C.Z. Knight-McManus

Ghostwriter, Technical Writer, Writer

Embracing the outcasts and pariahs within our narcissistic society.

Good morning,

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University earning a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction Writing; I minored in Legal Studies.

My fictional work primarily focuses upon Southern/Urban/Sci-Fi Gothic short stories, with an emphasis upon "flash fiction." Besides writing fiction, I craft narrative nonfiction essays focusing upon the corrupt United States criminal justice system, daily life in prison and the struggles long-term ex-cons encounter after decades of incarceration. Being an ex-con who served two decades of incarceration within the Orwellian confines of the Texas DOC (TDCJ), I write from a voice of authority.

Personal interests include Charlie (my loyal dog), making electric guitars from old cigar boxes, am a connoisseur of cheap bourbon, enjoy gardening, billiards, own a wicked weakness for tattooed ladies, the musical genres of "Delta Blues" & "Southern Rock," Vedic philosophy and never grow weary from reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, Anne Rice, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Hermann Hesse and Hunter S. Thompson.
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Southern New Hampshire University, BA-English/Creative Nonfiction Writing; minor-Legal Studies
Atlanta, GA, USA|English

Published Content

Blog Post
"Equal Protection Under the Law is an Illusion"

A brief discussion on the fallacy of "Equal Protection" as it does not apply for those who cannot afford to buy it.

November 20th, 2014
Blog Post
A Most Curious Thing

An ex-con and his dog discover a most curious thing while exploring a primitive tract of land he won in a poker game.

Blog Post
If Thine Eye Offend Thee, Pluck it Out

Set in the Elizabethan era, a distant member of a royal family descends into the realm of madness.

July 26th, 2019
Blog Post
Skillet Jefferson and "The Blues"

Remembering Skillet Jefferson and the lessons on life and music he gave me.

May 31st, 2019
Blog Post
My Friend Christian Williams

A brief look at an extreme case of wrongful conviction. I have come to know Christina and her mother over the past few years.

June 15th, 2019
Blog Post
What Does the "H" Stand for?

An angry factor worker meets Jesus in a topless club one Friday night after work. They share booze, boiled eggs and conversation.

July 30th, 2019
Blog Post

An ex-con steeped in despair meets an unlikely companion one dark and stormy November evening

Blog Post
Post Incarceration Syndrome: A Dirty Little Secret

A revealing look, through the lense of personal experience, at an often debilitating type of PTSD ex-cons struggle with.

July 31st, 2019
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