You Can't Keep a Good Stalker Down
Usually a writer has to make it big before attracting stalkers but apparently David and Danny Chadwick have some misplaced sense of initiative.
You may recall last June 4th, I had to write something about this douchebag Dave Chadwick or Cheesedick or something to that effect (aka "Sugar Ray Dodge"), frustrated movie riffer and erstwhile author. His so-called blog is a ghost town that gets less commenters than many dead bloggers I can name and one of his books (until yours truly decided to grace it with the MST3K treatment) had earned but one review, written by his big brother Danny. He's a sloppy... Sorry, I can't call him a writer so let's, instead, settle for "self-published author" who, unlike yours truly, doesn't put the slightest effort into basic proofreading and editing.
Recently, Danny Boy, whom I suspect feeds his kid brother Dave on fish heads and gin while keeping him locked in the family attic and telling people he's merely "misunderstood", got in on the act and has lately begun trolling me on this blog and even giving his brother Fabio's resurgent one star "reviews" of my novel Tatterdemalion upvotes just to push back against the steady rise of downvotes and complaints for abuse it's been collecting thanks to my requests on Twitter.
Amazon had, until now, done the right thing and deleted his "reviews" of two of my novels, American Zen and Tatterdemalion, two of the most brilliant self-published books since self-publishing became a reality about eight years ago. Then a one star review from an account named "WNS", created solely for the purpose of smearing Tatterdemalion since the account has no other activity, appeared and, for some strange reason, despite my reporting it countless times for abuse, remains up. Then today, Chadwick's "review" from June, after vanishing, mysteriously re-emerged for no apparent reason.
Here's the thing about Amazon: Like any other sleazy corporation, they rely on technicalities. Just as you never actually buy a book on Kindle, you just lease it at their pleasure until they can think of a reason to snatch it off your device without a refund or appellate process or anything. Well, even though Amazon had made some middling inroads toward weeding out hit pieces by non buyers from legitimate reviews by legitimate readers, some sneak by the gate. Enter "Sugar Ray."
But here Amazon fools you again. Apparently, if you buy a title, review it then immediately get a refund, your review will still have that seal of legitimacy naming it as a "Verified Purchase." This is what Dodge/Chadwick did last spring. He bought Tatterdemalion and American Zen then got a full refund from Amazon (I get the sales reports, including the refunds) before the deadline ran out so he could have that seal of approval.
I deleted his last comment from last week because it came on the heels of his brother's comment that I put up only to show my readers how rancid the Chadwick genes are. But that was just the start. His brother began stalking me on Twitter until I finally blocked him on all three of my Twitter accounts, his brother Dave's one star hit piece suddenly began getting upvotes and now Chadwick's one star hit piece from last June has mysteriously resurfaced.
And it doesn't end there. My beta reader from Nevada told me months ago that he's also smearing my books with one star reviews on Goodreads and Lord only knows where else.
I need whoever reads this to go to both the pages where this online stalker has posted one star reviews that are predicated on nothing more than personal spite because I didn't follow him back on Twitter and because he apparently thinks I and my clearly superior books are worthy of him making a second career out of me.
After that, I'll contact AG Sean Reyes of the Utah Attorney General's office to see about filing charges of cyberstalking and harassment against David and Daniel Chadwick...