Creative works by author Dan Foley.

Welcome to my world.

I was born & raised in New Jersey but escaped by joining the Navy in 1965. That’s where I first became involved in nuclear power. I served on two nuclear submarines, the USS George Bancroft (SSBN 643) and the USS Gato (SSN 615). This is undoubtedly where I developed my glowing personality and very dark sense of humor. My wife, Tere, was foolish enough to marry a sailor and even more foolish to stick with me all these years. She manages to put up with me most of the time and actually enjoys it some of the time. I hope that will be true for you too. We currently live in Connecticut, have no cats, dogs, fish or other obligations, but we do have eight grandchildren to take their place.
Look around, have fun and come back from time to time. Get to know me through my musings.

 


Musings and Announcements

Tricks and Treats - Halloween stories from Connecticut Authors

Tricks and Treats - Halloween stories from Connecticut Authors

September 1st, 2016

“Tricks and Treats” is a Halloween anthology written by Connecticut authors, both contemporary and [Read More]

The making of Reunion

The making of Reunion

August 3rd, 2016

I did it again, neglected to post anything here for over two months (June & July). A lot has ha[Read More]

Abandoned

Abandoned

May 1st, 2016

Abandoned, my next novel is set for release on June 1, 2106 from Books and Boos Press (https://book[Read More]

The Disability Literature Consortium - Promoting the writing of people with disabilities.

The Disability Literature Consortium - Promoting the writing of people with disabilities.

April 2nd, 2016

  Last summer several literary journals with a focus on disability came together to form th[Read More]

Why do I write Horror?

Why do I write Horror?

March 15th, 2016

People constantly ask me why I write horror. My answer, “Because I like it.” A better answer would [Read More]

Building a Following – One Reader at a Time

Building a Following – One Reader at a Time

March 8th, 2016

Without an agent or a contract with a major publishing house, an author has to build a following on[Read More]

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

February 19th, 2016

My short story, “Happy Birthday AARP Boy,” will appear in Mystery and Horror Writer’s anthology “St[Read More]

The Sharing Wars

The Sharing Wars

January 31st, 2016

From time to time I’m going to post some (hopefully) humorous observations on life. Keep in mind th[Read More]

Suspending Disbelief

Suspending Disbelief

January 15th, 2016

Suspending disbelief . . . how hard can it be? When writing fiction, especially science fiction [Read More]

2016 Bring It On

2016 Bring It On

January 2nd, 2016

2016, bring it on. I just completed a contract that took me back to the world of the working man an[Read More]

Wolf's Tale

Wolf's Tale

July 27th, 2015

The End . . . or is it? Sometimes when you finish a story one of the characters has a lot more t[Read More]

A Book and its Cover

A Book and its Cover

June 28th, 2015

Unless a reader already knows which author or book they are looking for, an appealing cover can ean[Read More]

Intruder Back Story

Intruder Back Story

June 16th, 2015

Every story has a back story. Sometimes it’s laid out in the story, sometimes the reader never gets[Read More]

AnthoCon

AnthoCon

June 10th, 2015

When you (me) try and spend all your precious writing time on your work in progress, it’s just a ta[Read More]

A Night at the Library

A Night at the Library

May 12th, 2015

Last night, Monday, May 11, I spent almost two hours at the Wilton Branch of the Manchester, CT. li[Read More]

The Making of a Novel

The Making of a Novel

April 7th, 2015

When writing a novel different folks use different methods. Some outline the whole thing before the[Read More]

Intruder Backstory

Intruder Backstory

January 6th, 2015

One of the questions I’ve seen asked of writers, and I’ve been asked it myself, is, do you write fi[Read More]

Intruder

Intruder

December 5th, 2014

What happens when men on a submarine find themselves facing death, due not to the deadly ocean but [Read More]

The End

The End

October 6th, 2014

The End—melancholic words if there ever any. The end of a journey, the end of a relationship, the e[Read More]

Nothing is Cast in Stone

Nothing is Cast in Stone

August 24th, 2014

One of the things I’ve learned about writing fiction in general is that nothing is cast in stone. I[Read More]

Hell’s Working Girls in Strangely Funny 2 ½ : Coming in Late 2014

Hell’s Working Girls in Strangely Funny 2 ½ : Coming in Late 2014

June 7th, 2014

I just received the contract from Mystery & Horror LLC  for “Hell’s Working Girls” which will b[Read More]

Another Independent Gone

Another Independent Gone

June 1st, 2014

Last night I helped bring the curtain down on Books & Boos, in Colchester, CT. Before the light[Read More]

The Yellow Brick Road

The Yellow Brick Road

May 22nd, 2014

It’s graduation season and the next crop of star crazed job seekers will be hitting the streets nea[Read More]

18 ½ miles!

18 ½ miles!

May 1st, 2014

For me, one of the small pleasures in life is breakfast out. I can think of no better way to start [Read More]

Meeting Rick Hautala for the first time … again.

Meeting Rick Hautala for the first time … again.

April 18th, 2014

I first met Rick at Necon back in 2001. If you don’t know, Necon is a gathering of horror writers, [Read More]

Submitting

Submitting

April 3rd, 2014

Why do writers write? A good question. For me, it’s because things get into my head, stories I need[Read More]

Edit - Edit - Edit

Edit - Edit - Edit

March 7th, 2014

So, you've just finished your first (short story, novella, novel). You've corrected all the things [Read More]

Where do ideas come from?

Where do ideas come from?

February 13th, 2014

This is a question every writer gets asked. The answer is… everywhere. Here’s the backstory behind [Read More]

Women in Horror

Women in Horror

February 3rd, 2014

So, it’s “Women in Horror” month. What’s so special about women in horror? Well, for starters, they[Read More]

Paying Attention to the Blog

Paying Attention to the Blog

January 27th, 2014

  I’ve been a bit remiss about posting here, so I’m going to make an effort to put somethin[Read More]

Radio Interview

Radio Interview

January 24th, 2014

I just got back from spending an interesting morning, (7:15 am– 9:00am), as a guest on the Wayne No[Read More]

Intruder

Intruder

October 18th, 2013

I've completed a novella (38,000 words) about a nuclear submarine that manages to pick up the ghost[Read More]

Where is it going?

Where is it going?

August 18th, 2013

I’ve found that once I start a story it takes on a life of its own. In Death’s Companion a minor ch[Read More]

When I Started Wriring Horror

When I Started Wriring Horror

August 18th, 2013

I’ve heard it sad that writers are born, not made. Well you may be born with the need to write, but[Read More]

A Blast From the Past

A Blast From the Past

August 13th, 2013

Ever notice haw there are some things that can take you back to a time and place almost like magic,[Read More]

Things Written in Days Past

Things Written in Days Past

August 6th, 2013

Sometimes when I reread something I wrote in the past I look at it and say, “Did I write that?” Som[Read More]

Stone Cold Eyes

Stone Cold Eyes

July 24th, 2013

When I first found this wonderful piece of art, the eyes had not been painted by some idiot with a [Read More]

NECON 33

NECON 33

July 22nd, 2013

I just returned from NECON, the greatest little writer’s con there ever was. You can check it out a[Read More]

Birth of a Short Story

Birth of a Short Story

July 10th, 2013

ah, make that a novella, or maybe a novel. I had an idea for a short story tentatively titled Step [Read More]

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

Happy Birthday AARP Boy

June 27th, 2013

I was cleaning up my hard drive last night and I found a file I didn’t recognize, so I opened it to[Read More]

A Snake in the Grass?

A Snake in the Grass?

June 24th, 2013

A snake in the grass? No, but close. This imaginative snake head peeks out of the woods just south [Read More]

Road Art

Road Art

June 21st, 2013

One of the things that always makes me smile on a road trip is the fantastic, imaginative roadside [Read More]

Power Cords Suck

Power Cords Suck

June 1st, 2013

Power cords SUCK. They suck energy out of the wall and dollars out of your pocket. If you’re anythi[Read More]

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Mini pillows and TP

June 1st, 2013

After a week of traveling cross-country and now five days in an Embassy Suites, I’ve got to ask, wh[Read More]

I Will Make You Beautiful

I Will Make You Beautiful

May 28th, 2013

My newest short story "I Will Make You Beautiful" is included in  Rigorous Mortis, A Mortician's Ta[Read More]

The Christmas Tree: Every year about this time, give or take a week or so........

The Christmas Tree: Every year about this time, give or take a week or so........

December 3rd, 2011

The Christmas Tree Every year about this time, give or take a week or so, I dig through the shed[Read More]