Wow! How spooky! Because half his face is in shadow, right? Wow, what a Spooky Horror Author!
Yes, this was my first "author photo," taken by my high school buddy Scott Eldridge when I was, um ... 23? 24? Come on, is there anything more cliché than a "Black & White Horror Author Face In Shadow?" Well, there is "Hands On The Face Very Important Scifi Author With Introspective Expression" photo, sure. Both are equally douchebaggy.
I was already well beyond the point where I should have started shaving my melon, but had not yet discovered the utter joy of a shorn scalp.
Don't be scared! It only looks spooky!