“I am a mystery/crime novel junkie. I have read everything from works by Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Andrew M. Greeley to Stuart M. Kaminsky. I love them all. “Reflection From The Abyss” is a story that is right on par with works by those authors. The story keeps you guessing to which way Carlton Book will go next. The twists in the plot keep you at the edge of your seat. This was one of the most enjoyable books that I have read in a longtime.”— John P. McDonald
“I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it, especially if you like deeply thought-out “whodunit-type” mysteries. Mr. Gibbs writes with exceptional clarity and precision. As you read the passages you’ll find them filled with wit and intellect . . …. The words flow smoothly as the plot thickens so you’ll find yourself turning pages with an urgent sense to know what’s going to happen next…The ending is clever and will test your observation and detective skills. It’s a story you’ll want to share with others over and over. Just be sure to never reveal the surprise ending!”— Timothy Hanks
Bertram Gibbs (or ‘Bert’, if you prefer, or ‘Mr. Gibbs’, which he prefers), grew up in the Bronx, New York, with four constants running through his life: reading, writing, movies and sarcasm. All of which play a distinct part in his stories. Growing up in a semi-theatrical family; his grandmother a former chorus girl, his grandfather a former jazz drummer, and his mother going to every movie and Broadway show all her adult life, he was never without a story or a tale to tell (as if being a New Yorker wasn’t enough). Between 15 and 25, he became an actor and did a few off-Broadway shows, one appearance on a PBS television production, performed with the Metropolitan Opera and the Mayor of New York at Gracie Mansion, an extra in the 1976 ‘King Kong’ film, and ended working in credit and collections (do not look for a linear correlation — you won’t find any). But all the while, to keep himself sane (depending on your definition), he wrote fiction. He is also the author of Formally Known As … — an irreverent take on the super-hero genre, the novella, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of , and fan fiction novellas, Justice League International: The Return of BWAH-HAH-HA!, Justice Society of America: Cinemania, Batman: For You, World’s Finest: Just Another Mutha-$%@&!-ing Team-Up Story, and Justice Society of America: Image on the JLU2001 Fan Fiction Project.
Aside from being a film, television and comic book historian and critic, Mr. Gibbs studies forensic psychology and lives in a hidden fortified bunker somewhere in the United States. The bunker is surrounded by an electrified underground moat and is guarded by armed accountants, guard dogs, rabid gerbils, and his teen-aged daughter.
author photo by Gabrielle Gibbs