Arinn Dembo

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Arinn Dembo

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What I Write

Writing Sample

Tommy turned his head, a skull with two eye-pits of shadow. “You should sleep.” He spoke softly. “It’s hours ‘til dawn.”


“Me? You’re the one who has to drive.”


Tommy turned and pointed his chin at the storm sweeping the gutters below. “He’s back again.”


James felt a chill. “At this hour?” He stood up, wrapping the sheets around his waist and throwing the tail over his shoulder like a toga. He went to the window and saw the ominous figure on the corner, water streaming down the dome of a black umbrella. “Is it the same guy…?”


“Hard to tell, with the coat and hat. I reckon they dress that way so you can’t tell ‘em apart.”


James hugged himself with a shiver. “I’ve never been ‘staked out’ before. I don’t like it.”


Tommy put a bare arm around his shoulders and drew him close. As always, his skin seemed to radiate an envelope of seductive heat; James leaned into him like a sparrow huddled in the glow of a street lamp.


“You must be important.” Tommy’s voice was low, half-amused. “The FBI doesn’t follow nobodies, right?”


“They follow nobodies just fine,” James replied acidly. “The somebodies get shot.”


~ The Old Man Down the Road, anthology TBA, 2018

What I Write

I’m a multi-genre author who writes primarily horror, science fiction and fantasy. My best-known work to date is in computer gaming and television.


Novel: The Deacon’s Tale (military sf)
Collection: Monsoon and Other Stories (multi-genre)
Omnibus: The Sword of the Stars Premium Lore Book


Poetry and Short Fiction: Deep Magic, She Walks in Shadows, Gods, Memes and Monsters, Lamp Light Magazine, Weird Tales, H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Delta Green: Dark Theaters, Best Fantastic Erotica, Imagination Full Dilated SF, and many others.


Games: Homeworld, Homeworld: Cataclysm, Ground Control, Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, Sword of the Stars (and all expansions), Fort Zombie, Sword of the Stars 2: Lords of Winter (plus expansion), Sword of the Stars: The Pit (and all expansions), Ground Pounders, Kaiju-a-Gogo, etc..


Television: English-language scripts for the animated series World Trigger, based on the manga by Daisuke Ashihara and aired on Primo TV.

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

My goal during the Write-a-Thon this year is to write the rough draft of a short interactive novel called “Tooth and Nail”. “Tooth and Nail” is a story of race, redemption, bloodshed, greed, addiction and transformation in a little border town called Starvation, New Mexico.


If you enjoy interactive novels in general, and/or stories about vampires and werewolves, you might want to support me and help raise money for a worthy cause.

Fundraising Goals

If I can raise $1000 for Clarion West, all supporters of my Write-a-Thon will receive a free download code of the novel when it is ready for release on Steam.