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I'm an Englishman abroad in New Zealand, having moved here from the UK about four years ago. Writing for me has evolved from a means of escapism into something of an obsession. A subject that plays a major part in the content of many of my stories. Yes I'm pretty much infatuated with lunacy. It scares the hell out of me. It's all the unpredictability I think. My writing style is unorthodox and rarely sticks firmly to the genre for which it is presented, which is good because formulaic horror is like an 80's pop single. Same old, same old. I like to flip rapidly between gory horror and farcical comedy. I think that this kind of contrast amplifies the effects of both. It certainly affects me that way. I saw a film once, a long time ago, called 'The old dark house'. It was basically horror comedy but it was done so well that it just creeped me out for months! Another of my favourites (for all the wrong reasons) is 'Eraser head'. The atmosphere in this movie just blew me away. I've been criticised in the past for rampant use of expletives in character dialogue but I don't care. The characters that I write about actually live for me. I get to know them like friends and all my friends swear like troopers!
I consider myself a normal man, having a wife, children and several household pets, but I have a real dark side and the best way to appease it is to write horror stories. I don't like stuff where the hero always wins out because justice has no place in horror either. Sometimes the hero and the villain are the same character. Sometimes the villains win and the heroes meet with ghastly deaths. When you see the villain/monster die in flames at the end of a movie, it's over. Why not let it live and enjoy the possibility that it just may turn up at your bedroom window in the middle of the night? Isn't that sooo much sexier?
If you want to get in touch please feel free to do so. But no stalkers please. I'm fully booked in that department until somewhere around January 2025! I can be reached via my e-publisher at:
HiRiscPublications@gmail.com - please put 'FAO John Vault' in the subject header and I'll get it.
on Feb. 10, 2011 :
This brilliant and chillingly original collection of dark tales are probably best not read at bedtime if you're planning to sleep. Vault is a master wordsmith who adopts a unique and original voice for each of the ten tales. The characters and situations are all stunningly observed and believable - these are ordinary people in extraordinary situations and extraordinary people in ordinary situations, but there's no tired or badly-drawn characters here. Without the slightest whiff of pretention, Vault manages to keep each tale fresh and exciting, without resorting to pointless horror and seen-it-all-before predictability. You won't find any of the usual fodder here - no vampires (loved-up or otherwise), no monsters seeking revenge, or aliens trying to take over - just extremely well-written, thought-provoking mini-masterpieces on the different forms madness can take in our society. I could go on and describe the contents of some of these wonderful tales, but to do so would spoil the joy of discovery, the shock, awe and wonder they generate when you suddenly realise what is actually happening. If you enjoy horror, intelligent writing and well-crafted stories, then do yourself a favour and order a copy of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales. Vault is going to be big - he has the scope and imagination of a modern Poe. Be one of the first to appreciate his genius - and tell all your friends. When they eventually start to sleep again, they will thank you for it! - Stephen Gawtry, Bournemouth
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)