Erick Mertz, Author

About The Author

Erick Mertz is a supernatural fiction author from Portland, Oregon.

Published by Longbranch Productions, the forthcoming novella, The Mask Of Tomorrow is his debut work of book length fiction, and the first in “The Strange Air Series” of Oregon based supernatural mysteries.

Previous to this book’s release, his short fiction has been published in Goldman Review, The Los Angeles Review and The Bethany Reader. In 2014, he self-produced The Measurable Blood audiobook, based on a short story of the same name, published in Mad Scientist Journal. His poetry can be found in Turtle Island Quarterly, Stone Boat, Dos Passos Review, Cirque Magazine, and most recently, Baldhip Magazine.

In a previous life while an English student at The University of Oregon, he was a late night DJ at 88.1 KWVA. Currently, he writes about new music at New Noise, Pennyblack Music and Bearded UK. He has written articles on Oregon history for 1859 Magazine, Coastal Living and Southern Oregon Magazine.

A baseball fanatic, beer and food enthusiast, and unapologetic music obsessive, Erick not only considers the Pacific Northwest his home, but also his perpetual muse. When he is not writing, he also works with community-based people with Developmental Disabilities, a field where he has worked since high school.

Currently, Erick lives in Portland with his wife and son.

He offers his books free to prisoners and incarcerated persons. If you know an incarcerated person, please email erickmertz(at)gmail(dot)com for details.

Coming Soon

The Mask Of Tomorrow, A Novella by Erick Mertz

portland author erick mertz the strange air supernatural mysteryAll Frank Lenzi ever wanted was an audience who adored him.

When he finally finds what he is looking for as the host of Canyon County’s first night owl radio show featuring blues and talk, Up All Night, he discovers fame and fortune come at a steep cost. His sanity.

After a mysterious caller infects Frank with a strange mimetic virus that takes over his every waking thought, he seeks answers from Two Folds, his best friend and a member of the local Native American tribe. When the cure for Frank’s ‘spirit sickness’ proves even worse than the disease itself, the addled DJ disappears into the shadowy hills seeking answers to impossible questions.

What happens when a ‘signal walker’ from lore is set loose on Canyon County? Two Folds and his friend are left to ponder.

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