Happy Saturday! I’m really enjoying reading about the paranormal experiences of some of the Bad Moon authors – and Chuck Buda recounts another one today. Tales like these give you that prickly feeling on the back of your neck and make you turn on the light when you walk down the hallway – just in case. They make Halloween special.
Boredom and the occult make strange bedfellows.
The popular kids of Tenafly High School were bored with upper middle class life. With a few months left before graduation, they made a decision to spice things up. What they intended quickly got away from them.
Aiden is the shy one. The one who follows along quietly. But now he will find himself forced to stand up to his tormentors. Or die.
Will the secret society devour the band of friends? How can the members maintain their individuality while submitting themselves to the authoritarian dictates of the cult? And how far are they all willing to go to achieve their own dreams?
The First Cut is an intense cornucopia of occult horror with sexually explicit matter. Fans of shows like True Blood will love this series.
Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?
The house I grew up in was built near American Revolution battlefields and Native American lands. Almost every day, in the early afternoon, the sound of a horse galloping from one end of the house to the other shook the walls and floors. The odd thing about this residual haunt was the horse would travel along the upstairs hallway. Before I got married, I told my wife-to-be about the haunting and she laughed it off until we left her alone in the house one day. We came home to find her a believer.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a youngster, I read Kerouac’s On the Road. So I wanted to hitchhike across country to Hollywood in an attempt to become an actor. Since I couldn’t maintain washboard abs, I gave up the dream of acting and decided to tell stories with words instead of my expressions. I had always been a storyteller since a young age. It helped me get out of lots of trouble and entertain my friends.
If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?
I would love to travel back in time as a Viking warrior. The whole culture fascinates me from their ingenuity to their lust for exploration of new lands. But mostly, I would love to travel back in time to the 1960’s. It was the dawning of tremendous growth in science and human potential. Space exploration and the use of psychotropics are intriguing to me. I really want to know the truth about what happened when the astronauts landed on the moon. I would need to go back in time and get to work answering these mysteries.
Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?
Stephen King was my entrée into horror fiction. After King I found Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Edward Lee and Brian Keene. In recent times I have discovered Armand Rosamilia and Jay Wilburn. All these authors have influenced my craft – King with character development, Poe with imagery, Lovecraft with mood, Lee with explicit gore, Keene with darkness, Rosamilia with voice and Wilburn with storytelling. I could go on about my influences but these folks have been the most influential for me.
When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?
Unfortunately, I usually have so many tales in the hopper that I jump into the next work as soon as the previous one is completed. The voices in my head demand to have their stories told and they are a bit impatient about my schedule. I try to please them all but rarely do. If I can get through the next two years of my plan, then I might be able to earn a short respite on a lake in the woods somewhere.
If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?
For me, this is the easiest question. I would have started sooner. Like many others, I wasted decades worrying about how my writing would be received. I wrote “in the closet” in fear of what others might think. And I also tried to be too perfect, which is impossible with the art of writing. So I would have started earlier. My advice to new writers is to force the discomfort levels into the light. You only get better with more exposure. Putting the stories out into the universe necessarily stretches your capabilities and it allows you to get the feedback you need in order to grow. You can’t get that help hiding in the shadows.
Chuck Buda explores the darkest aspects of the human condition. Then he captures its essence for fictional use. He writes during the day and wanders aimlessly all night…alone.
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Debt Collector Series (Psychological Thrillers)
Son of Earp Series (Supernatural Thrillers)
Desert Fangs…coming soon
Gushers Series (Occult Thrillers)
Zombie Lockup Series (Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers)
Caged 4…coming soon
Keyport Cthulhu with Armand Rosamilia