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Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Review

Posted in Amazon, author reviews, authors, Book Reviews, books, entertainment, Fiction, Horror, Horror Book, Horror Books, Horror Fans, Horror Fiction, horror literature, Horror Lovers, Horror Readers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2016 by Alexander S. Brown

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Although Richard Matheson is a name that I am well aware of, this is the first time I have read one of his books.  For those who may not know who Matheson is, you might be familiar with the movies and shows adapted from his work. Television wise, his literature inspired Twilight Zone episodes and a Masters of Horror episode.  Movie wise, his visions inspired: A Stir of Echoes, Legend of Hell House, and I Am Legend.

When I review short story books, I try to give a briefing of each story if it is an anthology.  But, since this isn’t an anthology, I have selected my top favorite stories.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet opens up with an intro from Stephen King.  In these pages, he praises Matheson, saying Matheson’s work has influenced his own.  In many ways, after experiencing this book, I can see where this is so.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet is without a doubt the most famous story in this collection.  If you think this title sounds familiar, that’s because of The Twilight Zone.  For the TV episode, William Shatner played a hysteric passenger trapped while in flight.  In the movie version, John Lithgow reenacted Shatner’s iconic role.  No matter how many times I am exposed to this tale, may it be in print, on TV, or in a movie, this reminds me why I hate to fly.  I consider this story to be a great opening for the collection.  It hits hard and jolts the reader with its character development and creativity.

Dress of White Silk is a story that felt psychological.  At the end, I questioned if what was occurring happened, or if it was the imagination of the antagonist.  Despite circumstance’s reality, the tale focuses on a young girl, living with her grandmother.  The girl, whose mother had died, becomes smitten with a silky, white dress that her mother had worn.  Although her grandmother demands she not touch the dress, the antagonist disobeys.  The result of this reveals dark consequences.

Blood Son is a nerve cringing story about a boy obsessed with vampires.  In this tale, there is a brutal monologue that the boy delivers, which is something that I doubt will ever leave my mind.  Since the writing style in this tale is so direct and bitter, I considered it would be a serial killer origin story.  To my surprise, the twist ending was much more than I anticipated.

Disappearing Act is a disturbing installment and is about a man, who one day finds his life is vanishing before him.  As the story progresses, the undoing of his life continues, until its gut wrenching end.  The writing style of Disappearing Act felt claustrophobic with its prose, which was necessary, as it drew to its main focal point.

Long Distance Call was a segment that made my skin crawl.  I found it interesting that Matheson chose his protagonist to be an elderly woman.  Because of his character choice, I experienced new emotions, as my heart went out to her more.  Such as other stories about harassing phone calls, this one builds intensity over time.  Yet, what sets it apart from other similar stories is its supernatural elements.

Dance of the Dead is a title that might sound familiar to the horror fandom.  If you have watched Masters of Horror: Dance of the Dead, then you might already know the plot to this one.  If not, the story regards a double date who goes to a bar.  All is fun and games, until the main attraction for the night comes onto stage.  This story hit me as I felt sorry for the performer, and I felt angry for the people who enjoyed what they were seeing.  Don’t worry, this isn’t a torture porn story, but it is ghastly nonetheless.

The Children of Noah plays on a fear I had as a child.  In this phobia, I would come into a town and discover everyone were either maniacs or creatures.  Like other stories similar in plot, a police officer pulls over an outer towner.  The officer arrests him for speeding and forces him to wait for a judge to hear his plea.  Yet, not everything is what it seems.  After reading this one, give yourself a few hours before you continue forward.  This story’s despairing conclusion haunted me for the next few installments.

The Distributer shows the dark side of humanity.  In this tale, a stranger moves into a new neighborhood.  Within a short time, he throws himself into helping the community.  At this same time, he learns everyone’s weaknesses and he antagonizes those weaknesses.  At the story’s conclusion, I felt enthralled by his creativity.  Yet, I hated him for the satisfaction he received from ruining innocent people.  This is a good example of a character that you hate to love.

The Likeness of Julie might sound familiar to old school horror fans.  Remember the movie Trilogy of Terror staring the late, great Karen Black?  This is the story that inspired one of the three tales in that trilogy.  By breaking the ethics of a student/teacher relationship, a teacher accompanies her student to a movie.  Here, the student decides to drug, molest, then blackmail his teacher with photographs.  However, little does he know he has met his match.

Prey is another story adapted by the movie Trilogy of Terror.  Out of all twenty stories in this book, this one hits just as hard as the first tale.  With Prey, we meet a young woman who lives alone.  It is her boyfriend’s birthday and since history is his passion, she buys him a Zuni fetish doll that is possessed by the spirit of a warrior.  This is a tale of cat and mouse that provides haunting visuals throughout between our protagonist and the doll.  For anyone who hasn’t seen Trilogy of Terror, read this story before watching the movie.

From a scale of 1 to 10, one being the worst and ten being the best, it deserves a 9.  Audio narration was a 6 ½, but that didn’t decrease my entertainment.  Also, for anyone wanting to get their teenagers into horror, this would be a decent starter book.  It isn’t gory, it’s not explicit and it doesn’t have gratuitous sex.

 

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Book Review for the Novelization of Tamera by Jeffrey Reddick and J.D. Matthews

Posted in Book Reviews, books, entertainment, frightening, Horror, j.d. matthews, jeffrey reddick, literature, readers, reading, scary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

In September 2014 I attended a literary conference (Imaginarium) in Louisville, KY. To my surprise, not only was I granted the opportunity to meet, but interview horror legend Jeffrey Reddick. During our interview, he mentioned an upcoming novel adaptation of his movie Tamera, which he and J.D. Matthews co-authored. Once I learned about this upcoming work, I had to download and read it as soon as possible. To my expectations and excitement, I was not disappointed during one single moment of reading.

Tamera is a thrill ride in regards to a high school girl who is a witch. Within only the first few chapters, we see the lifestyle Tamera suffers, which includes being a victim of high school bullying and suffering from a broken home. At the end of the day, she is left with nothing more than her witchery and the dream that her English teacher, Mr. Natolly, will eventually love her.

The plot thickens when Tamera takes Mr. Natolly’s advice and writes a school newspaper article about their football team using steroids. After the article is made public, a few of Tamera’s elite classmates decide it is time to teach her a lesson. Yet, their plan to humiliate her gets out of hand and results in her accidental death. Once the bullies bury Tamera in an unmarked grave, they find that their nightmares are just beginning.

For the rest of the book, we are spellbound to every word until there is nothing more to read. In comparison to the movie, this is a good companion book. There are a few scenes that are different from the flick and a few scenes where the actions receive a greater description. Such as the film version of this book, the conclusion provides a cliffhanger that has me chomping at the bits for a sequel.

Throughout Tamera, I enjoyed the character development, the dramatic foreshadowing, and pacing. My favorite element is the fact that Tamera is the kind of villain who you hate to love. For the majority of her actions, she can easily be excused due to what she suffered in life, however, there are a few sequences when the reader sees her go too far. She is the ideal gray character that I love reading about as she is neither good nor bad but an embodiment of the two.

I’m not sure what Mr. Reddick and Mr. Matthews have up their sleeves for the sequel, if a sequel is planned, but I hope to see Tamera return with a bloody vengeance.

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Jeffrey Reddick is a screenwriter best known for creating the Final Destination film franchise. He grew up in Kentucky and attended Berea College, where he studied theatre. Aside from writing, Jeffrey is also an actor, producer and director. Tamara is his first novel.

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J.D. Matthews is a screenwriter, television writer, and novelist who grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Psychology. Tamara is J.D.’s third novel.

Artist Jason Hardy Speaks of Halloween and Suggests Some Great Horror Classics

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, artist interview, bayou con, entertainment, Halloween, holidays, Horror, interviews, Jason Hardy, Lousiana Arts, scary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

Two years ago in Lake Charles, LA I met an artist known as Jason Hardy.  It was during our time at Bayou Con that we began sharing our fandom of Halloween.  With his many works of art that contribute to the genres of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi, he also features pieces that are Halloween themed.  On the side, he writes and I have been lucky enough to enjoy his book of Halloween poetry.  As we approach the witching hour the night before Halloween, I present to you Jason Hardy.

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Mr. Hardy describes his life as, “I was born one Halloween night which is why my mom still screams a lot. While it would be awesome if the preceding was true I may burn in the hockey stick store if I don’t admit it’s not. I was born on JFK’s birthday. Or maybe it’s on the day he was shot which may account for my occasional paranoia. Flash forward to today and I still live about three blocks from where JFK, I mean the doctor, yanked me out. I’m a high school teacher living in my hometown of Kaplan in the heart of Cajun country in Louisiana. I am at present 54 years of age which is a lot of mileage but my dip stick still gets the job done. I drive a pickup truck which fits rather well in my Mayberry sort of town. I graduated from LSU a horrifying number of years ago. In my free time outside the classroom I am an artist and poet (though an inordinate amount of people don’t know it…that was a gratis rhyme to show I can do it). I always wanted to be a professional writer or artist but I ended up teaching kids instead which is fine. As long as they can draw a dandy stick figure and correctly spell my name below it I’m good. I have published one poem in my lifetime in Ellery Queen Mystery magazine many years ago. It paid $30 so it’s really no mystery why I did not immediately head for Vegas. As is obviously evident my writing and art is generally humorous. I don’t do landscapes unless they are on Venus or a convenient graveyard. I have done an occasional bird. Which sounds dirty but isn’t. Despite not being a Halloween baby (see above) it remains my favorite holiday. Pumpkins oddly enough don’t frighten me, although a pumpkin boy named Linus might. When I retire from going to school nearly my entire life in a few years I plan to write young adult fiction. Since I’ve been around them so much and survived. Maybe with an evil nun tossed in to commemorate my Catholic school days. I have a black cat named Raven after Mr. Poe who threatened me with an injunction if I did not mention him. He is deweinered but not declawed so I tend to listen. I live in a house built in 1945 but only dated Rosie the Rivetor briefly. In closing, it still pisses me off that we have to pay the Russians to get off the planet earth. I love to collect books and statues which makes me feel better about the Russians.”

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween means nostalgia to me. Takes my frequently addled adult mind back to a more innocent, fun time. Lots of good memories. Back to a time when the only terrorists were the kids brave enough to throw eggs at someone’s house or light the infamous poo-bag.

What is your most memorable Halloween?

Most memorable moment was ironically the last. The dreaded night when because of advanced age I was banned from trick or treating. Oh, the horror! So what’s a kid to do? Sneak out, that’s what. Pathetic costume: knit NFL team hat and football. Desperate strategy: Quick end runs to the closest houses for that final, forbidden candy fix. Approximate age: fifteen give or take a tootsie roll. It was bittersweet, clandestine fun. Although I couldn’t spell “clandestine” back then.

What was your best Halloween costume?

Given the time period, probably a hobo of some sort. Down and dirty. Back then we mostly wore the classic plastic store bought masks with the elastic string that would sting your ears.

What was your worst Halloween costume?

It wasn’t on me. A kid I knew and probably subtly bullied in the neighborhood dressed as a blue UPS mailbox one year. With the slit to see through. Actually very creative at the time. But we pushed him over mercilessly since his visibility was marginal. We thought about but did not actually pee through the slit. Nobody likes wet mail.

Some believe Halloween is negative.  Why do you believe this is so?

Obviously because it began as a Catholic holiday and soon became much darker. To me it’s just fun. No religious motif involved for this boy. Oh, and the legend of the razor blades didn’t help.

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

I leave my porch light on. Which in the old days would have made me the mean-ass old man of the neighborhood who would rather pay his light bill than spend a dime on candy. Of course with today’s wussy Halloween, even if I leave the porch light off only a few kids would bother to show up. And even then it’s still daylight!

What scares you?

I find myself occasionally scared by spiders, lack of toilet paper, Opera, Little Debbie going out of business or continuing to shrink and the disappearance of thongs from the world. Mostly spiders.

What are your favorite scary movies?

Monster Squad, Alien, Something Wicked, Trick R Treat, The Thing, The Innocents, Scared Stiff.

What are some of your favorite horror books?

Something Wicked by a wicked mile (again nostalgic for me), Nightmare Factory, Our Lady of Darkness, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shining.

Do you prefer fast paced or slow burners?

I prefer moderately paced books that threaten to burn my butt. Which thrills me.

Who are your inspirations?

I’ve been inspired over the years by HPL, REH, Fritz Leiber, various movies and memories.

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

I may have another horror story in me. If I not drained dry by a horny vampires first. Which in the long run may not be too bloody terrible. I plan to write more when I retire. At the moment I continue to write generally humorous horror poems for fun. I would love to be published in Weird Tales before I die so that when I run into HPL and his black cat someday I can say, “Me too, beee-acch!”

Where can we find your work?

My art can be found lurking on my Facebook page at the moment. Also all over the floor of my “art studio” where my black cat can lounge his lazy ass all over it as a feline critique. My humorous poetry books can be found in a rather lonely corner of Lulu online. When I sell one I feel closer to retirement, but only marginally so. Which is spooky.

Paranormal Investigator, Horror Author, and Spiritualist Kalila Smith Speaks of Halloween

Posted in author interviews, books, ghosts, Halloween, Horror, Horror Book, interviews, kalilah smith, literature, louisiana author, new orleans, new orleans author, october, paranormal, reading with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

Kalila Smith has been a name imbedded in my head since I experienced the New Orleans Ghost Tours.  The first book of hers I ever bought was New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, and Vampires and I was hooked since.  For years, I had wanted to meet her and when I opened the guidelines for Southern Haunts: Spirits that Walk Among Us, I was beyond thrilled to work with her.  The first time I met her face to face was at a convention and we just happened to bump into one another.  We had that pause moment, where we looked at one another like we had known each other for a lifetime.  Then after a huge hug, we immediately clicked, and I have her to thank for my level of spirituality that I now have.  It is my greatest pleasure to interview a woman that I highly respect and that I feel is perfect to feature on my blog during the week of Halloween!

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Kalila was born and raised in New Orleans. She personally researched and wrote the material featured on Haunted History Tours of New Orleans’ Ghost, Vampire and Spellbound tours. She is the author of New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, & Vampires, and Tales from the French Quarter, and Miami’s Dark Tales.  Her newest book is Afterlife Mysteries Revealed.

Her work as an intuitive psychic has been recognized for over 2 decades worldwide.

She has been featured on and worked behind the scenes on  television productions including Travel Daily, Places of Mystery, Secret New Orleans, Unsolved Mysteries, FEAR!, MTV’s On The Road, Blind Date, Hidden New Orleans, Urban Legends, America’s Most Haunted Places, In Search of…, and Supernatural Destinations. She appeared in the motion picture, “The St. Francisville Experience.” She wrote and directed “Journey Into Darkness… The Trilogy”, a video documentary, featured in segment in television broadcast in the US & UK.  And worked on and appeared in the documentary for Sony’s Playstation II game, Ghosthunter. She conducted all of the paranormal investigations for the local television show, “Haunted New Orleans.” She was a producer in the PBS documentary “Southern Haunts” New Orleans episode produced by Sky Dive Films.

Several of her true crime stories were featured in articles in Examiner.com and the National Crime and Punishment Museum Blog page.

Check out her short story “The Bequest” in Southern Haunts; Spirits That Walk Among Us.   Another short story, “The Devil’s Doorway” will be featured in the second Southern Haunts Anthology, and “Bayou Loup,” a werewolf story featured in “Luna’s Children,” a werewolf anthology.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween is when the veil between our world and the spirit world is the thinnest.

What is your most memorable Halloween?

My most memorable Halloweens are the ones I shared with my kids when they were little.

What was your best Halloween costume? 

I was so busy one year, I just didn’t costume. I didn’t have time, I was worn out but then felt bad that I didn’t take part in the festivities.   When I got to work, I ran to Walgreens’ and picked up some cheap Halloween makeup and put white on my face and dark under my eyes and called myself a zombie!  I did my tours that night and everyone loved it!

What was your worst Halloween costume? 

A couple of years ago I did Medusa with plastic snakes and a wig.  The snakes were painted with a paint that caused my sinuses to close up and the bobby pins were stabbing me in the head.  It turned into the worst headache of my life.  Never again!

How do you celebrate Halloween today?

I work and I have worked on Halloween doing ghost tours, séances and readings for 19 years now.

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

Hollywood is usually to blame for giving a bad name to anything mysterious turning into something dark and evil.

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

Well, we do séances and of course say prayers and sing to raise the vibration to keep lower vibrational spirits away.

What frightens you and why? 

New Orleans’ cockroaches.  Why? They fly.

What’s your favorite scary movie and why? 

One of my favorites that scared me beyond words was the Jeepers Creepers. Being stranded on a deserted country road with a monster after you, is pretty creepy. But I’m a classic horror buff. I like old school horror and anything Stephen King!

What’s your favorite horror book and why?

Cujo by Stephen King because as I read it, it was as if I was there.   During the car scene I actually felt very trapped and claustrophobic.   He really made that character come to life and it’s so frightening because it could actually happen.  What can be scarier?

Do you prefer slow burners or fast paced thrillers?

Both!  Just scare me!

What inspires your more frightening work? 

Legends I heard growing up in the bayous of South Louisiana.   I grew up hearing some really scary stories about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other monsters.

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

Absolutely! In fact, I’m sitting on a couple of short stories waiting for the right anthology to come along.

Where can we find your work?

www.kalilasmith.com    http://http://darkoakpress.com

Find Out What Scares Horror Author Michael West

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, author interviews, books, frightening, Halloween, Horror, Horror Authors, Horror Book, indiana authors, interviews, literature, michael west, october, scary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

Nearly, a year ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael West.  This introduction was when we began assisting with the podcast known as The Star Chamber Show.  It wasn’t until last September that I had the opportunity to meet him at an event known as Imaginarium.  Although we had the pleasure of speaking many times prior, it was here that we began fanboying out over the horror genre.  With his knowledge regarding scares and monstrosities, I am pleased to have horror author, Michael West on my blog.

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Michael West is the bestselling author of Cinema of Shadows, The Wide Game, Spook House, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

His children are convinced that spirits move through the woods near their home.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween has always been a special time of year for me.  When I was a child, it was the fun of dressing up and getting free candy, sure, but it was also a time of year where Horror was actually celebrated.  Turn on just about any TV channel and find a scary movie or Halloween-themed show.  Stores are filled with monster masks and other spooky items.  Creepy, ghoulish stuff is everywhere.  I guess it all comes down to the fact that this is the one time of the year that I don’t feel like an outcast.

What is your most memorable Halloween?

I’ve had so many memorable Halloweens.  It’s hard to pick just one.

How do you celebrate Halloween today?

We normally put on a Haunted House in my garage and then have a pizza party for all my friends and family who help me pull it off.  Leading up to the big night, I watch Horror films on AMC and my brother usually holds a themed Halloween Party that I really enjoy.

What was your best Halloween costume?

My best costume was probably me Devil costume from 1991.  I carved cloven hooves out of wood and did actual prosthetic make-up.  That one went over really well and I won Best Costume at a few Halloween parties that year.

What was your worst Halloween costume?

There were a few Halloweens when we lived in an apartment and I worked for a movie theater.  I had to work on Halloween night, so my costume was my manager’s uniform. That was my worst for sure.

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

Some see Halloween as a celebration of darkness and Evil with a capital “E.”  I don’t see it that way at all.  I see it as good, ol’ fun.

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

Usually, I watch Halloween.

What frightens you and why?

Two of my biggest fears are spiders and being eaten alive, which keep popping up in my fiction too.  I don’t know when the fears started or why.  I’ve had them as long as I can remember.  The other major fear I have is that something will happen to someone I love.  If you love someone, you know what that fear is like.  This person is your world, and the thought of losing them, of what the world would be like with them not in it, is just too horrible to even consider.

What’s your favorite scary movie and why?

John Carpenter’s Halloween.  It is just about the perfect scare machine.  The lighting, the cinematography, the acting, the score.  Oh, that score.  It just isn’t really Halloween until I sit down to watch it.

What’s your favorite horror book and why?

Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.  King introduces to us some of the most memorable, likeable, characters, people you really get to know and feel a connection with, and then he puts them through Hell.  I’ve read it a half a dozen times over the years, and the passage where the vampire child is clawing at the window, begging to be let in, still makes my blood run cold.

Do you prefer slow burners or fast paced thrillers?

I like both.  Actually, my favorite stories start off as a slow burn and then end with fast paced, action – packed climaxes.

What inspires your more frightening work?

Sometimes it is a news story.  Other times, an idea just hits me when I least expect it.  Some are based on my own fears and the fears of people I know, and still others are inspired by events from my life.  The car accident from The Wide Game, for example, was based on an actual event that happened to me back in 1987.

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

I never set out to write a Horror story.  I like to say that everything I write is a love story, except the thing that threatens to drive people apart is not your normal everyday problems, but the supernatural.  All of my stories tend to have some dark slant to them, so yes, I see my work to continue to involve Horror in one fashion or another.

Where can we find your work?

You can find my work at my website, http://www.bymichaelwest.com

My publisher’s website, http://www.seventhstarpress.com/  and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Vampire Author Linda DeLeon Speaks of Halloween

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, author interviews, books, Halloween, holidays, Horror, Horror Authors, Horror Book, Horror Books, texas authors with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

The concept of life and death can be interpreted and philosophized in many ways.  Horror author Linda DeLeon has always fascinated me due to her outlook on these subjects and it is these subjects she speaks about in regards to Halloween.  Besides being skilled in the literary world, she has also shown amazing talents with her exploration into the realms that some shy away from, such as palm reading and tarot card divination.  It is a pleasure to introduce to you, my readers, Mrs. Linda DeLeon.

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Linda DeLeon was born in Richland Parish, Louisiana. When she was nine years old, she moved to Vicksburg, MS. She now lives in Dallas, TX with her husband, Rene. Her son, Cody, lives in MS and is currently attending Hinds CC and working toward a career in medicine. Mrs. DeLeon works as a nurse in the emergency room. Taking a dare from a co-worker, she began to write. With the encouragement of her fellow nurses, their entertainment became her obsession. With writing, she could combine her love of history and her deep fascination with vampires. Her endeavors resulted in Fall into Darkness and Veil of Time.

In March, 2014, her first short story Deidless was published in the anthology Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness. Since then, she has contributed to other anthologies that will be released in 2015. Presently, she is working on the first in a series of books to be published by Pro-Se Productions. Her novels will soon be available through Dark Oak Press.

What does Halloween mean to you?

I love Halloween.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  The days get shorter and nights are longer.  There is nothing I love more than a dreary, cloudy day.  The whole atmosphere is filled with mystery.  What horrors lie just beyond that veil of dense fog.

What is your most memorable Halloween?

There are so many.  One of my favorites was when I dressed my son up for his first Halloween.  He was a black cat.

How do you celebrate Halloween today?

I decorate and watch as many horror movies as I can.  I love Syfy channel’s 31 Days of Halloween.

What was your best Halloween costume?

Most years, I am a vampire, of course.

What was your worst Halloween costume?

I’m sure there are many.

Some people believe Halloween is a negative holiday.  Why do you feel there is so much controversy in regards to this night?

People hate, discriminate, and criticize what they fear and/or do not understand.  I say all the time, and throughout history it rings true, that the basis of hate is fear.  This is an issue in which I have strong feelings about.  It is better if I do not pursue this issue further.

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

I welcome the ghosts year round.  As for the rest of the, I simply turn the porch light off.

What frightens you and why?

I have one fear – snakes.

What is your favorite scary movie?

I have many.  I love all vampire movies, unless they are cheesy.  I would have to say my two favorites are Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Sleepy Hollow.

What is your favorite horror book?

I found Stephen King’s The Stand under my desk in 8th grade.  I read it and was hooked.

Do you prefer slow burners or fast paced thrillers?

I like a lot of blood and action.  I guess my answer would be fast paced.

What inspires your more frightening work?

I tend to get aggravated easily.  My next thought would be ways to kill someone and hide their body.  I know that is not normal, but it’s me.  What can I say?  I have always felt that my life revolves around death.  Maybe that is why I see things differently than the regular person.

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

Most definitely. I will keep writing as long as I can.

Where can we find your work?

Right now, my books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  I have just joined two new publishers: Pro Se Productions and Dark Oak Press.  When those works are available, I will list it on my website.  www.ldeleonbooks.com

Horror Artist Oliver Tilley Speaks of Halloween Faves and the Origin of the Holiday Itself

Posted in Alexander S. Brown, artist interview, Halloween, holidays, Horror, horror art, horror artist, interviews, mississippi art, mississippi horror artists, october, oliver tilley, scary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by Alexander S. Brown

As Halloween draws nearer, it is time to shine light on a horror artist from Celtic bloodlines.  Oliver Tilley is a horror visionary with talents for bringing to life nightmares in realism through pencil, ink, and paint.  I had met Oliver years ago at a Horror Convention in Jackson, MS where he had numerous pieces on display.  It was here that he and I befriended one another, and I began collecting his art for inspiration.

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What does Halloween mean to you?

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday! Even as a child I really got into the season, but as an adult, it seems to have deepened with the understanding of the holiday from the Celtic traditions. My family has deep roots in Scotland, so the holiday holds meaning to me. Halloween is the final harvest before winter, and the celebration of bounty before the dark season!

What is your most memorable Halloween?

One year, my sister and I gathered some friends together, and created a spook house in an old rental home belonging to my grandparents. We decorated it out, and invited the kids from the neighborhood to visit. It was a wild success, and we all had so much fun! We scared even the adults that can through!

How do you celebrate Halloween today?

Usually it consists of bonfires, friends hanging out, and watching horror films.

What was your best Halloween costume?

My mom made me up as a werewolf one year, complete with prosthetic nose and teeth!

What was your worst Halloween costume?

I never really had a bad costume!!

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

What everyone needs to understand, is that all Christian holidays where ripped off from pagan holidays! The early church saw the necessity to overlay Christian themes to established pagan holidays to appease all – so Christmas, and Easter are all rooted in paganism. Just like Halloween! The early church tried to promote All Saints day as the overlay to the festival of Samhain, but it never quite caught on, due to the fact that it was not centered on an event in Christ’s life. I love to remind folks that Christmas, and Easter where pagan celebrations prior to being Christ centered holidays!

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

Bonfires and Jack-o- lanterns!

What frightens you and why?

Nothing short of another Texas Chainsaw remake! I am not frightened by much, and I think that is why I am such a horror addict. I am still chasing that thrill from childhood, where I was afraid of everything!

What’s your favorite scary movie and why?

I don’t know that I have one single favorite, but classic horror films are my favorites. Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc. In recent years, I have lost interest in most of the big budget films from Hollywood, but the indie horror scene is thriving! I love a good cheesefest!! Troma films make me happy!!!!

What’s your favorite horror book and why?

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, Frostbite, and Overwinter by David Wellington, and anything by Lovecraft, and of course Traumatized by Alexander Brown!!!!

Do you prefer slow burners or fast paced thrillers?

Both! As long as the story holds my attention, I can hang with them.

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

Yes! I have some new stuff in the works, and I am working on a horror rock band! I am also working on getting some short stories published.

Where can we find your work?

Nightwatch Studio on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nightwatch-Studio/418993524862355