Getting personal with Craig Stewart

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, and then a little further. His written works include short stories, film scripts, articles, and most recently, a novel.

He has also written and directed several short horror films that have enjoyed screenings across North America.

 

Please help me welcome Craig Stewart to Roadie Notes………

 
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I can’t remember the exact age, but I do remember one story I wrote as a child that ended up destroying the very first friendship I ever had. Strange, because you’d think my first encounter with writing (as the dreaded destroyer of friendships) would have dissuaded me from pursuing it any further. But, apparently, I hate having friends, or something. Anyway, the story was about a brood of small, invisible creatures that lived in the foliage. This old woman was trimming her bushes when she accidentally cut one of them with her hedge clippers, so they all rushed in like a swarm of piranha and tore her old, sagging flesh apart. What I didn’t know was that my friend’s parents were deeply religious, and deeply conservative, and when he shared my story with them, they told him he wasn’t allowed to play with me anymore. And that’s how my first friendship was ruined by writing. Pretty good review if you ask me.

2. How many books have you written?

Worship Me is my first and only novel to date, though it certainly won’t be the last! I’m currently bouncing back and forth like a Ping-Pong ball between three new novels… which I guess is really nothing like Ping-Pong, since that’s only two sides.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Nope. As long as I have something to say about it, and as long as it looks like it hasn’t already been said, then I’m up for jumping into any depth of darkness.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I have achieved 30 years of life. I’m gay and living gaily with my fiancé. In addition to writing, I also work in film, direct and act occasionally, and work in post-production as well. My short films have screened across North America and you can find a few of them on my website linked below.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

It’ll have to be Worship Me, and not just by default. The book is meant to be a grim, claustrophobic nightmare for the reader. Bloody. Brutal. Dark. Whether or not it succeeds at that is up to you, but regardless, for me, the book means much more, which conveniently leads me into the following question…

6. Who or what inspired you to write it?

Many people have commented on how dark Worship Me is. There’s a reason for that. The story was conceived during a very dark time in my life – the shadows of which have saturated its pages. My sister, to whom the book is dedicated, died of a brain tumor. I’ve decided not to mince words about it. She suffered. She suffered more than I could describe in twenty books. So, instead of attempting to depict her pain, I explored my own. Because of her brain tumor, she suffered many deaths. It ate her away slowly, and each new layer brought its own horrors. This unbearable process lasted long enough to sap every ounce of spirituality out of me. This pain, the pain of spiritual death, is the darkness that awaits the reader in Worship Me. For me, it’s about the impossibility of reconciling ugly, physical, bloody, bodily life with the optimistic promise of spirituality that our energy will one day join the cosmos, or faith that we’ll get to float up and take a seat on some clouds. What if we are just the meat we’re printed on? This is the journey Worship Me takes, and one I felt obliged to welcome other travelers to explore with me. So, dark? It better be!

7. What do you like to do for fun?

What a delicious contrast to where the last question took me! I’m never having more fun than when I’m creating something, whether a book or a film. I also sing.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Music plays a big part in my writing. I always make a playlist. Usually it’s very eclectic and can include anything from The Eurythmics to Philip Glass depending on the story. When writing, I listen to nothing but this playlist. So, when I’m finished a book, I listen to this specific collection one last time. It’s a way of saying goodbye, really.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I almost always write with music playing. Actually, I often write my own music. I’ve scored all of my films, so I thought I might as well make a soundtrack for my books as well. It helps to return to certain themes and characters, especially when you’ve stepped away from it for a bit.

Please, check out some of the tracks I wrote for Worship Me here on my website:
Worship Me – Inspirational Cue 1 “Keeping the Faith”

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

I think I can get caught up with details, particularly psychological ones, and sometimes you really just don’t need to justify why a character is opening a door. They just are. It’s not about how they were picked on as a kid, or their repressed sexuality; it’s a door. They open it.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

As a gay kid growing up in a small town, I had my ways of escaping (though not escapism). I gravitated towards horror. It seemed to satiate the angst of “the other” that is indivisible from realizing you’re a minority, or, at least in my experience of being one. And these tales of mayhem and murder helped me by showing me I wasn’t alone; there were other storytellers and artists as ill-fitting as I was, and they were frustrated and angry at the world too. It’s my dream to be able to make a work that reaches someone who needs to be reached, just like I needed to.

12. Where do you live?

Toronto, Canada.

13. Pets?

We named a centipede that scurried past once. Does that count? It was Jeff or something. I don’t know. I think we ended up crushing him.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Freedom.

15. What is coming next for you?

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.

16. Where do you get your ideas?

The graveyard. I love the thoughts that pass through while strolling by tombstones. It puts everything in perspective, and helps to unearth (wink) the stories you really want to tell while you’re here. And makes you ask the ever important: why? If I can answer that, then I go with it!
 

You can connect with Craig Stewart here: 

Please check out my website here:
https://everythingcraigstewart.com

Worship Me available now:

 

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Getting personal with Lori R. Lopez

Lori R. Lopez wears many hats as an award-winning author and poet of Horror, Speculative and Literary Fiction, Fantasy and more. She is also an artist, musician, songwriter, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger, vegan, and animal-lover. A member of the Horror Writers Association, Lori roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. She is as kind as she is talented and that is saying something. My first book I read was Leery Lane and boy does it not let you down in any way! You really want to read this! if you haven’t read anything by Lori R. Lopez you are missing out. From her amazing poems to the gruesome stories this lady can tell a tale like no other I know! Don’t miss out!

 

Please help me welcome Lori R. Lopez to Roadie Notes…………

1. How old were you when you wrote your first story?

I wish I knew. There had been a lot of drawing since Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. In Grade Three, at age nine, I was writing verse. I may have written stories around then; at least by Fourth Grade. I wrote a lot in my spare time, growing up. Stories and plays and poems, along with reading library books and drawing. In Grade Six I recall writing a number of short stories on my own, not for school. There were undoubtedly assignments as well. And in Grade Seven I received an award in the preliminary round of a national contest sponsored by READ MAGAZINE for a werewolf play called TERROR IN THE WOODS. By age fifteen, in Ninth Grade, I wanted to be a novelist.

2. How many books have you written?

At the end of 2017 I had three novels published, two novellas, a story collection, two horror collections, a reprint horror sampler, three poetry collections, two children’s storybooks written and illustrated, a few pieces of long fiction published as E-books, several short stories illustrated and published in print along with E-book versions of twenty-six short stories. In total, there are forty-one E-books and sixteen books in print. It might sound like a lot, but I have more than that. Collections awaiting illustrations, formatting, final stories. Novels I need to revise. Other poems and tales that have appeared in anthologies or magazines, on websites, but I haven’t released in my own collection. Twenty Eighteen marks a decade since I published the first one. I haven’t quite mastered the art of marketing yet.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Yes, I do have limits. For writing, reading, viewing, listening. I don’t care for explicit material, crudeness, graphic violence. Unnecessary content that to me lessens quality, distracts from story. It’s a matter of personal preference.

4. Tell me about you. Married, kids, do you have another job, etc…

I’m divorced with two adult sons. They’re multi-talented like me, so we formed a creative company to support each other, put our skills together: Fairy Fly Entertainment. We have individual and combined projects in literature, film, music. We’re all artists. Currently we are redesigning the website. It takes a lot of time and dedication, a lot of sacrifice. There have been delays on plans, but we’re determined.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

That is a difficult question! They have their own personalities. How can I choose? I do feel proudest of some, between you and me. Like the dark poetry collection I released in December 2017, DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS. It has poems I consider classics, whether new or old. The Illustrated Print Edition, out in January 2018, has artwork I feel the same about. It’s special, and I feel that way about my novels AN ILL WIND BLOWS and THE FAIRY FLY, also a rhyming tale, THE DARK MISTER SNARK; my novella THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA. I don’t know which if any I’ll be remembered for, but these are among my favorites.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Reading and film. Maurice Sendak, Doctor Seuss, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, Victor Hugo, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Ray Bradbury. So many. As an adult, Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Dean Koontz . . . Also, classic horror films. T.V. shows like Rod Serling’s TWILIGHT ZONE and NIGHT GALLERY, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, THE OUTER LIMITS. Eventually THE X-FILES. Richard Matheson! From DUEL and DIE! DIE! MY DARLING, TRILOGY OF TERROR, I AM LEGEND, to THE NIGHT STALKER movies and series. His work always stood out, always left an impact. These were tremendous inspirations.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

Write. It’s true. I love it. And reading, if I’m not too tired mentally from writing or editing. Often the case. Movies. A variety of shows. NOT Reality or News or Sports or Cooking or Medical Dramas . . . There are more I don’t like. I’m a STRANGER THINGS fan. Other interests include bike-riding, Badminton, playing cards and boardgames, crossword puzzles, shopping, spending time with animals. Nature. Walks in the forest. There are things I would like to do. See the world. I’m a bit of an introvert. These days I’m focused on writing and art. Hoping to find time for music, filmmaking.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I take a day or two, once it’s published, to putter. Do small things. Relax. Unwind. Go out for a special meal. Do something gleeful if possible. I make a point of celebrating, marking the occasion.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I listen to music, sharing an office with my sons. We take turns on whose day it is to play the music. But if I’m writing prose, I prefer Classical, movie soundtracks, that sort of thing. Nothing too jarring. The same if I’m reading through a piece, whether prose or poetry. I need less distraction so I can focus.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

No. I have to write the way I write. Not everyone is going to like it. But I’ve been told I have a distinct voice. I will often tell a story, even in my poems. I think I’m good at creating vivid unusual characters. I plan to continue doing what I do. Whatever it is.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

That is the dream. I’ve had it since I was pretty young, convinced I would be famous. There were friends who believed it too. I was more outgoing as a child, a class clown, and the world was my stage. Some of my dreams ran into detours, but I still dream big. I still believe in myself. And through years of hard work at verse, prose, art . . . I believe I have come closer to reaching that goal, being a recognized author.

12. Where do you live?

In Southern California, near San Diego. I’ve been learning to appreciate beaches, the sea after a few decades, but I prefer the woods.

13. Pets?

A feral cat named Cloudy who lives outside, and her four kittens: Cinder, Shadow, Jeepers and Fluffybear, who live in a Catio.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Similar to reading, that I can step into other lives. That I can be lost in a foggy, shadowy, far-off setting and encounter strange creatures, intriguing characters . . . In my heart I will always be Alice, wandering off on some adventure. Books give me that. Movies too. I love to be caught up in stories, whatever form they take.

15. What is coming next for you?

I have a lot of projects to get done. The most immediate, unless another demands my attention, will be to illustrate the print edition for my poetry collection DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS, which was released in digital format near the end of 2017. At the same time, I will be doing illustrations for my third POETIC REFLECTIONS volume: BLOOD ON THE MOON. I also need to illustrate the print edition of a ghost novella, LEERY LANE, originally published in 2016 as an E-book. After releasing those, I have a third horror collection to wrap up and illustrate along with my first art collection to complete, featuring covers and illustrations. There are three novellas to write this year, five more series of illustrations. I have sequels and other new ideas I’m eager to work on. I’ll see how much I can finish in 2018. I have many interests, many aspirations. The days are too short.

16. Where do you get your ideas?

From my cellar and my attic, mostly. Upstairs or down. That’s where they collect, in the darkest places. I know that I can always reach in and pull something out. Something squirmy or slimy or pleasantly peculiar. Waiting for attention.
 

Thank you so much for taking this time, Becky! I’ll share some books your readers might enjoy. Expect weirdos and oddballs, humor, depth, nocturnal entities, poetry that sounds like prose and prose that sounds like poetry. Not the usual, from my covers to my tales. I tend to be unruly and rather macabre.

If you’d care to peek at my latest release, it is brimming with speculative atmosphere and ooze, phantoms and darklings, written between 2009 and 2017. Even if you don’t normally read poems, this book holds a rich bounty of horror not to be missed.

“Prepare to confront a motley array of ghouls and menaces that might just move under your bed. Look for an Illustrated Print Edition with quirky art by the author.”

DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS by Lori R. Lopez

E-BOOK

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/darkverse-lori-r-lopez/1127626593

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/767343

LEERY LANE by Lori R. Lopez

“It is All Hallows again, twenty years after Frieda went down that fateful gauntlet of haunted houses as a Trick-Or-Treater. She’s finally back, perhaps to stay this time as she attempts to unearth the secret that caused decades of silence between two sisters. A witty blend of Gothic Horror, Humor, Supernatural and Mystery, LEERY LANE is a ghost story to curl up with and savor.”

ODDS AND ENDS: A DARK COLLECTION

“An assortment of the weird and wonderfully grim are displayed for your fear and amusement. Whether you like quiet horror, humorous horror, stark horror, monstrous in-your-face horror, you’ll find what scares you here. Twenty-six diverse tales and clusters of flash stories or drabbles fit together between dark poems and brief witfully pithy essays on women writing Horror like pieces of a macabre jigsaw puzzle devised by a single madwoman, Lori R. Lopez.”

E-BOOK

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/odds-and-ends-lori-r-lopez/1120980270

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/505813

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24225730-odds-and-ends

ILLUSTRATED PRINT EDITION

 

Some of Lori R. Lopez’s books: 

Welcome To Paradise: A Brutal Love Story by Glenn Rolfe

I LOVED THIS!!!! This short story really packs a punch. In fact I might have read it twice just so if I missed something I would catch it a second time. I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first and that is saying something for me. I rarely get to read the same thing twice and when I do it just shows how awesome the story really was.

It is no secret that Glenn Rolfe can write. He can make you cringe, cry and cower in the corner. I love his writing and if I could write well I would definitely want to write like he does. When you read one of his books you become immersed and the world melts away. That is my kind of reading. Needless to say this short is just the same and I wondered if it would be since it wasn’t a novel. I will tell you that the title is correct it is brutal but oh so so good. You really really want to read this. Now I only have one request for him…… please write another, maybe a follow-up story?? Please……

This story starts out with a woman staying at a seedy hotel. She is getting dressed to go out and find a man. Go out and find a man? Yes! Read the story. She leaves her room and walks across the parking lot to the dinner across the street. It has snowed and you can hear the crunch of her footsteps. She has been staying here for a while and the owner of the dinner calls her by name as she enters. They talk for a few minutes then she orders food. He goes to the kitchen to cook her order as a man enters. The owner calls out that he will be with him shortly and the man tells him to cook what the lady is having. The woman and man start talking and that is the start of all hell breaking loose. After they eat they go back to her hotel room and that is as much as I will tell you. READ THE BOOK!

This is one of those stories that you will remember and will want more of trust me. After you read this one you will be hooked on Glenn’s writing and will want to read everything he has written and I highly recommend you do just that. This story is available on Amazon. After you read it don’t forget to leave a review it is so important for the author. Thank you Glenn Rolfe for writing this one it was simply put AWESOME!!

 

You can pick up your copy here:

 

Getting personal with Ambrose Ibsen

 

Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father’s bookshelf. He was never the same again.

Apart from horror fiction, he enjoys good coffee, brewed strong.

 

Please help me welcome Ambrose Ibsen to Roadie Notes…….

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was probably about 7 years old. I tried my hand at writing short horror stories and filled a couple of spiral-bound notebooks with stories that were little more than pastiches of Alvin Schwartz’ Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I also wrote a longer story about a haunted hotel that my grandfather paid me five dollars for. That was a proud day.

2. How many books have you written?

As of right now, I’ve written 18 full-length novels under this name, as well as a few novellas and a 4-part serial. Under other names I’ve probably written around 10 novels, plus a lot of novellas and shorts.

3. Anything you won’t write about?

Honestly, there are no sacred cows for me when it comes to writing. I’ll approach any subject so long as it serves the narrative. If there’s a story there, I’m game. The exception is what I would call a “boring” topic. For instance, I doubt I’ll ever write a book detailing the ins and outs of the US tax code.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

As of this writing I’m 29 years old. I’ve been happily married for 8 years and have 4 children—two boys and two girls—the oldest of which is 6 years old. Things around the house tend to be rather hectic!

Up until August of 2015, I did have a day job. For nearly ten years I’d worked as a night-shift secretary at a local hospital. I sat at the nursing station of a medical-surgical ward and answered phones, processed physician orders and—when time allowed—read books or worked on writing my own. By August of 2015 however, my sales had grown to the point where I could comfortably jettison the job, and I’ve been fortunate to live out my dream of being a full-time novelist ever since. It’s still early days, but so far, I haven’t got any regrets!

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

My favorite book that I’ve written? That’s a tough one. I’d probably select one of my newer novels, Asylum. It incorporates a lot of my favorite supernatural themes and marks the first time in my career I wrote a story that spans three complete novels. It felt like a real milestone to me when I completed it.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I don’t know that I can attribute inspiration to any one person. As a child, I always wanted to express myself and leave a mark on the world around me. Writing was the only thing I had any sort of innate talent for, and so I pursued it ardently. There have been writers along the way that have inspired me to keep it up, though. R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books in the early 90’s were like a drug for me, and it was after discovering those that I decided I wanted to be a writer. Over the years I discovered the prose of master stylists such as Lovecraft and Oscar Wilde, and wanted to emulate them. Lastly, in many ways—not the least of which is discipline—the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima has been a big inspiration to me. My parents and wife have also encouraged my writing.

7. What do you like to do for fun?

I love to read, of course. I read widely, and do my best to squeeze in reading time where I can, though admittedly I’m bad at it and read less than I ought to. I also love film. I watch a lot of movies in my spare time. I’m very interested in specialty coffees and teas, and spend a lot of time tinkering with different doodads and brewing methods. Now and then I play video games, though I’m very picky on that front and have to severely restrict my consumption. Nothing derails my writing schedule like marathoning a video game for days on end.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I do have a kind of tradition between projects—something I’ve only adopted recently. After completing a novel, I make a point of reading 2 whole books by different authors, and watching at least two films. This helps me stave off burnout. Reading and being exposed to new ideas through media is a really important thing when you’re a storyteller. The storytelling process sees one draw from a well of ideas, however if you keep on drawing water and never replace it, it’ll eventually run dry. This is why a short rest period—a “creative rest period”—is so important to me.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I write in my home office, at my desk. I have a large iMac computer, and I listen to music that suits the scene I’m working on through headphones. Sometimes, when I want to write elsewhere, I’ll pack up my portable word processor (an AlphaSmart Neo) and go to a coffee shop. I find it hard to write in complete silence, truth be told.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Lots of things, to be honest. While I think my most recent work is loads better than my stuff from five or ten years ago, I’m always picking up new techniques and trying to up my game. I really want to get better at writing realistic, relatable characters—that’s a big one.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream is to earn a living as a writer for the rest of my life. To build a comfortable life, provide for my family and just keep on doing what I love till I drop dead. I’d love to be a famous writer—a James Patterson or Stephen King. I mean, who wouldn’t? But even if I never approach that level of success, remaining a perennial mid-lister would be a joy. Hell, as long as I can afford the good coffee beans without having to think about it, I’ll be happy.

12. Where do you live?

I live in Ohio. Born and raised! A lot of people consider Ohio—especially the northwest section where I’m from—to be boring. And they’re half-right. But I wouldn’t leave it for the world.

13. Pets?

No pets currently, but I’m a cat person. I hope to adopt a few kittens down the line. Maybe a dog, too. I’m rather fond of pugs.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I think Dorothy Parker put it best when she said: “I hate writing, I love having written.” While I certainly don’t hate the writing process, for me the most exhilarating part of a project is when I reach the end and take in the whole shape of a story for the first time. Perhaps it sounds conceited, but seeing my story as a finished project—a thing that began as a series of nebulous ideas and notes scratched onto sticky notes—is awe-inspiring for me. Translating my ideas into a tangible book that others can read is the best part, hands down.

15. What is coming next for you?

Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novel. It’s called Night Society, and it should be dropping in early October, just in time for Halloween. Aside from that, I’m just trying to soak up the season while it’s here. The Fall/Halloween season is my absolute favorite time of year. There’s just something about it. It’s nostalgic. I’ll miss it when it’s gone.

 

 

 

You can connect with Ambrose Ibsen here: 

ambroseibsen.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ambrose-Ibsen/e/B00YBXIVS0

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ambrose-Ibsen-867837259919312/

Twitter: @ambroseibsen

 

Some of Ambrose Ibsen’s books: 

TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Top 10 books of the year

There were so many amazing books I read this year that it was truly difficult to just list 10 of them. So much talent and passions for what you do and I love every second of it. Thank you all for letting me be a small piece of your world.

 

1. Flanagan

by: James Longmore-

Chris and Helen Sewell are your typical, all-American couple; happily married for ten years, respected high school teachers.

During their annual Spring Break vacation to recharge their batteries and reconnect with each other after undergoing a gruelling but unsuccessful fertility program, Chris and Helen are waylaid by a perverse gang of misfits in the small, North Texas town of Flanagan.

Taken hostage as the focus of the gang’s twisted games, Chris and Helen are forced to perform increasingly vicious acts of physical, sexual and emotional torture upon each other until events take an unexpected turn and there is an unintentional death. As their circumstance dissolves into chaos, the Sewells find themselves involved in a different situation altogether.

2. Warm Dark Places Are Best

by: Mike Duke

Carl and Jessica are emotionally stretched thin, down on their financial luck and stuck moving into a really nasty apartment complex after Jessica gets laid off and Carl is already on a fixed disability payment.

From day one they see lots of roaches in the hallways but nothing in their own apartment. Hoping their luck will hold, they have no idea just what kind of hell is coming their way or what hideous secrets their apartment, in particular, holds.

Buckle up. Carl and Jessica are in for a nasty ride and so are you.

3. A long December

by: Richard Chizmar

Chizmar assembles thirty-five stories, including a previously-unpublished novella, and presents us with A Long December. This massive new collection features more than 150,000 words of Chizmar’s very best short fiction and includes 8,000 words of autobiographical Story Notes.

 

Eerie, suspenseful, poignant, the stories in A Long December range from horror to suspense, crime to dark fantasy, mainstream to mystery.

4. Filthy Movie

by: Wade H. Garrett

Warning: This is a very violent and sadistic story that should only be read by the seasoned extreme-horror reader. This isn’t some bogus disclaimer to draw in readers. I truly don’t want someone to get offended that isn’t familiar with the level of brutality portrayed in this story. Summary: Christie Silvers and Duncan Bradshaw are on a first date and decided to go back to Duncan’s hotel room after dinner. Christie is a beautiful girl with long, blonde hair and emerald green eyes. She is intelligent and full of life. Unbeknownst to her, Duncan is married and has a habit of bending the truth. He’s an average man with red hair, and he suffers from social awkwardness and low self-confidence. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he’d be scoring with such a hot chick. All his lies were paying off, and this was going to be the night of his life… so he thought. Unfortunately for him, the hotel owner, Henry, is a sadistic killer who can’t wait to turn his dream into a hellish nightmare.

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https://www.amazon.com/Filthy-Movie-Sadistic-Short-Market/dp/1542579414

 

5. Death Bed

by: Jason McIntyre

The Dovetail Cove saga begins here—in July, 1971. Farrah’s on summer break and she’s sure to tell you she’s NOT twelve, she’s TWELVE-AND-A-HALF, thank you very much. The tiny island-town of Dovetail Cove is the only home she’s known. And tonight, she’s sneaking out to visit her Gran and show her a ‘mystery box’ she’s stumbled across at the Main Street Summer Market, dead certain there’s a story hidden within. And she’s right. Events reach back to 1956 and a shadowy ‘incident’ that started the darkness on the island. Only a handful know the true details of the incident. And even fewer have witnessed this new darkness, but Farrah will catch a glimpse of it tonight…at the edge of her Gran’s DEATHBED.

 

6. The Haunted Halls 

by: Glen Rolfe

The Bruton Inn, located outside of the small Maine city of Hollis Oaks, is home to something sinister. An icy presence has made its way from a dark past to the present day. Cold spots, shadows, and whispers permeate the halls, and guests are beginning to change.

For two front desk employees, the dark rumors are about to come to light. They call upon an urban shaman and his connection with the spirit world to dig up the truth. Will they be able to stand against this malevolent force? Or will they come face to face with something beyond their most frightful dreams.

Welcome to the Bruton Inn. The Ice Queen has arrived.

 

7. Collected Easter Shorts

by: Kevin Kennedy

From the darkest recesses of some of the horror world’s most chilling minds, Kevin J. Kennedy brings back together some of the authors that brought you Collected Christmas Horror Shorts, alongside several new authors, from upcoming indie stars to Amazon top sellers.

Whether you like Easter or not, you’ll certainly have a different view of it after you read the stories contained within these pages.

Grab an Easter egg, dim the lights, get cosy and get ready for some chilling tales by some of the horror world’s finest.

8. State of Decay

by: Matt Hickman and Matt Shaw

Spokane Valley, Washington – a city once thriving in industry and culture. Its scenic and picturesque landscapes have now been replaced with crumbling infrastructure and urban degeneration. Despite the best efforts from law enforcement, the streets have become a haven for violent crime, drugs and prostitution, as gang culture and criminals have taken control. Jack Scott is a man attempting to come to terms with the recent separation from his wife, whilst continuing to run his successful dentistry practice. As Jack struggles to comprehend the horrific image of his broken, teenage daughter, following a vicious attack on her way home after a party, he vows he will take matters into his own hands to rid the city from filth once and for all….

9. Between the Walls

by: Lemmy Rushmore and Niall Parkinson

This our blood, our sweat, our tears, a culmination of all our years. We have left no rock unturned, no crevice unexplored. It is our every ache, those unimaginable pains, it is life itself and its endless stains. We have made every effort to spill forth that which resides within us. We have snatched the heart from our chests, our souls from their very confines and displayed them here for all to see. That which follows is a collection of our bits and pieces stretched beyond belief and twisted into unrelenting tales. It is the deep, the dark and the ugly that surrounds us all in every direction, the horrors that confront us daily. It is those things lurking within, those depths we dare explore and the hideous monsters that dwell there. Here we have expounded upon those things most dare not speak of. We have touched on those things most dare not feel. Here we have created for you a darkly vivid world and filled it with unimaginable beasts and unconquerable dilemmas. In the following collective art and poetry have cohesively merged feeding off one another until they became something else entirely, something extraordinary. In our effort to bring you something different, every emotion has been twisted, every feeling heightened, every situation over exaggerated until the pain and suffering will be felt, until you are there with us in utter darkness. So come now if you will and join us as we journey between the walls.

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https://www.amazon.com/Between-Walls-James-Ward-Kirk/dp/0692460616

10. People of the sun

by: Jason Parent

All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.

Filled with hope and compelled by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.

Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.

 

 

Honorable Mention

Kin by: Kealan Patrick Burke
Mr Robespierre by:  Daniel Marc Chant
A different kind of slumber by:  Doug Rinaldi
Salvation by: Veronica Smith
Gwendy’s Button Box  by: Richard Chizmar and Stephen King
Return to hell Texas by: Tim miller
Nightly Visits by: Stephen Helms

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Getting personal with Sean Seebach

Influenced by Stephen King and Rod Serling, Sean Seebach has written three books: A Looking in View, Autumn Dark and Our Monsters Are Real: The Pig Man.
When Sean isn’t writing or managing a wonderful barbecue joint with amazing people, he enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to rock n’ roll.
He currently lives in Ohio with his wife, daughter, and son.

 

Please help me welcome Sean Seebach to Roadie Notes……..

 

1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I was probably in elementary school. I created a comic book with some “cool dude” who just did “cool things”. Cool things being riding a skateboard and hitting home runs, things like that. The first story was one called Blue Collar Diesel which I later named The Lake Shimmers. It’s terrible. I wrote that when I was 34.
So I took the title Blue Collar Diesel and wrote a novella that better suited the title. It’s in my collection A Looking In View.

2. How many books have you written?
I have written three books: Our Monster Are Real: The Pig Man, Autumn Dark, and A Looking In View.

3. Anything you won’t write about?
Probably not. I tend to stick to what is called Quiet Horror. Nothing too graphic or obscene. That’s not really by choice. The story is the boss. I just try to transcribe what’s happening in my head the best I can.

4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I was born in Lancaster, PA in 1980, moved to Columbus, OH around ’82. It wasn’t the best part of town, so I wasn’t allowed to leave the yard. At the time it was a bummer. Later on I realized being confined to just the front and back yard forced me to use my imagination. I could do (and be) whatever I wanted: a spy, a ninja, a jungle warrior, whatever.
Then in 1988 I moved to Lithopolis, Ohio, population around 600 people. There, I could explore the woods and creeks, ride my bike, and go to The Wagnalls Memorial Library, which still stands and became the cornerstone for my development as a reader. I did my first book signing there in May of this year. It was surreal.
I am married to a wonderful wife who supports me in every aspect of life. We have a baby girl and a son who just turned 2.
I work as a restaurant manager by day/night, depending on my work schedule. Next to writing, cooking and working with fun people is one of my favorite things to do.
I’m a very fortunate man.

5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
I should probably say Autumn Dark. That book has gotten the best response from readers. But, in truth, because The Pig Man was the first it will always be special to me. I love the story, but it isn’t written as well as the others. Which to me is a good thing because it shows that I’m improving.

6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I don’t really know who or what inspired me to write. I think it chose me. I had a desire to write in my mid-20’s but I didn’t have the courage to do it. I thought you were either hand-picked by God or were chosen by teachers at a young age.
Maybe it was writer, director, screen writer, producer, and occasional actor Brian Koppelman. I found him on Twitter shortly after I gave up drinking three years ago. He had posted a series of Vines on his account. Vine was a service that featured 6 second video loops. Brian was giving people permission to create in the videos he made. I looked him up, saw his credentials (Rounders, Ocean’s 13, Solitary Man, among many others) and thought “Now, here’s someone who’s done amazing things and is telling people to go out and do it!” There are many videos and books out there that will say you must be some sort of special intellectual to be an artist. Those people are wrong and most are full of themselves, are bitter, and most haven’t accomplished much. Brian had. Following him then led me to The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
I was fortunate enough to have support in the beginning. Stephen King tweeted that he had a new story called A Death in The New Yorker and asked folks to comment on it. It was on their site and free to read. I thought, “Oh boy, who has the balls to critique it?” So I scrolled through the Twitter comments. There I found someone shamelessly self-promoting herself with a story she wrote called Alive. I read it and loved it. That person was Meagan Smith who then wrote as M.J. Pack. I reached out to her and we became fast friends. Shortly after she was hired on at Thought Catalog, an online publishing magazine. She asked to read my stuff. I sent her a cannibalistic story called The Best I Ever Had. She liked it and wanted to publish it. That gave me the confidence to crank out more stories. I’ve been writing regularly ever since. I owe her a great deal. She was kind of enough to write the Foreword for Autumn Dark which I’m very proud of. I’d like to collaborate with her one day. She’s a fierce talent.
Also, during that time, author Tom Callahan befriended me. I reached out to him after reading his wonderful story called The Soldier, The Dancer, and All That Glitters from Dark City Lights, an anthology put together by the great American crime fiction author Lawrence Block. Tom and I emailed back and forth a lot. He read my stuff and encouraged me to write, write, write! He gave me advice and recommended a slew of books about writing to read. I owe him a great deal.
And I continue to find support to this day. Author Lincoln Cole and I have become close over the years and he’s helped me in many ways. From creating a website to building a mailing list to formatting my books for self-publishing to finding cover artist (and author) M.N. Arzu to promotional tactics. He’s a good man and I also owe him a great deal.
Just recently I did an interview with author Armand Rosamilia , also owner of Project Entertainment Network, for the Armcast Podcast. I also was invited in a flash fiction contest along with authors Stephen Kozeniewski, Gabino Iglesias, and Justin Bienvenue. Three big names in the horror community.
Book reviewer David Spell has been in my corner since day one and I had the fortunate opportunity to meet him in Naperville, IL during Stephen and Owen King’s tour stop for Sleeping Beauties.
And, now, this interview. Thank you, Becky!
I’d also like to mention that since I’ve begun listening (and advertising) on The Horror Show with Brian Keene, a podcast dedicated to the genre, I’ve met all kinds of great people: readers and authors alike. It’s opened the door to many authors I was ignorant to before. It’s also highly entertaining.
But none of this would be happening without the support of my wife. She’s my first reader, my Annie Wilkes, and I still like to make her laugh and cringe, and when I do, I know I have something worth publishing.

7. What do you like to do for fun?
Watch movies. This year has been great for them. IT, Gerald’s Game, The Dark Tower, Baby Driver, 68 Kill. I’m really looking forward to seeing I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday by writer/director Mike Lombardo. The World Premiere is happening in Columbus, OH on October 20th at 2p.m. at Nightmares Film Festival.
I also recently went on a hike with a close friend. No internet, no social media. Just us and nature. It was awesome to not only spend time with him, but to also disconnect from the world for a few hours. It’s something we’ll be doing regularly, weather permitting.
I run on a regular basis. It keeps the head clear and helps me cope with stress.
I also like to cook, try new recipes, and eat. All with balance. Dessert is okay if it’s not for breakfast. Sometimes.
The most fun I truly have is building blanket forts, going to the park, and reading to my son. He likes flip books and monsters and dinosaurs. We read Harold and The Purple Crayon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Little Blue Truck… Watching him develop has been the ultimate high for me.
I recently bought a stack of books off Mike Lombardo. YA horror, Goosebumps, Eerie Indiana, that sort of thing, for my kids when they get older. Maybe they’ll dig them like I did.

8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I go to Starbucks inside of the Barnes and Noble in the town over from me and get a piece of Red Velvet Cheesecake (they sell Cheesecake Factory cheesecake) and a coffee. Then I daydream that thousands of people will rejoice in being so entertained by something I created! Then I get nervous and think my writing is garbage then I publish it anyway and buy ad space on the Horror Show.

9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I write in my office in our basement at a desk. I used to write everywhere but I found in approaching writing like a part-time job its best for me to have a designated place to work. Like, I’m clocking in for the day! Time to go downstairs and get busy.
I do write to music. I have a writing playlist on Spotify with four composers: Chad Lawson (who creates music for the Lore podcast), Lena Natalia, Danny Elfman, and most recently, Jon Hopkins. Most of it is classical. I get too distracted when I write to music with lyrics. There’s a Twin Peaks playlist on Spotify that I sometimes put on as well.

10. Anything you would change about your writing?
The only thing I would change about my writing is improving it. Early next year I’ll be attending the Borderlands Press Writer’s Bootcamp in Maryland. I’m also reading How To Write Short by Roy Peter Clark. Once I’m finished with The Dark Tower Series, I’m going to start reading all the authors I’ve discovered from The Horror Show. One, for entertainment and, two, I think it’s good to read books by authors from different backgrounds. It gives the mind a new perspective on the world and offers a different voice, a different way to tell a story.

11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
From a writing perspective, my dream is to become a full-time writer. As Brian Keene describes it, the main source of income.
Now that I’m 37, the dream is to live long days upon the Earth (Dark Tower reference) with my wife and for us to raise our children to be loving, caring, responsible adults who follow their passion.
Famous writer? No. Keep the fame. But I’ll gladly accept huge royalty checks!

12. Where do you live?
A small town in Ohio. Surprise!

13. Pets?
One dog, Chloe. She’s a German Shepherd. We took her in after my mother-in-law passed on. She’s great with the kids and patient with us.

14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
There’s a moment when I transcend into a story. The more I write, the more that happens. I’ll go back and polish what I wrote the previous day, sometimes not remembering certain lines that I had written. Sometimes I find myself next to the characters, oblivious to my surroundings. Sounds crazy (maybe it is) but it’s true. Writing makes me feel alive, as cliché as that sounds. It enriches my life.
Also, one of the most rewarding things about it is when someone reaches out to tell you much they appreciated something you’ve created. That’s special. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s very touching.

15. What is coming next for you?
A book called An American Monster. I won’t get into details because it’s not finished. I’m superstitious and if you’ve read anything I’ve ever wrote then you’ll know that I need all the luck I can get.

 

You can connect with Sean Seebach here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Seebach/e/B01CUT2JMK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seanAseebach/

Website: https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Seebach/e/B01CUT2JMK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1507564303&sr=8-1

Twitter: @seebach_sean

 

Some of Sean Seebach’s books:

 


For more on the people I’ve mentioned, here are links to their work:
Meagan Smith (M. J. Pack)
https://www.amazon.com/M.J.-Pack/e/B00O5APGTQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1507563809&sr=8-1
Tom Callahan

Brian Koppelman
(no link. Just watch Billions on Showtime!)
Lincoln Cole
https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Cole/e/B00AUIOU3A/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1507564263&sr=8-2-ent
M.N. Arzu
https://www.amazon.com/M.-N.-Arzu/e/B013C7XY6O/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1507563985&sr=1-2-ent
Armand Rosamilia
https://www.amazon.com/Armand-Rosamilia/e/B004S48J6G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1507564017&sr=1-2-ent
Stephen Kozeniewski
https://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Kozeniewski/e/B00FFLC5Y8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1507564054&sr=1-2-ent
Gabino Iglesias
https://www.amazon.com/Gabino-Iglesias/e/B00AEBI0T8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1507564085&sr=1-2-ent
Justin Bienvenue
https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Bienvenue/e/B072F3QYGW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1507564119&sr=1-2-ent
David Spell
https://thescaryreviews.com/
Sean Seebach
https://www.amazon.com/Sean-Seebach/e/B01CUT2JMK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1507564303&sr=8-1