I am a family man from Kentucky where I live with my wife and daughter. Professionally I am a professional illustrator who has worked in both the comic book world and the commercial art world since 2003. I am probably best known for my work in the horror film industry proving over 60 blu ray and dvd covers for mainstream films such as Halloween 1-6, The Crow, The Howling, Day of the Dead, Shocker and for indie films like Close Calls and 10/31 through distributors like Scream Factory, Synapse, Scorpion Releasing, Code Red, Scream Team Releasing, NSM Records and many others.
I became a horror fan in 1988 at the age of 12 when I watched a double feature of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and 3 one night. I immediately started drawing horror icons of the time and buying copies of Fangoria Magazine. The next year after seeing Tim Burton’s Batman, I became a comic book fan and started writing and drawing my own comics. I had been drawing since I was 5 years old and knew it was what I wanted to do when I grew up. I majored in Art in college where I studied the masters and applied it to my comics. My freshman year in college was in 1994 which was right in the middle of the boom in independent filmmaking. The films of Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez and others inspired me like many of that time to take a stab at filmmaking. I began writing my first screenplays.
After college I tried several times to self-publish my own comics but with low self-esteem I didn’t get very far with it. I considered trying to get work with Marvel or DC but really wanted to do my own work instead of having to do what others asked of me. It wasn’t until I met my wife that I dared take more chances to put myself out there. So at the age of 25 I took a chance and hooked up with a group of locals putting out comics through an indie label called Feral Comix. Here I started self-publishing my comic “The Malevolent” and attending comic conventions. Between 2003-2008 I released about 10 comics (some trade paperbacks or graphic novels).
One of the comics I released was a double horror story comic featuring two short stories, “Girl Number Three” and “A Wish for the Dead.” In 2007 a local actor looking to turn film director read Girl Number Three and wanted to adapt it to screen with me serving as producer and screenwriter. The film went into production in the Summer of 2008 and was released in November of 2009.
That same year when Girl started filming in 2008, I became a staff artist and writer for the horror based magazine HorrorHound Magazine. I had won an art contest in the publication in 2006 in their 3rd issue but it was in their 14th issue that I became a part of the staff. My first cover for HorrorHound featuring Phantasm put me into the spotlight and really showed me that the horror community was a great place to be. I continued to work with HorrorHound Magazine for at least another 30 issues over the years and being a regular guest at their conventions in Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
In 2011 I started directing my first film. A feature based on my other short horror comic from 2007, A Wish for the Dead. The film was wrapped in February of 2012 and premiered in 2014.
In 2012 I became the premiere artist for a sister company for the distributor Shout Factory. The sister company would focus on special editions of classic horror films and would be called Scream Factory. I illustrated all-new cover arts for their first 4 releases, “Halloween 2 & 3”, “Terror Train” and “The Funhouse.” I’d go on to do 20 covers for the company that also included “The Burning”, “Dolls”, “Sleepaway Camp”, “Shocker”, “Matinee”, “The Howling” and “Day of the Dead.” This led me to work with several other distributors all over the world. Doing blu ray covers in Germany, France and Austria.
Thanks to my work in HorrorHound and with Scream Factory, my career sort of blew up in 2012 and I started working with several companies like Playboy Magazine, Fright Rags, Creepy Tees, Cavity Colors, Strange Kids, The Weinstein Company, Atomic Cotton, Trick or Treat Studios, NECA and more. My art ended up on tee shirts, book covers, magazine covers, albums, action figure packaging, board games, pillows, screen prints and movie posters
In 2014 I continued my filmmaking career co-writing and directing a segment for an anthology called “Volumes of Blood”, my segment being titled “The Encyclopedia Satanica.” The following year I produced a fan film called “The Confession of Fred Krueger” which I wrote and directed. In 2016 I wrote and directed two segments in the sequel “Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories.” My segments were “Murder Death Killer” and “Fear, for Sinners Here.” I also wrote and starred in a segment titled “Haters.” In 2017 I returned to the world of fan films to write, direct, produce and edit a Star Wars film for charity. In honor of a young boy who lost his battle to brain cancer, a group of locals gathered together to make “Star Wars: Hand of the Empire.” The film was able to raise thousands of dollars for Norton Children’s Hospital.
In October of 2019 I began production on my newest feature film, “On a Dark and Bloody Ground” which is based on short stories I wrote in the early 90’s. I continue to work as an illustrator doing various commissions for various companies and personal clients. I recently joined The Horror Syndicate and went from a reoccurring guest to co-host on the video podcast Discourse.