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, or you’re an entirely serious person, or you’re not interested in learning which swear words will conjure the most goblins, then 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, and his dogs. The dogs’ names have been redacted on the insistence of their lawyers.
Where do I start?
If you want to know the true origin of Christmas, then try The Winter Riddle.
Would you rather learn the best swear words for summoning goblins? Peril in the Old Country is the first book of the Terribly Serious Darkness series. It has the answers you seek.
Not sure you want to commit to an entire novel’s worth of insanity? By all means, read one of my short stories in A Midnight Clear or Dead of Winter. The other stories are also worth your time, as pressed as it is.
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 email@example.com. 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.