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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.