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J. M. DeSantis

J. M. DeSantis (born Jeffrey Michael DeSantis) is a writer and artist (Write-ist™) who’s work has appeared in many diverse industries, both self-published and traditionally published, including prose fiction, comics, websites, copywriting, and even film (Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated). He is the author of a number of short stories, books, comics, and artworks, mostly in the fantasy, horror, and humour genres, and is the creator of the South Asian dark fantasy heroine, Chadhiyana (chadhiyana.com).
JMD Writing Books

Among his published works are J. M. DeSantis: The First Ten Years, six issues of Chadhiyana and a number of forthcoming works including: The Tainted Ones (comic), Robert Phillips (novella), Ghosts Were Are People Too (children’s book), and his novel, The Kirklyn Horror. He is also the writer and artist of the humorous horror web-comic, Gentleman Cthulhu: Emeritus Moribus Monstrum (gentlemancthulhu.com), which has seen three published collections through Dark Fire Press.

Aside from his original works, DeSantis is also known for his depictions of Lovecraftian horror, his unsettling illustrations of Wonderland, and his deep obsession with Count Orlok (Nosferatu, 1922). He works traditionally as an artist, mixing watercolours, inks, acrylics, and coloured pencils. Both his writing and art are marked by their dark themes (even humour), deep psychology, and intricately developed worlds and designs.
J. M. DeSantis drawing

He currently lives in his native New Jersey where, when he’s not balancing the numerous projects his mind is constantly conjuring up, he enjoys escaping into books and video games, going on hikes (with and without four-legged companions), and enjoying the real-life company of his family, friends, and students. He teaches Studio Art and Graphic Design.

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Clients & Publishers
(of the past 10 years)

Rosarium Publishing, Heavy Metal Magazine, Inbeon Studios, Little York Books, Neoflux Productions, Atlas Unleashed, Innsmouth Free Press, Arcana Comics, Norgus Press, Alterna Comics, Book of Lies (web-comic), WILDsound, Static Movement, Planet Lovecraft Magazine, Guild Works Publications, the Comicbook Artists Guild, Flush Entertainment, his own Dark Fire Press, and a number of independent commissioners.

INFLUENCES

Writers
J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Allan Poe, Mike Mignola, Hideyuki Kikuchi, and William Shakespeare

Artists
Ayami Kojima, Alan Lee, Akihiko Yoshida, Mike Mignola, John Howe, Hiroaki Samura, Drew Struzan, George Kamatani, Gary Gianni, Adam Hughes, Frank Frazetta, Norman Rockwell, and the general art movements of Impressionism and Expressionism

Video Game Creators
Hidetaka Miyazaki, Yasumi Matsuno (especially with translations by Alexander O. Smith and Joseph Reeder), and Koji Igarashi

Filmmakers
Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, and Ridley Scott.

Books
The Lord of the Rings, Frankenstein, The Silmarillion, and Paradise Lost

Video Games
Soulsborne games (Dark Souls series, Bloodborne & Demons’ Souls), Vagrant Story, Castlevania (series), and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Films
Se7en, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Nosferatu (1922), Gladiator (Ridley Scott), Schindler’s List, and The Dark Knight trilogy

Professional Organizations
Comicbook Artists Guild (comicartguild.org), 2007 – 2016; Creative Director of CAG (2013-2016)
The Fictioneers (thefictioneers.com), 2014 – current

Teaching Experience
Art Teacher. Ridgefield Park Public Schools; Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. September 2013 – current.
High school and middle school studio art and graphic design teacher. Also run a comic book club which teaches the comic-creation process.

Guest Art Teacher. Englewood Public School District; Englewood, New Jersey.
Taught two comic book creation workshops during; one two-week, one single-day, multiple periods.

Education
Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY. Sept 2001 – May 2005
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Computer Animation.