V.K. Scott


V.K. Scott is a high school English teacher and writer who lives in the Phoenix area.

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Death Before Swine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,600. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Ben Hart is a high school chemistry teacher who thought his biggest problems were test scores and lunchroom politics. That was before he lost his job, discovered his colleague murdered, and found himself with a new assignment—catch the killer. Now, as he navigates Diamond Alley, Arizona’s backstreets, his questions are no longer multiple choice.
Dorbeck's Blues
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Blues guitarist George Dorbeck wants nothing more than to enjoy the last oceanside days at his beach house. But when an exterminator hands him a bill he cannot pay, his problems literally grow legs. A Horror Short Story. 4,500 words.

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Smashwords book reviews by V.K. Scott

  • If You Go Into The Woods on July 10, 2011

    This eBook contains two short stories: “If You Go Into the Woods,” and “Reset Button.” The first reads very much like a fairy tale, and I think the foreign setting really helped to set an otherworldly mood. I did have some questions about the significance of some character actions, but on the whole I understood and was intrigued by the child protagonist. My biggest complaint is that the story ended just as I was starting to feel creeped out. I’m fine, philosophically, with ambiguous endings, but I really wanted something more--more tension, more danger. More something. The protagonist of “Reset Button,” Linus, was very well-drawn. I really felt for him and his plight of not being remembered--something we all feel and fear, I think--made him endearing in a way. Here, though, like with the previous story, something felt off with the ending. I honestly felt like I had missed something significant, as if there was some hidden meaning that I failed to grasp. Gaughran’s writing is clear throughout, and the characters behaved consistently and believably. While these stories left me wanting a little bit more, I would be more than interested in checking out the author’s future work, especially at longer lengths. Disclosure: I received these short stories as part of a free book giveaway.