Darkly Humorous Fantasy
In the mood for a fantasy novel that dallies in the darkness? There’s a chance you’ve come to the right place. If you’d like to know what terrors lurk in the darkest havens where evil holds sway, try reading Stephen King. If you’d like to know just where to tickle said terrors to get them blushing and giggling, try reading Sam Hooker.
Sam’s work embodies much of the farcical whimsy found in books by Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and Roger Zelazny. If you have no taste for whimsy, then you may have come to the wrong place. If you’re an entirely serious person who has no time for silliness, you are likely to disapprove of Sam’s work. If you’re not interested in learning which swear words will conjure the most goblins, you needn’t read on.
Filling up novels with nonsense is hard work. Well, it’s work, anyway. And someone’s got to do it. Well, no one’s got to do it, but if no one did, then no one would. That’s why my work is so important. Well, maybe not important…
– Sam Hooker
Sam has a degree in Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. He also has a certificate proclaiming him a Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster from the Jameson Distillery in Dublin, Ireland. He considers them equally important to his work.
Originally from Texas, Sam currently lives in southern California with his wife Shelly, his son Jack, his dog Cervantes, and a cat who insists on being left out of all of this silliness. His name has been redacted.
Now available! Terribly Serious Darkness 2: Soul Remains
It’s Dark in the Old Country.
Where do goblins come from? Why do they only turn up in the Old Country, and why do they like swearing so much? In the second book of Terribly Serious Darkness, Sloot Peril—a “hero” who’s staunchly averse to heroics—goes looking for answers. Much to his chagrin, he finds them.
Everything changed after the Fall of Salzstadt, but try telling that to the people of the city, whose capacity for denial is unmatched. They have yet to acknowledge that Vlad the Invader cut a bloody swath through their city, that the dead are walking the streets, or that the Domnitor—long may he reign—has fled to wherever despots go on very long vacations while goblin infestations take care of themselves.
The worst of villains holds all of the power, unspeakable dark forces are on the rise, and everyone wants to kidnap the Domnitor—long may he reign—for their own nefarious ends. If all of that weren’t bad enough, Sloot’s got the fate of his own soul to worry about.
Can his girlfriend help him save the Old Country from annihilation? Is Myrtle really his girlfriend? If all goes well for Sloot—which it never does—he might just sort it all out before the Dark swallows them all up.
Now available everywhere books are sold!
Southern California Readings
Calling all book clubs, literary groups, and secret societies in Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles! If you would like to host Sam for a reading, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be forewarned that Sam will likely bring books available for purchase, and may even go so far as to scribble in the fronts of them. Some people have no respect for books.