As a kid, who wasn’t dared (or even double or triple-dog-dared) to do something? Like, say, go into the neighborhood haunted house? Today’s author reveals what happens when a group of teens accept that dare with his new release, A Halloween Tale. Welcome Austin Crawley!
Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?
I’d choose the haunted house. Graveyards are pretty wide open and the best you might get is a wandering spirit. Haunted houses can get really intense!
Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?
Monster Mash, definitely. It has a beat anyone can dance to while Thriller is more a professional dancer production thing.
Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?
Funny enough, I would choose X-Files. I never saw the Ghostbusters team as sustainable and investigative work appeals to me.
If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?
Loch Ness. I’ve traveled in small villages in England and Scotland and would love to stay in one for a year, but Loch Ness has the lake monster mythology to contribute to creativity.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Half-finished, two. One is a Halloween story and the other is an expansion of my short story, The Locked Door [online at https://www.inkitt.com/stories/mystery/15277%5D. One other I’ve got partially done is the first of a projected four book supernatural Dystopian series. I have another unrelated series in notes so there’s plenty of new books to come from me in the next few years.
What are you working on now?
My most immediate project is the Halloween story which I hope to release in October. It’s called A Halloween Tale.
Other than that, I’m sort of bouncing between the other two part-finished projects but mostly on The Locked Door, which might have a different title when it comes out. Or maybe not. I haven’t decided yet. I get bursts of inspiration for the supernatural Dystopian series and sometimes just have to sit and write some of it.
Five teenagers, goaded on by a 10-year-old little brother, enter the neighborhood haunted house looking for spooky adventures for Halloween. What they find is more than they bargained for, but now they can’t get out!
Austin Crawley writes Horror and Dystopian fiction with a supernatural twist. His lifelong love of ghost stories and interest in comparative religions has led him to seek the darker corners of human existence and to exploit them in prose, touching on our deepest fears. He has been known to spend his vacations visiting places that are reported to be haunted.
Crawley is the author of A Christmas Tale, a story about three young women who perform a séance to raise the fictional ghosts of Dickens’ A Christmas carol with surprising results, and of Letters to the Damned, about a post box in a small English village that reportedly transmits written requests for favours to the dead and damned. His most recent release is A Halloween Tale, to be released October 2019, a haunted house tale filled with horrific, inter-dimensional terror.