Author, Artist and Ice Road Trucker
MJ Preston published his debut horror novel: THE EQUINOX, in 2011. This original horror has received a number of awesome reviews. The Equinox also became a quarter finalist in the AMAZON Breakthrough Awards and "A solid horror novel" by a reviewer from Publishers Weekly. It also met with great enthuasism from the underground horror community. Host of the The Dark Discussions Podcast, Philip Perron said "THE EQUINOX" was "A treat to read." and "One of the best horror novels I've read in the last 10 years."
Through all of this, he remains humble and down to earth, stating: "I don't claim to be the next Stephen King. I am just a simple storyteller. Writing offers me the ability to climb out of this life and into another. When I go down that rabbit hole and begin to formulate a story I like to think I'm taking you along for the ride." "My neighbours think I'm sort of dark and strange," MJ Preston declares with a devilish smile. That is because on Halloween his yard is littered with gravestones, severed limbs, chainsaw wielding maniacs and giant spiders.
An ardent fan of the horror genre he has been writing since he was a kid, but his passion is not restricted to the written word. In writing THE EQUINOX MJ Preston also felt inclined to create a life sized version of the nefarious skin-walker. So, over the course of a month and a half he went to work sculpting the 7" bloodthirsty creature. Just in time for Halloween, he displayed it on his front lawn amid broken corn stalks and severed limbs. This caught the attention of local media and solidified his reputation of having the coolest house in town on Halloween.
From Horror Author to Ice Road Trucker:
In 2012 MJ Preston set out to run the Worlds Longest Ice Road as an Ice Road Trucker. Hauling fuel from Yellowknife in the NWT to the Ekati Diamond Mine, which sits a little over 100 miles below the Arctic Circle, he was mesmerized by the majesty of Canada's North. While capturing over 8000 photographs, he could feel the excited call of his muse setting his imagine on fire once again. Born from this latest adventure would be the genesis of his latest work in progress: ACADIA EVENT.
"Having run two seasons as a Ice Trucker has given me the ability to capture the many angles of Canada's North. I am having a great time with the new book and I am confident that once it is done so will you." ACADIA EVENT is forecasted for release in late 2013. Along with writing, MJ Preston is also an artist using the computer as his canvas and creating digital art that is.. You guessed it, somewhat on the macabre side. From floating mystical orbs to intestinal eating ghouls, MJ Preston wields the virtual paintbrush of a proverbial madman. He states, "I like to look at the darker side of human nature, pick at the things that bother us and see what lies beneath the surface."
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