I've been writing seriously since 2001, and have published about fifty stories and reviews since then - have recently completed my first novel and am seeking an agent - and just celebrated my first year of marriage. I'm happy about all these things.
I love to read (anything but romances), love to write (anything but romances) and love my wife (romance okay here). I'm a fan of microbrews, robust red wines, fine foods and bad horror movies.
The creatures in this menagerie of dark fiction by Mr. Riley are strange beasts; there are monsters aplenty (like the venomous critters of 'Hum' or the nebulous phantasm in 'Ephialtes', not to mention the hidden demons of 'Among Us'), but the strangest, scariest, most fascinating beasts are the ones lurking in the breasts, minds and souls of his tortured, damaged humans.
These are not HAPPY stories, by any means. Bad things happen. People die - even people you KNOW aren't going to die...die. Things lurk in closets, in the dark, empty streets at three A.M., in the dim quiet of a pastoral pool, coming over the radio directly into your skull. Little girls are monstrous, loving… Read more
'The Blackest Heart' begins so powerfully, so viscerally wrenching, so nihilistically, that I found myself shaking my head in wonderment as I read the first few chapters. How, I thought, could Churchill keep up this hot, hot flame?
Silly me - I forgot that Vince Churchill is a rare talent in the action field, and that he can do pretty much anything he damn well wants to do. Mix that talent with a great appreciation and love for old-style radio/comic/movie heroes (he mentions Batman, Spawn, The Crow, and I would add The Shadow and Pale Rider to that list), and you end up with a novel like this, a tight, fast-paced thriller that still contains a sprawling, pulp-colored cast of… Read more
In this, Vince Churchill's first novel, he shows a talent for pacing, drama and balls-out action that many popular thriller writers never achieve. The idea is a great one - a plague on a distant colony world which transforms its victims into raging, mindless killers. A rescue mission set up by Earth's government, involving the toughest team of mercs in the galaxy. Betrayal, pain, regret, loss, the cleansing power of violence, the ache of remembrance - and enough non-stop action to keep James Cameron in business for his next three movies. The last fifty pages of this stunning debut race along so fast, so furiously, so cathartically, so violently, that you'd better hit the bathroom before… Read more