Follow local author C.V. Hunt’s twisted paths to Centerville Library

By Tim Walker

Photo: Local author C.V. Hunt’s book cover of ‘Ritualistic Human Sacrifice,’ found too explicit by the Centerville Library

Local author, editor, and publisher C.V. Hunt, head of Grindhouse Press, is accustomed to shocking people with the books she writes and publishes. With titles such as “Ritualistic Human Sacrifice,” “How to Kill Yourself,” and “Home is Where the Horror Is,” Hunt’s writing is certainly not for the faint of heart or weak of spirit. Shocking the local librarians who have booked her for an upcoming appearance in April is an odd and strangely satisfying accomplishment, even for her.

“I’m not sure the library coordinator sees the irony in scheduling adult coloring time the same time as my appearance,” C.V. Hunt tells Dayton City Paper. “But, as it turns out, ‘Ritualistic Human Sacrifice’ won’t be one of the books at my library thing. They didn’t like the content. The other books are still on, though.”

C.V. Hunt will sell and sign copies of three of her works of transgressive fiction (a genre that challenges societal norms in bizarre or illicit ways)—“We Did Everything Wrong,” “Hell’s Waiting Room,” and “Thanks For Ruining My Life”—at the Washington Centerville Library on Monday, April 10.

“Ritualistic Human Sacrifice,” Hunt’s most recent novel, is a brutal, violently hardcore exercise in vulgarity. The story of a young couple, who become pregnant and find their world taking a turn into truly bizarre territory, is told from the point of view of Nick. An extremely self-centered and unpleasant young man whose actions, while justified from his own point of view, put himself and his girlfriend directly in the middle of a situation more horrifying than either could have ever imagined.

“I knew I wanted to throw out the standard couple’s trope in horror stories before I began writing,” Hunt continues. “Normally if the couple is happy at the beginning of the story, one of them usually dies. If they’re unhappy, they usually reconcile by the end—sorry if I’m spoiling anything. The majority of my books have male protagonists. For some reason I feel I can relate with the male mind more than a female’s. I was a bit of a tomboy growing up, so I find it harder to create convincing female protagonists. With ‘RHS,’ I chose to write from Nick’s perspective, to build suspense rather than let the reader be aware of the building horror that Eve, his girlfriend, has knowledge of.”

When she was asked to provide copies of her books to the library in anticipation of her appearance, Hunt sent along several titles. “Ritualistic Human Sacrifice” was found too explicit by the librarians and was rejected from inclusion in the library’s collection of books (one assumes the collection already contains titles by other explicit authors Clive Barker, Stephen King, Ray Garton, and Ramsey Campbell, to name a few).

When asked about her writing habits, Hunt replies, “The majority of my writing is done during the weekend. Sometimes I’ll write for an hour or two during the evening through the week, if I have the time.”

Regarding her early writing, Hunt recalls, “I wrote bad poetry and a few short stories as a teen, but I have no idea what happened to those. I went on extended hiatus after high school because I didn’t have the time or support to do anything creative. But life changed. I took a job with more free time and found myself in a more supportive relationship, and I started writing again at the age of 30.”

In addition to her own writing, Hunt is also the owner and publisher of Grindhouse Press, a small press publishing outfit that has released 31 books to date, all filled with weirdness and mayhem. Grindhouse’s most recent release is “The Fetishists” by A.S. Coomer.

“Jefferson Wellman is a lawyer and has everything,” Hunt elaborates on Coomer’s new title. “He also has a particular taste when it comes to pleasure, and what Jefferson doesn’t have he can purchase. His friend, Richard, visits him at his office one day with a contract and an invitation for a fetish auction by a new company. Bad Pain Entertainment guarantees to have what Jefferson is looking for—a ‘ponygirl.’ But when Jefferson shows up for the auction located in a remote wooded area, things don’t go exactly as planned.”

Like her transgressive contemporaries, Hunt writes about average people trapped in unusual and difficult situations. The next average person is Evan Lansing, a photographer with an eye for the deformed, in “Home Is Where the Horror Is,” to be released July 11.

C.V. Hunt will sell and sign copies of her books Monday, April 10, 1-3 p.m., at the Washington Centerville Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Rd. in Centerville. For more information or to buy one of her books, please visit or call the library at 937.433.8091. ‘Home Is Where the Horror Is’ is available for pre-order. 


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Tim Walker is 51 and a writer, DJ, and local musician. He lives with his wife and their two children in Dayton, where he enjoys pizza, jazz, and black T-shirts. Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Walker at

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