Today’s author made his debut at Bad Moon Rising last year with his horror novella, Reaper. If you’re not afraid of basements, his novella proves why you should steer clear of them. I was so excited to be an early reader for the sci-fi horror short story he’s featuring today. Cerebral uploading is nothing to sneeze at people – guard your brains. Welcome Jonathan Pongratz!
Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep? Which one?
Yes! The Descent rocked me to my core when I first watched it, and I was terrified of those sharp-toothed, cave-dwelling monsters coming to get me. To this day it still gives me goosebumps, but at least I can get a night’s rest after watching it.
Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?
You know, I’ve tried a Ouija board before without results, so let’s go for the seance. I feel that a seance is a bit more intimate, and with the right medium maybe I could speak with my grandma and famous deceased authors from the past like Ursula K. Le Guin or Edgar Allen Poe.
If you were in a horror movie, would you rather have a loaded gun or a car that wouldn’t break down?
Such a tough choice! I would take the loaded gun. While a car that wouldn’t break down seems ideal, if a serial killer gets in there with you it’s game over. I’m a super fast runner thanks to my gazelle legs, so that paired with a gun would definitely ensure my safety. Plus, if you run out of bullets, it’s still a blunt object you can use. I’ve obviously had a lot of time to think of scenarios like this, haha!
Do you write to music?
Almost always. I am a huge fan of ambient music (music without words) and the soundscapes they create. I love nature sounds like forests, rainstorms, and blizzards, but it all depends on what I’m writing. Right now I’m listening more to soft scifi ambient music for my current project.
Which comes first for you – plot or characters?
Technically plot, but characters are a part of that. I’m huge on plotting before I even get close to writing the actual story. The physical surroundings, characters, and plot points have to develop to a certain level before I’m satisfied and ready to dive in.
What are you working on now?
The second Conscience had all its ducks in a row, I didn’t waste a moment before switching back to my Reaper sequel. This time around the horror has taken on a much more scifi-oriented theme, and I’m loving every minute of it.
What crazy adventures lie ahead for Gregory, Trent, and his mom? Only time will tell!
Rory Bennels lives in a world ruled by a business entity known as the Corporation. For years he’s executed cerebral uploads for the recently deceased, but when the famed anarchist Epher Lore ends up in his lab, a series of events occur that shakes Rory’s world to the core.
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Jonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, fantasy, and other speculative fiction stories. When he’s not writing, he’s busy being a bookworm, video game junkie, and karaoke vocalist. A former resident of Dallas, he currently resides in Kansas City with his halloween cat Ajax. By day he works magic in finance, by night he creates dark and mesmerizing worlds.