R.W. Van Sant
R.W. Van Sant lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife, two children, and two black pampers who were rescued from the dog shelter.
Over the decades has been a delivery driver, medical claims biller/processor, museum worker and a science, history, english, and math teacher.
An eternal student, he has earned degrees and certificates in general science, history, teaching and an MBA. R.W. wasted much of his youth in strange pursuits and as such he is trained in the forgotten skills of sword and bow and numerous other arcane skills too obscure to mention.
Mostly, R.W. is a writer. As a student of the darker aspects of the human condition, he prefers to write science fiction, supernatural thrillers, dark and urban fantasy.
His published short stories have appeared in the Storyteller Magazine, Victory News Press and Nth Degree e-zine.
Anthology of short stories, horror, science fiction, fantasy
10 short stories
Ghosts, dinosaurs, science gone wrong, disturbing futures and more.
“…unique perspectives and wonderful and horrible possibilities. Definitely take this one on vacation for reading around the campfire.” –Sandy Penny
“Terrific read. The horror pieces, while not usually my cup of tea, were clever and spooky. The science fiction stories, which were the reason I bought the anthology, were also clever and well-written.”- Steve M. Fye
“I missed Rod Sterling terribly, not anymore! I think he has been reborn in this author. Fabulous insight and intriguing ideas that keep you reading. I am usually annoyed with guessing the ending of stories about the time I am at the third paragraph.....I am definitely NOT annoyed. Surprising endings.”- Teri Anderson
“Short and sweet, with an ending I didn’t expect. I’ll be on the lookout for more from this author.” – Lia Cole
“Master of the surprise ending. Don’t quit reading until the end.”
“R.W. Van Sant has a very unique outlook and writing style. I recommend this book for its great imaginative storytelling.”- Kathleen
An anthology of dark fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural thriller.
Ten dark and thought-provoking short stories that will thrill and intrigue you.
A New Adult Supernatural Thriller.
"Teller’s Cove is a horror through and through. It’s got suspense, shocks, blood, death, and an underlying feeling of unease and tension."- Bit'N Book Promoters
Jerry Lujan is having the worst semester of his life. He's failing his classes and the grandmother died. and his only living blood relative, his older brother Ted, disappeared after her funeral. Jerry hasn't heard from him in months. He is almost ready to give up.
Then a phone call changes everything.
Ted has been living in California, bought a beach house, and wants him to come out for Spring Break. Jerry arrives to discover that he and his brother are the inheritors the old Teller House; a dilapidated old house sitting on a cliff that overlooks a desolate cove. At the bottom of the cover, however, his ancestor's ship hides the secret to a lost family treasure.
Jerry soon learns that the cove is hiding more than just treasure. In order to claim their birthright, the brothers must face the secret of their parents' deaths, and the horrifying truth that forced their grandmother to abandon her estate and flee to a life of poverty in the deserts of New Mexico.
Jerry and Ted have a week to learn to scuba dive to retrieve a golden treasure spoken of in a captain's old logbook. The logbook, however, also speaks of something else lingering in the cove in the cove. Something ancient and evil may that may have been stalking his family for over a century.
A New Adult Dystopian Science Fiction Adventure.
When humanity escaped to the stars, greed and tyranny eagerly pursued.
From behind the faceplate of his spacesuit, Tod Riley dreams of exploring other planets while building his world's first space station. With a salvaged travel pod, he flies between the ice and rock of the planet rings, but his dreams turn to nightmares when the Unity starship Grissom arrives in the system, bringing the tyrannical authority of the Unity with them.
It's not long before violence erupts on the station. The ruling council compels the warship to leave the system, but it does not leave alone. Several colonists are shanghaied, pressed into fleet service on the ship; forced into a nightmarish never-ending war, of injury and degradation as the ship takes them further from the home they may never see again.
Treated as criminals and kept as slaves, only the dream of eventual release and freedom keep them going. A dream that fades as his fellow colonists start dying off, one by one. Rumors spread that the captain is committing acts of piracy and Tod realizes that if he is ever going to see his homeworld again, he must escape the warship and somehow find his way across the light years of empty space that separates him from home.
Science Fiction Thriller
"Excellent, gripping story! A new way of thinking of some future tech!"
No one on earth would ever trust Matt Dales with a badge again, not after the incident in Dallas, an incident he cannot remember. Dales is forced to take a job in the Sirius dome colony.
FTL or Faster than light travel, however, destroys unprotected human minds. To allow space travel humans must be drugged insensible, unable to make memories of the event. Dales gets a partial dose of the hyper drug. His mind is bombarded by senses beyond the realm of human comprehension as well as years of memories of both the past and future.
Instead of driving him insane, however, Dales suppresses the memories behind a wall of post-traumatic stress and gains flashes of future events.
Dales struggles to live a semi-normal life as a serial killer stalks the dome, murdering at will and eluding the best security system humanity has ever created. Unable catch the murderer, the colonial government turns to the only man trained outside that system; Detective Dales.
Now only a man with uncontrollable psychic visions can stop the killing; that is if Dales doesn’t go insane first.
Audio visual reading of the published short story "Whale Song" by author R. W. Van Sant.