Friday Feature #writer #publishing #horror

Welcome to Friday Feature a new (or rekindling) of a weekly blog that features writers, artists, poets. I hope you enjoy these weekly articles and the talented people featured here.

The Dark Trek Home
Trent’s grandfather vanished without a trace many years ago and now his brother has been found dead. Mutilated in a field. And the dead man’s son is missing. A fishing trip gone terribly wrong. Trent soon discovers that the guilty are beyond the law—light-years beyond the law. His quest takes him, his brother’s wife, and a small band of close friends to a haunting world he knows nothing about, to strike an impossible deal with the very monsters that tore his family apart.

About Erik: This author thinks bow ties are “groovy” and obviously grew up in the “70s.” He is married, has two grown daughters, 3 cats, and a little “fluff” dog. He holds a doctorate in psychology and spent 20 years serving in the Air Force. Presently, he teaches psychology and is the regional coordinator for a non-profit helping people with intellectual disabilities and brain injuries. His goal is help these folks lead richer, fuller lives.

Erik likes to write about carousels which I think is cool as there is so much potential symbolism. He has a number of short stories featuring carousels and is in the process of publishing a series about them. The Carousel in the Sky is a book based on a carousel that revolves around the roof of a huge mansion out in the woods.

I asked Erik if any of his “monsters” wear a bow tie? :”I haven’t written a story featuring a character or a monster sporting a bow tie yet, that is not a bad idea. I started wearing them after Doctor Who made them cool.” 

People who write love to know how others got bit with the writing “bug.” Here’s how Erik got started:

“I first got excited about writing in 2010.  My wife suggested I try the NaNoWriMo challenge and I went out and gave it a shot.  I loved the challenge and more importantly, I loved writing!  What I ended up with was a draft of Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon.  I also wrote in high school (over 25 years ago, I guess.  Wow that was a long, long time ago).  I had fun writing short stories but never did anything with them.  I put them away and forgot about them until after NaNoWriMo.  I pulled a few back out, most were terrible!  But a few had hope with tons of polish.  One in particular,”My Lover, My Garden”, was popular and I wrote that in high school.”


I asked Erik why did he choose “Horror” as a genre:

“I grew up reading Stephen King and the other giants in horror, so I gravitated toward that in my writing. I was also a fan of (no one probably remembers this) “Up All Night”with Rhonda Shear, a TV show featuring cheesy horror movies. Lately though, I have been shifting away from horror and working on dark fantasy. These dark novels and short stories feature carousels imagined in a whole new terrifying way. I spend a lot of time volunteering at the antique carousel in town and my daughter is the manager there, so I get lots of ideas. The first idea was a dream I had featuring a mansion out in the woods that had a carousel that revolved around it like a crown.”


If you like dark, creeping fiction and carousels then Erik Gustafson’s novels are a must read! Keep an eye out for his carousel series starting with The Carousel in the Sky.

The Dark Trek Home is a dark sci-fi adventure with a compelling plot built in an amazing world featuring zombies and aliens.
You can find it here on Amazon. 
You can  also find Erik
on Twitter @eriktiger
His personal blog:
Erik is a Visionary Press Author
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Author: moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing and publishing in multiple genres (including education) in E. African for E. Africa. As a writer, it is a thrill to write for children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 13 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - my joy is in meeting you!

5 thoughts on “Friday Feature #writer #publishing #horror”

  1. Personally, I think the bow tie is responsible for Erik’s tales being the way they are, but what do I know? Erik is getting sharper with every story he writes. Rebecca Boucher and I are doing the edits for The Carousel In The Sky now, and it is a great story.

    I like the way you set this up, moondustwriter. Looks like this will be where the cool people are at on Fridays. Keep up the great work!



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