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Hi everyone!

Quick version: I write fantasy books for kids 7+ and adventurous grown-ups. My stories feature secret societies, monsters, magic, mystery, and lots of adventure-style action. Boys like them. Girls like them. I gravitate toward tight plots, timeless themes and a feeling of real risk and danger. 

If that sounds interesting, you can get my magnificent short story, The Ghost of CreepCat, absolutely free, by signing up for The Sylvan Spy. It is rumored to be the most funny, dangerous, and glorious secret message ring in the world. 


The Casey Grimes books explore a world of monster control academies, Hyena Toads and unwanted invisibility. This all takes place in an alternate USA where—as you may have guessed—monsters prowl. The books have received numerous glowing reviews.  

I'm a husband, dad, and lifetime tree-climber. When I'm not writing, I'm usually fixing my house, coercing—uh, politely asking—my kids to pick up their rooms, or pursuing one of my too-many hobbies. 

These include, but are not limited to:

  • playing basketball

  • gardening

  • hiking

  • evading capture by Jamaican secret agents (long story)

  • making espresso

  • general adventuring

  • reading other people's books

My wife and I live in a woodsy house with our proteges and a ridiculous number of pets, including a turtle with a taste for human toes. This makes me an expert on wild, dangerous things—invisibility spells, butcher beasts, hungry kids, you get the idea.

Over and out,

P.S. There's a hidden page on this site with extra Casey material and I can only hope you've already found it. But if your investigative skills are, well...not that's a hint: one of the portals is nearby. 

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