V.K. Scott is a former English teacher and the author of books in the mystery, suspense, and horror genres. He is the author of two full-length novels: Death Before Swine, a small-town murder mystery, and Deadbolt, a down-to-earth suspense novel in the desert Southwest. He has a nearly useless M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University, but he doesn't expect that to impress you, and hopes you don't hold it against him.
He lives in Phoenix, AZ, with his loving wife and three children.
You can find out more on vkscott.com.
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Shame Rides Shotgun
When John and Beth Hackland arrive in Austin, Texas, for John's job interview, they find they're not the only guests at their rental house. A mysterious burgundy sedan occupies the driveway, with no driver in sight. Its key drips with blood. The ride that follows will take John to hell and back, a journey that bends his marriage to the breaking point and tests his very soul.
A child is locked in a bathroom for an entire day. The darkness is bad. The growling from beneath the sink is worse. And what the child discovers in those shadowy recesses is more than he could possibly imagine. As an adult, he tries desperately to make sense of the inexplicable, reliving the experience that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Five short stories of horror, including "Locked," "Black Out Days," "Shame Rides Shotgun," "Dorbeck's Blues," "Dear Editor," and the bonus flash fiction "E.U.L.D.O.A."
After a traumatizing home invasion, Sarah Coleman keeps the outside world at bay. Her house in the Phoenix suburbs becomes her fortress, a stucco barrier between her and all that would harm her. She's thrown the deadbolt shut, she thinks, forever. But when the thieves return, a dead body and an unlikely companion thrust Sarah into the desert sun she wants so desperately avoid.
Death Before Swine
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.
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.
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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.