Patrick C. Van Slyke


Patrick Van Slyke grew up in the shadows of the Big Horn Mountains in the small town of Sheridan Wyoming. An avid reader, as a child he was drawn to fantasy and science fiction. He attended the University of Wyoming and it was here that his love of Horror began.
Patrick now lives in sunny southern California with his daughter and fiancé. His day job is owner of Assisted Living Placements, helping seniors find assisted living. He hopes to one day support his family solely as an author.
To that end, Patrick has published numerous short stories and has finished the Forsaken Trilogy. This 300,000 word work is set in Patrick’s home town and tells the tale of a teenager on the brink of manhood who learns that the barrier between the living and the dead has begun to collapse, forcing him into a conflict that could lead to insanity, death, or the betrayal of everything he holds dear.
Recently Patrick is working a new science fiction horror novel, The Quantum Gate.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Sheridan Wyoming is just your typical small western town - lots of cowboys, very few stores, not a lot to do. We played a bunch of roll-playing games, like Dungeons and Dragons etc. During this time I read mostly fantasy but I have always been a horror fan.
When did you first start writing?
I tried writing a science fiction novel when I was about ten but it was basically just a cheep knock off of 'Star Wars!' It makes me laugh now. I then, around fifteen tried to write a fantasy novel, but by then I was becoming more interested in girls than writing. I wrote a lot in college for different classes but that doesn't count because I had to. I seriously started writing about three years ago.
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This is a beta promo for the FORSAKEN trilogy - Teenager Nick Davis is a normal small town kid. Unfortunately he is also a key that can open the gates of hell. Will powers beyond his control force him to condemn the world to destruction? The FORSAKEN trilogy is the epic story of Nick's fight for humanity. The trilogy is made up of THE DEAD WALL, THE BETRAYAL GATE, and THE FINAL SACRIFICE. Will evil finally win?


The Final Sacrifice
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,700. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Nick Davis has been betrayed by God, his friend and now his country. In prison he becomes hard and no longer cares about the fate of mankind. Let them rot. From now on he is in it for himself. His lover, Jennifer, however has different plans. Along with an unexpected ally they help Nick escape from prison and lead him to the final battle.
The Betrayal Gate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,590. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Growing up in a small western town was pretty simple, until Nick witnessed a fellow high school student ravaged by demonic possession. In the aftermath, Nick was forced to fight for his life and the lives of his family as hell began to unleash its forces on an unsuspecting world. In the end, it was a simple twist of fate that prevented the enslavement of mankind.
The Quantum Gate
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 90,770. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Hard-Metal Defense Corp makes physics professor Shawn Bender an offer that he cannot refuse; a paid sabbatical from Princeton, unlimited resources and a crack team of scientist. Their goal is to take the quantum computer out of the mathematical realm and to build the world’s first working model. The possibilities to aid mankind are endless; if it can be done.
The Dead Wall
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,840. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Nick Davis is a normal, small town teen, with nothing more on his mind than chasing girls and getting through high school, but his life is changed forever when terrifying events force him to believe that God may have turned his back on humanity, leaving the world helpless before the evils of hell. And unless he can find a way to stop it, Nick himself is fated to be the unwilling key that will rele

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