Hello, my name is Charlie!

I'm a writer

My stories are different, you might even say weird. From epic fantasy to space opera, I write about magic, mystery, and identity. Dark and gothic influences fill my worlds. 


I am Queer

I didn't use to headline that, but after being accused my some with homophobic tendencies of hiding who I am, I decided to just say it up front. I am gay, and I have been married to the same man for over 20 years. I am genderqueer leaning strongly toward femme. My preferred pronouns are she/her, but call me what you will, I am Big Gay Betty White.

Who am I?

Welcome to Project: Shadow, my name is Eric, and I am a fan.  I love music, movies, books, and shows of all kinds.  Is that who I am?

I write stories, and seek truth.  I sing (badly).  I dance. I hope and dream of connecting with people who love to hunt down a better future and slay personal demons.

I love shadows, night, and graveyards, but I also love rainbows, waterfalls, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

I am a paradox, but aren't we all?

This is not a site about me

Sure, I am sharing a lot of my personal thoughts, but Project: Shadow is about what I love and what you love.  I invite anyone who wants to share their questions and comments, and to share the things they love.

Project: Shadow reveals unseen wonder.

Books I am Currently Reading

A New Dawn
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Jim Henson: The Biography
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I love all my friends and fans, and if you cannot afford to become a patron at the moment, don't sweat it. Just sign up for the News Letter. That way you can stay up to date with everything going on with me, my work and the House.

If you could spare $1 or more a month, please consider a full membership through Patreon. Patreon members receive free, early, and draft works before anyone else.  They also get access to the occasional exclusive phone background and other art piece I make because, reasons.

I buy the books. Why should I join at Patreon?

First of all, thank you for buying a book either from me at a convention or online.  In short, it all comes down to how far your dollar goes. These are the royalty rates I make off my work based on how you support me.  With Patreon, more of your money goes toward supporting the work. Besides, I give my books to all members at Patreon.

Hard Copy Sold

ebook at Amazon

Patreon Membership

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that allows content creators like me to raise funding to continue our work.  I am dedicated to making my work freely available to as many people as possible, but at the same time I need to make a living.  Patreon allows you to support my work with a regular monthly gift.  In return, I continue writing and podcasting, and you can choose your reward level.  It is a win - win.  So, If you are interested in supporting my fiction and podcasts, and have a few extra dollars a month, please consider going to my Patreon page (here) and become a vital member of the Project, keeping the fiction free for everyone.

When are you bringing back The Confessed?

I am so honored that I keep getting asked this question. 

Open Source Fiction

Origin and Goal

I started using the Creative Commons License with the release of mybook, Shine like Thunder.  The experience was a little empty for me.  The text was available, but so much about the world was still walled off from my readers.

Alexander M Zoltai pointed me to a blog post he wrote about what Cheryl Ives is doing with her book Timeless:

I am building a core story (previously known as a novel) and inviting everyone who loves it, me (or both!) to help create as I write, and help build a multimedia creative experience (Open Source | Timeless).

I decided to not only share the core story as I write it, but since I am a Scifi/Fantasy writer, to make my notes available as well.

The goal is to encourage artist, musicians, filmmakers, vidders, writers, and game designers to play with the world in a free to play sort of a way.  I am open to licensing the worlds to "for profit" ventures, but I thought the community should benefit from any "for profit" work.

Governance Philosophy

I will post draft and finished versions of the core setting and story to dashPunk.  These will be free to read online, and pay to download (once they are out of draft) via Scribd, Amazon, and any other retailer we choose to make them available through.

The project is open to all non-commercial ventures, and I will be linking to those projects as I learn about them.  Nothing will be added to the core story from outside contributors until an agreement is made between their creator and dashPunk Media.

How it works

Thanks in advance to everyone who takes part in the Project, here is what we are doing:

  • We will post the core content on dashPunk under a Creative Commons License.
  • You can play with the worlds, producing your own creative works under the license.
  • Join the Project via our easy to use sign up (here).
  • We will link to your work and promote it from dashPunk.

It's that easy!