Scott Dyson


By day, Scott Dyson works as a healthcare professional, and is a husband and a father to two boys. In his spare time, he writes and self-publishes his tales of horror, mystery and science fiction/fantasy. He has been writing since grade school but it wasn’t until the mid-1990′s, when he was helping to host a book and writing forum on Delphi Internet Services called The Book And Candle Pub, that he got more serious about creating works of fiction.

Dyson has self-published three short story collections, four novellas, and a novel.  He has had his fiction published in several anthologies, including The Gates Of Chaos, for which he also served as the editor and publisher.


14 Dark Windows

A lad has fun interacting with his grandfather – a young college student finds himself alone in a house that might be haunted – a junior high student tries to find a way to talk to the girl of his dreams – a serial killer claims his latest victim in a restaurant – and more…

A collection of 14 short stories and an author’s note, containing the following stories:


They are not all horror, though most have a horrific element.

Cover done by Rich Siegle.


It’s going to be one crazy weekend. Crazy enough to kill…

Everyone has always enjoyed the annual Halloween getaway at Roger’s cabin, even if some of Roger’s games are a little… strange. And this year, it’s once again Roger’s turn to pick the game they will play.

Roger wants everything to be perfect so he’s put a great deal of thought into his scavenger hunt. After all, he loves Amy and he’s determined to win her heart.

He’s also determined to deal with Amy’s fiance, Paul. Paul pretends that he and Amy were destined to be together. That Paul didn’t steal Amy from him. That he and Paul are still best friends.

The meals, the campfires, the game, it’s all part of Roger’s revenge plot. Only he didn’t plan on his secretary driving to the cabin and screwing everything up.

But what’s a few more murders, between friends?

The Gates Of Chaos: Stories Written During The Pandemic

Cha·os /ˈkāˌäs/ complete disorder and confusion. Assaulted from all directions by natural disasters, political upheavals and viral pandemics, we often feel we are living in a time of chaos. But imagine how much worse things can get. We still sleep in our warm beds, are able to eat, to drive, to vote, to think freely. Are we truly living in a time of chaos, or do we merely stand on the precipice, waiting at the gates? Can we possibly imagine the true horror that awaits us on the other side? In 2020, amidst the panic and confusion of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the online group Horror Writers Net tasked its most twisted and deranged minds with imagining the worst. This anthology of 20 short tales of Horror fiction is the result of their efforts. A work of passion and fear, the collection features illustrations by pen & ink artist Will Jacques, and stories by B.T. Noonan, Jesse D’Angelo, N.M. Brown, Wayne Hartshorn, Florence Ann Marlowe, Adam Michael Dodds-Wade, Brianna Van Riet, James Miles, Valkyrie Kerry, Nelson Hurley, Chris Stenson, Scott Dyson, Jim Falcon, and Rob Harman. Pass through these gates at your own risk.

Quantum Zoo

From a ghost park to a time-travel penitentiary of murderers to a menagerie of Egyptian deities, Quantum Zoo presents 12 compelling stories involving 12 very different living exhibitions. Including a wonderfully atmospheric tale by Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Bridget McKenna.

A wonderful volume of exciting, enthralling short stories from a dozen of the hottest indie authors in science fiction and fantasy, all for one low price. Visit these 12 exotic worlds on a thrilling ride through Quantum Zoo!

Deep Fried Horror I Just Wanted to Grill

He just wanted to grill, but now he wants to KILL!

When an angry mob tears down your gate, tramples on your property, and interrupts a nice day of grilling, there’s only one thing you should do: a wholotta killin’!

This serving of Deep Fried Horror is 2 pounds of sirloin from all American grass-fed beef. The meat is marinated for days in a delicious coating of buttery self-defense and vengeance, with a touch of salt to compliment the flavor of pride. What does this mean? Why does some drunk at Deadman’s Tome compare stories to food? It means that this book, these handful of stories, go down well like a well-seasoned steak during a hasty lunch break.


It’s an ordinary summer, much like any other –- until the day the sun stopped rising.

First, cell phone service fails. Then the electricity goes out. Those who leave aren’t returning. Those who stay home are disappearing.

Or dying.

Beth Evans doesn’t trust the neighbor who appoints himself block leader. She doesn’t believe him when he proclaims that the danger comes from beyond the ends of their street. All she wants is to keep her family safe, and to do so, she must find the truth on her own.

But the most terrifying danger may be closer than Beth dreams…


There’s a serial killer on the loose. And he might be working for the Devil…

Student Chris Jones is obsessed with finding meaning in his life. Researching the historical existence of evil, he falls down the rabbit hole, becoming deeply affected by the darkness in our world. He forgets about classwork and, most of all, his relationship with his girlfriend Rachel suffers. After a gruesome murder on campus, things get even worse.

Because the night before, Chris dreamed about it.

He dreamed about the rape, the knife wounds, the agonizing cries. He experienced it vividly — from the killer’s perspective. Why is he experiencing this? Is it related to his research? The terror on campus ramps up as Rachel’s roommate goes missing… just as Chris comes face to face with a killer. The killer who died years ago.

What is the entity’s game? How does it involve Chris? And even more frightening: What does this evil being want with Rachel? Chris’s life isn’t the only thing he has to put on the line. He could risk the love of his life. He could risk his very soul…



The Jackson High School Band and student director Kimberly Bouton are making their biennial journey to a music festival in the deep South for fun and educational opportunities. Kim expects to deal with hormonal teenagers, a severe lack of sleep, and long boring bus rides, but the roadside inn where the band stays on their visit hides a sinister secret – and it translates to unimagined horrors for students and teachers alike…

Check into THE INN, where the guests are the entertainment…



While exploring the woods near their bike trails, four soon-to-be eighth grade boys make an exciting discovery: a real cave! Of course they decide to explore it, and they make a pact to keep it as their very own secret.

But Steve breaks the pact in order to win the attention of the neighborhood girl that they all dream about: Gina Lawson. To their surprise, Gina wants in on their adventure. As the five of them explore further and deeper, they begin to realize that their cave is not simply a cave – but does the strange pocket of darkness merely pose serious danger, or does true evil lurk within?

A 25,000 word horror novella mixing teenage exuberance with a touch of the macabre. (Contains adult themes and some adult language.)

The Striker Files: 3-in-1 Collection

The Striker Files contains the previously published short stories Dead or AliveNight Family, and Rick’s Rules

It also contains the bonus short story Garage Sale.

Dead or Alive – Things are slow at private detective Rick Striker’s office. He’s just making ends meet with the same old cases. When another missing persons case walks through the door, Rick is grateful – these types of cases are usually easy money and he’s good at them. And this one looks really easy. It looks like the girl might not really even be missing. He’ll be lucky to be able to put in enough time earn out his retainer.

But things are different than they look, and he’s drawn into a world that is very strange to him – and becomes stranger with each passing hour he spends on the case.

Night Family – Spoiled rich girl Lisa Warwick is bored, but isn’t she always bored? When her BFF Megan suggests that they go to a goth dance club called Skid Row, Lisa jumps on the idea – it’s something different, and she’s definitely up for something different. But Skid Row isn’t exactly what the friends expect and when Lisa and Megan are first separated from their boyfriends, then from each other, Lisa finds out that “something different” is really and truly something different.

Rick’s Rules – Rick Striker thinks he’s put enough distance between him and his foes. He likes the bar he’s temping at and he really likes the young lady he’s met in this new town. But trouble has a way of finding him, and the vampires don’t care who they eliminate in their quest to find the detective.

It’s time for Rick Striker to go home. Time to confront both his fears and his foes. Time to use all of Rick’s Rules in order to come out on top.

Garage Sale – Garage sales make Julie nervous – all those strangers coming to her house. When she loses track of a customer who seems a little – odd – to her, she fears the worst — that the stranger has gone into her house for nefarious purposes. She feels compelled to investigate…

A collection of short fiction, containing around 25000 words and a brief author’s note. Thanks for your interest!

DIE 6: A collection of short stories

A short story collection that contains:

AN ARTIFICIAL YEARNING – a young man meets the girl of his dreams online, and yearns to take the next step – meeting in person. But the love of his life is not what he expected…

BLOOD TIES – a psychic who is in debt to the wrong people sees a way out if he can talk to the ghost of a bank robber and find the money that was stolen. Of course, it’s never as easy as it sounds…

THE TOOTH FAIRY – Perion, queen of the Dentata, is captured by a boy whose tooth she has come to collect, and tries to make a deal for her freedom, the cost of which is extremely high…

THE FUN HOUSE – Natalie is stuck taking her little brother to the carnival, but when they enter the Fun House, they experience the thrills and chills of their young lives…this Fun House is a little too real…

TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS – When a woman shows up at Joseph’s door with an unbelievable story, he is left with no other choice but to accept it when agents from the future attack both of them in his time. His only escape – to travel to the future himself and attempt to set things right…

THE GHOST TRAIN – Three high school students in Addison Falls try to solve the mystery of both the strange dreams they are having and the reappearance of a “Ghost Train” passing directly through their mall. The answers are found in the past…

Plus a brief author’s note and a sample of “Rick’s Rules”.

Two SF stories, two horror/ghost stories, and a couple that cross genres…Enjoy!