Today we welcome S.J. Romero, who discusses the first book in what looks to be the start of a fascinating, chilling series.
H narratives: Divulgence, is the mind-altering, epic introduction to an afterlife never imagined. Six people wake to find themselves in strange surroundings without food, water, or explanation.
Unable to escape, patience is lost and tempers flare as impossible things happen far too often, leading to the only conclusion that makes sense—they must be dead.
Educational undertakings become challenging tests and each is preparation for a war-games environment in which humans are entertainment for their ruling overseers known as Rivaaja.
Six people, three women and three men, must work together to survive their surroundings as well as their own mind.
H narratives: Divulgence, begins a journey like no other and establishes a disturbing truth—death is not what we thought.
How long have you been writing horror/thrillers and what drew you to the genre?
This is my first horror/thriller novel and it begins a series. It took about four years to complete as I worked out the complexities of the entire series while putting together this first part. I was drawn to this genre by old movies (The Blob, Them, Creature from the Black Lagoon), that were replayed and I watched as a kid, and then later by great books from Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Hell has always been an interesting topic and I think it just sort of stuck with me that it would make an interesting story. Most books/movies about Hell involve demons or other such entities coming to earth, or perhaps humans going to Hell for short visits. I thought it would be interesting to make Hell the main location/setting and forcing people to deal with their eternity as best they can, while under the control of ruling demonic entities. With this in mind, I continued to add elements that seemed fun and even plausible. To date, I’ve got rough ideas for at least five books, with as many as nine in the series. This would include three books for the main/current cast of characters, with an additional number of books acting as spin-offs to the main storyline.
If you could erase one horror cliché, what would it be?
I don’t think I would erase any clichés, as that’s part of the fun of horror books/movies. Undoubtedly, many of these books/movies could be done better, but scary, gory, bloody fantasy is what makes horror fun (is “fun” the right word?).
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the second book in the H narratives series, entitled, Will be done. This book continues where Divulgence left off and introduces new characters. It will involve more action, suspense, and violence as the main theme of this book deals with human depravity and the will to control it or unleash it.
Favorite horror movie and book?
Choosing one “favorite” is difficult, but I suppose Psycho is my favorite movie and The Shining my favorite book. Gore and slasher violence has its place, but I’m more interested in the slipping of one’s mind.
A Southern California native, S.J. is blessed with two boys and a wonderful wife. Free time is spent with reading, martial arts, outdoor activities (hiking, biking, camping, fishing) and some TV (mostly football). After 20+ years in advertising, S.J. decided it was time to write a novel. Nights and weekends were soon filled with the sounds of tapping keyboard keys until H narratives: Divulgence was complete. S.J. now spends his nights and weekends on the remaining stories in the H narratives series. Stay tuned…
Where to find S.J.:
Anybody with a web connection can read the first three chapters of H narratives: Divulgence for free at the book’s website – http://hnarratives.com/