He is the co-writer of the sci-fi/horror film Epigenesis (Honors Zombie Films) and has appeared in the independent sci-fi thriller Apocalypse Kiss (Potent Media). He also contributes film reviews for the websites Cinedelphia, Biff Bam Pop, and Apocalypse Now.
His influences include childhood, psychological disorders, industrial music, nightmares, exploitation movies, and cats. He is on Twitter @LMangumFiction, Facebook at facebook.com/lucas.mangum , Tumblr and Instagram. His website, the Dark Dimensions is at http://www.lucasmangum.wordpress.com
Second is Mike Yowell. Mike began reading horror comics and magazines as a very young boy. Most notably were Creepy, Eerie, and Famous Monsters of Filmland by Warren Publishing. As he grew older, he found a Stephen King book while his parents brought him to their friends’ party. The book was Night Shift, a wonderful collection of terrors that hooked him the moment he started reading “The Boogeyman”.
From that moment on, all he wanted to do was write scary stories of his own. Over the years, other authors have become major influences. A partial list would contain Jay Anson, William Peter Blatty, Peter Benchley, Curtis Richards, Clive Barker, Graham Masterton, Richard Matheson, and Edgar Allan Poe. Check out Mike Yowell at: http://www.michael-yowell-horror-stories.com