Kevin20131228smallHeeding a macabre calling listening to “Mother Ghost Nursery Rhymes” in kindergarten, Kevin A. Ranson wrote in grade school and filled countless notebooks with story ideas while touring the Mediterranean in the US Navy.

Author of The Spooky Chronicles, the thriller series The Matriarch Vampires, and critic for as host Grim D. Reaper. Sith master of Google-Fu, Bing-Jitsu, and buttered toast (do you want some toast?)

His creator blog is at

Meticulous attention to setting, characters who inspire sympathy and dark attraction, and a unique ability to reinvigorate classic horror tropes.

Abridged Credits, Works, & Memberships

  • BooksThe Spooky Chronicles (ongoing series), The Matriarch (ongoing series)
  • Contributor –,,,
  • Anthologies66 Tales of Terror: “The Gates of St. Augustine”, The Horror Society Anthology 2013: “Tendrils Never Lie”
  • RolePlayingThe Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer’s Bible 2nd Edition, “Shards of the Stone CORE” RPG, Kindling Moon “Rulebook & Realmbook”
  • Member – Online Film Critics Society, Houston Film Critics Society, Tomatometer-Approved Critic


After creating in the late 1990s, he honed his narrative voice on film critique and became a member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also portrays the site’s host, Grim D. Reaper, both on the site and at fan conventions. In addition to his role-playing game contributions, Kevin published the first book in The Spooky Chronicles series in 2011 and The Matriarch with WTF Books in 2013. He is also an active member of The Horror Society.

“I decided early on that the thing in the closet, the critter under the bed, and the grabber beneath the stairs were all hiding in those places because *I* was scarier than all of them combined… and they were right.”

HoverDeskPossessing considerable knowledge in genre film and television, Kevin has become a frequent panel guest for fan conventions and hosts his “Ultimate Occult Showdown” (a one-hour impromptu game-show panel where the audience must participate and there are no prizes) with his copy editor and fellow “opinionated a**hole,” Brett J. Link.

Kevin currently resides in the Houston, Texas area with his wife and fellow horror author Linda S. Cowden, four dogs, three horses, and at least a dozen cats (don’t judge).

Am I really Kevin A. Ranson?

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