John Gaffield

Biography

John T. Gaffield is an automotive engineer in southeast Michigan with a wife and two children. He published his first novel, "Heir to Winston Manor," in October 2010 as an eBook. John has a second ebook, "The Wahl House Curse," this time set in mid-Michigan, which is now available as of January 2011.

John released a short horror story for Kindle in mid-January 2011 called "The Ghost of Birch River Cabin." This haunting tale is set in a secluded cabin along the fictional Birch River. Other short stories are "Winter Visitor" and "Slow Down." All are currently free at Amazon (USA at least). A fourth short story "Denning Swamp - A Short Ghost Story" is now available.

John uses his past memories and his local knowledge combined with his engineering sense of detail to create realistic ghost stories. He has an interest in ghost stories and creepy old haunted houses.

John'a third haunted house novel "Alone Again" was published in September 2011. It is set in an old house in a suburban neighborhood. A couple purchased the house from a builder who had fixed up the house for sale after it had stood abandoned for a few years. The wife was never the same after they moved in.

John is continuing to work on new novels and short stories, so stay tuned!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in south-east Michigan and have lived here all my life. My one set of grandparents had an old house in Port Huron on Lake Huron. I loved visiting them, which we mostly did during the summer months, since there was much more to do with nice weather. We would watch the large ore carriers freighters pass by as the lake necked down before turning into the St. Clair River. I would learn many things about these ore carrier freighters. There was also a beach at the house where we would play. The basement in the house was kind of creepy and packed with stuff. There was also an old gravity furnace in the basement with the large round ducts that sprouted from it. I have used some of my memories and elements from the house and lake in some of my novels and short stories.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing ghost stories in 2005. I worked on and off on my first novel, "Heir to Winston Manor" for a few years. After it was completed, I struggled with how to approach having it published. I considered various options and in that time frame, e-books were beginning to be an option. I was able to publish "The Heir to Winston Manner" on Amazon first in 2010 and was lucky enough to find Smashwords a little while later.
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Where to find John Gaffield online


Books

Disconnect - A Short Ghost Story
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Will’s weekend retreat at his lake cottage was interrupted by an issue from work. His intent on remedying the situation was complicated by connection and power issues. Were the problems due to the remote location or was some unknown spirit with him in the cottage?
The Haunting of the Charles F. Campton
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,830. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A ferocious storm in late November 1953 on Lake Michigan tossed and contorted the steamer Charles F. Campton to its limits. The captain and first mate struggled to keep the crew safe in the turbulent waters. They were not alone. Ghosts from the freighter's troubled past emerged, which made the crew’s task in the perilous situation graver.
Denning Swamp - A Ghost Story
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Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.50)
Strange sounds emanating from the swamp startled Jack during the night. Alone in the house, he wondered what was outside. Would he determine what was tormenting him before it was too late?
Winter Visitor
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Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(2.00)
Darren was awakened by a strange sound within his bedroom with a blizzard and subzero temperatures outside. He realized he was no longer alone in his room. Was someone or something after him? Will he be able to evade the visitor? Second Edition - April 2011.
The Ghost of Birch River Cabin
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Price: Free! Words: 5,290. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Staying at a dark secluded cabin along the Birch River that his uncle owned seemed like the perfect fly fishing weekend getaway for Paul. Strange occurrences began happening. Would it be enough to prevent the history of the cabin from being repeated? (A short story). Fourth Edition - June 10, 2011.
The Wahl House Curse
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,850. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(2.00)
Peter Corbin was in need of a change in his job as a realtor in a busy suburban community. A chance to transfer to a small town seemed to be what he and his wife Sarah needed. They purchased an old house for a bargain price, but with a troubled past. This proved to be something he would soon regret. The restless ghosts quickly made their presence known. 3rd Edition - July 7, 2011.
Heir to Winston Manor
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,700. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Tim Weir is stunned to learn that he will inherit the estate of his great aunt and uncle. Wanting to see what needs to be done in order to sell the house and the property, he takes time off from work to visit the large estate. Strange things begin happening which he struggles to explain. Tim searches for answers to understand why the restlest spirits remain in the manor.
Slow Down
By
Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.40)
A short story about a careless driver, named Scott, who caused a tragedy. Scott was haunted by his actions. Would it cause him to change his ways?