Stan Hampton, Sr. is a full-blood Choctaw of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a divorced grandfather to 13 wonderful grandchildren, and a published photographer and photojournalist. He retired on 1 July 2013 from the Army National Guard with the rank of Sergeant First Class; he previously served in the active duty Army (1974-1985), the Army Individual Ready Reserve (1985-1995) (mobilized for the Persian Gulf War), and enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard in October 2004, after which he was mobilized for Federal active duty for almost three years. Hampton is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle (2004-2006) and Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007) with deployment to northern Kuwait and several convoy security missions into Iraq.
His writings have appeared as stand-alone stories and in anthologies from Dark Opus Press, Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy, Melange Books, Musa Publishing, MuseItUp Publishing, Ravenous Romance, and as stand-alone stories in Horror Bound Magazine, The Harrow, and River Walk Journal, among others.
In May 2014 he graduated from the College of Southern Nevada with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Photography – Commercial Photography Emphasis. A future goal is to study for a degree in archaeology—hopefully to someday work in and photograph underwater archaeology (and also learning to paint).
After 13 years of brown desert in the Southwest and overseas, he misses the Rocky Mountains, yellow aspens in the fall, running rivers, and a warm fireplace during snowy winters.
As of April 2014, after being in a 2-year Veterans Administration program for Homeless Veterans, Hampton is officially no longer a homeless Iraq War veteran, though he is still struggling to get back on his feet.
Pretty impressive, eh? I'm fascinated. Now here's his book:
BLURB: Sometimes there is a blurry division between life and… An Army platoon is holding a combat outpost near Las Vegas. None of them can remember much about their lives before the war, or even the details of the war. Their final battle only hints at a possible soul shattering truth.
I'm definitely getting this for my husband. He loves anything military! The part I love the best, is Stan Hampton comes from the same era as me - the era of Twilight Zone. Here's what he has to say about it.
I believe that a lot of what I write, including military fiction woven with the supernatural or surreal, was influenced by the era I grew up in.
I came of age during the Vietnam War (1965-1975), a very divisive war whose impact can still be felt today. And, there was also the television show The Twilight Zone (1959-1964), created and produced by the remarkable Rod Serling. He also wrote many of the scripts. From start to finish, with stories that often ended with a surprise twist, The Twilight Zone was a magnificent example of visual storytelling.
Somewhere along the way I discovered I had a need, a passion for writing and telling stories. I was not published until the early 1990s, and then not again until the early 2000s. After that my writing credits grew and grew on a fairly steady basis.
But as for the military fiction woven with the supernatural or surreal?
I have to tell you—entering the Army was a big, scary step for a 19-year old boy from a small Oklahoma town. I arrived at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on a cold, rainy wintry night. It was after midnight when we new recruits arrived, greeted by helmeted and poncho clad Military Police who called out the timeless phrase, “You’ll be sorry!”
By 4:00 AM we completed initial in-processing and went to sleep. Maybe an hour and a half later we were awakened by shouting Drill Sergeants. And there was morning physical training (PT) in the winter cold and snow flurries, wearing t-shirts, pants, and combat boots…
I spent 11 years in the active duty Army, including 5 years in the then-West Germany (with an official trip to West Berlin and side-trip into East Berlin), 3 years in Washington, D.C. (I saw the Iranian hostages come home, and for several short weekends I was a volunteer tour guide at the newly unveiled Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall), and I learned the tactical side of Army life at Fort Carson, Colorado. Then I spent another 10 years in the Army Reserve, left the military, and at the age of 50 I enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard; I wanted to serve in the Global War On Terrorism because maybe if I did, my grandchildren wouldn’t have to. I retired from the Guard in July 2013.
An initial 3-year enlistment turned into almost an entire adult life of wearing the uniform of my country. And meeting and respecting some of the best men and women I ever encountered.
I suppose the high point of my career, the defining moment as it were, was deploying to a Convoy Support Center in northern Kuwait, a mile south of the Iraqi border. The gun trucks from my battalion escorted convoys to Coalition Forces bases and camps scattered throughout Iraq. In many ways that was a long, lonely year.
Yet, imagine standing in an ancient desert that is hot even at night except for the brief “winter monsoon.” You are standing in a land once dotted with mud brick cities and ziggurat temples, once populated by a people who gave rise to the Sumerian Question, paraphrased, “Who were the Sumerians and where did they come from?” Except for sandy mounds or excavated ruins once hidden by the desert sands, the Sumerians, and as well as many others, and their cities are gone now. Vanished as if they never were.
In such an ancient land it’s easy to stand under the stars and try to imagine what the past was like or even what a distant future may look like. It’s easy to start writing down ideas to turn into stories.
So yes, I write what I know—military fiction with a dose of the supernatural or surreal tossed in, because they seem to go together. As a result, if there is a Twilight Zone feeling to my stories, then wonderful!
Here are the purchasing links: I'm going to get one!
Dark Opus Press
Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
Amazon.com Author Page
Amazon.com. UK Author Page
Goodreads Author Page
Well that's it! Definitely a new one for me! Like stepping into another world. I'll be talking about this one at the military dinner I'm attending tonight.