Richard Hector lives in Phoenix, Arizona where he does research on system factors that affect colorectal cancer screening among vulnerable groups. He began his advanced studies in neuroscience, but switched to public health after witnessing the ravages of HIV and "crack" in his native land, Trinidad and Tobago. He has a master's degree in neuroscience, a master's of public health in epidemiology and a PhD in health services research. He is married with a boy and two girls. He enjoys watching his wife and kids play netball and soccer. He plays double seconds, and tenor pan. He enjoys playing calypso, straight ahead, jazz and standards. He also enjoys snorkeling, bodyboarding, jogging and motorcycling.
Soucouyant is the first of a series retelling Caribbean folktales updated for today's taste. In this entry, the ancient soucouyant manifests as a beautiful woman of Indian descent. She extracts her unique style of justice from a local small time thug ("bad John") whose action resulted in the suicide of a teenage girl.