I was over the moon when two of my favorite writers co-authored a book. When I learned it involved mediums, seances, and paranormal research teams, I felt like they’d written it just for me (I’ll pretend they had me in mind). They named different King novels that have stuck with them – but not Misery this time around. Welcome Mae Clair and Staci Troilo!
Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?
MAE: Easily The Shining. I read it as a teenager and there are parts of that book that still stick in my head and creep me out. I picked up a new paperback copy last year and want to read it again. As spooky as it was, it was addictive!
STACI: All his stories have left me disturbed for one reason or another, but if I have to pick one, I’ll choose The Stand. Randall Flagg is so disturbing, and the end-of-the-world plot touches a little too close to home.
Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?
MAE: I’m not a fan of true crime or unsolved murders, but I would REALLY like to know the truth about Lizzie Borden!
STACI: I have to go with the Whitechapel murders and Jack the Ripper. I have my theories as to who he was, but I’d love definitive proof. Then again, maybe the uncertainty is part of the allure.
If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?
MAE: Well, given I already have a black cat, I think she would disown me if I chose a different pet. Raven is far from spooky—people usually describe her as “sweet”—but I wouldn’t trade her for any other pet!
STACI: I’m obsessed with wolves, but I don’t think they’d make good pets, and I’d hate to domesticate one when they’re already free and happy. I think I’ll choose the black cat. He or she could become friends with my daughter’s white cat. I bet they’d be quite a pair.
Have you ever traveled as research for any of your books?
MAE: Absolutely! I visited Point Pleasant, West Virginia while doing research for my Point Pleasant series about the Mothman. I spent a few weekends there and got to visit the TNT—a remote area that was once a WWII munitions dump, and the reputed home of the Mothman. Lots of fun and wonderful research.
STACI: I haven’t traveled to study a locale for a book, but I have used places I’ve been as inspiration for my settings. Friends and family tell me they recognize places (even though I usually create fictional towns).
What books did you grow up reading?
MAE: I went through stages—mysteries when I was a kid, then spooky stuff and sci-fi as a teen, followed by fantasy. Now I write mysteries with spooky stuff included, so I guess I’ve gone full circle, LOL.
STACI: I started with Seuss, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales. Moved into mysteries (Trixie Belden was a favorite), then I devoured anything I could get my hands on. That’s probably why I became a multi-genre author. I never could pick just one thing.
What are you working on now?
MAE: I have two finished manuscripts I need to find a home for or publish. One is mystery/suspense, the other is ghost fiction. I’ve also got a novel in the works that is straight mystery and a short story planned that I hope will be the intro to a new series.
STACI: I have (off the top of my head) five series that have at least one book written. I keep hitting pause on whichever I’m working on to do something else (personal or professional obligations), then when I return, I end up choosing a different project to work on. I’m comfortable saying my next release will be in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre, but I really need to pick a series and finish it.
Thank you for hosting us today, Teri. It’s always fun to be included in Bad Moon Rising, as well as discovering all the great reads featured in your annual tip-of-the-hat to Halloween. You are a rock star for putting it together!
One founding father.
One deathbed curse.
A town haunted for generations.
Ward Chatham, founder of Chatham Hollow, is infamous for two things—hidden treasure and a curse upon anyone bold enough to seek it. Since his passing in 1793, no one has discovered his riches, though his legend has only grown stronger.
In 1888, charlatan Benedict Fletcher holds a séance to determine the location of Chatham’s fortune. It’s all a hoax so he can search for the gold, but he doesn’t count on two things—Victor Rowe, a true spiritualist who sees through his ruse, and Chatham’s ghost wreaking havoc on the town.
More than a century later, the citizens of the Hollow gather for the annual Founder’s Day celebration. A paranormal research team intends to film a special at Chatham Manor, where the original séance will be reenacted. Reporter and skeptic Aiden Hale resents being assigned the story, but even he can’t deny the sudden outbreak of strange happenings. When he sets out to discover who or what is threatening the Hollow—supernatural or not— his investigation uncovers decades-old conflicts, bitter rivalries, and ruthless murders.
This time, solving the mystery isn’t about meeting his deadline. It’s about not ending up dead.
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