Ben Kalcher


Ben was born and raised in Hertfordshire, England in 1986 and remained there until he was 16 when the family moved down to the south of England.

He learnt to love books at an early age thanks to the efforts of his Mother and Grandmother. By 11 he was reading novels by one of his favourite authors, Dean Koontz, which came about when his Mother gave him a small collection of novels which included Phantoms, Watchers and his early favourite book, The Door to December.

It was through reading these novels that his love for writing would grow. During school, he would spend time writing notes and book ideas but would not fully realise his potential for another 15 years.

In 2011 he came across Smashwords, which gave him the opportunity to release his short stories to the world. First came Mouse and Cat, followed by a further 8 stories.

In 2016 he wrote and published his first novel on Amazon, sharing his love for horror and the Victorian way of life. From the deep abyss of dark thoughts came a novel of revenge, lost love and regrets.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved writing. Ever since a young age I would pen ideas and spend hours crafting stories. It wasn't until I found Smashwords that I thought, "Hell, I would love to be an indie author." At that point I uploaded my first short story, Mouse and Cat and I’ve gone on from there.
What is your proudest moment to date?
Hard question. Mouse and Cat got into the top 100 on the free Amazon UK chart, Mouse and Cat has also been turned into a short film but I think my proudest moment was the first five star review I received. It was at that moment I realised people were reading my work and actually enjoying it.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Ben Kalcher online

Twitter: @benkalcher
Facebook: Facebook profile


Mouse and Cat promotional trailer
Short promotional trailer for the short film, Mouse and Cat based on my first short story. The short film stars Helen Flanagan as Sophia and Peter Abbott as her uncle, Frank.


The Dead Crow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,600. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
A man wakes to find his wife and unborn child have been taken. Obsessed with gaining revenge on those that caused him harm, Dr William Blackmore seeks out those involved in the taking of his wife, Charlotte. With the help of a stranger and a concoction of sleep-preventing tonics to aid his cause, he sets about righting those wrongs.
Mouse and Cat
Price: Free! Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
For years she was abused by her uncle, a man with power and no soul, a dark secret she had to hide from everyone through the fear he brought upon her. She then ran away from home, gone without a trace losing everyone and everything that mattered to her. Now years later Sophia is returning to end the nightmare that she has been living for the last ten years.

Ben Kalcher's tag cloud

crow    dead    gothic    gothic horror    horror    motif    murder    revenge    thriller    thriller suspense    victorian    victorian horror   

Ben Kalcher's favorite authors on Smashwords

Tom Lichtenberg
Latest book: The White-Hole Situation. Published May 24, 2018. (4.00 from 1 review)

Smashwords book reviews by Ben Kalcher

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Sep. 14, 2011

    Very helpful indeed. Has given me some great insight on different ways to market my work including taking the ways I currently do that extra step. Thanks.
  • S T O L E N - Suspense Short Story on Sep. 14, 2011

    Not a bad read, noticed a few errors, but liked the ending.
  • After the Rain on Sep. 14, 2011

    A good read, very good twist at the end. I enjoyed it.
  • Who Killed Bob? on May 02, 2013

    I'm not a fan of Mysteries, not sure why, maybe I feel the plot doesn't move along at a nice pace and that they are full of questions to achieve the same answer. Who Killed Bob therefore is an achievement in its own right. First for me reading it from start to finish and second for actually enjoying it. Sometimes its easy to tell where a book is going, what the ending will be, not for one moment did I know who the killer would be in this story. I decided who the killer was early on and kind of played that in my mind, sadly, my case was wrong as good as it might have been. Overall though a good little read gaining five stars for character development, good plot and for keeping me going!