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!
Proof that he plagiarized Koontz
David Boyer banned by the HWA
Want to know more? Just google David Boyer-the list is outrageous!