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Joshua Aaron Crook

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Joshua Aaron Crook is an American author living in Tahoka, Texas. He has published fiction in gravel and The Harbinger, Cowboy Jamboree, Wards, and Chicago Literati. He is currently earning his MA in Creative Writing from Texas Tech University.

Joshua is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served ten years in the United States Air Force, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant before honorably separating to pursue his education in creative writing.

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Joshua Aaron Crook I read. Reading loosens my mind. Ideas incited by a great metaphor or brilliant sentence can be the basis for an entire story. What you read should be…moreI read. Reading loosens my mind. Ideas incited by a great metaphor or brilliant sentence can be the basis for an entire story. What you read should be substantial. If the block is especially bad, I read something I normally wouldn't.(less)
Joshua Aaron Crook I can share a side of myself in writing I can't articulate with others. Writing teaches me about myself and about the world. It expands the world arou…moreI can share a side of myself in writing I can't articulate with others. Writing teaches me about myself and about the world. It expands the world around us, shows us different perspective. As a writer, I'm free to be my worst and best.(less)
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I'm Not Your Hero

Most civilian actions toward veterans shield us from accepting our own complicity in war.


– Brock and Lettini



The first time I went to Maine was in preparation for war. My fellow specialists and I perused the unfamiliar terminal filled with kitschy I [heart] Maine shirts and smiling lobster decals, which, if understood Maine, had nothing to smile about. As we lined the edges of the terminal in

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Amid the Recesses: A Short Story Collection of Fear (Horror)
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Description: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” - H.P. Lovecraft From the second we are conceived, there's an instinctive place inside of us all that understands danger and the signs for it. It is this inherent part of us that grips our very being to the core and radically overwhelms our minds with fear. As we grow, though, so does our imagination. We dabble in darkness, dance amid dangers for reasons of excitement, or fall absolutely to pieces as result of tragedy or emotional torment. Fear is at the head of this great personal inquisition, this path that leads us to conquest or destruction. The stories within are stories of true fear, with powerful characters and delectable twists. What path will they lead you upon?
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