I Am NOT Affliliated With That Prick David Boyer!

Hello friends! It’s Monday again and time for me to jump up on my soapbox. Today is very important for me, and also a little embarrassing. I am going to tell you about a mistake I made and how I was taken in by a scam artist and plagiarist. This is definitely not my most rock star moment. But if you bear with me, you will get to read a free story out of the deal. It’s not one of my best-nowhere near it, having been written early on when I was still susceptible to weak writing and “ly” verbs-but hey! It’s FREE!

A few months ago I was contacted by a man named David Boyer. He was requesting my picture and a flash fiction story for an interview he wanted to do with me for his new website about New Voices In Horror. I had already done a few interviews and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In hindsight, I should have been suspicious that he wasn’t on any of my “friends” lists. How did this bastard find me? At the time, I assumed he was a twitter follower, and we all know about assuming. Also, I should have questioned his request to post one of my stories on his site, but I had an old flash fiction piece that I hadn’t placed anywhere and thought What the Hell! I can help this guy out. I completed the interview, included the picture and story, and requested he send me the link when he posted my interview. I never heard from him again.

A couple of weeks later, I got an email from the editor at Horror Zine stating that she had seen my interview on his site and needed to talk to me. She informed me that although there is no proof he has harmed me yet, merely being associated with David Boyer could be a huge blow to my career. It appears that Mr. Boyer, operating under dozens of aliases, is one of the most prolific plagiarists and scam artists in the horror industry. He has been banned by the Horror Writer’s Association and pulled from selling sites such as Amazon, numerous times, only to pop up elsewhere. They have been trying to nail this guy for YEARS, and he even has the balls to plagiarize Dean Koontz. The worst part? I had heard about this guy before and not made the connection. Allow me a moment to wallow in my shame.

Below, I will be providing some links to information on this prick, and I suggest all writers, and even readers, check it out so they can become familiar with this odious sonofabitch. The odds are high that he will either publish my story as his own, or under my name without paying me any royalties. It’s not a huge loss, but it still pisses me off! I have added a new tab at the top of my website entitled FREE READS. Click on it and you can read the story that he got from me. It’s all I can do to try to protect myself from possible plagiarism. Like I said before, it’s a rough story and not at all up to my current level of writing, but it’s fun and short. I hope you like it.

As for David Boyer? I am currently working with others to get that site shut down and the word out to my fellow writers about this piece of shit excuse for a human being. I will chalk this up as a learning experience, that I can’t afford to be so trusting in the future. This is not my safe little world anymore, publishing is a cut-throat industry, and I will proceed with caution and research before granting interviews. Though this sort of thing really scares me, you know the saying: Fool me once……..

Here’s a link to great article about David Boyer on HorrorZine-if you only read one, make it this one!

http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Beware/Boyer/DavidBoyerPlagiarist.html

Proof that he plagiarized Koontz

http://b-thoughtful.blogspot.com/2011/03/yes-dean-koontz-knows-david-boyer.html

David Boyer banned by the HWA

http://www.whitecatpublications.com/?p=142

 

Want to know more? Just google David Boyer-the list is outrageous!

 

 

 

14 Responses to “I Am NOT Affliliated With That Prick David Boyer!”

  • Wow….
    Thanks for the heads up!

    Don’t beat yourself up too much about this…these days there are IDIOTS in every single walk of life. Just be glad he didn’t get one of your more recent stories and run with it.
    My daughter always worries about me posting things online too. All I ever put up is a paragraph or two to a page or two.

    I’ve heard horror stories about scam artists that are now claiming (as their own) some of the online e-books, kindle and such… and even making money at it!

    IDIOTS…go write your own book!! (alas, they can’t, they have no imagination)

    Sharon 🙂

    • C.W. LaSart:

      Thanks for the support, Sharon. I wouldn’t have given him a story that was marketable, but I had this fun little flash just laying around so I figured he could have it. I don’t usually post any of my writing even here, but if he’s going to possibly use it-my fans might as well get it free since it’s not worth paying for! HaHa! Stay vigilant about your stuff-Amazon is really great at pulling the plagiarism once you offer proof! Good luck friend.

  • Thanks for the info. Will have to check out the links.

    Hope I don’t come in contact with this guy, though I don’t write horror as much as I write crime, so maybe he’ll leave me alone.

    It also raises another interesting point for me, because I do accept submissions on my site–as a way to showcase and share other writers. I just started doing it, and have two authors’ shorts already, but I’ll have to remember to make sure I don’t look scammy.

    • C.W. LaSart:

      Nathan-don’t feel too secure by not writing exclusively horror. This guy has gone after sci-fi and fantasy writers as well and as he fails in the horror genre, he may branch out! There is nothing wrong with showcasing another author’s work, but you need to be very upfront about it and whether or not you will be seeking to publish it in an anthology. That would require a legal contract from you. Good luck with your site and stay vigilant! Thanks for reading my post.

  • I’ve been following this story for a while and noticed your blog post today. Please, don’t worry about it! You are a victim here. No one in the writing industry will hold it against you.

    I had a story plagiarized years ago, and I learned a couple things. If you are concerned about your work being stolen, you don’t need to release it publicly if you don’t want. Just make sure you keep early drafts and (for electronic files) drafts with timestamps. Beta readers and critique groups are also invaluable for verifying ownership of a story. And if you are really concerned, be sure to send copies of your work to the copyright office.

    Good luck to you!

    • C.W. LaSart:

      Thanks for the comment, Angela. It’s nice to see so many people keeping an eye on this guy. I’m not too worried about this story, if it was a more current tale and marketable, well, that would be different. I just put it up on my site to make it harder for him to steal. I don’t usually worry about plagiarism, and he hasn’t caused me any concern yet about it. Like I said-I just want EVERYONE to know that I am not associated with David Boyer at all!

  • These things are so terrible to hear about. The very first query that I sent out came back a home run. They wanted my book and sent me a contract. Only later did I find out that it was all a scam. I got out from beneath the signed contract since it had only been one day, but it was followed by 18 agonizing months of wondering whether I might ever feel that exhilerating moment of being accepted again. Thankfully, I did, but I certainly have never forgotten.
    Thanks for posting this.

    -Jimmy

    • C.W. LaSart:

      Thanks James-it’s nice to hear other writer’s stories so we all know we aren’t alone. Sometimes we need a nudge in the right direction because it’s hard to know where to start! I was so fortunate that Dark Moon was the first place I ever submitted anything-a year later, and the publisher and I have built a wonderful friendship and working relationship. I don’t know what I would do if I was still out there looking for a legit market. Good luck on your writing and be wary of antone seeking interviews 😉

  • Wesley Southard:

    I found out only within the last few days that this douchebag Boyer lives about 40 mins north of me in Vincennes, IN. The editor at Horror Zine was warning my editor for the Indiana Horror 2011 anthology, James Ward Kirk, about him on his website, and told him there where he was from and not to let Boyer anywhere near this antho. Thank God he isn’t! It’s a shame we have to share the midwest idiots like Boyer and Pacione.

    • C.W. LaSart:

      I completely agree, Wesley. I am not familiar with the name Pacione-but I will be looking it up now! Thanks for the comment.

  • Wesley Southard:

    Nickolaus Pacione is a goddamn phychopath. Someone to obviously watch out for. He’s from Joilet, IL. Though he’s never followed through with any of his threats, nearly everyone who’s anyone has a restraining order against the prick. In a nutshell, he’s threatened nearly everyone because he truely believes that everyone has stolen from him and that everyone is trying to ruin his “career” as a “writer” and a “publisher” (namely Brian Keene, who Pacione believes is his mortal enemy), when in reality he’s just a nutcase who lives in his grandmother’s basement who doesn’t take enough meds.

    • C.W. LaSart:

      Yeah. I did a bit of research on him last night. There was plenty out there. He seems more unbalanced whereas David Boyer is just a criminal. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Wesley shut the hell up, Boyer is a thief and had stolen from me. Brian Keene had attempted to steal from me in terms of doing a novel called Lake Fossil when I am closely affiliated with the stories Lake Fossil because I wrote the science fiction series. It’s the name of my publishing company. Have you even read my magazine? Have you even taken the time to read my books? I am legit because of being published with Withersin and with Tales of the Talisman. Boyer is a criminal, but I am more on acting on resolve when it comes to Boyer and as for Keene I wish he died of that fucking heart attack he had.

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