About Paul E Cooley

A writer and Parsec Award winning podcaster from Houston, Texas, Paul E Cooley produces free psychological thriller and horror podcasts, essays, and reviews available from Shadowpublications.com and iTunes. For more than a decade, Shadowpublications.com has brought unabridged, original content to the ears of podcast fans.

While best known for his Parsec Award winning sci-fi/horror series The Black and The Derelict Saga, Paul also writes traditional horror as well  as alternate historical fantasy.

He has collaborated with New York Times Bestselling author Scott Sigler on the series “The Crypt” and co-wrote the novel “The Rider.” In addition to his writing, Paul has contributed his voice talents to a number of podiofiction productions.

He is a co-host on the renowned Dead Robots’ Society writing podcast and enjoys interacting with readers and other writers.

To contact Paul:
Twitter: paul_e_cooley
Email: paulATshadowpublications.com

65 thoughts on “About Paul E Cooley”

  1. Hi Paul,

    I’m a friend of Mike Luoma’s and I heard a teaser for “The Black” on his podcast. I’m into chapter 4 and really enjoying it. I promised him I’d let you know.

    I’ll be sure to check the rest of your work.


    Jim Garner
    Richmond VT

  2. I came across The Black on my way to OKC to visit a client. After downloading The Black and hearing coring mentioned (I was a coring engineer for nine years) I’m now hooked. Fantastic story, great characters and suburb writing! On my way home (DFW) I found myself taking the long way home so I could continue to listen. Well done and cheers!

  3. It seems that a lot of my favorite authors are having the next book in their series coming out in the next eight weeks.

    But I just discovered (forty years too late) an author from Providence, RI. I was looking on your site to see if you mention him anywhere as an influence. Since he obviously was, looking at the graphic for your next book!

    Yes! So now I have yet ANOTHER book to look forward to! And, YOU will be performing your book again! I have listened to JC Hutchins and Scott Sigler perform their books, and I prefer it that way. Especially since you performed the first two books.

    Can’t wait!

  4. Paul, I was on Patreon today and I noticed that an account that was created in 2014 under your name. Is this your account?

        1. Just finished reading Outbreak. Fantastic work! I am really looking forward to reading more of the Black series. On a similar note to the previous post – Samurai Jack episode The Birth of Evil 🙂

  5. Really loved Derelict: Marines and can’t wait for the next book.

    One question though, you seem to use ‘grav-walking’ and ‘mag-walking’ interchangably… is there a difference between the 2 as it didn’t seem to be spelt out in the text?

  6. Hi. I have read the whole “Black” series and watching for another. You are going to put out another in this series, right? It would be cruel to leave us all hanging with the last great book. I will pick up Derelict next, truly believing I am going to be as addicted to this series as your “Black” series. sigh…what power you have over us.

    1. Howdy, Katrina. Glad to hear you enjoyed the first 3 Black books. Yes, I’ll be writing two more: Evolution and Extinction. I imagine TB4 (Evolution) will be out next summer, as I need to finish Derelict this year. And cruel? Me? Never…

  7. When are we getting a forth ” the black” book. . . Loved the audio books and I want more.

    1. Howdy. I have a full schedule for the rest of the year, but I plan on getting The Black: Evolution out in 2018. Very glad you enjoyed the first three books and will do my best to close out the series in the next two books.

      1. paul i am a new fan and just recently started the black series and wanted to purchase them from what source that i buy from gives you the most direct revenue? as i would like to support your books and writing in general but dont want to use patreon.

        1. In audio, best to purchase them from Audible (The Black is only available via Audible). Ebooks? Amazon. The books themselves? Visit my store. I do sell the Derelict audiobooks from my site as well. Bottom line? However you get them, I earn money. So choose the best way for you.

          Glad to hear you’re enjoying my work. And thank you for your patronage.

  8. Glad I found your work. I was listening to Scott Siglers podcast feed and he was talking about The Rider (Great story by the way). I’m really enjoying your stories they are all great. Then I find out that your a Texas guy me too. Thank you for your hard work the stories are awesome. I was born in Houston at the old Herman Hospital and still have family in Spring.

  9. Looking for a change to my usual genre of murder mystery books, I listened to a couple of podcasts from JC Hutchins and Scott Sigler. This led me to getting hooked on Paul’s work. Loved ‘The Black’ series, (so far), and have just finished ‘Derelict, Tomb’. Can’t wait for the next instalment.
    I now consider myself as a ‘fiendling’ LOL.
    If you haven’t listened to, or read any of Paul’s work, give it a go. I highly recommend it.
    I spend a lot of time travelling, and I have found a worthy travelling wingman, in Paul.
    Cheers buddy, keep up the good work.

  10. HI Paul just brought Destruction was loving it but it seem my phone may have done something crazy and I have used up all 20 downloads for file 1 can you please give me some more downloads so I can download it on my computer.
    thanks love what I hearing
    Jeff Wilson

  11. My son is listening to The Black, he wants to know when you are going to release the next in the series.

  12. Tell me you have plans for another Derelict book. I have to know what the trio was planning and for the love of Allah/Yahweh/Jehovah I have to find out what was in the recovered stasis pod!

    1. Derelict: Trident and Derelict: Shipyards will both be coming later this year or next. I have parted ways with my publisher and the last two books will be podcast and available for sale in audio. Until certain contract time elapses, they will not be available in either ebook or trade paperback.

      And for the record? I can’t wait to show you what the Trio planned and the consequences…

      1. Hi,
        I really enjoyed the 3 first books of the Derelict saga, and i can’t wait to read the next.
        I see your answear to Eric here, can you tell us when the contract time is up?
        I’m really eager to continue the Derelict saga. And i’m one of those who need a paper back in my hands to enjoy the reading.
        Hope you get it sorted out soon, and publish Derelict: Trident and Derelict: Shipyards.

      2. I can’t wait for the next Derelict, I love your writing, how you portray the characters and the voices it’s a real journey. Great work.

  13. Hey Paul,
    I’m really enjoying the Derelict series. Great work on it and The Black.
    Episode 30 of Destruction didn’t come thru on my apple podcast stream. Thanks for making it available in more than one location.
    Hope all is well and keep up the great work.

    1. Howdy, Richard. Thanks for the kind words. You may need to unsubscribe and resubscribe. The episodes are also available from the website if your podcatcher isn’t quite working.

      1. Thanks Paul,
        Episode 30 downloaded 7 minutes ago. Not sure what happened.
        Love your stories and really appreciate your focus on reaching out for mental health assistance.
        Keep up the great work.

  14. Thanks for all the entertainment! No episode as of 5/11/19. I sure hope you’re not just giving the end to the Patreon folks! LOL Hope all’s ok, looking forward to everything you share with us! THANK YOU!

    1. Alas, no. Episode 35 will finally be up in half an hour or so. I explain why that is during the episode. Thank you for the kind words, mate. Cheers.

  15. Hey Paul, I’ve been listening to your stories on itunes for about 3 years now and I just want to say you’re a super amazing writer! Thank u for so much hours of entertainment as I work!

  16. Is there a link available to your new subscription service? I don’t really want to sign up for another subscription service.

    1. My sub service isn’t live, mainly because I haven’t had time to create enough custom content for it and I don’t want folks to pay for something they’re not getting.
      However, as soon as I crawl out from under paying bills with crazy software work, I’ll get back to producing more content. Especially recording and putting out book 4 in The Derelict Saga.

  17. I ran into your podcast (I won’t hold you liable for damages). Enjoying very much! The freebie is working well for me since a doctors error wiped my retirement out. Weeee. Anyhoo.. the link from Scott Sigler’s podcast was at fault here. Totally enjoy his work as well. Thanks for your hard work.
    Apprentice Geezer from the hills of Tennessee!

  18. Hi,

    Enjoying Ghere’s Inferno!
    Listening on the CastBox app. Episode 16 says it won’t play because of a broken source.
    Thought you would like to know.

  19. Hi Paul
    I am enjoying your stories very much.
    You stopped posting a while ago and I wanted to ask if you are ok?
    Take care

  20. Hey Paul, love your black series. Just started Outbreak.your writing is very good, love it; it really grabs me & keeps me on the edge of my seat. As a former Audio editor of 17yrs. It’s rare that happens, thank you keep up the fantastic work I’ll be checking out the rest of your work.

    1. Howdy and glad to hear you found me.
      The shop is currently closed due to some issues on my end. I’m working on getting it reopened but haven’t had the opportunity to get it fixed up. The first three books are available from multiple e-tailers including the usual suspects. I’ll do my best to shout to the rooftops once I get the shop back up.

  21. Hi Paul.
    Brian from Canada here…
    Hope you’re well and safe in these troubled times. I’m sure I speak for everyone who’s ever read or otherwise enjoyed your work that we miss you profoundly. I have a favorites list of podcasts and you are the number one that I check. Your work is always great and enjoyable, and even prudes don’t object.
    Hope to once again escape into space or forgotten lore with you soon.
    Best wishes and much smoked salmon,

  22. Hi Paul

    Hope you get the various outlets sorted. Really enjoying your work. Planning on getting my talons on Derelict Trident in any form. Loved the series so far


    1. Hello. First thanks for all the great works I’ve spent a lot of time enjoying them one question did u write black extinction and where can I find it if so

      1. Howdy. Extinction hasn’t been finished yet. It’s on the docket for this year and it’s already around 18k in length. However, there’s a long way to go in that book. Stay tuned.

  23. Hi Paul,
    I am a new Fan. In the last month I have binged all of the Derelict series and am over half way thru the black series. I think you are amazing. My question is when will it be possible to buy Trident. I turned my room mate on to Derelict and we both Re eagerly awaiting Trident. I hope you are feeling better and look forward to more awesome content.

  24. Paul,

    Glad to see you are still publishing. Love The Black and the Trident series. I need to buy the last installment of the Black.

    Hope you are doing well.

  25. Hi Paul,

    Respected Fiend Master,
    I’m really enjoy most of your stories, I want to ask Is there any update on Trident Ebook? and my friend, Greedy me also want to ask when The Black: Evolution / Extinction gonna be available in Ebook too. English is not my first language so audiobook is not quite an option for me.

    Wish you healthy wealthy and be happy Fiend Master

    1. Howdy. Derelict: Trident ebook/tpb will be coming out in July/August 2021 time period.
      I get my rights back to The Black series in 2022 and Evolution will be published along with new printings of The Black, Arrival, and Outbreak. Extinction hasn’t yet been written, but I’m aiming for Winter 2023. Glad you enjoy the stories and thanks for getting in touch.

  26. Hi Paul. Just finishing The Black series and really enjoying it. Any updates as to when book #4 will be available in print? I’ve also purchased your Derelict series but haven’t read it yet.

    1. Howdy.

        The Black: Evolution

      (book #4) won’t be available until books 1-3 are republished. The books will go out of print late this year, so I’ll be redoing the whole series with new covers and etc. The podcast version of The Black: Evolution IS available as a podcast from my site and also available from my YouTube channel.
      Thank you for reaching and out and I’m damned glad to hear you’re enjoying them.

  27. I just started reading some of your work, and I am a big fan of “The Black”. I love this genre of Science fiction horror. Look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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