About the Author

Ellen Thompson McCloud
Ellen Thompson McCloud was raised in the beautiful mountains of southern West Virginia in Logan County.  The backdrop of mountainous terrain, clear streams, wildlife and deep woods inspires her writing themes.  An avid outdoors-woman, Ellen enjoys everything that West Virginia has to offer in Mother Nature's Playground. 
Ellen discovered her love of reading at a very young age. Fascinated by the classic works of Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe, and Mary Shelley, she knew horror and dark genre was her passion. Today she writes in the horror/dark fiction genre exploring every creaking door, shadow figure in the window, and all things that lurk in one's state of fear or dread.  She loves horror movies and books, her favorite contributor being Stephen King.
"If I had a literary hero, it would be King," Ellen says, "His words create pictures in my imagination that frighten me beyond any movie I have ever seen."  She loves the fact that Stephen King calls upon what she calls 'real life monsters' in a lot of his stories. "The people you meet everyday, the nice neighbor, just people that seem so normal who are completely mad, now that's horror."  The highlight of her writing career was when she actually got to meet Stephen King on September 23, 2011 in Fairfax, VA, at the George Mason University.  She attended his lecture and then got to personally meet him. "It was so surreal, I was scared to death! But I would not have missed the opportunity for anything."
Reading led to writing and she had her first story published by Woodland Press this year, March 2010, Fleshman #6. The story is set in the woods of Cabwaylingo State Forrest in West Virginia. You can find the story in Dark Tales of Terror.
Ellen lives in Logan County, West Virginia, and cannot imagine raising her sons <Dakota 16 and Montana 13> anywhere else. "Life is simple here, but the people are extraordinary," Ellen said, "It's addictive, you have to visit West Virginia to truly appreciate the state." She says she has the 'coolest kids on the planet'.
Future short stories are under consideration while Ellen is doing book signings during the remainder of 2011 with Woodland Press and working on her first novel. 

A new book SHADOWS AND MOUNTAINS: TALES FROM THE DARK HEART OF APPALACHIA was released in October 2011 and has done very well. A collection of short spooky stories set in the hills of West Virginia.  Book signing dates are being added to 2012.  The book Dark Tales of Terror which features her short story, Fleshman Cabin #6 is still available and continues to do very well. 

Thank you to everyone who supports my work and continues to come to the book signings.  I appreciate all of you!

A special thank you to Woodland Press, Keith and Cheryl Davis...

Thanks guys for believing in me! :)

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