PERSONAL: Married; wife's name Brenda.
ADDRESSES: Home—Brandon, MS. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Five Star, 295 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, ME 04901.
CAREER: Writer. Journalist and correspondent for several newspapers.
Formidable Enemy (novel), Five Star (Waterville, ME), 2005.
Also author of The Elfland Affair. Contributor to magazines, including Weird Tales, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, Horror Garage, and Elysian Fiction.
SIDELIGHTS: Terry Bramlett established himself as a writer with his contributions to periodicals such as Weird Tales and H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror before publishing his first novel, Formidable Enemy. Set in the near future, the story concerns an intelligence officer named Roger Stimson, who was once instrumental in halting an invasion of Earth by an alien race, the Enochians. Stimson stopped the invasion by releasing a deadly virus, but he still suffers from guilt over his actions. When the novel begins, he is working as a nurse in an emergency room in a New Orleans hospital when the Enochians return. One night a drunken Enochian named Dingo turns up in the emergency room, raving about a plot by certain Enochians to assassinate the American president. Stimson is not convinced that the story is true, but then the other people in the emergency room who saw and heard Dingo begin to be murdered one by one. Stimson travels with Dingo to a reservation where some Enochians live. There he learns that peace between Enoch and Earth is not what everyone wants. Booklist contributor Regina Schroeder described the novel as a "fast-paced thriller" that gives insight into conflicts between cultures. Library Journal reviewer Jackie Cassada found Stimson a "likable" character and praised the author's "smooth storytelling."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, June 1, 2005, Regina Schroeder, review of Formidable Enemy, p. 1766.
Library Journal, June 15, 2005, Jackie Cassada, review of Formidable Enemy, p. 65.