Welcome to the blog, TK. Thanks for joining us! Tell us about Little Piece and Ghost Love.
These are both ghost stories that have a different twist on the genre. Little Piece is about a man haunted by his dead family and the deadly consequences that erupt because of it. Ghost Love is my first short I published with a small magazine years ago. The premise is about a man who buys a haunted home under the pretense he will sleep with the ghost. This happens and the result is a pregnancy. The rest is downhill from there.
Those stories revolve around some heavy themes. How do you manage to keep the books on the scary side rather than becoming tragedy?
I like to fuse humor with human frailty. The combination invokes empathy. The more you care, the more you are emotionally invested. This creates the urge to see the story to the end to see how everything turns out for the characters.
That is a fantastic technique to keep readers turning the pages. What is it about the horror genre that you love?
I love the freedom and the ability to scare people. To scare someone is a powerful feeling. Being scary is like being funny. You either are or you are not. There is no faking it.
Do you have a favorite horror book or movie to recommend?
My favorite movie is The Exorcist. My favorite scary book is The Shining. For me, Stephen King is the man to learn from.
What’s your best piece of writing advice? And do you have any new books coming up?
Read and study from the masters. There are so many greats out there who you can teach you. Reading is a writers homework. I have over a dozen of shorts in the wings. I have more ghost stories and psychological thrillers on ice ready to hit the ground running.
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