Darryl Matter

Biography

Hello,

I'm an ancient, long-retired college professor who likes to write stories. My educational background is somewhat varied. I first earned a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Management Option. The industrial management and psychology classes interested me in human behavior, and I eventually earned a Ph.D. in Human Development. In addition to writing stories, my interests include reading and stamp collecting.

I grew up in a rural Kansas community, and I now live with my wife in a retirement community. I appreciate each of my readers, and I thank you for reading my stories. Furthermore, I encourage each of you to write something of interest to you and then publish it--to share with the world.

Being the antique person that I am, the tech-side of publishing doesn't come easily to me and I appreciate the support staff at Smashwords.

Again thank you for your interest in my stories.

Sincerely,
Darryl Matter

Books

The Engineer's Solution
Price: Free! Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Carleton Swift, an engineer at Lancaster Industries, has a host of marital problems. With a little thought, however, he has determined a solution to those problems. Will his solution work?
The Thrill of the Hunt
Price: Free! Words: 57,280. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Joan Gilbert works undercover as a gun runner, supplying guns on the black market, until a mole in the police department gives her away. In the ensuing gun battle, she manages to kill three thugs and is nearly killed herself. Once out of the hospital, she's out to identify the mole and seek revenge on the powerful crime figure who wants her dead.
The Mobster's Missing Diamonds
Price: Free! Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A small plane crashed in a remote region of the national park three weeks ago. No trace of its pilot was found. The plane's registration suggests a link to organized crime. Now three men are at the ranger station. They're "going camping." The ranger has suspicions as to whey they're there--but October is no time for inexperienced hikers in those mountains.
The Well-Planned Robbery
Price: Free! Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
It was a well-planned robbery. Carl would drive the getaway car. Larry and Tony would break into the convenience store late at night when it was closed and no one was around. They'd be out and away with the cash in five minutes. They'd done it before. What could possibly go wrong?
Bad Luck
Price: Free! Words: 2,590. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Western
The year was 1873. Joe Argile was down on his luck--and damned mad at the world. He'd lost his last dollar in a card game and then, after an altercation with the bartender, the sheriff had told him to get out of town. The big Colt on Argile's hip had helped him out before when he was broke, and he saw his opportunity to rob the lumber yard in the next town down the trail.
Coveralls
Price: Free! Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
The year was 1921, and Sheriff Bill Brewster had a murder on his hands. His only possible link to the killer was a pair of blood-stained coveralls discovered in a trash can. Forensic science was in its infancy in the early 1920s, but in the hands of Dr. Winslow Tegan, the coroner, those coveralls would provide a number of clues to the killer's identity.
Uncle Ezra's Cat
Price: Free! Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
"Uncle Ezra," as he was known, the 90-year-old semi-retired cemetery caretaker, has one real friend--the cat called Blackie. When Halloween came around, Uncle Ezra would do his best to keep the vandals out of the cemetery. At his age, however, Ezra is too old to chase them away as he once did, but Blackie is there to help him--as only Blackie can.
Dead Man
Price: Free! Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western
The year was 1903. It's near midnight, and Sam's Saloon is bustling with activity when a young stranger burst through the door. He's looking for the sheriff because he's just seen a dead man out east of town--and there's a piece of paper with writing on it clutched in the dead man's hand. The killers are in that saloon--and they want that paper before the sheriff can get it.
The Webcore Mansion's Dark Secret
Price: Free! Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
An ancient mansion with a spooky history--and rumors of a treasure hidden there in the basement. How could two young men resist the temptation to search for that treasure once the house is thought to be vacant? Readers go with them as they ignore KEEP OUT signs and climb down steep stone stairways. What they find in that basement is the story told in The Webcore Mansion's Dark Secret.
No Leads to the Killer
Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
The year was 1927. Sheriff Taylor had a murder on his hands--and no leads to the killer. Fingerprinting and other scientific methods of solving crimes had not yet been developed. NO LEADS TO THE KILLER is the story of how a resourceful rural sheriff got his man.

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