Vaughn C. Hardacker is a writer. He has completed five novels
and numerous short stories. He is a member of the New
England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and has
published short stories in three anthologies: Mouth Full of
Bullets; Best of Year One, My Teacher Is My Hero, and
Deadfall, Level Best Books' sixth annual anthology of New
England crime and mystery stories. His novel, SNIPER, was
selected as a finalist in the Crime Fiction category of the 2015
Maine Literary Awards. His third, THE BLACK ORCHID, was
released in March 2016 and THE FISHERMAN has been
selected as a finalist in the Crime Fiction category of the 2016 Maine
Literary Awards. His publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., has
placed his next two crime/thrillers (WENDIGO - July 4, 2017 -
and MY BROTHER'S KEEPER) under contract for future
He is a veteran of the U. S. Marines and served in Vietnam. He
holds degrees from Northern Maine Technical College, the
University of Maine and Southern New Hampshire University.
He lives in Maine.
At this time he is working on his next mystery thriller.
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Algonquin legend tells of the
Wendigo, an evil spirit sent to
punish mankind. It can possess a
person and turn them into a
monstrous creature consumed by a
need to eat human flesh. For John
Bear the Wendigo was merely a
scary story his grandfather used to
tell him. That is, until a man is
found dead in the deep northern
woods of Maine, butchered like an
animal and with his heart cut out.
And the only tracks they can find
are massive footprints that couldn’t
possibly be human. Now, John is
sure that what is stalking the
inhabitants of their remote outpost
is a Wendigo, even if no one else
believes it. He must stop a monster
he once thought was nothing more
than a tale to warn children.