Author Franklin Horton

Franklin Horton lives and writes in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. In his sparetime  he pursues outdoor adventures with his wife and two children, including camping, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, and shooting. Franklin’s prepper roots go back to hischildhood growing up in the coalfields of central Appalachia where self sufficiency, self-reliance, and preparedness were an honored tradition among the people of the region.

His first published novel, The Borrowed World, was published in May of 2015 and became an Amazon bestseller. Since then he’s grown the series to six books. A second series called Locker Nine was released shortly afterward and focuses on preparedness for parents, teen, and young adults. His latest releases are Random Acts, which deals with social media, identity theft, and terrorism, and The Mad Mick, the start of a new SHTF series.

Franklin has taught classes and presented at survival seminars and expos around the country. He has been interviewed on numerous podcasts including In The Rabbit Hole, The Survival Prepper, The Matter Of Facts Podcast, Mind 4 Survival, The J2Cast, The Armed Squirrels Podcast, and The Prepping Academy Podcast. He has been interviewed on The Price Of Business and The Doc Green Show on syndicated radio. Press interviews include GUNS Magazine and most recently The Washingtonian magazine.



The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse (Volume 1)

The Borrowed World In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America’s infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds. When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament – trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers.

With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home. Does he have the strength, the brutality, required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

Author Steven Bird says Random Acts is the best book he’s read in 2018.  Find out why.

You’ll never, ever look at social media the same again. Could someone be using your profile pictures as their own? For what purpose? Most importantly, who might it lead to your doorstep.Teenager Amanda Castle was like a lot of people, posting pictures of her everyday life to a variety of social media sites. Not everyone who viewed her pictures was there to share in her experiences. One was there to steal her profile pictures.


A terrorist in Frankfurt was desperate to please his leadership. He planned the perfect attack, one in which vulnerable people would be invited through social media to participate in a flash mob. There, the unwitting participants, thinking they were taking part in a random act of kindness, would find themselves engaged in a random act of terror.

His ultimate plan: take the attack to America.

Using Amanda’s pictures and the name CamaroChick19, the terrorist attempts to manipulate an unstable and socially-isolated young man named Victor into a position where he will be blamed for the attack. When the friendless Victor becomes obsessed with CamaroChick19, his tenuous grip on reality snaps and his life begins to violently unravel. Before the world closes in on him, Victor is determined to track down Amanda Castle and make her pay for everything that has gone sideways in his life.