It has been over a month since Super Typhoon Haiyan rolled through the Philippines in early November this year. As of Tuesday, December 3rd, the “official death toll stands at 5,680, with 1,779 other people listed as missing,” according to the latest news from GMA in the Philippines. Haiyan claimed yet another victim on November 30, 2013, when actor/director Paul Walker died in an automobile accident during a charity benefit to raise support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
To honor the memory of Paul Walker, as well as aid the victims in the Philippines, author P. K. Vandcast is donating half of all his earnings from Twistical Tales: A Wild West Horror Story, to Walker’s charity organization, Reach Out Worldwide.
“I’m too old to go back to the Philippines and try to help out,” says Vandcast. “I’d just get in the way. But in this way, perhaps I can help just a little, and involve some of my fans, friends and family as well.”
Author P. K. Vandcast already had in mind to do something for the victims of the Typhoon as soon as he completed work on his latest fiction in the western-horror genre, Twistical Tales, when tragic news broke again via the announcement of Paul Walker’s death. Paul Walker was one of the primary actors who inspired Vandcast’s character, Jonas Cane, in the series, Jonas Cane, U.S. Marshal.
Vandcast admits that he’s not a well-known author, but he believes his positive attitude may inspire others. He adds, “I realize that sales from my books may not amount to very much, but if what I’m doing inspires others to give, together we might really accomplish something.” As the CEO of Vayahiy Press, a small, independent publishing company, I have had the privilege to expand our publishing endeavors to include assisting independent authors in publishing their work. One new author I have worked with closely is P. K. Vandcast.
Known to his friends as “Van,” Vandcast has returned to the United States after more than 30 years abroad to pursue his dream of writing western fiction; and most recently breaking ground and plowing deep in the genre of western-horror. CLICK HERE to check out what’s going on with Van as he pioneers the western-horror genre.
Van has become a good friend and working with him is a delight. His quick wit and dry sense of humor is more friendly and fun-loving than twenty well behaved puppies that were housebroken by someone else; and his resume reads more like a character’s background from a Clive Cussler novel than an author’s credentials submitted to Vanity Fair to get an article published. He’s genuine and down to earth… the everyman (even though this former Green Beret probably knows more ways to subdue an opponent than my mother-in-law has recipes for cooking fish and chicken).
Go to vandcast.com to read all about it… oh yeah, and get a copy of Twistical Tales. Good reading, indeed.