The Horror Zine
David Boyer
The Horror Zine BEWARE

plagiarist and online predator

Aliases: Jana Moore, Grant Dean, David Byron, D. Daniel Brian, Sean Killian, Darren Oberhaus, Brian Bradford, George LaCroix, Leland Gaines, Dylan Cook, Doc Byron, Iron Dave, Tobey King, Jack Sawyer, Leo Wolfe, Jack Burnett, Christian Loche, Daniel Byron, Doc Creeper, Joe Hammond, Kelli Kelso, Kelli Ross, and probably many others, including female aliases

David Boyer


David Boyer Plagiarist

WHO: David Boyer (see list of aliases above)

REASON: plagiarism, theft, monetary theft, non-compliance, and con man

B. Thoughtful discovered the theft of Dean Koontz's work by David Boyer as the alias Dylan Cook, and you can see more details about this theft HERE



Dean Koontz letter

Below is evidence of the theft of Dean Koontz's The Bad Place.

First, David Boyer's version using his alias Dylan Cook:

Its in the Blood

And now the version as written by the real author, Dean Koontz:

The Bad Place by Koontz

BRAND NEW (March 29, 2012): David Boyer's newest alias Darren Oberhaus can be seen HERE thanks to B. Thoughtful's discovery HERE

David Boyer (as Doc Byron) submits a stolen story to The Horror Writers Association:

Horror Writers Association David Boyer David Byron

See the latest (as of November 2011) from the Horror Writers Association HERE

David Boyer submitted a stolen story to The Horror Writers Association as his alias David Byron (image below). Charles P. Zaglanis from Elder Signs Press discovered Boyer's theft of the story "Electrocuting the Clowns" and it was B. Thoughtful's investigations that proved how extensively David Boyer was marketing that stolen story. Also, it was B. Thoughtful who discovered the plagiarisms in Crimson Screams, resulting in Tyree Campbell's removal of that anthology from Sam's Dot Publishing.


Two reasons:

First, David Boyer (using his alias David Byron) submitted a plagiarized story to The Horror Zine titled The Dead Wall that was really written by Michael Wolf. See the real author of The Dead Wall HERE. Jodi Lee of Belfire Press was the one who originally discovered this theft.

Second, David Boyer (using his alias Jack Burnett) stole a book that was really written by The Horror Zine's editor Jeani Rector, and Boyer tried to sell Jeani's book on Amazon as his own (see correspondence with Amazon at the bottom of this page).

NOTE: The Horror Zine wants to personally thank B. Thoughtful for her careful research and for her extraordinary discoveries of evidence. Her hard work protects writers against theft.


David stole a manuscript from me by telling me his name was David Byron and by pretending to be a publisher in 2008. I sent him the manuscript to see, and when we couldn't come to terms about book price (He wanted to sell if for a whopping price of $22.99! Today it is published by Graveyard Press and it sells for $14.99), I declined for David to publish me. I want to make it clear that I said no, I did NOT want to be published by him. I thought that was the end of it.

The next thing I knew, my book was on Amazon (self published through Lulu) and my book was listed as being authored by Jack Burnett! The only way I could prove to Amazon that it was my book is because David never bothered to change the inside of the book, which said written "by Jeani Rector." To this day I am amazed that he left my name on the inside of the book.

Now I present email correspondence between Amazon and myself to demonstrate how I was finally able to get the stolen book (that David Boyer plagiarized under the alias Jack Burnett) removed off of Amazon (below).

Please remember that this correspondence is NOT discussing Jeani Rector's REAL book, which is also titled Around a Dark Corner, and the REAL book is still available for sale under the REAL author, Jeani Rector HERE.

The version of the book stolen by David Boyer has already been removed off of Amazon, as witnessed below:

RE: email for Adrian Garver

Monday, December 27, 2010
From: " Copyright Agent" <>

Dear Ms. Rector,

Thank you for your message.  Please be advised that we are in the process of removing the following items from

Around A Dark Corner [Paperback] ISBN-10: 0557053323

It typically takes 2-3 days for a listing to disappear once it has been removed from our catalog. We trust this will bring this matter to a close.

Adrian Garver
Copyright/Trademark Agent

---- Original message: ----

From: Jeani Rector 
Subject: RE: Copyright infringement
To: "copyright"
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:19 PM

Oh I am absolutely sure. Go to where it says "search inside this book."
There you will see it says Around a Dark Corner by Jeani Rector. David Boyer (using the alias Jack Burnett) took my manuscript, didn't even bother to take my name off of it, and is selling it under the name of Jack Burnett, and is keeping every penny of sales.
You need to go to "search inside this book" here:
Then email me again, please.

--- On Wed, 12/22/10, Copyright Agent; wrote:

From: Copyright Agent;
Subject: RE: Copyright infringement
To: Jeani Rector
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 2:56 PM

Dear Ms. Rector,

Do you have proof that this book is infringing your copyright?  Have you seen a copy?  The page count is much higher on the allegedly infringing version.  Please bear in mind that copyright protection does not extend to the title of a book.  This book simply has the same title as yours does not constitute copyright infringement.

Adrian Garver
Copyright/Trademark Agent

---- Original message: ----

Hello...I have been directed to you to expose copyright infringement of my novel titled Around a Dark Corner.
David Boyer (alias David Byron, Jack Burnett, Jack Sawyer, Tobey King, Iron Dave, Doc Byron, Kelli Kelso, and probably many more aliases) is selling my novel under the name Jack Burnett on Amazon. David has published my novel through Lulu but he has arranged to sell it on Amazon.
David Boyer is well-known for his plagiarism, as can be seen from the article in the Horror Writer's Association (who give out the Bram Stoker awards) titled Stoker-Recommended Works Removed for Plagiarism.
Here are the details below. I want to specifically point out that during my pending legal action against David Boyer (aka David Byron and Jack Burnett), I would like you to remove HIS BOOK ONLY out of Amazon, and NOT MY BOOK WHICH HAS THE SAME TITLE.
David Boyer's book as sold by his alias Jack Burnett TO REMOVE OFF OF AMAZON is here:
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: (March 16, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0557053323
ISBN-13: 978-0557053322
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
My book that I have copyrighted TO LEAVE AS-IS ON AMAZON is here:
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Graveyard Press (June 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615295487
ISBN-13: 978-0615295480
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
If you need more proof that Jack Burnett is really David Boyer, let me know and I can provide that proof.
Thank you,
Jeani Rector
Author of Around a Dark Corner

David Boyer plagiarist

David Boyer

Here is David Boyer posting his venom on Shocklines:

David Boyer on Shocklines



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Note: If you have been a victim of David Boyer, please contact Jeani Rector HERE.

See an experience from someone who was ripped off financially by Boyer HERE

David Boyer

(see HERE for over 60 examples of thefts by David Boyer)

Known email addresses:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

The Horror Writers Association takes action against David Boyer HERE

DMCA reportedly offers services to take down copyrighted material, though I have not personally used their services.

Note: Many of the links below were made public due to B. Thoughtful's work, research, and evidence. You can learn more about B. Thoughtful HERE.

Documentation of David Boyer's crimes:

David Boyer calls Ramsey Campbell names HERE

Brian Keene speaks about Boyer HERE

*Victoria Strauss Writers Beware HERE

*New Writers Beware warning HERE

Paul Anthony Short's feelings HERE

Travis Grundon's experience HERE

Science Fiction Writers Association warning HERE

The real author of Electrocuting the Clowns speaks HERE

Electrocuting the Clowns removed from Aphelion for plagiarism by Boyer HERE

B.Thoughtful's documentation HERE

A personal experience HERE

Another personal experience HERE

David Boyer (as David Byron) steals money HERE
Artists are also targeted as seen HERE

About Darkened Doorways magazine HERE
Shocklines HERE

An example of theft under the alias Iron Dave HERE

About Written in Blood HERE

A writer discusses David HERE

David Boyer's post to Ramsey Campbell HERE (click on the image to enlarge it)

* Writer Beware™, is a publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with additional support from the Mystery Writers of America, shines a bright light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls.

David Boyer Plagiarist

This photo (below) is at least nine years old but David still uses this one:

Old photo of David Boyer

Some of David Boyer's current websites include:













Inked in Blood (as Jack Sawyer) HERE, and while you are at it, see the Preditors and Editors "thumbs down" about Inked in Blood HERE

David Boyer frequently shows one of his many cats on his websites:


Email from Ferrel "Rick" Moore to a professional writer dated February 22, 2012:

I don’t know how much you know about my background with this issue, but brought him to the attention of thousands of people via my blog with the support of a great many people in our industry. Without them, nothing would have been accomplished at all, but as it is his name is now synonymous with plagiarism.

Lisa Morton, Brian Keen, Dean Koontz are just a few of the people who were involved. The National Writers Union, The Horror Writer Association and the SFWA were involved with support letters to the AG of Indiana.

My approach was to file against him with the Attorney General of Indiana for Consumer Fraud. It was completely free, and it’s an online form at this web address:

You see, David Boyer is a for-profit sole proprietorship. In other words, a business operating under the same business regulations as any other business. When he stole my work and sold it for profit as he did, he was committing Consumer Fraud. I filed as a consumer since I bought his works to find the plagiary. I did not file as a writer, because then it would have to go to court and I would have to pay and the little creep would bankrupt out of the judgment. So I went after him for Consumer Fraud along with a host of other writers who filed using the same venue.

In your case, Boyer has adopted a new tactic. He misrepresents himself to interviewees et al to gain free material- given without contract usually- to make a profit under false pretenses. If the interviewee knew who he really was and Googled him, he wouldn’t get many takers.

So I suspect that is something you can file against him using the same method as I did, and do it for free.

New Voices in Horror Logo:

New Voices in Horror Logo

Posted in Facebook by Dark Markets Magazine on June 1, 2011, this quote: "Iron" David Boyer has been leeching off of horror writer's stuff--Beware this guy and New Voices in Horror magazine, NVH Books and Darkened Doorways magazine!

Lost Souls Magazine here:

Lost Souls

Read the Shocklines post about Lost Souls HERE

Please do not confuse David Boyer's (alias Grant Dean) with the REAL, legitimate Lost Souls Magazine found HERE. The Lost Souls Magazine has been around for years, while David Boyer's Lost Souls Magazine is fairly new and is on the free website HERE.


Taboo: Breaking Rules Christian Fiction HERE


As the alias Grant Dean LOST SOULS MAGAZINE ISSUE 1


This book has been removed from Bear Manor Media due to plagiarism but is still in stock at Amazon QUEENS OF SCREAMS

Self-published under the fake name Dylan Cook BRAVE NEW WORLDS

Here is the book that Boyer stole from Dean Koontz under his fake name Dylan Cook (Mr. Koontz's lawyer had this book removed from Amazon). Notice the absurdity of a cute kitten on the cover of a horror book. THE GRAND DESIGN

A fake name Jack Sawyer fiasco ROCK AND ROLL PARTY OF THE DEAD

More from the alias Jack Sawyer: HOT AND HORRIFYING: THE BOOK

A book by the fake name Leo Wolfe STORIES FROM THE WASTELAND

Lucid Nightmares HERE


About David Boyer's fillmmaking:


David Boyer Plagiarist

Quotes you might find informative:

Janrae Frank: "David Boyer stole stories from Jane Timm Baxter. The stories were under contract with Daverana Enterprises for a collection by Ms. Baxter that would include reprint and original material. When both Ms. Baxter and her publisher demanded that the book be removed (and indeed did manage to persuade lulu to remove the title), Boyer dumped abuse on both of them that continues to this day."

Ferrel "Rick" Moore: "One of his practices as a “publisher” was to solicit manuscripts from writers and then to steal them, publishing them under his name or one of his many aliases. Which is why so many organizations in the US have issued warnings against him. Also, he stole stories from Storymania and published those under one of his many names. Another interesting tactic of his has been to blame his victims who have been spreading the word to protect other writers, trying to portray them as “stalkers” when in fact he was the original predator. This is known as the “I’m a victim” tactic."

See a David Boyer screenplay using his alias Leland Gaines:

See his screenplay where he writes about a celebrity interviewer and a plagiarist HERE

Notice the part in "Leland's" screenplay where he combines two of his other aliases Tobey King and Dylan Cook in this scene:

RICE {Leaning his face in toward the desk} Wonderful! Now, here’s the question; it is said that a whole chapter in your new book is actually an abbreviated – and plagiarized – version of a story written by the up and coming horror writer, Tobey Cook, entitled Stealing the Nightmare. Any comment?





































































































































































































































































































































































































































































B Thoughtful finds Dean Koontz theft B Thoughtful finds Dean Koontz theft