John Vault

Biography

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.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working as a technical writer and web developer and renovating my house. I'm a habitual learner and these two occupations push all the buttons from that perspective.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I type key words into a search bar. I'll often try something unusual on a whim to see where it takes me. I browse book catalogues like others browse the web.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find John Vault online


Where to buy in print


Books

Crones
Price: $3.10 USD. Words: 112,890. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
The residents of the Lilac Grange nursing home are being murdered and Catherine Scrivens knows who the culprit is, so the race is on to get to the killer before the killer gets to her. Meanwhile Linda Hawthorne, a worker at the Grange, inherits an artifact with bizarre magical powers, and no user guide. After accidentally releasing the dreaded 'Black Dog', Linda faces death trying to put it back.
The Mushroom Man
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,230. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
If you had a ton and a half of hallucinogenic mushrooms and the police were knocking on your door what would you do? Gerald Pembroke dumps them all down the farm well, inadvertently contaminating the village water supply. He's blissfully unaware of the damage he's done until the trip turns bad and all hell breaks loose resulting in death, carnage and buckets of blood.
Looking After Granddad.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,400. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Billy's new job in the old folks home is going well, until he meets Leo McDonald, a former Christian missionary with advancing dementia, antisocial tendencies and a startling secret. Billy isn't too concerned with Leo's behaviour. After all he's just a harmless old man... isn't he? Looking after granddad is the tenth and final story in Uncle John's bedtime Tales. Reader discretion is advised.
What The Butler Saw
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A young man's morbid curiosity regarding the disappearance of a museum curator leads him into the dark mind of a serial killer. What the butler saw is the ninth of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales. Reader discretion is advised.
Home from home
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Maria is a property developer who has just inherited a ramshackle cottage complete with atmospheric woodland. She plans to tear it down but soon becomes enchanted with its dilapidated charm. So will she keep it? Or will it keep her? Home from home is the eighth of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales. Reader discretion is advised.
Doing it for Isaac.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
What if you accidentally discovered your destiny? What if that destiny was to kill? Would you fight it or follow it blindly? Or would you, like Richard Evans, learn to enjoy it? Doing it for Isaac is the seventh of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales. Reader discretion is advised.
The Swing.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Edgar Henry is a collector of illusions from a bygone age of stage magic. When one particularly notorious artifact finally enters his collection Edgar discovers that the greatest magic of all has little to do with illusion. The Swing is the sixth of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales. Reader discretion is advised.
A Brief Moment of Lucidity
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,560. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
How do you know when you're dreaming? Can you look around yourself now and be absolutely certain that you're awake? You can? Well, meet Daniel Norris. He's just as certain as you are... A brief moment of lucidity is the fifth of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales by John Vault. Reader discretion is advised.
How Do You Like Yours?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Every young lady entertains ideas of romance, including Julia Smedley. But Julia doesn't stop at mere daydreams and her idea of a good time will take any prospective boyfriend to places he'd rather not go and from which he is very unlikely to return. How do you like yours is the fourth of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales. Reader discretion is advised.
Kirlia
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,060. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Due to an unfortunate mistake in an on-line order for contact lenses, Carlos Soames becomes able to see things that other people can't. The bad news is that some things just don't want to be seen... Kirlia is the third of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales. Reader discretion is advised.
John's Story
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
If you had committed an act so brutally despicable that you couldn't live with yourself, how would you atone for it? Step into the bizarre world of John Dante and live the nightmare. John's Story is the second of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales by John Vault. Reader discretion is advised.
Tiw's Cup
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Tiw's Cup is a short cautionary tale on the hazards of being an adrenalin junkie. Some people free-dive, others climb mountains. But just when you think you've done it all, what if you discover that there's one more step left to take... Tiw's Cup is the first of Uncle John's Bedtime Tales by John Vault. Reader discretion is advised.
Thaddeus
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,420. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
'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. This story has frequent use of strong language, horror themes and violence. Reader discretion advised.
Uncle John's Bedtime Tales.
Price: $3.60 USD. Words: 57,420. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(5.00)
A collection of ten dark fiction short stories by prize winning author John Vault based around the themes of madness and obsession. Essential bedtime reading! Introduction by the author. Contains frequent use of strong language, violent horror and sexual references. Reader discretion is advised.

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