Doc Byron, aka “Iron Dave” just can’t seem to stay out of hot water. Though I’ve only been following his antics for a few weeks out of idle curiosity, he sounds like either bad news, or maybe one heck of a joke. Maybe both.
A few weeks ago, some blogger republished a letter he’d received from a guy who’d been ripped off, not only of nearly $500 for copies of the book in which his work allegedly appears that he never received, but also his story that Iron Dave allegedly published. The letter was meant to be a warning. It’s linked elsewhere on this blog, but I don’t remember where. The ripped-off author also published it somewhere at one of those writers’ sites like AuthorsDen or WritersCafe. The gist, IIRC, is that Iron Dave insisted the guy reduce his order for books to an amount less than the $500 that sets off red flags at PayPal. Not only did the guy lose his money, but also Iron Dave allegedly stole the story and made it available on Amazon under one of his pseudonyms. Iron Dave, under gentle prodding from said writer, had his brother reply, claiming that Dave had a stroke, yada yada yada.
I also clicked on a link to a forum that came across via an alert from Google. The alert was for Pacione, but there was a comment on the discussion thread from Kody that mentioned Iron Dave/Doc Byron ripping off aspiring teenage authors. Doc was starting to sound like the stuff of legend.
Cut to the recent correspondence that Cuss received from Iron Dave. She’d received a previous one, as well, but it didn’t blatantly ask for money to be wired to him in a foreign country. There are a number of things wrong with his latest sob story, as I pointed out in the comments.
To top it off, Doc mostly gets ignored at Shocklines, but this one’s a doozy. He’s soliciting submissions for a brand new fanfic magazine he wants to start. You can guess how well that went over with the crowd. I’m taking screen grabs in case the thread goes up in a puff of smoke.
I’ve never seen such chutzpah. Either the guy’s dumber than Dagstine, or he’s sociopathic. Previously failed publishing venture? Check. Fake medical crises? Check. Use of alts/pseudonyms? Check. Threats of legal action? Check. I seem to recall the latter being implied in the first correspondence that Cuss received from him. Add to that Iron Dave’s serial scam artistry, and you’ve got a whole mess of DO NOT WANT.