The winner of an ebook of Frostbitten is Hugh Roberts! Congrats to Hugh and thanks to all who commented to enter.
Happy Halloween, and welcome to the last day of Bad Moon Rising! As a treat (I promise it’s not a trick), today’s author will give away an e-book copy of his book to a random commenter determined by random.org. We end this fourth year of Bad Moon with yet another testimony about evil Ouija boards. If any of you kids (or adults) are thinking about picking one up, just read these interviews, and I promise you’ll rethink that decision. Welcome Steve Stred!
You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
I am both the final person but also the comic relief. I am a pretty sarcastic person and I spend a lot of time making little comments and quips. Just ask my family. I find them hilarious at least! I would also do whatever it took to live. So last man standing. I can always entertain myself.
Vampires, ghosts, werewolves, or zombies – which would you least want to meet in a dark alley?
100% I would not want to meet werewolves. Other than fog, nothing scares me more in the world than werewolves. If a werewolf was stalking me through a foggy alley, even worse. I mean vampires are scary and sure ghosts and zombies suck in general but werewolves are freaking werewolves. Giant wolf-men/women who want to rip you apart and can run really fast, jump really far and are really strong. And your only defense is hoping you have silver or silver bullets around? Not a chance.
Have you ever played with a Ouija board?
I actually have. I won’t get into too many details as I don’t want anyone identified who was there and who wouldn’t want this experience shared, but a group of us played with a Ouija board. I was laying on my stomach, on the couch, half playing around, half admiring someone, when something happened in the room. I was pinned to the couch by a really strong force and began to cry uncontrollably. Incredibly unsettling and weird experience that I can’t explain. I was in my early teens when it happened.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
I develop my plot/characters through my draft process. I typically have a fully thought out short story/novella/novel which I then point form on a word doc. A lot of my stuff I write my first draft using the old trusty pen and paper approach. Then I transfer to the computer and evolve as I go. Ultimately I usually have thought about it so many times that it is just regurgitating what is in my brain to the paper. I will normally have the title worked out when I start writing and I very rarely change the title once I get going. I will get some feedback from my beta readers and street team and adapt as needed.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love spending time with my wife, my son and our dog. My son recently turned 2 so it’s a very exciting time filled with many tests of patience and frustrations ha-ha! So it’s amazing watching him grow and develop. I also spend a lot of time reading both with my son but also on my kindle. I was a staunch advocate of physical books for many years, but since our son arrived the only way I can read is on my kindle so I have softened my beliefs. It fills me with so much joy that he loves books so much, so I hope one day (even if he doesn’t like what I write) he is proud that I have books released.
What are you working on now?
I am always working on a bajillion things! Currently working on my second full length novel The Stranger, as well as a third novel, untitled as of now. I am also working on my third collection of short stories, tentatively called The Night Crept In. I have a neat compilation/novella on the go with two other writers, which I hope will see the light of day, two more of my own novellas, and another novella with another writer. And to top it all off, I write kids-action adventure on the side for my nieces and nephews, so will be releasing some more of those things. I haven’t officially announced it yet, but those will now be released under a pen name to reduce any confusion for readers.
Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery repackages Author Steve Stred’s first two releases, here for you, in one easy to digest offering. Taking his first short story (For Balder Walks) and his first short story anthology (The Fence: and Other Sordid Tales), and combining them, Steve has delivered a devastating mix of styles to truly work its way into your psyche.
12 Hymns of Misery is built in a similar manner to your favourite music album.
From the intricate, haunting openers of For Balder Walks and Jim, to the bridge section of creepy, action filled stories such as The Fence and Time Out Noose, coming-of-age tales like Edge of the Woods and Virtues of the Beast, culminating with the crescendo of the tortured closers; Old Man and the Alley, the reader will find themselves transported to a dozen nightmare filled landscapes, all sure to haunt the reader for years to come.
“Edge of the Woods is a dark little coming-of-age tale, bringing me right back to my childhood days on the playground. Just the right amount of creepy, this one will leave you wanting more!”
Justin M. Woodward, Author of TAMER ANIMALS & Candy
“Time Out Noose is DAMN good!”
J.Z. Foster, Author of The Wicked Ones & Mind Wreck
Steve Stred is an up-an-coming Dark Horror author. Steve is the author of the novel Invisible, the novellas Wagon Buddy, Yuri and Jane: the 816 Chronicles and two collections of short stories; Frostbitten: 12 Hymns of Misery and Left Hand Path: 13 More Tales of Black Magick.
Steve also has a number of works on the go and enjoys all this horror, occult, supernatural and paranormal.
Steve Stred is based in Edmonton, AB, Canada and lives with his wife, his son and their dog Oj.