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Jerrod S. Smelker


Jerrod S. Smelker grew up in Ionia Michigan, a quaint small town smack dab in the middle of Michigan between Grand Rapids and the state capitol of Lansing. He enjoys history, fine cigars and pipes, craft beers, coffee, Michigan road trips, good food, writing, creating, the season of Fall and Halloween. He is a freelance writer, author and blogger who has published several articles, short stories and books. Owner and writer for Our Michigan Travels, Last Leaf Publishing and WICKED HARVEST/Spooky Stories MI (the Michigan Monsters & Macabre book series). A proud member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. He currently lives in Grand Blanc Michigan with his wife, kids and cats. 

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  • “Wicked Harvest: Michigan Monsters & Macabre - Series One" Book
  • "Casey” Short Story
  • “Lies in the Attic” Short Story
  • “Amusing Anecdotes from Boot Camp” Short Story
  • “Vigilant in Today’s World: Volume 1” – Book

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D&D Daily Thought Challenge “Humbleness”


United States Concealed Carry Association’s “Concealed Carry Magazine”

  • “Seeing Clearly”
  • “The Things I See”
  • “Safe Rooms”
  • “Family Safety and Security Plan”
  • “Rest Stops”


“RV’ers Guide to Safety and Security” - Booklet

“Home Security & Protection" – Booklet

“Safe Rooms” – Booklet


USCCA’s “How to Protect Your Family from a Brutal Home Invasion” Contributing Author



Some of my favorite stories and books

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
  • Erie Tales by Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers
  • Ghostlight by Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers

More to come...