Today we welcome Franklin Kendrick! Who doesn’t love a good haunted house story this time of year? Or ever?
This house is not your home.
On November 3rd, 1995, the Maxwell family fled their home, forsaking all belongings, never to return. A modest family of four, Clarissa and Harrison hoped to renovate the classic farmhouse on Gore Road as a place to raise their two sons, Jett and Sladen. However, the family was only able to withstand thirteen days in the house before they abandoned the property in terror.
Only three of them escaped with their lives.
Many of these events have never been made public until now. The family has been fearful of disclosing the specifics of their torment, lest the entity that threatened to entomb them in the house discover their whereabouts and continue its reign.
How long have you been writing horror/thrillers and what drew you to the genre?
I have been seriously writing horror since college, which was about seven years ago. I wrote many short stories as a kid to terrify my siblings. I’ve been a huge fan of Stephen King and RL Stine from as far back as I can remember, and I collect books about ghostly encounters from around New England and the world. So, I love a good horror story – especially one about a haunted house! Living in Maine, horror is inescapable for me. Once autumn comes around, the macabre is everywhere. I love the chill that a good scary story can give you.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
The idea for The Entity came to me a long time ago when I overheard a conversation between my parents. We were living temporarily in an old parsonage in the country while our new home was being built. My father took my mother aside to say that he heard scratching noises in the attic (which was forbidden for us to go into) the night before while everyone else was asleep. He was afraid it was something paranormal. In the end, it wasn’t paranormal at all – just the sound of some branches rubbing against the roof of the house. But, I wondered what if it had been something paranormal? Perhaps an old spirit who was still confined to the house? I collected other ghostly accounts from some friends as time went by, and soon the main characters of The Entity came forward in my imagination. I couldn’t get them to settle down until their story was told.
If you could erase one horror cliché, what would it be?
The one cliché that I wish I could get rid of would have to be the disbelieving spouse. In most books and movies where strange things happen, it kills me when either the wife or the husband, depending on which one notices the strange happenings, always insists that the paranormal activity is just a figment of their significant other’s imagination. Personally, it would take a lot of guts and self-reflection for me to come forward to my partner and tell them, “Hey, I think our house might be haunted. Here’s what happened.” Perhaps at first the issue could be brushed off as a laughable one, but when things get worse and worse, the time for excuses needs to end and the spouse needs to face the facts…or lack thereof! The same goes for parents not believing their children. I remember asking my mother once after reading a Goosebumps book if she would believe me if I ever told her that a werewolf was living in our back yard. I don’t think she knew how to take that one!
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on two projects – finishing up the last installments in The Spectre series, which is a follow-up to The Entity. I’m also finishing up the first draft of an epic fantasy book called Lockwood Tower, which is the longest project I’ve worked on so far. Looking forward to both of these things coming to completion.
Favorite horror movie and book?
This one is so hard! I would have to say that my favorite horror movie is The Amityville Horror, with Ryan Reynolds. That one scared me so much I was afraid to use the bathroom after dark for a month in case that bloody ghost appeared behind me in the mirror! It is really a close call as far as movies go. I get sucked in so easily. As for a favorite horror book, I have to say Desperation by Stephen King. It kept me glued to the page until the very end and made me very suspicious of what lurks beneath the dusty ground.
Franklin Kendrick is the nerd you see jumping up and down in Hot Topic at the sight of Game of Thrones action figures. He’s also notorious for carrying around a Captain America shield backpack that is stuffed with books and writing supplies.
Franklin has more books than he can possibly fit on his shelves, and yet still runs out of things to read. When that happens, he writes his own stories with all the cool things he’d like to find on the shelves. If he doesn’t put these things down on paper (or screen), he will probably go insane.
Having lived his entire life in the back woods of Maine, Franklin was bitten by folklore and the horror bug early in life and continues to collect tales of the unexplainable as inspiration for his own scary stories.
Where to find Franklin