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'Death is as popular now as it's always been.'

John Vault offers a tale of morticians, hells angels, cannibalism and immortality in a heady mix of dark comedy and darker tragedy. Featuring complex characters, farcical scenarios and a plot that constantly threatens to spiral out of control.
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About John Vault

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: - please put 'FAO John Vault' in the subject header and I'll get it.

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Review by: Stephen Gawtry on Aug. 5, 2011 :
"Thaddeus is an ambitious first novel oozing with the reality of death in all it's profundity, loss and decay. Vault is a master of dark and delicious fiction and Thaddeus Moribund may well be one of his greatest character creations. However, this glorious take on the funeral business is not for the faint-hearted. It is by turns, revolting, enlightening and humourous. Those who like their horror intelligent and thought-provoking will find much to get their teeth into. Vault has a real gift for the unexpected and just when you think you've got a handle on where's he's going, he slams you right between the eyes and takes you to another level. Thaddeus is not only a great novel, it is a meditation on death. In a society where discussion of death has almost become taboo, we would all do well to contemplate the inherent philosophical musings set forth in the book. For despite our best efforts to bury our heads in the sand, death with find us all one day - and, as Vault makes stunningly clear, in every death there are always important lessons for life." - Stephen Gawtry
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
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