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Southern writer of the Sci-Fi/action/mystery 'GAUNTLET' from Double Dragon Publishing. Also from Rogue Phoenix Press, the Old West chiller 'IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING' and the mystery/thriller 'THE PURGATORY INN' from Wings E-press.


As a writer, I was greatly influenced by the works of Stephen King (no shock there, right?), as well as other genre greats such as Robert R. McCammon, Dean Koontz, Ramsey Campbell, Thomas Harris and Robert Bloch. Rod Serling's 'TWILIGHT ZONE' and 'NIGHT GALLERY' programs helped shape my imagination for the fantastic at an early age, as did the comic book worlds created by Stan Lee and Marvel comics(CAPTAIN AMERICA, X-MEN, DAREDEVIL, IRON MAN, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, THE AVENGERS, THE INCREDIBLE HULK). Additionally, I cannot ignore the influence of such horror film classics as John Carpenter's 1982 remake of 'THE THING', as well as George A. Romero's 'DEAD' films.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE TV SHOW: The Andy Griffith Show.

A close second: the classic M*A*S*H.

FAVORITE MOVIE: 1986's 'Aliens'. A close second: Romero's 1979 masterpiece 'Dawn of the Dead'.

FAVORITE READ: Stephen King's (writing as Richard Bachman) 'The Long Walk'. A close second: Robert McCammon's horror collection 'Blue World'

MUSICAL TASTES: Classic rock all the way, baby.

LATEST READ: King's 'Revival'.    

CURRENT PROJECT: The futuristic mystery 'Sentinel's of Atlantis' (tentative) is now in final edit mode before initial submissions.  Meanwhile, I am outlining a new suspense/thriller I've entitled 'Black Top' that I hope to have complete by early Spring 2015.  You are cordially invited to visit my personal site, "GRAVEN IMAGERY" at http://tvzoner.tripod.com for a more in-depth look at my work and the people and places that have influenced it.  


Birth Place: Red Bay, AL USA

Accomplishments: Received several medals and commendations while serving in the United States Air Force (1983-1991), where I was taught a sense of responsibility and dedication to task I still carry with me today. During my time in the service, I spent two tours overseas in South Korea, hence the novel 'Yellow Fever' was born.
I also toiled as a records clerk and records clerk supervisor at the Abilene, Texas Police Department for several years, and also as a corrections officer for the state of Texas. My latest day job is proudly serving as a Police Records Clerk for the Hendersonville, Tennessee PD.


Gauntlet by Terry L Vinson
Fifty-one contestants. Hellish weather conditions. Ruthless competition. One winner, fifty losers...numerous body bags. Welcome to the Devil's Gauntlet....

Price: $4.99 (eBook)
Kindle (eBook),  The Purgatory Inn  Double Dragon Publishing

The Purgatory Inn by Terry L Vinson
Where check-out time for one's sanity is nonexistent......

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In Sheep's Clothing by Terry L Vinson
Upon the cursed grounds of Fort Drake, those who merely vanished from between its haunted walls were the fortunate ones…...

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Bugstompers of The 21st Century by Terry L Vinson
What’s that crawling up your leg? Not to worry…it’s not half as deadly, or ravenous, as the slimy mutation slithering into your ear canal! Fear not, despisers of all things insect, professional help is on its way…and they’re armed with something a little stouter than a can of RAID....

Price: $4.79 (eBook)
Kindle (eBook),  Amazon.comDouble Dragon Publishing  Fictionwise

Recluses by Terry L Vinson
Chilling tales of the terminally introverted masses who hide so expertly amongst us......

Price: $4.99 (eBook)
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Yellow Fever by Terry L Vinson
Meet Asian temptress Lei Park: Silky-haired, slim-bodied seductress….queen of espionage….cold-hearted assassin. The girl of many a man’s wildest dreams…or perhaps their worst nightmare come to exotic life....

Price: $4.79 (eBook)
Kindle (eBook),  Amazon.comDouble-Dragon Publishing  Fictionwise

Mister Hate by Terry L Vinson
No conscience…no morals…no limits to his insatiable appetite for inflicting pain…introducing a walking, talking weapon of mass (murder) destruction. THE natural born killer has arrived. HATE be thy name…Maniacal Rage be thy game....

Amazon.comDouble-Dragon Publishing  Fictionwise

SPECTRAL REWIND: The Class of ’81 by Terry L Vinson
No internet…no cell-phones...no cable television…but even in a more innocent era… pure EVIL remains timeless. ...

Price: $3.99 (eBook)
Kindle (eBook),  Amazon.comBarnes & Noble.comSwimming Kangaroo Publishing  Fictionwise

DESOLATION Outpost by Terry L Vinson
A remote, snowed-in rehab facility for superheroes gone bad. A fiery plane crash. A deadly, bloodthirsty entity on a single-minded mission of mass slaughter. Welcome to The Jasper Ridge Outpost, where recovery has become secondary to survival....

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DESOLATION Island by Terry L Vinson
Atop a prison island teaming with super-villains, one evil will dwarf all others. On this island, rescue isn’t an option....

Price: $4.79 (eBook)
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Creeping Dread by Terry L Vinson
Grab those side-irons, saddle up and join former Civil War sharpshooter Luther Henry for a ride into pure terror, western-style…think ‘Wild Wild West’ meets ‘The X-Files’....

Price: $4.79 (eBook)
Kindle (eBook),  Amazon.comBarnes & Noble.comDouble Dragon Publishing  Fictionwise

The Dead Effect by Terry L Vinson
Tales of The Zombie...or for soap opera fans, perhaps 'Days of The Dead' might be more appropriate....

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Half Past The WITCHING HOUR by Terry L Vinson
Between TIME and TERROR lies... 'THE WITCHING HOUR'. Twenty-eight terror tales in all. 'Night Gallery' meets 'Creepshow'...on steroids.......

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Sidekicks Incorporated by Terry L Vinson
In the world of good versus evil, not all heroes wear the white hat......

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Bone Chills by Terry L Vinson
A cordial invitation to be CHILLED to the BONE by this terrifying collection of horror/suspense/mystery tales....

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Passports to Hell by Terry L Vinson
Next stop: the fiery pits via a collection of unrelenting terror tales that explore the unspeakable horrors of eternal damnation......

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Deflector by Terry L Vinson
Only a select few have the power to 'DEFLECT' the Reaper's sharp-edged blade......

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HORIZONS: The 2005 Speculative Fiction Centre Anthology by Terry L Vinson
The Speculative Fiction Centre presents the best Sci-Fi/Horror Collection of 2005..'HORIZONS'.......


BLOODLINES: Legacies of Madness by Terry L Vinson
Witness terrifying proof that the ancestral 'gene pool' is horribly contaminated.......

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Skeletal Remains by Terry L Vinson
Some skeletons refuse to remain INSIDE the coffin... ...

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Reality Check by Terry L Vinson
Grab that remote and prepare for a grisly homage to the 'Reality TV' craze currently dominating the Nielsen's......

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Passport To HELL by Terry L Vinson
Pray your passport isn't stamped..'PERMANENT ReSiDeNt'......

Amazon.comBarnes & Noble.comElectric Ebook Publishing 

Damned Grounds by Terry L Vinson
Craving a good, creepy scarefest that cuts straight to the the terrifying bone, so to speak? DAMNED GROUNDS is a masterpiece of unrelenting terror covering six decades of malevolence on a desolate, isolated prison site in rural Mississippi.... enter the grounds if you dare.....but ensure you check your 'yellow streak' at the steely main entrance... Go to DOUBLE-DRAGON EBOOKS...

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Short Stories

Duped Net: The Big Brawl
 by Terry L Vinson
In a comedic homage to the classic '60's TV cop series, two by-the-book yet slightly warped 'flat-foots' protect and serve as best they know how. 'Just the Facts, Ma'am'..... ...

Southern Extinction
 by Terry L Vinson
Death of a heritage. Sadly, the future seems to be now. ...

Bitter Ingredients, Bitter Pizza
 by Terry L Vinson
Sometimes, it's all about what's in the dough. A short tale of terror that didn't quite make the final 'cut' for my 2011 novel 'RECLUSES'. ...

Jingle BONES
 by Terry L Vinson
Christmas Eve. A snowed-in bus-stop. Two strangers swap yuletide stories. Only one will survive to greet the dawn. Happy Horror-Days. ...

WHAT Goes There?
 by Terry L Vinson
Halloween 2014: Hell…frozen over - As Old Man Winter settles in, my personal tribute to John W. Campbell’s classic Sci-fi tale, ‘Who Goes There’ and the three film versions of ‘THE THING’ ...

Reign of Goblins
 by Terry L Vinson
Many tried and true Halloween traditions are not nearly as harmless as they seem. ...

Passing the Torch
 by Terry L Vinson
In a tiny, remote police station in rural Arkansas, a notorious serial killer confesses to a rather dubious passing of the torch. ...


The Light of Gensan
 by Terry L Vinson
For Liza...who shines so brightly at the very core of my being......

Ode to The Hunger (Rant of the Living Dead)
 by Terry L Vinson
Alas, if only the 'living dead' could 'wax poetic'......


Why I Write - An Author's Confession
 by Terry L Vinson
Okay...fine. After nearly two decades of answering the same questions, I decided to finally put my answers to paper. Fellow scribes, take note. ...

For What it's Worth: The Ten Best Horror/Suspense Novels of All Time
 by Terry L Vinson
My take on the ten best (or at least in my case, influential) horror/sci-fi novels of our time ...

For What It's Worth: The 25 Best Horror Films of All Time
 by Terry L Vinson
As always, feel free to disagree and/or add to the list......

'The Fright Flicks of Stephen King’: One Fan’s Overview
 by Terry L Vinson
One man’s opinion: Reviews of the films made from King’s writings…...

For What it's Worth: The Top Ten Western Flicks of All-Time
 by Terry L Vinson
My two cents-worth on the top-ten sagebrush sagas of all-time. Feel free to argue and/or add to the list.......

For What It's Worth: The ten-best Sci-Fi television programs of all time
 by Terry L Vinson
One man's opinion. As always, feel free to disagree or add to the below list. ...

Exorcising Ghosts of the Green and Gold Variety
 by Terry L Vinson
Alabama's 42-14 romp over Notre Dame served as the ultimate soul-cleansing for this lifelong 'Bama fan......


Presenting...a trio of nail-biting thrillers to choose from!
 by Terry L Vinson
They were five years in the making, and released within three months of each other!...

The Gift of Reading (pick a genre, any genre)
 by Terry L Vinson
Perfect for a cool, air-conditioned living room (couch optional) or beach of your choice... ...

Terry Vinson's Sci-Fi/Thriller 'GAUNTLET' now on sale!
 by Terry L Vinson
Fifty-one contestants. Hellish weather conditions. Ruthless competition. One winner, fifty losers...numerous body bags. Welcome to the Devil's Gauntlet....

Terry Lloyd Vinson's 'IN SHEEP CLOTHING' now available!
 by Terry L Vinson
Upon the cursed grounds of Fort Drake, those who merely vanished from between its haunted walls were the fortunate ones…...

Introducing Terry Lloyd Vinson's 'THE PURGATORY INN'
 by Terry L Vinson
Wings ePress releases Terry Vinson's 'The Purgatory Inn' ...

Wings E-Press to publish thriller 'THE PURGATORY INN'
 by Terry L Vinson
Suspense/thriller 'THE PURGATORY INN' an April 2014 release from Wings E-Press ...

Cover art for 'In Sheep's Clothing' revealed!
 by Terry L Vinson
Rogue Phoenix Press releases first cover art for Terry Lloyd Vinson's 'In Sheep's Clothing'...


The Purgatory Inn
My personal site. Provides in-depth biographical info and details on my fourteen published works. Also covers the current state of genre films and literary works.

Wings E-press
Publisher of my 2014 novel 'The Purgatory Inn'

Rogue Phoenix Press
Publisher of my 2014 novel, 'In Sheep's Clothing'

Double-Dragon Publishing
Publisher of my newest novel, 'Recluses' as well as 2010's 'Desolation Outpost', and other past releases such as 'BUG STOMPERS of the 21st Century', 'Creeping Dread' and 'Yellow Fever'. DDP will publish 'Gauntlet' in 2014.

Additional information

PUBLISHING NEWS: AUG 2010: At long last, 'Desolation Outpost' has been released by Double-Dragon Publishing! Dude, I am stoked! NOV 2010: Double-Dragon has agreed to publish my newest novel, the horror-sci-fi collection 'Recluses' in August or September of 2011. APRIL 2011: Passionate Writer Publishing has agreed to release my latest novel, an action-mystery entitled 'Sidekicks Incorporated'. A release date has been set for late July 2011. AUGUST 2011: 'Recluses' is released by DDP. Upcoming (right around the corner) from Passionate Writing Publishsing is 'Sidekicks Incorporated'... SEPTEMBER 2011: Passionate Writer Publishing has released the action/thriller, 'SIDEKICKS INCORPORATED'..the tag line says it all: 'In matters of good vs evil, not all heroes wear the white hat..' Dec 2012: Double-Dragon will publish my sci-fi/mystery 'Gauntlet' early in 2014. June 2013: Rogue Phoenix Press will publish my western/thriller 'In Sheep's Clothing' sometime in 2014. APRIL 2014: Wings ePress releases my first novel in three years, the mystery/thriller 'THE PURGATORY INN'. Also, Rogue Phoenix Press releases 'IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING', a Wild West chiller. JUNE 2014: DDP has released my sci-fi actioner 'GAUNTLET'. This is my 12th teaming with Double-Dragon and, I believe, our best work yet.

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