I was asked by talented Queen of Horror Rose Blackthorn to participate in a writer’s blog tour, so here I am. You can see her answers here: http://roseblackthorn.wordpress.com/
Pull up a chair…this shouldn’t take too long. Not long enough for the rats to sneak up on you, at any rate.
1. What am I working on?
I have several horror short stories in the works. Everytime I have a new idea, I want to start on it immediately, while the other stories scream to be finished. I have entered at least one flash-fiction contest, and have one story coming to print in the July issue of The Horror ‘Zine. Everything else I’ve submitted is stashed in a slush pile somewhere.
2.How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I doubt there’s much difference between my work and the work of others. I just try to write a good scary story that will whisk the reader away for awhile, maybe even inciting a sharp gasp or making the reader cringe along the way. It’s always nice to see an emotional reaction to a story. It makes me feel like I accomplished what I set out to do.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I began reading horror and science-fiction from an early age, probably beginning with Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon and the Alfred Hitchcock anthologies Haunted Houseful, Ghostly Gallery, and Monster Museum. From there I progressed to the works of Stephen King, Charles L. Grant, Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, Peter Straub, and the darker worlds of Rod Serling. My imagination is free to roam whatever halls of horror I fancy, and if I can gift the reader with a little bit of what I saw in those hallways, I feel better for it.
4. How does my writing process work?
When I get an idea I kick it around for awhile to see all of its sides, then I will begin the story in my head, adding characters here and there, seeing which ones fit and which do not. I have an annoying habit of not wanting to put pen to paper, so to speak, until I have the story worked out in my mind. A lot of times, as I am writing the story, I find that the story has taken a completely different direction from what I had envisioned. I try to write for at least two hours a night, more on the weekends, hunched over a keyboard while other people play in the sunlight. That’s okay. It’s perfectly fine for my characters to play under fluorescent illumination.
Now I will introduce you to the other writers who will be continuing the traveling blog next Monday!
Casey Harvell at http://www.caseyharvell.com
Casey is an up and coming indie author, she resides in the Hudson River Valley of Upstate New York with her husband and their two children. She is slightly zombie obsessed and known to use the word ‘boom’ frequently. Currently, Casey is hard at work on the second book in her Decisions series (Harsh Decisions, the sequel to Righteous Decisions) and the second book in her Electric series (Shocked, the sequel to Charged).
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Shaun Adams at http://shaunadamswriting.blogspot.co.uk/
Shaun Adams is forty-nine years old and lives on the Isle of Wight. He writes stories. He believes its cathartic. At least, that’s what the voices tell him.
So far, he’s written a short story collection called ‘Jack& Evil’ and he’s currently working on a series of books called ‘Cannibal House.’
Book 1 of that series is due out. April 22, 2014
Shaun loves reading. Fantasy, horror, science fiction, westerns, they all influence the stories he writes.
Richard Schiver at http://rschiver.blogspot.com/
I like it dark and twisted.
Show me the gore, without showing me the gore.
I don’t need blood splattered walls and severed limbs. I don’t need the “F” word in every sentence. I want to feel the overpowering menace that lies just beyond view. The nightmare over the next hill. You know it’s there, you know it’s gonna get you, but you’re powerless to stop yourself from taking a little peek over the ridge.
I want to visit the dark place that resides in the center of the soul, a quiet place that offers no solitude.
A place even the ghosts of the dead fear.
Richard grew up listening to ghost stories told by his grandmother as they sat on the front porch while screech owls punctuated her words. As a teen he survived on a steady diet of Creepy, Eerie and Weird Tales comics as well as Saturday night creature features with Count Gore Deval. He discovered the power of the written word at an early age and became a voracious, life long, reader.
In the past he has worked as a carpenter, a truck driver, in retail sales, and fast food. In that time he has read everything he could lay his hands on. Aware that one day, he would breathe life into the chills he’d first experienced on his grandmother’s front porch.
Richard currently lives with his wife in Lavale, MD. When he’s not spinning tales of terror he can be found in his wood shop making a mess.
I want to make special mention of my friend and fellow writer Theresa Briscoe, who has stories published in the anthologies Midnight Abyss and Bones II. Her blog isn’t quite up and running at the present moment, but I will include her here because she is an excellent writer. I will publish her web address here once her blog is up.