#BadMoonRising Chauncey Rogers #IndieAuthor #thriller #horror #ghosts

It’s Bad Moon Rising Bonus Day!  Chauncey saw the call out for authors just a little too late to make the October list, but we can celebrate one more day, right?  Chauncey’s nightmare neighbor is one that hasn’t been mentioned here, but I loathed her with a heaping passion.  He’s also working on a project that will melt your heart.

I wanted to thank all the authors for participating in Bad Moon Rising 2017, and everyone who tweeted, reblogged, retweeted, or shared these posts in any way.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves, met some new authors, and added to your TBR piles.  Here’s Chauncey Rogers to wrap up Bad Moon Rising for this year!

Some dangers you cannot outrun. Some nightmares do not end when you wake.

Something is watching Katherine Harris. She can feel it when she goes out. She can feel it inside her home. She feels it in her bed. Her husband, Alex, wants to blame her anxiety on her pregnancy, but he’s often away for work. He doesn’t know what it’s like to be stuck in a small town, to be trapped in a tiny house on a run-down street, to be alone. Kat does, and the feeling only grows worse.

Whatever is going on, Kat’s certain that it’s far more serious than pregnancy jitters. When Alex takes Kat on a second honeymoon to get her mind off things, it becomes far more dangerous as well.

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

Once, while out driving with my brother and friend, a flying saucer flew over our car. We all saw it–a great flying disc, with colored lights around the bottom. It passed directly over the vehicle, flew out in front of us, then banked left and disappeared over some tree tops. The thing was flying rather low to the ground, not much higher than the trees. The experience lasted only a few seconds, but we all saw it, and we were all sober. Not sure what it was, but it was certainly strange.

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

Dolores Umbridge. I HATE this woman. She makes my favorite type of villain, because we’ve all known a real-life Umbridge or two, perhaps more; people who are entirely detestable. Anyways, Dolores Umbridge as my neighbor would be a nightmare. She wouldn’t even have to be a witch. In fact, it would probably be worse if she was in charge of the neighborhood’s Home Owners Association (which I’m sure she would be). A close second would be Mrs. Fanny Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?

There are so many things I’d like to see, and so many times and places I’d like to visit. Since you’re making me choose only one, I’ll go with something more simple and trivial (but still cool to me). I’d like to sit in for the first screening of Star Wars, back before it was Episode IV: A New Hope. Since apparently Disney is never going to release the theatrical version, going back in time is the only way to see it now.

What are you working on now?

A project for my three-year-old daughter. She wanted me to write her a Cinderella story, so I am (sort of). My take on the story is that a group of thieves/con artists are going to swap out the original glass slipper for one that they can fit into, and thus steal the prince and throne. We’ll see how it turns out!

Which horror/thriller novel do you wish you’d written?

Jurassic Park. The first book I ever read, and I still love this story, both the book and the film (which are quite different, but both wonderful). Michael Crichton was a brilliant sci-fi author in my estimation, and I feel that Jurassic Park was some of his best work. But the greatest thing about it is the simplicity of the idea: scientists clone dinosaurs to create a breathtaking zoo/amusement park. Brilliant. It’s a million-dollar idea, with wonderful storytelling to back it up. The legacy that it has spawned is well earned, though the sequel films and book never touch the magic of the originals.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?

My first novel was a (trueish) horror story about chickens. One of the characters is a rooster named Long Tail, and he’s probably my favorite character I’ve created thus far. He’s a bit of a divisive character among my readers, but I like him quite a bit. He’s an authority figure trying to protect traditions that are being forced out by better ideas, and he gets caught up in the back and forth, lost in both trying to be nice and trying to do his job.

Author Bio

Chauncey Rogers has bounced back and forth between the western and mid-western United States. He obtained degrees in history education, linguistics, and editing from Brigham Young University, and has been writing stories all his life. He considers himself a rather savvy story critic, and enjoys informal film and literature reviews.

He married in 2012 and has two children. His first novel, Home To Roost, was published in in March 2017. His most recent novel, Cleaving Souls, launched Oct. 10 of this year.

This holiday season, he plans on getting a pet rat.

Social Media

Twitter:  @ChaunceyRogers
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16620235.Chauncey_Rogers
http://chaunceyrogers.com

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#BadMoonRising Sue Coletta #IndieAuthor #thriller #mystery #crime

Happy Halloween!!!!  I know today’s author will be familiar to many of you – she’s released several thrillers, and is currently working on the third book in the Mayhem series.  She also has excellent taste in movies (I just watched John Wick 2 for the second time a few days ago).  Welcome, Sue Coletta!

A chance encounter …a deadly predicament …a lethal decision.

The infamous Mr. Mayhem is not your average serial killer. Reminiscent of the beloved Hannibal Lecter, minus his thirst for flesh—because eating humans is just plain rude—Mr. Mayhem storms on the scene with style, grace, elegance, and a zest for life unlike any other. Impeccable manners also help. He may commit murder, but there’s no reason to be impolite about it. 

Accompanied by his loyal crow companions, Poe, Allan, and Edgar, his crimes strike fear in the hearts and minds of folks across Massachusetts’ North Shore. When Shawnee Daniels—cat burglar extraordinaire and forensic hacker for the police—meets Mayhem in the dark, she piques his curiosity. Sadly for her, she leaves behind an item best left undiscovered. Or is it serendipity by design?

Color him curious, but he yearns to examine the psychology behind her life choices, tough girl routine, witty banter, and unique double-life. In a different time and place they may even become friends. But unfortunately, their predicament defines the risk. 

The stakes are too high to stop now. 

For reasons authorities cannot fathom, these seemingly unrelated murders will go down in history as the most impressive killing regime of all time. His coup de grace, if you will. Even if it means permanently erasing Ms. Daniels from the equation. All the pieces are there if the authorities look hard enough. The question is, will they? The only new wrinkle is Shawnee Daniels, and she may be his toughest opponent yet …if she’s clever enough to play the game.

“I had heard so much about this book going in, that I was excited to start it, and wow, I’m glad I did!

This book has so many twists and turns it kept me guessing the whole way through. Filled with snarky characters and a killer that gets a thrill out of turning his victims into masterpieces, and you have one thrilling ride!

Shawnee Daniels is a memorable heroine; part-time cat burglar, full-time police computer techie, she is all attitude, strong, brave, and maybe a little bit naive. Mr. Mayhem; talk about a complex character! Ms. Coletta does a stupendous job of drawing the reader into the chilling mind of a serial killer with a twisted sense of humor and an imaginative way of murdering his victims. Oh yeah, he trains crows to do his bidding, as well!

This book will stay with you long after it’s finished, a highly recommended read.” ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

Solace with Anthony Hopkins. It’s an intense psychological/paranormal thriller that had terrible reviews when it released, but I loved it. Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan did a superb job, IMO. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEu7BS8IsuA

I also loved John Wick II, with Keanu Reeves. It’s not as good as the first John Wick, but I still really enjoyed it. The ending is intriguing. It’ll be interesting to see where the screenwriters take the story from here.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChpLV9AMqm4

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

Hannibal Lecter, though it would never be boring!

If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?

I’d love to buy Edgar Allan Poe a drink and claw through his amazing mind.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on Book 3, Grafton County Series, working title RACKED.

Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?

Thomas Harris, Jeffrey Deaver, and Karin Slaughter.

Which horror/thriller novel do you wish you’d written?

That’s an easy one: Silence of the Lambs. Doesn’t every writer of serial killer thrillers? Thomas Harris paved the way for the rest of us. He also set the bar high.

Author Bio

Member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers, Sue Coletta is an award-winning, bestselling, multi-published author in numerous anthologies and her forensics articles have appeared in InSinC Quarterly. Every third Tuesday of the month, Sue co-hosts the radio show “Partners in Crime” on Writestream Radio Network with Homicide Detective (Ret.) and Cold Case Expert Kimberly McGath.

2017 Award-winner of Feedspot’s Top 50 Crime Blogs (Murder Blog sits at #6), Sue’s also the communications manager for the Serial Killer Project and Forensic Science and founder of #ACrimeChat on Twitter.

Join her Crime Lovers’ Lounge at www.suecoletta.com and be the first to know about free giveaways, contests, and have inside access to deleted scenes. As an added bonus, members get to play in the lounge. Your secret key code will unlock the virtual door.

Sue lives in northern New Hampshire with her husband, who deals with a crazy crime writer feeding circus peanuts to crows named Poe and Edgar, a squirrel named Shawnee (the Marilyn Monroe of squirrels, with her silky strawberry-blonde tail), and a chipmunk dubbed “Hippy” for his enthusiasm and excited leaps each time he scores a peanut. No way isn’t he shouting, “Hip, hip, hooray!”

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/SueColetta1

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14078869.Sue_Coletta

Amazon: https://amazon.com/author/suecoletta 

Crossroad Press: http://ow.ly/EjOl30frIhy

Tirgearr Publishing: http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Coletta_Sue/index.htm

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Universal Amazon buy link: https://smarturl.it/Mayhem2 

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Barnes & Noble: http://ow.ly/GfXd30frHNz

Google Play: http://ow.ly/usaT30frI0n 

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/738602

#BadMoonRising Will MacMillan Jones #IndieAuthor #horror #occult

Today’s author describes a chilling paranormal experience that has the potential to be a horror novel – kind of a book within a book, and I suspect his nightmare neighbor tops many lists.  Welcome Will MacMillan Jones!

All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are very real – and not yet entirely dead.

Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real, and danger lurks at every turn; Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness. The father he has never known is imprisoned in a web of failed sorcery, but believes that he has now fashioned a key that will allow him to escape from the half life he has endured for decades. Mister Jones is an integral part of this scheme – but is he to be a participant, or a victim? Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

I’ve been on a bit of a retro kick (I refuse to use the word ‘journey’, and am organizing a petition to make the use of the word outside of a travel program a criminal offence with a mandatory prison sentence) recently, reading older and classic works and watching the associated or derived films.  So the answer to this one is ‘The Woman in Black’. The original story is cold and frightening, and the film takes on the themes brilliantly. It is beautifully, hauntingly, shot: perfect gothic horror viewing for the coming season.

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

My grandparents’ home was haunted, or maybe possessed is a better word? I had a lot of exposure there to the world of the paranormal – not that it was ever explicitly discussed. But I eventually managed to use the experiences in a book  – ‘The Showing’ . That book fought me every page of the text. I ended up having to save every hour’s writing in three separate places, or else the day’s work would vanish from the files overnight, or become unusably corrupted. I often woke up with night terrors as I wrote, until finally it was nailed down. Rather a cathartic process, and also a bit scary in itself, as if whatever had been held within the house was using the writing process to break free and indulge its hostility towards me. The result was worthwhile, though.  The house itself could feel either friendly, or – within a heartbeat – terrifyingly dangerous. I was glad when it was sold.

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

Pennywise.  I have a thing about clowns, which I was relieved to discover is actually a recognised condition, called coulrophobia. Stephen King used it in his book ‘IT’ to devastating effect, of course. Can you imagine living next door to Pennywise? To know that at any moment you might look up and see that face peering through your window, observing you in your most intimate moments? What if you heard him mowing his lawn, looked over the fence and saw the lawn mower moving around on its own? I for one would not sleep easily, I can tell you!

Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?

It’s a toss up for me, between Stephen King and Susan Hill. Hill can write with such atmosphere, creating the spell by her choice of words and phrases, while King is a brilliant (if over verbose) story teller.  I myself do a lot of performance storytelling, both for children and for adults, and so appreciate the skill.  On balance, I suspect that I’ll choose Susan Hill.

Which horror/thriller novel do you wish you’d written?  

Oh, that’s a hard one! There are so many, and so often one’s favourite novel is a question of mood, isn’t it? Lovecraft has to be there, so does Matheson’s work (I said that I was on a retro kick, didn’t I?), Shirley Jackson, Sheriden Le Fanu…  but in the end I’ll go slightly off the wall and choose Ray Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. Horror, terror, and a coming of age novel all wrapped up in some of the best prose you could hope to read.

If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?

This is an easy one: I’d start earlier! Well, actually I did start in time. I started the process of submitting my first novel forty years ago. But after collecting the inevitable (and I must confess, well deserved) rejection notices, I stopped. Back then there was no internet, so the support networks that we all take for granted these days were few and far between, hard – if not impossible – to find. Certainly I found it impossible to find one, and as a result became discouraged and stopped. If only I had persevered! That’s one of the very few regrets I have in life. So there is a change. I could have produced much more work, for my pleasure and hopefully for the pleasure of others. That explains, really, why I am so driven to write now: to catch up for lost time.

Author Bio

Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage.  He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV.  A just turned sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has now fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases.  When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere, looking for dragons. He hasn’t found one yet, but insists that it is only a matter of time.

When not performing as an oral storyteller and poet, he writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.

Social Media

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Twitter:  @macmillanjones

Facebook  www.facebook.com/william.macmillanjones

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#BadMoonRising Phil Taylor #IndieAuthor #YA #thriller @ThePhilFactor

Today’s author tells about a creepy paranormal experience, his shrewd idea for time travel – and is yet another person to have seen It, while I still have not.  Alas – it is my shame to bear as a devoted King fan.  Welcome, Phil Taylor!

 Remember when you were a kid and you had that one magical summer that seemed to last a lifetime? Cooper, Gooby, Chuck, Cliff and Bolo don’t know it, but they are in the midst of a summer they will never forget. Their small town is paralyzed with fear as a serial killer preys upon children and The Golden Boys seem to be the only ones who have a chance to stop him. A life-long bond is forged between them as they confront each other, their worst fears and a killer that is more than anyone could possibly imagine.

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

This is an easy one. It. I read the Stephen King 1400 page novel about 25 years ago. I watched the original movie and was disappointed. The reboot, currently in theaters is fantastic. It’s a worthy adaptation of the novel.

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

Just a few months ago my wife took a picture of me building a pergola in the back yard. When she looked at the picture, very near me was what looked like a small cloud. If you zoomed in though, it clearly had a face. Even creepier is that she had an iPhone and had taken one of those “live” photos that captures about two seconds of motion. The cloud/ghost can be seen moving from one side of the picture to the other.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?

I’d go back about twenty years and tell my past self to invest all my money in Apple, Google, and Amazon.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the sequel to my recently released humorous, suspense time travel novel, Time to Lie.

Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?

I’m going to cheat and choose two. Stephen King for his incredible descriptive abilities. My second biggest influence is Dean Koontz for his creation of the character Odd Thomas. From that sixteen novel series, I learned how important it is to create a character that readers want to root for.

If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?

I’d be more patient. When I first published I was so eager that I published before I had a social media following. I also didn’t put much effort into seeking an agent or publisher. I had written my story and I wanted the world to read it, so I self-published.

Author Bio

Phil Taylor is a father of three, husband to one, and life-long smart ass to many. He has been well trained by his two dogs and a cat and is a loyal servant to them all. He has a Master’s degree in Psychology and spent many years working in the field of mental health before realizing that stringing words together might be a little bit more fun. His two fiction novels, White Picket Prisons and The Sneaker Tree are dedicated to the life-long friends that shaped his life.

Social Media

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Twitter @ThePhilFactor

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#BadMoonRising Darlene Foster #IndieAuthor #ChildrensBooks #ghosts

I’m always excited when a children’s book is featured during Bad Moon Rising – it’s important that the little guys not be left out.  I’m thrilled to have Darlene Foster back with the newest addition to her Amanda Travels series, released earlier this month.  She’s also hosting a giveaway on her blog – make sure to enter!

Thank you, Teri, for the opportunity to participate in Bad Moon Rising. It has been a month of fascinating posts.

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. She shares a room with Cleo, an anxious classmate who insists she sees ghosts. Although Amanda is determined to prove there is no such thing, she can’t seem to shake the feeling that something or someone is watching her.

Join Amanda, Cleo and their funny friend, Caleb as they visit a rugged and beautiful landscape where a traditional hacienda, an ancient pueblo, and a haunted and spooky hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past.

Does Cleo really see ghosts? Can Amanda escape the eerie wind that follows her everywhere? Perhaps the Day of the Dead will reveal the mysteries of Taos in this latest adventure of Amanda’s travels.

Excerpt from Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind

She took pictures of the San Geronimo church and then continued on to a ruin tucked behind houses. Crumbling gravestones and weathered wooden crosses were scattered around the remainder of a damaged brick bell tower. Among the weeds lay broken gravestones and crosses that had fallen over.

Amanda felt a sudden sadness wash over her.

She pulled out her map and guide. It explained that the ruin was the original San Geronimo church, destroyed by the soldiers in retaliation for Governor Bent’s murder. Only the battered bell tower remained standing. The graves belonged to the many who lost their lives in the fight.

The sun went behind a cloud. Tall grass leaped around the crosses as the wind whistled a mournful tune.

Amanda shuddered. A harsh breeze pushed her forward.

Looking up at the sky, Amanda felt the wind push her again and she tripped over a rock. She stumbled hard into the low adobe brick wall surrounding the cemetery.

Another shove sent her right over the fence. Her head hit a fallen brick. She saw stars before everything went black.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

My husband and I once attended a Halloween party as Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. I had the costumes made specifically for us and they were awesome. My head was still intact.

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

Annie Wilkes from Misery. As an author, I would be very frightened to have her living next door.

Favorite Halloween candy?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I would buy them to hand out and then eat most of them. I would also steal them from my kids´ loot.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action, book #7 in the Amanda Travels series. While in Holland she enjoys the brilliant tulips fields, charming windmills, wooden shoes and many bicycles. She also learns more about World War II and attempts to find out what happened to a great-uncle who went missing in action in that country many years ago.

When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?

I jump right into another project, usually one that has been simmering in the back of my mind for a while. There are many ideas lurking back there. It´s a scary place.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? 

In Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind, I created a character called Caleb and I really grew to like him. He’s a funny, no nonsense guy that´s not afraid to take risks and is a good friend to Amanda. I am sure he will turn up in another book soon.

Author Bio

Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of travelling the world and meeting interesting people. With a desire to write since she was twelve, her short stories have won a number of awards. She is the author of the exciting Amanda Travels series featuring spunky twelve-year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Her books include: Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain – The Girl in The Painting, Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone, Amanda on The Danube – The Sounds of Music and Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. Darlene, her husband and their dog, Dot, divide their time between the west coast of Canada and Orihuela Costa, in Spain. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.

Social Media

Website: Darlene Foster
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Amazon author page
WordPress Blog 
Goodreads
Twitter@supermegawoman

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#BadMoonRising Craig Stewart #IndieAuthor #horror #occult

Happy Friday, guys!  Today’s author had an excellent idea for a costume – Stephen King fans take note.  Welcome Craig Stewart to Bad Moon Rising!

Something is listening to the prayers of St. Paul’s United Church, but it’s not the god they asked for; it’s something much, much older.

A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when this ancient entity descends upon the house of worship and claims the congregation for its own. Trapped in what used to be their sanctuary, the terrified churchgoers are given an impossible ransom: their new god wants a sacrifice. For everyone to live, a child must die.

As fear rips the congregation apart, it becomes clear that if they’re to survive this untold horror, the faithful must become the faithless and enter into a battle against God itself. But as time runs out, they discover that true monsters come not from Heaven or Hell… they come from within.

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

Though the new Leatherface (from the demented team who brought us Inside) is just on the horizon, I’d have to say my favourite horror film that I’ve actually seen this year was IT. The film wasn’t quite the book, but it’s just such a funhouse of ghastly delights, I was smile-screaming the whole way through. Though, it’s strange they based it in the 80s without taking advantage of “99 Red Balloons”.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

I once dressed up as my favourite film (and book) psycho-fan, Annie Wilkes. As I strolled through the bar in a blue denim dress and wig, with a silver cross hanging around my neck, I heard people say “What? Huh? Who’s that?” Then I lifted the sledgehammer into view and they all went “Ooooooh, number one fan… Got it,” and instinctively guarded their ankles.

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

If I’m being honest, I have yet to hear a paranormal encounter that I actually believe. Strange thing to say for a horror writer. What I do believe is that ghost stories are emotionally true. The fear is real. The memories are real. So, in a way, I do believe in ghosts, if ghosts are the memories that refuse to let us go.

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

Edward Scissorhands… His topiaries would haunt me.

Favorite Halloween candy?

The one without the razor blades, please.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

It’s a cliché, but I really did always want to be a writer (also, filmmaker). So, let’s say storyteller. With that in mind, would you indulge me in a quick story? When I was but a wee thing, my public school had a creative writing contest. We would write for 10 minutes, then partner up and proofread each other’s work for another 10. However, I was partnered with a good friend who didn’t care that much about writing. So, I wrote for 10 minutes, then, instead of proofreading, I wrote my friend’s story as well. After a few sessions like this, we all read each other’s stories and then voted real democratically to see who should go to this Young Writer’s Retreat thing. My friend won. He won with my story, but I couldn’t say anything. I just watched him walk out of the classroom to attend his seminar with my story under his arm. Pretty sure my pencil snapped in half in my hands right then and there.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?

I’d go back to public school. I wouldn’t just sit silently in class while my friend walked out of the room. I’d stand right up and yell, “That’s not his story, that’s my story! I wrote that thing! Not HIM! ME!”… kind of petty, but that’s what I’d do.

Or, you know, smother baby Hitler. I’d do one of those two things.

What are you working on now?

After finishing Worship Me, I made a short film called From: Santa, about a mall Santa who’s determined to make a little girl’s Christmas wish come true, even if it kills him, which it probably will. Now I’m writing another novel that’s a semi-sequel to Worship Me. It expands on the world the first book introduced and delves deeper into the mythology of The Beast. Also, it’s a love story, or, anti-love story, to be more accurate.

Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?

For sure it’s Barker. I devour his books. He is so eloquently disturbing. His monsters are so well spoken, so sympathetic. He can make you weep, squirm, scream and somehow still leave you all hot and bothered. Out of all of his works, I find myself going back to Coldheart Canyon the most, for some mysterious reason.

Which horror/thriller novel do you wish you’d written?

Not that I think I could have written it, but I loved The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. There were parts of that book that made me physically dizzy from the sheer horror and how it’s delivered. Beyond being a great read, it’s also a very dark and gutsy exploration of gender identity. And that’s what’s so strong about it, there’s purpose behind the horror, which really makes it ever more horrific.

When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?

No rest for the wicked, as they say. I never stop. There’s always something new in my head begging to be birthed, so as soon as the wound heals, I crack open my skull again and start pushing.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?

Of my published work, I’m quite fond of a character named Clara from Worship Me. She’s a simple, goodhearted woman who society never made time for. After all, she seems a little bland on the surface: a single, church-going school teacher who spends her days in daydreams. But Clara has secrets. And she has potential. She’s a teacher, true, she’s also unquestionably a hero. I liked writing her, because I liked how she surprised me.

If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?

Once you write something, you have to get someone to read it. That’s always a struggle when you’re just starting out. Struggle? No, it’s heartache. Trying to find agents or publishers is like watching your kid go up on stage to do a tap-dance for the judges, or, at least they would have done a tap-dance if the judges didn’t interrupt halfway through with a megaphone screaming, “Next!” If I could change one thing, it would be for someone to watch my kid tap-dance.

Author Bio

Craig Stewart is a Canadian author and filmmaker who learned how to count from the rhyme, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.” He’s a creator and connoisseur of everything horror; never afraid to delve into the dark. His written works include short stories, film scripts, articles, as well as his first horror novel, Worship Me, recently published by Hellbound Books. He has also written and directed several short horror films that have enjoyed screenings across North America.

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#BadMoonRising Jack Binding #IndieAuthor #horror #shortstories @Jack_Binding

For those of you who aren’t avid readers of horror, maybe short stories are the way to enter those waters a few inches at a time before fully immersing yourself.  Today’s author offers that opportunity with his book of 18 short stories.  Welcome, Jack Binding!

Jack Binding’s Pills splices gritty realism with surreal imagery and otherworldly dread.

From the vicious high fashion horror of FMM (The Devils Wears Prada via Bret Easton Ellis-esque debauchery) to the stark, unsettling heartbreak of Sleeping Pills, Binding takes the reader on a journey through the secret parts of London that few people ever visit.

Influenced by writers such as Stephen King, Martin Amis and JG Ballard, there’s Cronenberg-inspired body horror, creepy kids (and their creepier parents), death, love (often unrequited), seedy massage parlours and late nights fuelled with lust and narcotics.

With overarching themes and characters, the 18 short stories in Pills can be read either as a whole enjoyed as stand-alone tales. 

What’s the best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year so far?

At the time of writing this interview, I’m still yet to see the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s It, which has been getting some rave reviews and breaking box office records. I’d probably say it was Lights Out. I’m not a huge fan of jump scares, and although it has a few, it doesn’t rely on them like, say, Paranormal Activity does. It has real heart and real menace. Loved it.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

I’m not big on fancy dress, so whenever I go to Halloween parties, I wear my regular clothes. Whenever anyone asks why I’m not in costume, I just say, “I’m actually a goth.”

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

There’s a story in Pills called ‘Twenty-Seven.’ At one point in the tale, the narrator has a (possibly drug-induced) vision of a paranormal entity. He then goes on to make a bargain with the creature. Believe it or not, it’s actually based on something that happened to me in my early twenties. I’m not sure if it was a dream or whatever. And although I don’t really believe the supernatural – you’ll notice in my writing, the real monsters are the humans – it didn’t really feel like a dream. I’m not sure what it was. It haunted me ever since. Writing about it was a way of dealing with the experience.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a very, very dark thriller. It’s a full-length project, which should please the people who have been asking me for something more substantial (although I’d argue there’s enough in Pills to satisfy most readers). It’s about a guy who kills an innocent person in a fit of rage, and the resulting fallout from it. I’m on the third draft right now.

Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?

There are several. I’d love to creep my readers out as much as I was the first time I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. But then I’m also in awe of the feeling of utter dread that runs through JG Ballard’s Super-Cannes.

When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?

I can’t wait to finish what I’m writing mainly because there are so many new projects waiting to be started. I have no shortage of ideas, just shortage of time in which to write then. That’s why short stories appeal to me – I can move onto the next idea quickly.

If you could change one thing about your writing career, what would it be?

My first inclination is to say I’d have like to have started earlier. I wrote my first full length novel when I was twenty-nine. It’s a miserable piece of incoherent trash, and will never see the light of day. However, the practice helped me craft my style and find my voice. People often believe it’s life experience that affects a person’s ability to write. BS, I say – it’s practice and hard work.

Author Bio

Jack Binding comes from London but lives in Sydney. He writes dark fiction that combines horror with black humour.

He regularly releases short stories on Amazon, which have received high critical praise (at the time of writing, that is).

He is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, JG Ballard and Martin Amis.

His first full-length novel is due to be released soon.

Social Media

Twitter  jack_binding
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