Scott William Carter

Biography

SCOTT WILLIAM CARTER's first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "touching and impressive debut" and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award. Since then, he has published ten novels and over fifty short stories, his fiction spanning a wide variety of genres and styles. His most recent book for younger readers, Wooden Bones, chronicles the untold story of Pinocchio and was singled out for praise by the Junior Library Guild. He lives in Oregon with his wife and children.

His highly anticipated new mystery, GHOST DETECTIVE, is due out in the summer of 2013. In a world where everybody dies but nobody leaves, Myron Vale is the rare individual who completely straddles both sides of the great divide . . . Find out more about the book at scottwilliamcarter.com/ghost.

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Books

Ghost Detective
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,660. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
Everybody dies. Nobody leaves ... After narrowly surviving a near-fatal shooting, Portland detective Myron Vale wakes with a bullet still lodged in his brain, a headache to end all headaches, and a terrible side effect that radically transforms his world for the worse: He sees ghosts. Lots of them.
The Haunted Breadbox: A Myron Vale Investigation
By Scott William Carter
Price: Free! Words: 9,120. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
Myron Vale sees ghosts. One hundred billion of them, to be precise . . . In this short story prequel to GHOST DETECTIVE, the first novel featuring Myron Vale, a house call to an old farmhouse finds Vale investigating the most unlikely of haunted places — a breadbox. What lies inside? It's not at all what Vale expects.
The Man Who Made No Mistakes
By Scott William Carter
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 80,900. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
What if you had the power to rewind time? Make a scene in a restaurant, give your boss the finger, rob a bank just to see how it feels — you could satisfy any whim, fulfill any desire. The man who wanders into Father Holder's Las Vegas confessional says he has just such a power. This remarkable tale leads off Scott William Carter's latest short story collection.
The Care and Feeding of Rubber Chickens: A Novel
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,850. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2012 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
"My dad owns a rubber chicken factory." With this zany first line, readers are launched on a surprisingly poignant coming-of-age journey. Part buddy story, part road trip adventure, and part ruminations on the difference between love and infatuation, Carter offers up a vivid portrait of a young man who blunders into a thousand-mile quest to tell the girl of his dreams how he really feels.
Last Stop on Dowling Street
By Scott William Carter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,570. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
Racism never got off the bus . . . On a rainy night in Houston, in a ratty apartment as dark as his dreams, retired bus driver Frank Granger wakes in a cold sweat convinced a stranger with a gun lurks at the foot of his bed. And he's right.
The Android Who Became a Human Who Became an Android
By Scott William Carter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
It ain't easy being a private investigator in a galaxy that spans thousand of worlds — especially when you make the mistake of putting your heart on the line. When an old flame of Dexter Duff's shows up out of the blue, claiming her rich husband is missing, Duff has mixed feelings about getting involved.
A Tale of Two Giants
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,730. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
They meet on a rainy night, penniless and alone, both of them without a friend in the world. He's a giant, short for his kind, who doesn't care about anyone or anything. She's a stubborn girl who's lost her mother — and is determined to get her back. Together they take on an empire.
Strange Ghosts
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,450. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
Equal parts riveting and stirring, Carter takes a staple of campfires and rainy nights – the ghost story – into surprising new territory in this collection. No gore or gratuitous splatter here – these tales are meant to raise the hairs on the back of the neck and leave the reader feeling quietly discomfited hours after reading. "Carter's writing is on target." - Publishers Weekly.
Tales of Twisted Time
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,400. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
In these four riveting tales, Carter takes a classic of science fiction – the time travel story – into surprising new territory.
The Unity Worlds at War
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,810. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
Whether it's the soldiers on the front line or the bartenders who serve them, war leaves no one unscathed. These four tales set in Carter's war-ravaged Unity Worlds universe -- three originally published in the leading science fiction magazines of the day, plus one story original to this collection -- will leave you thinking about war's effects long after you finish the final words.
The Dragon of the Dolomites
By Scott William Carter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,960. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
Dragons, glass boys, and multiplying cats . . . From award-winning writer Scott William Carter comes a collection of four spellbinding fantasy tales geared toward younger readers -- and the young at heart.
Drawing a Dark Way: A Fantasy Adventure
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,400. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
Jason Rosewood loves to draw. In fact, he'd rather draw than do anything else. But when his sister is kidnapped by three black demon creatures with glowing white eyes and huge wings, Jason must pursue her into the dangerous world of Rymadoon to save her. It isn't long before he discovers that in Rymadoon he’s not just great at drawing . . . He has the power to bring his drawings to life.
President Jock, Vice President Geek
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,770. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2011 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
It was a simple plan. She would help him pass algebra. He would help her win the student election. What could go wrong? The result is the story of two mixed up teenagers struggling to find themselves and the craziest student election ever to hit the halls of Rexton High. "Carter's writing is on target." – Publishers Weekly
Tommy Top Hat
By Scott William Carter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,910. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
One tragic day in a shopping mall, Kevin Husby turns his back on his infant daughter for just an instant - and the unthinkable happens. Someone abducts her. Twenty years later, divorced and alone, Kevin is living a hollow existence in New York when he meets a mysterious homeless man in a top hat.
The Bear Who Sang Opera
By Scott William Carter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
When a grizzly bear walks into your office, it's enough to get your attention. When that grizzly turns out to be an opera-singing, biological-robot hybrid claiming someone stole his singing voice, it begins one of the strangest cases of Dexter Duff's career. Originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction.
A Christmas in Amber
By Scott William Carter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
With a meteor on a collision course with Earth, a mass evacuation is underway for a privileged few - but not for an elderly man who must say goodbye to those he loves. A powerful Christmas tale that originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Placed fifth in the Analog AnLab Reader’s Poll of the best short stories of the year. Honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction.
Lincoln and the Dragon
By Scott William Carter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,920. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
When a dimension-hopping descendant of a Confederate general attempts to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, the plan goes awry and Lincoln is stranded in a world of brave knights, drafty castles, and a princess scarred by a one-eyed dragon. As he falls for the princess, Lincoln must make a choice: fight the dragon, or return to his native country – which may need a hero even more than this one.
The Red Scarf: A Tale of Christmas Magic
By Scott William Carter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
A touching Christmas tale about a Minnesota widower who has a magical encounter with an enchanted snow man -- and gets a last glimpse of the love of his life. Originally appeared in Cicada Magazine.
A Web of Black Widows
By Scott William Carter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,060. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
In these six provocative tales, Carter takes the reader on a journey to places where love and loss intersect. A limited edition originally published by the prestigious PS Publishing, it is now available in electronic form. "While it may be small in size, A WEB OF BLACK WIDOWS is as powerful a package as dynamite." –Gnostalgia. "The title story is a stunner." –Fright.com.
The Dinosaur Diaries and Other Tales Across Space and Time
By Scott William Carter
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 78,370. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
In this impressive collection, rising talent Scott William Carter showcases his considerable storytelling skills with eighteen tales of wonder and magic. "Scott is one of those rare writers who can and does cross genres, and do it well. You never know what kind of story you'll get from him, but you do know that it'll be good." --Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo Award-Winning Editor and Writer
The Liberators
By Scott William Carter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,970. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2010 by Flying Raven Press. Category: Fiction
"Carter's warning about how the military might be used in the future stands undiminished." -- The Internet Review of Science Fiction.

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