Erik Goddard

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The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

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My work spans a few different themes: mostly thriller/suspense, horror and sci-fi. I also write some young adult themes of adventure and discovery.  

I wrote my first short story when I was in third grade (which I still have.) I grew up reading a wide variety of books from ​​adventure to mystery, horror, science fiction, and crime. I still have some of the young adult and children's books that shaped my early years, and those and the adult fiction that followed continues to shape my own work.

I grew up reading stuff like Willard Price, Hardy Boys, Robert Arthur Jr., Edgar Rice Burroughs, Whitley Streiber, Stephen King, James Clavell, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Lovecraft, Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, George Orwell, Phillip K. Dick and so many more. I've loved mysteries, crime, historical, and literary, but my true love is suspense, thrillers, horror and sci fi. Some of my favorite titles include Salem's Lot, The Shining, Rendevous with Rama, Dracula, Lord of the Rings, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Collector, Dune, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Great Expectations, Turn of the Screw, Love in the Time of Cholera, Devil in the White City.

I love discovering new writers and new stories. I am firmly in the camp that maintains not all stories have been written yet. There is always something new.



My Writing Style

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Generally speaking, I write stories about fictional themes that interest me: suspense, fear of the unknown, and unexpected outcomes. These stories can involve victims, criminal elements, unknown connections between people, or observations that remain unexplainable. Strange things happening to ordinary people, or people getting caught up in dangerous situations are recurring themes of suspense that motivate me.  


According to Wikipedia:

Suspense is a state of mental uncertainty, anxiety, being undecided, or being doubtful. In a dramatic work, suspense is the anticipation of the outcome of a plot or of the solution to an uncertainty, puzzle, or mystery, particularly as it affects a character for whom one has sympathy. 

Erik Goddard