A plumber by day and thriller writer by night, Bushey resident Stuart Dunne is being labelled as the new Stephen King.
Stuart Dunne, known as Stuart James by his readers, has been compared to the likes of Stephen King, even dethroning his Pet Sematary from number one with Stuarts bestseller, Turn the Other Way.
Speaking to BusheyNews, he said: “I’ve always loved writing, I liked it at school, I remember my English teacher telling me I was the reason she was a teacher, but after school I got into plumbing and heating.
“It was only three years ago when I got the flare for writing again, I chose to get into writing thrillers because I loved scary stories, I love telling them, I love hearing them, when I started writing, I just knew it had to be a thriller.”
When speaking about being described as the new Stephen King, Stuart said: “It’s the ultimate compliment and it’s blown me away to be compared to him, I grew up reading Stephen King – he’s my hero.”
Stuart’s upcoming thriller, Apartment Six, is about a girl named Meagan who watched her father viscously murder her mother at 5-years-old, cut to the present day where she finds herself in a abusive relationship and wants out.
She meets a man named Oliver and convinces him to kill her husband, but things take a turn for the worst when Oliver breaks into the wrong apartment and kills the wrong man.
Stuart said: “I love making people feel like ‘Oh my god’ and always questioning ‘What if’, I take a lot of inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock.
“The story starts with Meagan as a five-year-old witnessing her dad kill her mum and Meagan makes the 999 call to the police.
“When you read the dialogue between Meagan and the call handler, you’ll see how heart-breaking it is, I was choked up writing it. I did a lot of research into abuse to help me get a better understanding of it.”
Apartment Six is set to release on January 20 and is currently working on his first three-part series named Creeper.
To find out more, visit stuartjamesthrillers.com/book-inner