About Chris

I was born in Belgium in 1976.

When I was six years old I was watching one of the German channels and it was late at night (oh my god where were your parents? They were at work in our restaurant and thought I was peacefully asleep upstairs.). I saw Nosferatu and fell in love with horror right away. Throughout the years I would watch lots and lots of horror movies. One of my close friends had a cousin who had a movie rental store and was so kind to let us watch whatever we wanted. So at age eleven we were watching Night of the living dead, Evil Dead and so on.

Many friday nights I would sneak into the living room while my parents were working down stairs to watch the old classic horror movies that the BBC would broadcast after midnight.

Werewolf, The invisible man,Frankenstein,The creature from the black lagoon …

I wasn’t into books at all as a child. You couldn’t pay me to read. It is one of the only regrets I have in live. But I’ve made up for it since.

I was stationed in Bosnia in 2006 with my military unit. We were on a protective detail and I was bored to death. I picked up a book  that was left behind. It was a book from an author I had never heard before. Patricia Cornwell. I was so bored that I said “What the hell, I’ll give it a try.”

I finished the book (All That Remains) in two days and couldn’t put it down. “Holly crap, this isn’t the boring stuff they made us read at school.” I was hooked.

I called my mother in Belgium and asked her to go to the store and buy every book she could find from Patricia Cornwell.  “And get a few of Stephen Kind and Dean Koontz as well”I instructed her.

About ten days later 3 bulky packages arrived and my new found addiction was a fact. Now I have hundreds of books and I don’t think I’m ever anywhere with at least three or four books in my pocket.

I started to read the classics and well known;  Marry Shelly, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe, Lovecraft, King, Koonz. Newer authors as Hill, Eisler, J.A. Konrath. Genre doesn’t matter anymore. Mystery, crime, fiction, horror, thriller …. I read it all, I need it all.

I started to write in 2007.

I never aspired to become a writer and I am not doing it for money or fame. ( I hope the money will come one day but the fame I can live without). I write because I like it, and partially because I have too.

I never dream. I never understood people when they could retell their dreams. It never happened to me. So one night in 2007 I had this dream of a little boy. He told me I had to write and he showed me this tree. I was stunned that I could remember it the next day and for the following weeks the dream kept coming back, over and over again. One day as I was driving home and I saw the tree from my dreams. I couldn’t believe it at first but there it was.

I stopped and walked to it. It was a burned tree and looked as if it was a burned hand that was trying to claw it’s way out of the earth. I have several pictures of it.

I did research about the area where it was standing and what had happened here in the past. It was astonishing. And this lead to me writing Diablo Canyon.

Now Diablo canyon will be a full novel and I have been going back and forth with it with long periods of not writing at all.

I work in the field of disaster management. Many times I’ve been deployed to disasters and the story just went cold.

I work about 12 hours a day and commute close to 5 hours a day. When I am home my brain is just dead. To remedy this I continue to write short stories so my brain stays active.

I really hope to finish Diablo Canyon this year as I am down to the last 4 chapters.

The story is amazing and I can’t help to believe that I was forced to write for a reason.

 

Besides writing I am also a musician, I have a band that has 5 records and we do tour  frequently. I will not go into depths about this because that is not what this page is about but know music is my life’s blood.

I enjoy photograph and it is one of the rare stress releases I have.

I love animals and together with my wife we do a lot of animal rescue and rehabilitation.

I hope you will enjoy my crazy journey and I hope you will enjoy my stories.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Flemish

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