The Basement



The Basement is a suspense/thriller aimed at a preteen/teen audience. Although many adults have read and enjoyed the book too. If you have a preteen or teen in your life this is a great book to read and discuss together.

The Basement has been incorporated in several libraries and schools. Within this entertaining and frightening tale is a good lesson to be learned.

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If you read The Basement please leave a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads.


“A good day is one where I can not just read a book, but write a review of it.” ~Christopher Hitchens





The Basement

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

 “A kid shouldn’t be aware of his own heartbeat.”

Never forget the unexplored territories in your own back yard, or under your house.  Here, Vashti Quiroz-Vega gives voice to the young inhabitants of one neighborhood where things are more than they seem.

Robbie is an ordinary boy in a normal world, as we first enter the neighborhood and witness an idyllic scene of prepubescent children at play; but what happens in silence and in the dark will amaze you.   Join Robbie as he journeys to explore unknown and forgotten tales of intrigue, fear and blind faith.

Ask yourself:

What kinds of monsters lurk in your world?

What will you do when you can no longer see?

Robbie is a meek boy in New York City who struggles with the desire to prove himself to his friends, his enemies, and himself. Robbie’s father is a stubborn man determined to teach his son through tough love. When he witnesses Robbie being bullied, he forces his son to face his fears. Robbie is sentenced to a frightening challenge––staying in the basement alone for a night. But what lies in the dark recesses of the basement? Will Robbie make it out alive and well? Will the urban legend about the terrifying creatures that hide in the dark basement prove to be true? And most importantly, will Robbie prove to his friends and his father that he is brave enough to take on the challenge? The Basement is a tale of angst, teamwork and solutions, treasure hunts and adventure, and facing fears. It focuses on the small world of one group of preteens and the very real and wondrous challenges they face.

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You will miss these characters for months after.


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Read an excerpt from The Basement.


**THE BASEMENT is available in paperback only due to the publisher going out of business. It will be relaunched later this year (2017) and will then be available in ebook and paperback.


Thank you! I appreciate the support! 

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you Diane! Your blog is beautiful. Mine is a work in progress, but I’m working hard on it 😀


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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi Peter!Thank you for the kind words.The illustrator’s name is Denise Spencer She is incredible.


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      Hi Kristy! I’m so glad you stopped by. Thank you for the visit, and I hope you do continue to come by. I update once a week since I’m in the middle of writing my 3rd book. You’re very welcome and again thank you.


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  32. dr sweetyshinde January 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    Great going Vashti! The young teen world has a lot unexplored. Glad that you are zooming in on it. This ought to get lapped up by teens. Congrats!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you very much! The Basement has been incorporated into the curriculum of several schools so far and several libraries as well. 🙂

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        Wow! That is very impressive, Vashti. Quite a giant step ahead. Keep it up!

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  33. James Derry January 31, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    Sounds like a spooky read! My kids would probably love it—once they’re old enough to read a full-size book. It’s cool how most kids are drawn to spooky stuff, even when deep down they’re still afraid of the dark. Like moths drawn to a flame!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 31, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi James! Thank you. Ha, ha! That’s exactly right. As a child I loved creepy, scary stories even though they frightened me. 🙂


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