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James F. Reilly was born and raised in Massachusetts, and he’s made peace with the fact that he’ll probably die there, too. Reilly fell in love with books at an early age. Like most children, Reilly greedily consumed tails of dinosaurs, robots, wizards, and witches, but, after a near-fatal bowel obstruction, doctors urged him to read the books rather than eat their delicious pages.


Once Reilly started reading, he couldn’t stop, and, at ten years old, felt he had outgrown the kid-friendly books his parents forced him to read. One day, while digging through his father’s stack of “toilet read” paperbacks, the young boy stumbled across something that would change his life forever – a tattered copy of The Shining, by Stephen King. He would spend the next several nights reading the forbidden tome, and, to the shock of his fifth grade English teacher, turn in a book report about it, replete with a disturbingly accurate drawing of two dismembered girls on the cover sheet.  


After a lengthy visit with the school’s guidance counselor, Reilly’s parents decided they’d rather their son read Stephen King than nothing at all, and, by the following summer, the boy had worked his way through library copies of Carrie, The Dead Zone, The Stand, Night Shift, and, his personal favorite, Salem’s Lot. It was while reading the latter that Reilly decided what he wanted to be when he grew up.




Oh, and a writer, too.


Throughout his early teens, Reilly scribbled many a short, terrible story into his rapidly growing collection of spiral bound notebooks before graduating to a hideous coral-pink typewriter handed down to him from his sister. He’d also widened his reading scope to include other authors, like Clive Barker (still handsome at the time), H.P. Lovecraft (still dead at the time), and Dean R. Koontz (still bald at the time – your rug fools no one!). While no evidence of Reilly’s early writing exists, those who have read it all agree that it was a good thing that he started playing guitar.


At 14, Reilly’s interests shifted from writing scary stories to writing scary songs, and the young metalhead set aside his dream of becoming America’s next great horror novelist to, instead, focus on a grand new vision; doing something that would lead to having sex with girls! For the next twenty years, Reilly would go on to play in a variety of bands, from dour metal quintets to jangly power-pop trios, but rock stardom alluded him, and, at the age of 35, hung up his codpiece (worn purely for medical reasons) and rediscovered his love of the written word.


Since that time, Reilly’s had several short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, written essays on horror film and entertainment, and has contributed literally hundreds of reviews of horror films and books to the archives of his popular genre site, When he’s not writing, Reilly divides his time between dog wrasslin’ and trying to figure out his DVR. He has a wife and a son, and the stigma follows them everywhere. 



  • "The Car Wash at the Edge of the World" (Horror) - Ethereal Gazette
  • "Born Into It" (Horror/Flash Fiction) - Beat Motel
  • "Death Row" (Horror) - Undead Anthology (Permuted Press)
  • "One False Movement" (Horror/Humor) - Horror Garage
  • "Midnight at the Quick n' Save" (Horror) - City Slab Magazine
  • "House/Broken" (Horror) - Read by Dawn Vol.1 (Bloody Books)
  • "The Tow" (Sci-fi/Horror) - Apex Digest
  • "The Ticking Man" (Sci-fi) - The Blue Lady
  • "After School Special" (Horror) - Tales of the Zombie War
  • "The Rat Farm" (Horror) - Vermin Anthology (Rymfire e-books)
  • "Something Wet" (Sci-fi/Horror) - Gratia Placenti (Apex Book Company)
  • "Sole Survivor" (Horror/Flash Fiction) - Horror Garage
  • "White Christmas" (Horror) - Apex Magazine
  • "Terra Tango 3" (Sci-fi/Horror) - Dark Futures (Dark Quest Books)


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