PRO SE FEATURED CREATOR- KEVIN RODGERS
Kevin Rodgers was born in Huntsville, Alabama on January 17, 1972. At the age of six, he wrote a series of unpublished stories (which he called "The Ancient Tomb" series) for his parents and extended family after his mother allowed him to use her typewriter. His family relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1984, where Kevin penned longer stories. In 1986, they moved to Orlando, Florida, which is where the author still resides today. Kevin graduated from Winter Park High School in Winter Park, FL in 1990. He obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida in 1994. Kevin enjoys reading fiction in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres.
Kevin's first series "The Ancient Tomb", written when he was six years old, was a serial, each installment of ending with a cliffhanger that was resolved in the next story. Several characters from "The Ancient Tomb", such as George and Kristina Harrington, appear in his debut novel, CADAVER ISLAND and its upcoming sequels. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Kevin wrote more unpublished manuscripts: a horror novel called MORBID CURIOSITY (completed in 1999), which he is currently rewriting; an unpublished story called "The Scorpion's Tail" (completed in 1990), which was rewritten and revised to become a published story called "Stargazers"; and a long, unpublished novel called THE RIP IN TIME (completed in 1993), which served as the foundation and inspiration for the CADAVER ISLAND trilogy.
Kevin became a published writer in October 2010 when Pro Se Productions published his first short story, "Hellhound", in FANTASY AND FEAR 2. His next story, "Demolition", appeared in PECULIAR ADVENTURES 3 from Pro Se Press in December 2010. Shortly thereafter, a tale of horror and science fiction, "Citadel of the New Moon", was published in FANTASY AND FEAR 3 in January 2011. Pro Se Productions published five more of his stories in their award-winning magazine, Pro Se Presents, in 2011 and 2012: "Stargazers", "Paranoia", "Energy Siphon", "Tomahawk Mountain", and "Claustrophobia". In March 2013, Pro Se Productions published Kevin's first novel, CADAVER ISLAND. CADAVER ISLAND is the first installment of a trilogy.
Kevin's writing is influenced by several writers and television shows. As a child, he watched reruns of a Gothic soap opera called "Dark Shadows", which sparked his desire to become a writer in the horror and fantasy genres. This desire was reinforced when he watched Tobe Hooper's made-for-TV miniseries, "Salem's Lot", which was based on a novel by Stephen King. Other television shows, such as "Twin Peaks" and "The X-Files", also impacted Kevin's creativity. Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Crichton, and Justin Cronin are the authors who have inspired Kevin to write novels and short stories.
Kevin is a writer because he enjoys telling stories. He wants to share his imagination with people and hopefully entertain them in the process. Kevin feels like he has achieved his ultimate goal if he has created a story or a novel that a reader enjoys immensely. Kevin would love to see one of his stories or novels converted into a movie someday.
Kevin is working on several writing projects at the moment. He is currently constructing a short story collection for Pro Se Productions, which will be called CHAOS AND DOOM. The collection will include several of Kevin's previously published stories, such as "Hellhound", "Citadel of the New Moon", and "Demolition". He has also submitted three new stories, "Slaughtership", "Bone Crusher", and "The Elgin Curse", to Pro Se for both magazines and anthologies. His horror story, "Evicted Tenants", was accepted for publication by James Ward Kirk Publishing for their upcoming anthology, "Serial Killer Tres Tria". Kevin is currently working on three more stories: a zombie tale called "Jars"; a follow-up to a previously published story, "Stargazers", which will be called "Stargazers at the Carnival"; and a supernatural mystery tale called "The Weeping Lady". Kevin completed the second novel of his CADAVER ISLAND trilogy, THE MASK OF BEELZEBUB, in September 2012, which should be released in early 2014. He is writing the final installment of the trilogy, which will be called THE PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION. Kevin is also working on a novel called THE EMPEROR OF NIBIRU, which is based on "Citadel of the New Moon".
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