny, pain-addled mother told me, "Marvin Conley Brown, it's time to face life."
Who knows why some of us are born charging out the gate, while others, we introverts, hang back, tentative in most ways, not quite ready to use our voices.
I was born in Akron, Ohio, on April 22, 1968. My parents are John and Thressa Brown. My brother John Jr. was born three years later. I attended Ellet High School in Akron, and went on the graduate from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. I received degrees in journalism and English.
After school I worked briefly at the Akron Beacon Journal and later at the Medina Gazette in Medina, Ohio, where I ultimately became city editor. In addition to writing, I'm a copy editor and videographer at Plastics News in Akron. Along the way I've been involved in every aspect of writing: as a freelancer, a technical writer, a newspaper intern, a reporter, a copy editor, an editor and a fiction writer with self-published and traditionally published works. I have been honored for various writings, including news stories, features and fiction.
I published my novel Covet in 2002, and my latest novel, Jigsaw Man, in 2012. My first nonfiction work, The House the Lord Built, was published in 2015. A collection of short stories and a new novel are on the way.
In 2005, I married the beautiful Melinda Haynes, and today we have two exceptional daughters.
My personal aim as an author is to live up to the standards of writing I long ago set for myself. I've always had a vivid imagination in terms of storytelling, but thankfully I learned early on that imagination can be stifled or enhanced by one's writing ability--what I call word work. My goal from then on was to make sure my writing skills were up to speed with my imagination.
Some of us start out slow, enter this race reluctantly and unsteadily, but we all find our footing after awhile. I found my voice when I began to read, and raised it when I began to write.
It's my hope you get a sense of my life and my writing through my website: www.marvincbrown.com
Also, stop by the Bloghouse (http://www.marvincbrown.com/blog/) to see what I'm up to and feel free to comment.
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”...glutted with graphic scenes of torture, dismemberment, evisceration...” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY YEAR'S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOLUME 2.
Red Room Press is extremely proud to present its second annual anthology featuring this year's hardcore corps of authors with the best extreme horror fiction of 2016 that breaks boundaries and trashes taboos. Selected from indie publishers and magazines such as Weirdpunk Books, Necro Publications, Splatterpunk Zine, Corner Bar Magazine, Carrion Blue and Raw Dog Screaming Press, these stories represent the state of the art of extreme horror fiction. Whether extreme in theme or with gore galore, these disturbing tales will be hard to forget even though you may wish you could. Yes, there will be blood. Lots of it. Gore galore and plenty of the gushy stuff. But you'll also find tales less graphic but with hardcore attitudes, transgressive stories you're not sure you should be reading, stories showing you things you shouldn't see. Visceral fiction.
This year's best hardcore fiction features work by Michael A. Arnzen, Jasper Bark, Christa Carmen, Marvin Brown, Adam Cesare, Matthew Chabin, Jose Cruz, Andrew Darlington, Paolo Di Orazio, Stefanie Elrick, William Grabowski, Sarah L. Johnson, Eric LaRocca, Alessandro Manzetti, Tim Miller, Alexandra Renwick, Bryan Smith, Jeremy Thompson, Tim Waggoner, Wrath James White, and Stephanie M. Wytovich.
Or, how about feeling the unbridled horror of having doctors perform macabre medical procedures on you while you lie helplessly upon their theater table? Prepare yourself to face these terrors, and so many, many more, that skulk silently within these pages...
No theme, no boundaries, no limits - just Bloody Good Horror...
35 Blood-chilling tales from:
Ken Goldman, Carlton Herzog, Lamont A. Turner,
Matt Martinek, J Louis Messina, Drew Nicks,
Shannon Hollinger, Paul Miller, Kevin Hollaway, Connie Lee, Rizwan Asad, Tim Mendees, Craig Bullock, Davis Pratt, Kenneth Amenn, Adam Armstrong, J.A. Taylor,
Paul Lubaczewski, Eddie Spohn, A.D. Graves, P.S. Traum, D’Monic Boris Lee, R. Wayne Gray, Lauren Jane Barnett, Marvin Brown, Paul M Clark, Janelle Seabock, Victoria Dalpe, Gerri R. Gray, Spyder Collins, Robert Allen Lupton,
Hugh McStay, John Ryland, N.A. Battaglia, and Ariana Ferrante
Featuring tales of the otherworldly by:
Lee Glenwright, Davis Pratt, Derek Muk, TS Alan, Nicholas Beishline, Marvin Brown, Kenneth Bykerk, Dustin Chisam, Alison Cybe, Virginia Elizabeth Hayes, Heddy Johannesen, Sylvia Son, Carl Alves, Thomas Kodnar, and Patrick W. Gibson.
He built it with the hands of a thousand people with a thousand stories. It is a House held together by faith and family, a House rich in its tradition of preaching, teaching and community ministry.
As this House, under the leadership of Bishop F. Josephus Johnson II, celebrates its 40th year, it is time to hear those stories, those struggles, the tragedy and triumph of servants of God.
In prose, photographs and members' own words, the past, present and future of one of Akron's largest churches is revealed and celebrated.
Welcome to The House of the Lord.
Visit The House of the Lord online at www.thotl.org
From the author of Covet comes a mind-bending tale of horror that tests the boundaries of love, forgiveness, evil and death itself.