Inspiration for Writers’ webmaster and media guy Eric Fritzius is a freelance all around creative dude whose most recent nonfiction work is a chapter in Writerly Advice, a collection of essays on writing from West Virginia Writers, Inc. His nonfiction writing has also appeared in The Charleston Gazette, West Virginia Daily News, the in-house magazine for The Greenbrier Resort, and the Greenbrier Valley Quarterly magazine. His award-winning fiction has appeared in the 2008 WV Writers’ anthology Mountain Voices, the 2010 Woodland Press Anthology Dark Tales of Terror, the Autumn 2011 issue of Greenbrier Valley Quarterly Magazine, and the anthology Diner Stories: Off the Menu from Mountain State Press. His short story “Moments in Turmeric” won first place in the Appalachian Writing category of the 2011 West Virginia Writers’ Annual Writing Contest. His short story “Native Arts” (later renamed “The Ones that Aren’t Crows”) won second place in the Animals category of the same contest. That story, with its new title, went on to become a finalist in the 2015 Prime Number Magazine awards.
His short plays have been performed in such regional states as West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and now north of the Mason-Dixon at the 2017 10 x 10 Play Festival at the Barrington Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. Mr. Fritzius has also directed plays for GVT, as well as at the Pocahontas County Opera House where he directed an annual summer theatrical production from 2016-2018.
An audiobook narrator by day, Eric’s voice has been featured on multiple books by S.D. Smith, such as The Black Star of Kingston (hear a sample), The Wreck and Rise of Whitson Mariner (sample), The Last Archer (sample), and its upcoming sequel The First Fowler. He has also narrated the Christian romantic thriller Mississippi Nights by D.M. Webb (sample), the short story collection How to Carry Bigfoot Home by Chris Tarry (sample), and his own audio book A Consternation of Monsters (sample).
Eric’s graphic designs have graced the covers of such books as Buckle Up, Buttercup and Jackson Vs. Witchy Wanda: Making Kid Soup by Belinda Anderson; WV Writers Seeking the Swan anthology; Blind Fear by Rebecca Conrad; Frontier Surgeon by James Banks; The Trial of Rush Givens by Robert Elkins, Hero Birds by Emmitt Maxwell Furner, Fond Memories of Fonda by Joanne L.F. Bly, The President’s Gold and Gold of the Spirits by Don Kesterson, and three novels by David C. Brown, Concrete Girl, Gap Hollow, and Sandlick Hollow. He also designed the cover for his own collection of short stories, A Consternation of Monsters. Listen to the podcast adaptation promoting the book at MrHerman.com.
Below are examples of his cover designs. Click on the squares for larger versions.