David R. Stookey


For my day job, I'm an engineer at a digital printer manufacturing company in western New York. I'm also a husband, the father of two fantastic girls and a neurotic little dachshund named "Misty."

As an undergraduate, my focus was primarily mathematics and physics. I guess I ultimately needed the "nerdy stuff" for my career, but the class I enjoyed the most was an "Introduction to Writing Fiction." Not only did I learn the basics for my own writing; I got to hear a wide variety of perspectives and techniques from other students.

I still have a great deal to learn, and e-publishing seems like the perfect way to get started.

When I'm not writing, I enjoy flying, skiing and backpacking with my girls. Thanks for taking the time to visit my page, and I hope you enjoy the stories.

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Smashwords book reviews by David R. Stookey

  • Sixty-Four Days, A Sea Story on Oct. 20, 2016

    Great story - couldn't stop reading. The author does a great job of describing an extremely dangerous situation aboard a Navy Carrier with enough detail to inform the unfamiliar reader, but with enough real jargon and accurate content to entertain a true veteran as well. Great character development and really vivid descriptions. Highly recommend!
  • Troll, A Short Story on Dec. 02, 2017

    Great story! Very well written, and vivid descriptions of characters and setting. Also enjoyed the excerpts from other novels at the end of the story - I will definitely be reading more from these authors!
  • Revenge: A Short Story on Dec. 02, 2017

    Fun story! Definitely makes you empathize with the main character. Even though the "surprise" at the end is hinted at quite early, the author does a great job of building the tension between Rose and the snooty guests for the climactic moment. Who doesn't love a well deserved revenge tale?
  • The Well on Dec. 02, 2017

    Loved this story! Especially enjoyed the humorously understated British expressions that added rich color to the tale. This story genuinely makes you feel the fear that anyone would have scuba-diving down a dark and mysterious well. And how can you not love any horror story that takes place in a British Pub?
  • Abandoned: A Ghost Story on Dec. 08, 2017

    Really good story! My favorite horror stories are tales that artfully build from the real world to the unknown, and this story executes that very well. Very realistic descriptions of a person's thoughts when placed in such a terrifying predicament; having to face her fears in a creepy abandoned house in order to survive in the "real world."
  • Madness Burns on May 07, 2018

    I'm a big fan of short stories, especially horror stories, and really enjoyed every one of these. Madness, of course, is the central theme, but each of the stories had unique creative elements that kept the reader entertained. I also liked the "Monkey's Paw" angle that also shaped most of the stories. Great job, and glad to hear that your work was picked up by Permuted Press!
  • All Against All on Sep. 27, 2018

    Outstanding! Well crafted and well told story. I know it's an overused expression, but I really couldn't stop reading once I'd started. Along with the riveting "Hunger Games" like tension, the story included an interesting dystopian world in the not-too-distant future with realistic characters and several clever twists. I really enjoyed the ending and was impressed with how well all of the elements from the course of the story came together so neatly. Great job, Nathan!