Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hitchhiker---A Suspense Thriller (As the Darkness Falls) by Tim Kizer

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When a serial killer hitches a ride one sunny day in a beautiful California valley, he does not suspect that he may have met his match, who is dead set to take another life. The battle of wits begins and only the most devious mind will survive.
Bonus: suspense thriller "Intoxication." In this disturbing tale of derangement, a young psychopathic woman is slipping into madness as she fights an enemy that may exist only in her imagination. She has to resort to desperate measures when she realizes that a gun, security cameras in her apartment, and constant vigilance will not be enough to survive.

About Tim Kizer

Tim Kizer is an author of several novels and numerous short stories in the suspense and horror genres. He resides in Southern California and is currently working on his new novel "Judgment Day."


He was staring at the body of a young tanned man lying in front of him in the thick grass. He had stabbed this guy twice in the chest three minutes ago and now was making certain that the good-looking stranger was actually dead. So far he had not noticed any signs of life, which pleased him very much. Squatting, he searched the dead man's pants pockets and spent a while studying his findings. According to the driver license, his twenty-six-year-old victim's name was Devon Hill. 

Well, you picked the wrong day to hike alone in the woods, Mister Hill.
Besides the license, the wallet contained a few plastic cards and about a dozen dollar bills; he put the cash in his jeans pocket. He decided he would burn Devon's cards and ID when he got out of the forest. With all these CSI wizards around, you could not be too careful and mere shredding was not enough. Then he pocketed the coins he had dug out along with the wallet. It was eight state quarters: Minnesota, Virginia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Arkansas, and Delaware. As he wiped the bloody knife blade on Devon's T-shirt, he looked around, cautiously, as if the danger of being spotted was real. Well, there was no human being as far as the eye could see. Before rising to his feet, he tossed his knife, Devon's wallet and keys in the bag. He could neither keep these three items, nor leave them near the corpse since they were evidence now. He would throw the potential prosecution exhibits in a pond or a river on his way out. 

One hour later he was standing on the side of the freeway, waiting for a tender-hearted driver to give him a lift. It was not too long that he saw an oncoming car, a graphite metallic Chevrolet Malibu, and started waving. He was a bit surprised when the vehicle pulled over and the driver asked him where he was heading.
Well, let's hope it is going to be a fun ride.
"You can put your bag in the back of the car," instructed the driver.
"Okay." He carefully placed his bag on the rear seat and shut the door.
"So you are going to Redding?" the driver said, pressing the gas pedal. He appeared to be around thirty and wore blue washed jeans and a grey short-sleeved shirt.
"Yeah, Redding," he answered.
"My name's David." The driver offered his right hand for a handshake.
"Ron," he replied and shook David's hand.
"Pleasure to meet you, Ron." The driver flashed a sincere smile, which gave Ron a tingling warm feeling in his stomach and chest. Ron thought it would be difficult to make himself murder this guy without some sort of penitence.
He could kill him when they made a stop at an uninhabited spot down the freeway. He could arrange that stop easily: he would say he badly needed to pee or throw up.

Interview with Tim Kizer

What will readers like about your book? 

This book includes two titles: suspense thrillers "Intoxication" and "Hitchhiker." They are both fast-paced page-turners, filled with twists and just the right amount of gore and violence. I think readers will appreciate the subtle suspense and the fresh take on the psycho/mass murderer sub genre. If you like reading about psychopaths and serial killers, this book is for you! And remember: events described in "Intoxication" could happen in any workplace, including yours.

Why did you self publish?

Self publishing gives a writer a lot of control over every aspect of the publishing process. It is the fastest way to reach readers.

What is your writing process?

When I come up with an idea, I start writing scenes that are crucial to the story and will definitely be part of the book. These scenes can be from the beginning, the middle, or the end of the book. I think it helps me make sure that all these three parts are equally strong and give the reader the maximum amount of entertainment.
How long does it take you to write your first draft?
It usually takes about two months to write the first draft of a novel. Novelettes may take two weeks.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

"Intoxication" was inspired by an article about a woman in the state of New York who had gotten her coworker fired for being a witch. It made me wonder: what other outrageous suspicions could people have about their coworkers?
I wrote "Hitchhiker" because I wanted to write about a serial killer in distress. There are not many books on this subject, so I decided to make my contribution.

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