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Horror Author Armand Rosamilia Shares His Halloween Memories

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, books, florida authors, Halloween, holidays, Horror, Horror Book, Horror Movies, interviews, literature, Memphis, New Jersey, october, readers, reading, scary, Tenessee with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

In March of 2014 at MidSouth Convention in Memphis, TN, I had the pleasure of reuniting with old friends and meeting new friends. Author, Armand Rosamilia is a name amongst the new friends which I acquired during this gathering. We had met by speaking together on multiple panels regarding the horror genre and bizarro fiction. After our discussions, we struck up a conversation and saw we shared many common interests.

I now present to you, a wonderful horror author who knows exactly what it takes to get under a reader’s skin.

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He has written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series: “Dying Days” extreme zombie series “Keyport Cthulhu” horror series “Flagler Beach Fiction Series” contemporary fiction “Metal Queens” non-fiction music series he also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool. He’s a proud, active member of HWA as well.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

E-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:  armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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What does Halloween mean to you?

I wish it had the same meaning to me now as it did as a kid. Despite being a horror author, I can’t say Halloween is my favorite holiday. That would still be Thanksgiving. I think it’s because it is always so close to my birthday (November 21st – I accept any and all gifts). As a kid, Halloween was awesome. Once I had kids of my own it became more work. As an adult (and as an old man of 44) I am not a huge fan, although I don’t hate it. There… I said it. Let the hate mail begin.

What is your most memorable Halloween?

The first year I was able to go off by myself and take my younger brother. We took two pillowcases each and managed to fill them both with candy (and garbage like pennies). My parents were pissed because we were two hours late, but it didn’t matter to us. We’d managed to hit every street of the little town we grew up in.

How do you celebrate Halloween today?

By praying no kids come to the door so I’ll have an excuse to eat all of the chocolate candy bars the next day. They can’t go to waste, right?

What was your best Halloween costume?

When I was really little mom dressed me up like Ronald McDonald. I was damn cute. The year she dressed me as a girl? Not as cute.

What was your worst Halloween costume?

Yeah… the girl costume. Still have nightmares about it.

Some people believe Halloween is a negative Holiday to celebrate. Why do you feel Halloween has such a controversy to it?

Because people are going to be uptight about everything. Human nature. People are stupid and ill-informed and want to complain about everything.

What do you do to keep the ghosts and ghouls away on Halloween night?

I find a piece of cardboard, put on Run DMC and I breakdance… um, I mean… I respect the thin barrier between worlds and quietly eat all the chocolate.

What frightens you and why?

Dogs for some reason. I’ve never been bitten. Unconditional love, but that’s for another day.

What’s your favorite scary movie and why?

As a kid the Friday The 13th, the first couple of movies freaked me out. I loved them.

What’s your favorite horror book and why?

Besides Chelsea Avenue by the sexy Armand Rosamilia (Ragnarok Publications)? As a teen Phantoms by Dean Koontz was creepy. I never saw the movie and I never will.

Do you prefer slow burners or fast paced thrillers?

Fast paced thrillers. I want there to be a reason I can’t put the book down.

What inspires your more frightening work?

The human condition. Real-life murders and the horrible things we tend to do to one another is more frightening than a ghost or evil spirit.

Do you plan to contribute to the horror genre in the future?

I plan on continuing my horror shorts, novellas and novels into the future, as well as more movie work. Comic books would be really cool at some point, too.

Where can we find your work?

http://armandrosamilia.com and I’m all over social media. You can find my 100+ releases on Amazon, too. So do it. Now.

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Author Guest H. David Blalock Reflects on Halloween

Posted in author interviews, Fiction, H.David Blalock, Halloween, Horror, Horror Anthology, Horror Book, Horror Books, Independent Horror, interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

At last, October is here. Although I plan to contribute more reviews on Halloween themed entertainment, I thought it would be fun to invite a few authors and artists throughout October to share their views and memories of Halloween.

Our first featured guest is a prolific author known by his fans as H. David Blalock. His writing talents are superb examples of diversity within the literary world. Some of his horror stories can be found in the anthologies Southern Haunts: Spirits that Walk Among Us and Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness. Look for his name again in the upcoming Southern Haunts 3: Magic in the Moonlight. Even though these are only a few titles, be sure to check out his series The Angel Killer Triad, now available where books are sold.

Before we jump into our interview, here is a little back story on Mr. Blalock:

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Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician. Hiring into the FAA, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. He later moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC where he remained until retirement.

David’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer’s sites. For more information on David, his work and appearances, visit his website: www.thranKeep.com .

What does Halloween mean to you?

Not nearly as much today as it did when I was young. Nowadays I don’t see as much meaning in it as I did when trick or treating was my main goal. Today, it’s just another holiday.

What is your most memorable Halloween?

We used to have some remarkable Halloween parties. At one in particular, I remember a bonfire that precipitated a particular set of events, including: a significant amount of liquor, several attendees, a can of gasoline, a large blue flash, melted boot soles, and the first and only time I have ever seen a human being jump straight up in the air and then be displaced several feet before hitting the ground, running at full speed.

How do you celebrate Halloween today?

I usually spend it quietly, sometimes with friends and family. I live in an area where there are few kids and we seldom have visitors, so I enjoy the quiet time.

What was your best Halloween costume?

When I was a boy I probably had a couple but I can’t remember. I’ve slept since then.

What was your worst Halloween costume?

I would have to say the one I wore a few years ago, during one of our Halloween parties: the Kingpin from the Spiderman comics. Don’t ask.

Some people believe Halloween is a negative Holiday to celebrate. Why do you feel Halloween has such a controversy to it?

Because it has a religious background to it. The real name of the holiday is “All Hallow’s Eve” and it is actually supposed to be the first of the days that is reserved for praying for the dead. The others are All Saints Day (Nov 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov 2). By associating the sacred days with pagan symbols, ghosts, ghouls, etc. those who object are scandalized.

What do you do to keep the ghosts and ghouls away on Halloween night?

I find that a good single-malt whiskey does wonders.

What frightens you and why?

I find today’s splatterpunk and gore off-putting, not because it’s repulsive but because it has nothing to do with real fear. To me the fear of death is humanity’s common understanding of its mortality. What really frightens me is not what I know is inevitable but what I don’t know: the unknown. Will it kill me or will it do something that might make me wish I were dead? Worse, will it do something that will affect me beyond that veil?

What’s your favorite scary movie and why?

The Robert Wise film The Haunting (1963), co-written by Shirley Jackson and Nelson Gidding. It was based on The Haunting of Hill House and did a fantastic job conveying the atmosphere and emotion from the novel while maintaining an understated quality that made the fear that much more exaggerated to me.

What’s your favorite horror book and why?

I really can’t nail that one down. I have many favorite horror authors. Lovecraft, Maachen, Bierce, Dunsany, Chambers, Campbell… I could go on and on.

Do you prefer slow burners or fast paced thrillers?

The slow burners are my favorites. They build atmosphere and let you become part of the story before digging in with their claws.

What inspires your more frightening work?

I like to think I’ve continued the ideas and concepts put forward by the masters of the first half of the 20th century. Psychological horror to me is much more effective than just the shock value of today.

Do you plan to contribute to the horror genre in the future?

Yes. I look forward to writing more and editing more in the next few years than I have done in the past.

Where can we find your work?

I have work available from several different publishers. Most of my work is available from Amazon (a list of currently available titles is at http://www.amazon.com/H.-David-Blalock/e/B00JPGRLAM/) and all online booksellers as well as the publisher websites. My website (www.thrankeep.com) has links to work at webzines.