Ben Kalcher


Ben was born and raised in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. At the age of 16 he, along with his family moved to the Isle of Wight where he attended the catering college. For three years he studied there taking up various jobs in kitchens and progressing through a career in catering. Despite this he still continued to write.

It wasn't until 2007 however that he begun entering competitions. In 2011 he moved to Oxford where things didn't go to plan which forced him back to the south coast. It was here, in Oxford however, that his writing actually began to take shape.

On a rainy afternoon in Witney he stumbled across Smashwords and from there on he has been able to publish short stories in the form of ebooks. He has published six short stories to date, Mouse and Cat, Trust No One, The Voice and A Dead Cold Night, Play By The Rules and Dear Jane and they have racked up numerous download totals mainly through iTunes, Sony, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

Ben has two full novels in first draft stage but is currently working on a novel titled The Reprisal (Working title) which is due for release in the late to early 2014/2015.

In 2014 Ben's first short story will be released as a short film starring Helen Flanagan and Peter Abbott.

Away from writing Ben spends many days working in a kitchen and when not doing that he spends time watching films and reading books by some of his favourite authors.

Ben currently lives in Southsea with a pet spider known only as George (A stray that doesn't pay rent) and his thoughts.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved writing. Ever since a young age I would pen ideas and spend hours crafting stories. It wasn't until I found Smashwords that I thought, "Hell, I would love to be an indie author." At that point I uploaded my first short story, Mouse and Cat and I’ve gone on from there.
What is your proudest moment to date?
Hard question. Mouse and Cat got into the top 100 on the free Amazon UK chart, Mouse and Cat has also been turned into a short film but I think my proudest moment was the first five star review I received. It was at that moment I realised people were reading my work and actually enjoying it.
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Where to find Ben Kalcher online

Twitter: benkalcher
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Mouse and Cat promotional trailer
Short promotional trailer for the short film, Mouse and Cat based on my first short story. The short film stars Helen Flanagan as Sophia and Peter Abbott as her uncle, Frank.


The Devil's Dirt Road
Price: Free! Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Horror » General
Once every so often it wakes to feed. Once every so often an unsuspecting soul is lured to its home. The year is 1839 and it is about to eat again. Detectives Cartwright and Watts are on the case of a missing woman. They know where she is, and they know that no one has ever come back alive. This is one case they may wish they avoided.
Mouse and Cat
Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
For years she was abused by her uncle, a man with power and no soul, a dark secret she had to hide from everyone through the fear he brought upon her. She then ran away from home, gone without a trace losing everyone and everything that mattered to her. Now years later Sophia is returning to end the nightmare that she has been living for the last ten years.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ben Kalcher

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Sep. 14, 2011

    Very helpful indeed. Has given me some great insight on different ways to market my work including taking the ways I currently do that extra step. Thanks.
  • S T O L E N - Suspense Short Story on Sep. 14, 2011

    Not a bad read, noticed a few errors, but liked the ending.
  • After the Rain on Sep. 14, 2011

    A good read, very good twist at the end. I enjoyed it.
  • Who Killed Bob? on May 02, 2013

    I'm not a fan of Mysteries, not sure why, maybe I feel the plot doesn't move along at a nice pace and that they are full of questions to achieve the same answer. Who Killed Bob therefore is an achievement in its own right. First for me reading it from start to finish and second for actually enjoying it. Sometimes its easy to tell where a book is going, what the ending will be, not for one moment did I know who the killer would be in this story. I decided who the killer was early on and kind of played that in my mind, sadly, my case was wrong as good as it might have been. Overall though a good little read gaining five stars for character development, good plot and for keeping me going!