Jason Fozzie Nelson

Author on Reedsy Prompts since Aug, 2022

Author bio

My name is Jason “Fozzie” Nelson and I am an exciting new voice in modern horror fiction. While I present myself like any average gay bear with an amazing sense of style, inside I see myself as Wednesday Addams in floral prints. My love of the macabre can be traced directly back to my mother who was a fan of true crime books, True Detective magazine, and truly gory horror films and passed that affinity on to me at an early age. The first grown-up book I remember seeing as a child was my mother’s dog-eared copy of "The Stranger Beside" Me by Anne Rule and I devoured every "extremely wicked, shockingly evil, and vile" detail with glee. Throughout my childhood several educators were taken aback by my obsession with horror and many called my mother to express their concerns. My mother would always take my side and brush off their satanic panic as nothing more than the unique interests of a creative young man. With her encouragement I started writing short stories and completed my first novel shortly after entering high school. This work, entitled "Mirror Mirror," was a slasher about a supernatural killer who stalked his victims through reflective surfaces and was a blatant rip-off of "A Nightmare on Elm Street." My mother was adamant that I publish this story but, even at the tender age of 15, I was acutely aware of my own unoriginality at that time. That story is now lost to the wind but my mother always believed in my work until the day she passed away in 2014. After years of honing my craft I have become much more adept at creating original works while honoring my inspirations. My writing can be described as supernatural fiction, but it is also deeply personal. The ability to channel my struggles with anxiety and depression into tales of monsters, spirits, or demons is both cathartic and rewarding. In the past, I performed stand-up comedy, maintained several blogs, and was a fairly prolific podcaster. I have discovered that crafting tales of supernatural horror is the best way to manage my anxiety and intrusive thoughts, which are truly terrifying.