Athens author sets his first Wild West novel with a horror element

Adam Wynn likes a story that mixes people living in the real world with shadows slipping from the underworld.

Wynn, who grew up in Dacula but has called Athens home since enrolling at the University of Georgia in 2006, has released her first novel that takes readers into a world of strangeness in a bygone era of gunfights and out-of-towners. the law.

The former sportswriter set his novel “Black Star” in the old Wild West. But the story is touched by the horror that the story’s protagonist, Sheriff Duke Boone, will face.

“It’s kind of like ‘Gunsmoke’ with a hint of ‘Twilight Zone,'” said Wynn, who grew up watching reruns of old TV Westerns like ‘Bonanza’ and ‘The Big Valley’ with her dad and kids. Grand parents.

“Black Star” was originally a short story written for a pop culture website called The story ends with a man dissolving and the sheriff being asked, “Did they ever tell you what was in that mine?”

After Wynn’s wife read the story, she was curious.

“She was actually the one who said ‘what’s in the mine.’ I said I don’t know. I just wrote a cool story with a great ending and she said I think there’s something more there,” Wynn recalled.

Putting his inquisitive mind into a coal-dark mine resulted in his first novel.

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Prior to the novel, Wynn had written short stories, including a collection of stories “The Call of the Mountains: And Other Tales of the Weird,” which, like “Black Star,” is available on Amazon.

The stories are written in the same tone as the novel, said Wynn, who is an avid reader of HP Lovecraft, whose stories delved a century ago into the supernatural.

Adam Wynn from Athens has published his first novel set in the Wild West.

Wynn graduated from Dacula High School and earned a degree from UGA in English and English Education. He worked for three years as a sports editor at the Barrow County News in Winder, then he worked for a while as a sports talker at Athens radio station WRFC the Ref for about a year.

“When Jeff Dantzler or David Johnston was out for something, I was the guy who came in,” he said. “I did it for about a year and loved it.”

Wynn has written for various publications on topics ranging from faith to sports and pop culture. He also enjoys talking to groups and is a blogger who covers many topics.

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