Sunday, October 24, 2010


CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD Thursday, October 28, 2010 meeting

Featured speaker: Author Larry Crompton, Sudden Terror

Author Larry Crompton is the featured speaker at Central Oregon Writers Guild’s Thursday, October 28 meeting. Crompton’s book Sudden Terror is based on the actual and still unsolved case of the East Area Rapist, also known as the Original Night Stalker, a masked man who terrorized California communities for ten years; 1976 through 1986, and possibly to this day. Crompton will speak about the reason he wrote the book and the problems encountered by law enforcement during investigations. He will also talk about writers’ rejections when submitting to agents, as well as his experiences in self-publishing. Sudden Terror is his first novel.

Larry Crompton was born in New Brunswick, Canada, served three years in the Royal Canadian Army Reserve while attending school and five years active service in the Royal Canadian Navy. Immediately upon leaving the Navy, Crompton and his family moved to California, where they became U.S. citizens. He joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department in 1971, served in several positions during his career. While he did not work on the initial investigations of the East Area rapist case, he based his book on the actual events recorded in the police case files. Crompton taught criminal law for thirteen years, and upon retiring from the Sheriff’s Department he and his wife moved to a small ranch outside Salem, Oregon.

Central Oregon Writers Guild meets Thursday, October 28 at COCC Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop, Building 3 Room 309, 6:30 pm. – 9:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. For information about Guild membership, its mission, activities and volunteer opportunities contact Guild president Elsie Rochna, 541-923-0896, via e-mail at or go to the guild’s blog:

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