Erik Goddard

Works of Fiction

My work spans a few different themes: mostly horror, suspense, 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, and Phillip K. Dick. 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.



Read regular updates to my works in progress on my blog or on Facebook.

Work in progress in 2021: 

The Kidnapping of Sarah Easton

While en route to an appointment, Sarah Easton, student at U.C. Berkeley, is kidnapped through a sublte deception and brought to a remote cabin, where she is forced to record a ransom demand aimed at her father, a hotel magnate. Over the several days of her confinement, she attempts to turn the tables by using her wits and manipulating the strange interpersonal relationships between her three captors. However, as these relationships break down and the day of the exchange looms, her careful planning is thwarted at the last minute and she learns that death is in the works for her. Using every resource to escape, she comes face to face with the unexpected mastermind behind the kidnapping.

Fiction / Suspense


Death, Fate, and the Unknown

The Requiem series of interrelated stories involves the themes of death, fate, and the unknown. Each story is standalone, and the series can be read in any particular order. These are "long short stories," at around 10,000 words each. 



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On a night filled with increasing uncertainty, four travelers begin to sense that the world may no longer include them.

Currently available as an ebook on Amazon. Print version coming with the addition of new titles.



A brush with death and a series of strange coincidences lead a young couple to a chilling and final realization.

Work in progress 2021

Erik Goddard