Simon Wood

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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund, four cats, three chickens and ten thousand bees. He's the Anthony Award winning author of more than a dozen books. His titles include Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Asking For Trouble, We All Fall Down and the Aidy Westlake series. His next thriller is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY will be out February 2015. He also write horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. Curious people can learn more at

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Road Rash
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,400. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2010 by Simon Wood. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Straley might think his life is cursed, but it doesn't compare to what lies ahead. He's on the run with the loot from a botched bank raid when he comes across an auto wreck. There's no saving the drivers, but he can save himself & steals a car. Alas, he boosts the wrong car. Within an hour, a rash eats at his flesh. If Straley wants his skin back, he must journey on the road to redemption.
The Scrubs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,500. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2010 by Simon Wood. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
James Jeter, a serial killer with a 6th sense, holds court inside Wormwood Scrubs Prison. He's the focus of the "North Wing Project." He can create an alternate world containing the souls of his victims. Fellow inmate, Michael Keeler will earn a pardon if he enters Jeter's world to learn the identity of Jeter's last victim. Keeler can redeem himself, but at a price.
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La Pute
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,840. Language: French. Published: May 2, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Mark est heureux de célébrer la fin de son célibat avec un enterrement de vie de célibataire, son garçon d’honneur, Lance, ne l’est pas. Il insiste pour que Mark souligne l’événement en grande pompe en compagnie d’une prostituée, mais tout prend une autre tournure quand la pute les escroque. Le monde de Mark s’effiloche et le côté sombre de sa personnalité, jusque-là insoupçonné, se manifeste.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,120. Language: French. Published: May 2, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
James Straley peut bien penser que son existence est maudite. Il est en fuite avec le butin d’un vol de banque loupé, quand il aperçoit deux voitures impliquées dans un carambolage. Il s'appropri l'une des épaves. Après une heure, il commence à développer une urticaire qui dévore sa chair. Si Straley veut récupérer sa peau, il doit entreprendre un long voyage sur le chemin de la rédemption.
The Hooker
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Mark was content to see out his single days with a bachelor party, but his best man, Lance, wasn’t. He insists in sending Mark off in style…in the company of a hooker. It’s supposed to be the last hoorah of a single man before being condemned to a life of marriage, but that all changes when the hooker scams them. Mark’s world unravels and a dark side he never knew he possessed spills out.
Series: Aidy Westlake, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,510. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
It’s gone sideways for racecar driver, Aidy Westlake. His grandfather had just finished restoring a client’s classic Ford GT40 when it’s stolen from his workshop. They track the theft to Moldova. There’s a wrinkle. The Moldovan police don’t care about the theft of a rich man’s toy. With the threat of financial ruin hanging over his grandfather’s head, Aidy’s crew has one option—steal the car back.
Fast Crimes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,690. Language: American English. Published: April 14, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Crime happens in a moment and so do the stories in the Fast Crimes collection. These short mysteries start in the moment and build to a climax in a snap. Murders are plotted and carried out. Heists are planned and foiled. Investigators hunt and apprehend criminals. And it all happens in a handful of pages. It’s a smash and grab experience…so strap in.
Short Sharp Shocks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
SHORT SHARP SHOCKS is a collection of horror, sci-fi and crime stories that barely stretch beyond a page, with the shortest tale being only two words long. These sixty-second tales will force you to make a verbal exclamation, which might be one of humor or disgust or surprise. Whatever your reaction, take it personally—that’s the point of flash fiction.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,960. Language: American English. Published: July 19, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
In this collection of four short stories, Peter Crestfallen is a San Francisco private investigator who has a penchant for attracting problem clients. He's the kind of gumshoe who’ll always give a hundred percent, even if it’s for a ten percent return.
Hot Seat
Series: Aidy Westlake, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,690. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Things are looking good for Aidy Westlake, he's Pit Lane magazine's Young Driver of the Year, which has earned him a drive in the European Saloon Car Championship. But his good fortune ends at a race car show when he discovers Jason Gates, a mechanic from a rival team, with his throat cut. The murder sets off a disturbing chain reaction—someone is breaking the rules on and off the track.
Did Not Finish
Series: Aidy Westlake, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,550. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When a driver threatens to kill his championship rival, rookie driver Aidy Westlake doesn’t put much stock in it–it’s typical of the intense competitiveness and aggression in their world. But when the driver dies during the race, a cover-up ensues. Compelled to prove the murder took place, Aidy pushes for the truth and is drawn into a world of fraud, organized crime and murder.
The Fall Guy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,670. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Todd Collins has failed in every job he's ever undertaken, but that all changes when he backs his jalopy in a shiny, new Porsche belonging to a drug dealer. When the police stop the drug dealer for a broken taillight that Todd has caused and discover a cocaine shipment, a West Coast kingpin holds Todd responsible. On the run from organized crime, Todd discovers his true calling.
Working Stiffs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,780. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2009 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The workplace is a dangerous place. The unscrupulous are ready to take advantage of the innocent. A slight indiscretion can cost the employee everything. A new position can turn a person into someone they are not. Those at the top can be toppled and those at the bottom can be crushed. This award winning short story collection begs the question--aren't some jobs worth killing for?
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Smashwords book reviews by Simon Wood

  • Bait and Other Stories on Oct. 05, 2010

    This is a wonderful collection of short horror stories. Joel Arnold's tales focus the darkness of the human soul instead of relying on blood and gore, because of this, the stories really strike a chord. The best story in the collection is SOME THINGS DON'T WATCH OFF, which is about a black tattoo artist giving a neo Nazi his final piece of skin art. Well worth checking out.