#BadMoonRising J.P. Jackson #IndieAuthor #horror #LGBT @Canuckbear88

If you’re still searching for a Halloween costume, it would be hard to top this author’s ensemble from last year.  It’s also quite possible he’s a demon magnet.  Intrigued?  Read more about J.P. Jackson below!

Dati Amon wants to be free from his satyr master and he hates his job—hunting human children who display demon balefire. Every hunt has been successful, except one. A thwarted attempt ended up as a promise to spare the child of a white witch, an indiscretion Dati hopes Master never discovers.

But Master has devilish machinations of his own. He needs human-demon hybrids, the Daimonion, to raise the Dark Lord to the earthly realm. If Master succeeds, he will be immortal and far more powerful.

The child who was spared is now a man, and for the first time in three hundred years, Dati has a reason to escape Master’s chains. To do that, Dati makes some unlikely alliances with an untrained soulless witch, a self-destructive shape shifter, and a deceitful clairvoyant. However, deals with demons rarely go as planned, and the cost is always higher than the original bargain.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

This is a hard one. Halloween has always been my favorite holidays, and so I often dress up. But, I think the costume that has been the most memorable in the last decade was last year’s Papa Legba outfit.

Imagine, on the morning of Halloween, it’s still dark, there’s an ominous fog, and you walk out your house with a billowing cape, flawless makeup, and your ornate soul-catching walking cane accompanying you down the street, to the local rapid transit train station. Upon boarding the train – everyone gives you a wide berth, and then when you arrive at your downtown destination – you scare the crap out of folks as you walk to your high rise office tower, where you work the day away researching which soul to collect next.

That was Halloween 2016! Fun!

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

Oh, I have many. I find that things are attracted to me.  Animals, spirits, demons, and hey even my husband! But one night, after a party, several of us crashed at a friend’s house. Everyone awoke at the same time from bad dreams.

Folks collected in the living room, where after some discussion, discovered each person had had the same dream – shadow demons, long, thin, gangly, clawed, wraith-like creatures had shown up, invaded the house, breaking through all the protective wards. Everyone felt the beings had inspected each person as they slept.

Except for me – I didn’t wake up, wasn’t part of the conversation. I slept in a separate part of the house away from everyone else. When my friends realized I wasn’t present, they came to the back bedroom to check on me.

Hovering near my bed, surrounding the bed, and crawling out from under the bed, were all the shadowy creatures. Apparently, I was what they were looking for.

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

Believe it or not, I wanted to be a marine biologist. The thought of spending days on the sun-shining ocean, while diving amongst tropical fish just sounded like the best job ever! Then I took my first chemistry class which was a requirement. FAIL. No marine biology for me.

What are you working on now?

By the time everyone’s reading this, I should have just finished a new novel about five twenty-something adults who find themselves with magical abilities they can’t control. They are housed, for their own safety and others, at the Centre for Magical Research and Development. A ‘teacher’ is brought in to help them gain control over their new found talents. Unfortunately, the mentor is broken, unwilling, and can’t escape the ghosts of his past class where he fell for one of the students. A student who couldn’t get control.

The biggest problem; the CMRD euthanizes those students who can’t get a grip on their abilities, and so the students refer to the place as Control Magic oR Die – hence the name of the book: Magic or Die.

Biggest horror/thriller novel influence?

Anne Rice and Stephen King. I think in my teen years I read just about everything from both of these authors.  My favorite Anne Rice stories are about the Mayfair Witches, and I love all the early Stephen King books from The Shining up to The Stand.

I’d like to think that my writing has elements reminiscent of each of these literary giants.

Recently, however, I’ve come across Patricia Briggs – who writes more Urban Fantasy, but still her Mercy Thompson books were quite enjoyable, filled with fantastic creatures, and just the right amount of blood.

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

Well, the whole process is still very new to me, so I’m not sure my answer would stand true if you asked me again in another year or two.  But having said that, I’ve always got more projects and plot bunnies scurrying around than Carol Anne had poltergeists. There just seem to be more ideas than there is time to write them all down.

Of course, writing it down is only step one. Then there’s the self-editing – the beta readers suggestions and edits, the submission to your editor (and they always have edits – like, several rounds of them). So yeah, once one project is done, it takes a while before it’s polished and ready to be consumed by the public.  I tend to focus in on one project at a time because I really want to produce the best story I possibly can – and that, for me, means I have to devote all my attention towards that goal.

My characters from those stories live right alongside of me – and I’m pretty sure my husband has caught me talking to them.

Author Bio

J.P. Jackson works as an IT analyst in health care during the day, where if cornered he’d confess to casting spells to ensure clinicians actually use the electronic medical charting system he configures and implements.
At night, however, the writing happens, where demons, witches, and shape shifters congregate around the kitchen table and general chaos ensues. The insurance company refuses to accept any more claims of ‘acts of the un-god’, and his husband of almost 20 years has very firmly put his foot down on any further wraith summonings in the basement. And apparently, imps aren’t house-trainable. Occasionally the odd ghost or member of the Fae community stops in for a glass of wine and stories are exchanged. Although the husband doesn’t know it, the two Chihuahuas are in cahoots with the spell casting.
J.P.’s other hobbies include hybridizing African Violets (thanks to grandma), extensive traveling and believe it or not, knitting.

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#BadMoonRising Ann Girdharry #IndieAuthor #thriller

Today’s author brings London Noir, the second book in her Kal Medi series, released just last week.  Welcome Ann Girdharry to Bad Moon Rising!

Memory loss, nightmares, the urge to kill – Sophie has it all. Is it Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Or something more sinister? Kal is about to find out… 

After a near-fatal road accident, Kal helps a young girl in trouble. The girl’s friends are being murdered one by one. Why? And who by?

Kal must kick start herself out of her downward spiral to save the young stranger.

But Kal is in the grip of the London Cartel and is someone after the girl, or is the girl after someone?

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

Well, though I’ve seen several thrillers, I can’t say I’ve seen a fantastic one this year. Life was pretty good. Ghost in the Shell was okay,

The last really good one I recall is Solace, starring Anthony Hopkins.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

I did a trick or treat a couple of years ago. The kids were all dressed up and the only thing I wore was a knife that looked like it was embedded in my head. I tell you, every adult I met stared at that knife. I think it’s because I look so normal and the knife was horribly realistic. I liked the impact it had!

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

An astronaut.

What are you working on now?

I’m launching straight into writing Kal Medi #3. The story idea started to interrupt and come into my head when I was in the middle of writing London Noir – Kal Medi #2.

From experience, I know it will take me some time to wrestle the story down into a book.

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

For horror, I admire the wonderful Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. More than the story, I admire the creation of the character Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer. Apparently, Harris based the fictional Hannibal Lecter on a real-life doctor who had been convicted for killing and chopping up his lover. Harris met this doctor in a Mexican penitentiary where he’d gone to interview another inmate.

For thriller, I’d love to write one as good as Criminal by Karin Slaughter. It’s my favourite Karin Slaughter book and an absolutely brilliant read.

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

It’s not really about my career, but more about my lifestyle. I guess I have a bit of a hermit streak because I wish I could write all day long for months on end in some remote place. But life isn’t like that and real life and daily commitments have to interrupt!

Author Bio

Ann Girdharry is a British crime suspense thriller author.

A trained psychotherapist, she worked for many years as a manager in the not-for-profit sector, for agencies working with carers, vulnerable older people, survivors of abuse, and victims of racial attacks.

She currently lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.

Her debut novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, is an ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD Finalist 2017.

Her second crime suspense thriller, LONDON NOIR, will be published October 2017.

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#BadMoonRising Micky Neilson #IndieAuthor #horror

What’s Halloween without werewolves?  And this werewolf is on a cruise ship bound for Alaska.  Welcome Micky Neilson to Bad Moon Rising!

Years ago Brandon Frye was bitten, cursed to transform into a primal killing machine under the light of the full moon… until he met Celine, who introduced him to experimental pills meant to suppress the turning.

Now, after a terrible tragedy has taken Celine’s life, Brandon boards a cruise ship bound for Alaska, intending to venture into the cold white north and never return.

But when Brandon meets Ginny, he gains a second chance at love. Nevertheless, circumstances align against him: a storm is building, a hunter is on his trail, and the pills that are meant to prevent the turning…

Are about to trigger it.

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

I don’t go to theaters much anymore (can’t stand the cell phones) but I picked up the Blu Ray for Train to Busan just based on the trailer (which was on another Blu Ray I picked up—Phantasm. A classic). Train to Busan is not only the best horror movie I’ve seen this year, it’s the best horror movie I’ve seen in quite a while. It was extremely well done and I highly recommend it!!

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

I was messing around with friends as a teen, playing with neon glow tubes that connected together. We went into the bathroom, turned out the lights, and made a ghost with the glow tubes in the bathroom. Aside from the glowing ghost, it was pitch black. I was standing to the far right, making the right “hand” of the ghost, when something reached out and grabbed my ankle! The only other person nearby was my buddy who was moving the ghost’s head. But even more incredible— to my immediate right, where the hand had come from, was a wall!

What are you working on now?

Working on book 3 in The Turning series, Communion. I wrote The Turning, a prequel called Whisper Lake, and now I’m finishing up the first sequel, Communion. It’s a creepy mix between The Howling and Rosemary’s Baby. Can’t wait to introduce it to the world. Should be out by October!!

Author Bio

Micky Neilson is a two-time New York Times best-selling author whose graphic novels, Ashbringer (#2 on the list) and Pearl of Pandaria (#3) have both been published in six languages. As one of the first writers at Blizzard Entertainment, he has more than two decades of experience in the cutting edge of the gaming industry. In 2016 Riverdale Avenue Press published his memoir Lost and Found: An Autobiography About Discovering Family, available wherever books are sold. He has also self-published his first full-length horror novel, The Turning, and its prequel, Whisper Lake, both on Amazon. Most recently, Micky was tapped to write the comic book series The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen, a continuation of the beloved 1981 Joe Dante horror film The Howling.

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#BadMoonRising Justin D. Lambe #IndieAuthor #thriller #suspense

Happy Friday, guys!  Reading the books of today’s featured author may give you some food cravings – and that’s okay, because recipes are included.  Welcome, Justin D. Lambe.

In a small Virginia town of Pine Hills, the owner of the local bakery, Sweet Treats is in for a surprise. Through a path of twists and turns of previous marriages, custody battles, and a hidden life insurance policy. A murder investigation is unfolded that leaves everyone stunned…

Favorite Halloween candy?
I’m not a big candy eater, but I love Tootsie rolls and smarties.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a Telephone Operator. Actually, I’m living that dream now and working as one in a state facility in Virginia.
If you could go back in time, where would you go and what would you do?
Let me see… If I had the opportunity, I’d go back to the time when the first type writer was invented. I’d like to set down with writer’s that wrote children’s books like Charlotte’s Web, and other kids book classics. To hear their stories of how they first became a writer. Their struggles, and their inspirations behind their stories.
What are you working on now?
I just finished a Christmas Novel and sent it to my publisher. The title is Small Town Hope. It will be out sometime the first of December right in time for Christmas. Looking for a great gift for someone? I’d recommend it. Who doesn’t love a good Christmas story?
When you finish a book, do you take time off or jump into another project?
It usually depends. Sometimes I take a short break, and other times I don’t. Normally when one book is finished, I begin plotting and outlining another. When I have that complete, the writing begins. I’ve got a big imagination, and these stories play around in my head. If I waited around and didn’t let them out, they’d go crazy! (Laughing)
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?
Yes, a character comes to mind from my novel, Death In Sparkling Cove. Mr. Lawson. He owns the Sparkling Cove Inn. He’s got a kind heart and spreads love and hospitality to everyone he meets. He treats his guest like their family. He’s an elderly man with a big heart!
Author Bio
Bestselling Author Justin D. Lambe is from Southwestern Virginia. He loves a good cozy mystery, so that is how his writing began. Along with his family, they reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit his website for upcoming releases, www.justinlambe.com or his blog, www.justinlambesblog.blogspot.com
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#BadMoonRising Angel M.B. Chadwick #IndieAuthor #suspense #thriller

Welcome, Angel M.B. Chadwick!  As a child, Angel had an unusual, but original career goal, and her WIP is a fascinating blend of genres.

Fear is like a looking glass….

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

The Inherited. It was on Lifetime Movie Network. It was the only movie that caught my interest and kept it. It had real substance and originality.

What fictional character would be your nightmare neighbor?

Beetlejuice. Seriously, I used to have nightmares about that creepy dude. I love horror. And I’m not easily scared, but for some reason he’s the only one.

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

I wanted to be Frankenstein’s bride. I also wished “The Munsters” were my family.

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

I would sit and have a cup of tea with Edgar Allan Poe.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on my next book which is a bit of sci-fi fantasy, steampunk, mystery, thriller, speculative fiction, suspense.

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

I always jump into another project. I’m a workaholic writer for which I don’t want a cure for, if there is one.

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

To be more financially stable than I am now.

Author Bio

Angel M.B. Chadwick is currently writing the sequel to the “Weeping Well” series, titled “Weeping Well: Shards to the Grave.” She’s also writing a twelve book cozy mysteries series, numerous plays, novels, short stories, among her other literary works, business ideas and inventions all while raising her ten year old son. She has traveled all over the world starting in her teens and hopes to do it again soon. She currently lives in Mississippi, in a quaint little house on the corner, in a quiet neighborhood in the city, where she is constantly and relentlessly plagued by inspiration.

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#BadMoonRising Calvin Dean #IndieAuthor #paranormal #mystery

Calvin Dean was one of the first authors to sign up for Bad Moon Rising when it began, and I’m thrilled to have him back for the third year in a row.  I read Curses, which is a delightful blend of supernatural and humor, and wondered if Calvin had created a new category – cozy supernatural.  It’s FREE over the next five days, so make sure to get your copy soon!

Curses is FREE (Kindle only) Oct. 18 – 22, 2017. Download your free copy right now.

Martin Gallagher buys an old house in the country. While pursuing Hannah, a widow from the neighborhood, he encounters a sexy but psychotic ghost named Agnes. To make matters worse, Agnes is dead-set on derailing his blossoming romance.

“Just my luck. A woman wants me and there isn’t a breath of life in her.”

Meanwhile, an eccentric medium offers to help Martin exorcise his home, but this means resisting the temptress, encountering the bizarre, and braving supernatural encounters. Can Martin overcome his desires and fears long enough to lift the dreaded curse?

“I recalled Madam Zelda’s advice—avoid Agnes. Have nothing to do with her. Yet there I stood, drool on my chin, tangled in her wicked web, rendered powerless to resist.”

“Curses” is three connected paranormal mysteries that elicit horror, laughter, warmth, even tears. Cozy up with Dean’s haunting cast of characters and enjoy a delightfully humorous tale of the paranormal. If you dare.

“Curses is just one of those books that you come to the end and think, now that was fun!” – By Hook or By Book Blog

Curses is a paranormal mystery with horrifying scenes and a haunting cast of characters that will make you laugh out loud.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult? 

The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies. One year, my girlfriend (now my wife) bought fabric and patterns, and sewed a Dorothy costume for her, and a Scarecrow costume for me. I still have it tucked away in my closet. Warning: accessorizing with hay can be itchy. Who knew?

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share? 

As a teen growing up in a small town in Mississippi, my friends and I heard tales of hangings and strange balls of fire in the night sky. Naturally, we formed a search party. One late night excursion took us down a narrow, gravel road with the branches of stately oaks hanging overhead. When we arrived at an old antebellum mansion miles from nowhere, we scanned the grounds for nooses hanging from trees or other telltale signs of murder. Though the anticipation of discovery gave us chills, we found no evidence of foul play. On another occasion, we rode a rural two-lane highway at midnight, the prescribed time when a ball of fire would allegedly descend from the sky and follow lonely travelers. Foiled again. I’m sad to report no supernatural experiences for me. Well, I tried.

Favorite Halloween candy? 

As a child, Halloween meant walking the neighborhood with my older sister and cousins who lived next door. We’d go neighborhood to neighborhood, knocking on door after door yelling ‘Trick or Treat!” There was little concern for our safety in the early to mid-sixties. The man who ran the local print shop owned a house I always looked forward to visiting. Mr. Chapius always hid somewhere in his yard and would jump out from behind a bush or wherever and scare the living daylights out of us. One year, he wore a sheet and stood on his rooftop making ghostly gestures. I thought he was gonna jump. After the terror subsided, his wife gave us homemade candy coated popcorn balls. They were the best! As an adult, I wanted to honor these memories, so I took a vintage pine box coffin that looked like it came from a Vincent Price movie set, placed it on my front porch on Halloween, and climbed inside. With the lid closed, I’d pop it open at the right moment when kids came to my door for tricks or treats. I got some shocked looks on the faces of kids and more than a few parents. A few years ago, I ran into a kid from the neighborhood, all grown up now. He said, “I remember you. You’re the coffin man!” I smiled—made my day.

What are you working on now? 

For the past several months, Geriatric Delinquents has been collecting dust in my hard drive. You see, during the spring and summer I umpire youth league baseball—USSSA and Dizzy Dean to be exact, including the Dizzy Dean World Series. And no, I’m not related to the St. Louis Cardinals legend as far as I know. I estimate that I’ve umpired over 200 games this year. By the time Fall Ball ends in late October, I’ll umpire another 35 or more games. So I’ve been busy as you might imagine. At some point this fall, I’ll dust off Geriatric Delinquents and see what the characters have to say to me.

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

After writing my first book, The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff, I immediately began outlining and writing the original draft of A Door Unlocked. I completed the book in four months. After this, I took time off from writing—a year or more. Then I started working on Curses, my latest release. But even Curses took time. In the middle of the book I took a little down time. Sometimes things have to percolate.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? 

Yes. Though several come to mind, Martin Gallagher rises above the rest. He is the main character in Curses, my most recent book. Martin is witty, charming, and a nervous wreck all at the same time. I’d compare him to an older version of Mortimer, played by Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace. To be honest, I never intended to introduce humor in my character, but Martin insisted. By the time I had written six or seven chapters, I noticed this streak of humor coming naturally. I had to go back and rewrite portions to match the character’s evolving personality.

I want to thank Teri for giving me a chance to reconnect with you this year. I always look forward to Bad Moon Rising. Don’t forget to download Curses. The Kindle version is FREE Oct. 18 – 22, 2017.

Author Bio

Calvin Dean is the author of two bestselling novels: “The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff” and “A Door Unlocked”. “Curses”, a humorous paranormal mystery, is now available on Amazon and other booksellers. His short story, “The Rookie Umpire”, appeared in Junior Baseball Magazine and is now available on Wattpad. Calvin enjoys spring breaks on the Redneck Riviera, summers umpiring USSSA and Dizzy Dean baseball, and winters beside a fire sipping a frothy cappuccino. Calvin lives with his family in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee.

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#BadMoonRising Matt Doyle #IndieAuthor #SciFi #LGBT #CrimeNoir #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome, Matt Doyle!  I wish Matt could hop the pond and come over for Halloween.  From the costume he wears when answering the door for trick-or-treaters, to his excellent taste in horror movies, we’d have a blast.

New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.

Favorite Halloween costume as a child or adult?

So, I actually cosplay quite regularly, and tend to build at least one new costume for a convention every year. The last two years, I’ve been reusing one particular costume for Halloween though: Renamon from the Digimon Tamers anime.

I built this costume in 2014, and my word it was a tough one! I’d never built anything close to a fursuit before, so I was going into it with nothing but a handful of online tutorials as a guide. Then, my sewing machine broke before I could start putting it all together, and I ended up having to hand-stitch the entire thing. In terms of the convention, it’s my most successful costume by far; I had tons of photo requests (sometimes, I even had bigger lines than some of the celebrity guests), and made a couple of magazine appearances here in the UK as a result.

I’ve worn the costume multiple times since, for everything from birthday parties to charity events. Halloween is my favourite time to break it out though, and for one reason: kids. Whether I’m walking around Trick or Treating with my youngest, or simply answering my front door to little ones who are themselves out and in costume, children love seeing a giant, cuddly, yellow fox standing in front of them. I get asked for high fives, hugs, photos … it’s fantastic, because you can see from the kid’s faces that they’re going to remember it for a long time to come. I love being able to help make positive memories like that.

It does confuse the odd drunk person though.

Best horror/thriller movie you’ve seen this year thus far?

Hmm … I rarely get to see stuff when it’s new. I simply don’t have the time or money to do a lot of movie trips, so I end up waiting for DVDs and Blurays to appear and order them then. Even then though, I usually end up waiting for the price to come down a little. The upshot of that is that my top films this year aren’t exactly new. Picking one would be hard too, so I’m going to cheat and name two from each genre.


  • The Exorcist (Director’s Cut) – The Exorcist is so well regarded, and for good reason. We watch the film multiple times a year, but have previously stuck with the theatrical cut. This year, we finally picked up the anniversary edition on Bluray with both the theatrical and director’s cut. There are a lot of nice subtle touches in this cut but oddly, it’s not the infamous spider walk scene that stands out for me. It’s the ending. The extended ending actually feels a lot better to me, and it certainly helps set up The Exorcist III, which was based on another of William Peter Blatty’s books. Honestly, the only fault I can find in this is that, when you research him, the demon Pazuzu is actually pretty misrepresented in it. The way the demon behaves is actually more akin to the child and woman killing Lamashtu, whom Pazuzu was often invoked to counter. Even then though, the demon that possesses Regan feels more like Legion to me, which is actually broached in the third film.
  • The Conjuring 2 – James Wan is, in my eyes, a modern master of creepy. While I find it hard to pick between his Conjuring and Insidious franchises as a favourite, I’m going with the Conjuring sequel here for one reason: it’s close to home. The film is based on the well documented ‘Enfield Poltergeist’, which was a haunting that took place in Enfield, London between 1977 and 1979. The house is only a little over an hour from mine by car, and it’s a case that we’ve done a lot of reading about because it was so fascinating. Of course, the length of time that the haunting went on is perhaps more indicative of demon than poltergeist, but that’s another story. The film itself is sensationalised compared to the documented events (Sky Living’s ‘The Enfield Haunting’ in 2015 is actually closer as a dramatisation I believe), but it does such a wonderful job of escalating from creepy to in-your-face that it’s hard to criticize it.


  • A. Confidential – This 1997 classic is one of my favourite films. The main cast does a phenomenal job with it, and not one performance stands out as weak for me. The mystery itself takes us on a multi-layered, well-paced journey, and the conclusion is, while not entirely what you’d call a happy ending, satisfyingly realistic in the confines of the world it’s set in. In short, it’s as close to perfect as you can get in terms of thrillers, at least in my opinion.
  • The Warriors – I first saw this on VHS back when my Dad borrowed from a family friend. I was hooked form the get-go. To date, this is probably the film that I’ve watched the most out of all the ones that I own. I don’t really know what it is about it that I love so much … the story is fun, the slightly campy costumes are cool, there are some wonderfully quotable lines … but it’s hardly high cinema. Somehow though, it endures well enough for me that I’ve ended up watching it at least once every year since the late 1990’s.

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

Oh man … I think that my original ambitions, back when I was a little kid, were professional wrestler and werewolf.

The funny thing is, I actually succeeded, to a degree. And I mean that in both cases! No, I don’t howl at the moon (unless I’m feeling particularly playful), but between Renamon and my last cosplay (Inukai from the Flying Witch anime), I’ve certainly managed to be a canine-person for a few hours a year.

The wrestling is where it’s at though. Way back when my age was only just hitting double digits, a lot of us used to play wrestle during break times in school. Then, back in 2001 (during my high school years no less), I took it to the next level and started training at NWA-UK Hammerlock’s wrestling school. Those were tough sessions; five and a half hours every Sunday, with very little in the way of breaks throughout. So many people came and went, largely because it either wasn’t what they expected with the focus on actual wrestling, or because it was tougher than they realized. I stuck it out though! During my time at Hammerlock, I got to appear on the same show as two of my old wrestling heroes too – Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart. And as to modern workers, I came through the same training group as Zack Sabre Jr and have worked with him many times, and I also worked on some of the same shows as Finn Balor back when he was Fergal Devitt. Over the ten years that I was involved, I did everything I could: wrestling, ring announcing, refereeing, booking shows, acting as a road agent, and even training people. They were good times.

Biggest Horror/Thriller novel influence?

This is an odd one for me because I tend to look to films and TV for inspiration in these genres. For example, when I wrote Addict, I came off the back of a film-binge of L.A. Confidential, Blade Runner and The Maltese Falcon. Other times, I’ll go to anime such as Ghost in the Shell and Psycho Pass.

YouTube videos about different encounters that people have had are great for horror too. It’s an absolute mecca for paranormal and creepy stories. Of late, I’ve mostly been focusing on a mix of cryptids and sightings of ghosts and vampires. Are all the ‘real encounters’ truly real? Probably not. I do think that most of them likely encountered something, though it won’t always be what’s reported. I actually wrote a long piece giving my view of what the Dogman cryptid may actually be. Regardless though, there’s an absolute goldmine of inspiration out there. Even just listening out for similarities between tales and picking out common threads between different encounters with the same thing can be enlightening when it comes to research.

Of course, I do read too though. Personally, I like stories that combine different genres. Take Urban Fantasy for example. Get the right book and you’ll get a nice mix of horror, thriller, and romance. Seeing them weaved together has always been an inspiration for me. Again, studies of true events always come across well, be they hauntings or crime studies. Comics can be a good source of inspiration too. Take Dark Horse’s Blacksad for example. It’s a collection of tales about John Blacksad, an anthropomorphic cat working as a PI in 1950’s America. The whole thing is essentially crime noir with some suitable political commentary on the period portrayed. Stan Lee actually described it as being ‘as good as it gets’.

What are you working on now?

Too much. Honestly, I’m always working on far too many things at once. Outside writing, there are the costumes and some art. If we’re looking outside stories specifically, there’s also my website, which is now up to five posts a week as a minimum.

In terms of stories though, that’s where most of my time goes. Let’s see …

  • I’m finishing up my personal edits on the sequel to Addict before I submit it to the publisher. As a bonus, I’m also working on an illustrated guide to the Tech Shifting concept shown in Addict.
  • The third Cassie Tam is in the planning stages, so I’m currently mapping out the concepts and the mystery itself.
  • I’m editing FAHRN, a novella set after my original sci-fi duology, The Spark Form Chronicles.
  • I’m editing both Stoth and Xera, which are the third and fourth books in my MG/YA horror series ‘Teller Tales’.
  • I’m writing a couple of short stories with specific anthology calls in mind.
  • I’m planning a build your own adventure novel.

I have a load of notes for other idea scattered about too, so they’ll turn into something soon enough and lumber me with a ton of other work, I’m sure.

Do you have a favourite character you’ve created?

Right now, it’s Cassie Tam. Sure, her being the primary focus of my work right now may be part of that, but there’s a lot to her that I really love working with.

In a way, she’s a homage to pulp fiction detectives: she has a very rigid set of morals that she follows, and she will pursue them stubbornly once she has her eyes set on a particular outcome. If that means sleuthing and subtle manipulation, great. If that means less than subtly punching someone in the face, that’s fine too. It works so well because the world that she lives in is corrupt by default, so having that sort of attitude gives her the opportunity to be both at odds with the underlying movements of the city while still being so embroiled in the way it works herself that she can work with rather against the tide.

The thing is, Cassie is incredibly flawed. She knows that her stubbornness and habit of digging will get her in trouble (it’s led to disaster for her in her past), but she does it anyway because she can’t get past the concept of following her own moral compass. She can also be a bit judgmental; her view of the Tech Shifting community is jaded at the onset, and her interactions with her client-cum-love-interest Lori really forces her into having to consider this. Then there are her views on VR junkies, the police in general, and the higher-ups in the city. She definitely has a habit of looking for negatives in people!

Throw in her fun little quirks, like the fact she loves horror films but suffers from terrible nightmares every time she watches on, and she’s just so much fun to write about. She’s strong-willed, doesn’t put up with other people’s nonsense, fights for the right result, but is in many ways just as bad as the city she lives in anyway. When you’ve got a character that gives you that much to work with, it’s hard not to love them.

That Cassie is a lesbian but her sexuality is simply a part of her character and not something that ever gets made into a big deal is something that I’m really happy with too. The Cassie Tam Files may feature a gay lead, but they aren’t coming out stories. They’re just sci-fi based crime stories that happen to feature a protagonist who isn’t heterosexual.

Author Bio

Matt Doyle lives in the South East of England and shares his home with a wide variety of people and animals, as well as a fine selection of teas. He has spent his life chasing dreams, a habit which has seen him gain success in a great number of fields. To date, this has included spending ten years as a professional wrestler, completing a range of cosplay projects, and publishing multiple works of fiction.

These days, Matt can be found working on far too many novels at once, blogging about anime, comics, and games, and plotting and planning what other things he’ll be doing to take up what little free time he has.

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I always did like Venetian blinds. There’s something quaint about them in a retro-tacky kinda way. Plus, they’re pretty useful for sneaking a peek out the front of the building if I feel the need. That’s something that you just can’t do with the solid, immovable metal slats that come as a standard in buildings these days. That said, a thick sheet of steel is gonna offer you a damn sight more security than thin, bendable vinyl, so I keep mine installed. Just in case.

Another round of knocking rattles the front door, louder this time than the one that woke me.

The clock says 23:47, and the unfamiliar low-end car out front screams “Don’t notice me, I’m not worth your time,” which makes for the perfect combo to stir up the paranoia that the evening’s beer and horror-film session left behind. This is my own fault. My adverts are pretty descriptive in terms of telling what I do: lost pets, cheating partners, theft, protection, retrieval of people and items, other odds and sods that the city’s finest won’t touch…I’ve got ways to deal with it all. That’s right, I’m a real odd-job gal. The one thing that I don’t put in there are business hours. The way I see it, even the missing pet cases usually leave me wandering the streets at half-past reasonable, so what’s the point in asking people to call between certain hours?

More knocking, followed this time by the squeak of my letter box and a voice. “Hello? Cassandra Tam?”

It’s funny, really. For all the tech advances that the world has made, no one has been able to improve upon the simple open-and-shut letter box. I stumble my way through the dark and wave dismissively at the frosted glass. The light switch and the keypad for the door lock are conveniently placed right next to each other on the wall to the right of the door, so welcoming my apparent guest is a nice, easy affair. The lock clicks a moment after the lights flood the room, and I pull the door open.

“Cassie,” I say, turning and skulking my way back into the room. “Or Caz. Drop the Tam.”

I hear a sniff behind me, and the lady from the letter box asks, “Are you drunk?”

“If I pass out in the next five minutes, then yes,” I reply, turning the kettle on. I’d left it full, ready for the morning, but I guess this is close enough. “Take a seat at the table. Would you prefer tea or coffee? I’d offer beer, but since I reek of it, I guess I must’ve finished it.”

Footsteps creep unapologetically across the room, and a chair squeaks on the floor. Good. If you can’t deal with a snarky response to something, don’t say it all, and if you can deal with it, then as far as I’m concerned you don’t need to apologise.

“Coffee,” the lady says. “So, do you always see potential clients in your underwear, or is it just my lucky day?” Her voice has a slightly playful edge to it, but with a sarcastic kick to round it off.

The business portion of my apartment comprises entirely of a small open-plan room separating my kitchen from my living room. And by open plan, I mean an allotted space that encroaches on both territories but is conveniently large enough to house what I need. Or, in other words, a table, four chairs, and nothing else. Since filing went near entirely digital, filing cabinets have pretty much become obsolete, so the two that I found dumped outside the building when I bought the place currently live in my bedroom, and contain a mix of quick access work stuff and personal files I’d rather not have floating on the net. Most things, though, I store electronically, the same as everything else.

I rarely use the business table to eat, read, or any of that junk, so until this evening it’s been entirely empty for a good few weeks. The lady sitting there now is studying me, I can see, and probably wondering if this was a mistake. Whatever she may have expected, a Chinese-Canadian gal of average height in a cami top and a loose pair of sleep shorts most likely wasn’t it. For what it’s worth, though, I’m studying her just the same. She’s a lithe-looking thing, dressed in a casual pair of jeans and a plain black fitted top under a leather jacket. If the metal plugs running down her shaven head like a shiny, rubber-tipped Mohawk weren’t a giveaway for what she is, the light scarring punctuating the outer edges of her pale blue eyes certainly would be. She’s a Tech Shifter, and like most of her ilk, she looks like a punk rocker gone cyborg.