Halloween Land and Kevin J Kennedy

Hey horror fans, check out the interview and insider info into Halloween Land with Kevin J Kennedy. And for those who aren’t familiar with his name, you really want to stay tuned and see why you need to be. Don’t forget to grab your copy today!

Hi Kevin, can you share with us something about Halloween Land that isn’t in the blurb?

Part of me still lives in the 80s and the 90s. The book will appeal to others who feel the same. Movie buffs and gamers will catch some nods that others wont. It’s an undercurrent that runs through the book and different people will pick up on different things.



Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The cats and dogs in the book are my three cats in real life and the wee Pomeranian was my wee dog that passed away. He lived to 15.

Can you share a snippet that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?

They started to move quickly through the now creepy-looking stalls, steeped in shadows, making the carnival appear as if it had been abandoned for years. Suddenly three shapes stepped out in front of them. Wendy let out a gasp, and they both stopped in their tracks. In front of them stood three clowns, Wendy’s worst nightmare. More terrifying for her was that each of these clowns had a carved pumpkin for a face — not make-up to look like a pumpkin — but what actually seemed to be a moving, living, (possibly breathing) pumpkin face. Their mouths were carved exactly as they would be on a pumpkin carved for Halloween, except Wendy and Zak could tell that their teeth were razor sharp. Zak grabbed Wendy’s hand and started running, pulling her with him. They ducked between stalls and rides, moving as fast as they could while trying not to trip on all the electrical cables that were running along the ground. As they moved, they could hear a strained, guttural laughing that sounded like it was coming from the roofs of the stalls above and behind them. As the kids came out between one of the burger bars and a novelty shop, they were both panting hard. Knowing they couldn’t keep running, Wendy looked around for somewhere to hide.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

Difficult one. The main characters are youngsters, and I don’t really know any young actors. I’d have Isla Fisher play the crazy clown lady.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?

I had initially written a short story for one of my early Halloween Anthos. It was about 7000 words. It got mentioned in a lot of reviews and a few people suggested I make it longer. It was even compared to Richard Laymon’s works and he was one of my favourite authors. I started the process of extending it and several times I hit roadblocks. A few times I scraped huge sections but once I got it right in my head it flowed easily.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

Finishing it. Lol. No, I think the highlight was getting to put lots of little personal nods to stuff I love in it. I sometimes put them in short stories, but you can only squeeze one or two in depending on length. I could do more with this without it having a negative effect on the story

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote The Tale of Sawney Bean when I was 35. It was basically a long, short. I don’t think it was long enough to be a bonified novella. It’s no longer in publication. It was badly written, but I learned a lot by doing that book.


What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read a lot. I enjoy watching movies or box sets with my wife. I like to chill with my cats and spend time with my mum. I lead a fairly simple life. I know what I enjoy and try to spend as much time as possible doing it.


How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

1 solo novella, 3 co-written novellas and probably over 100 short stories. Halloween Land is my favourite right now but mainly because it’s my longest solo work and it’s my newest release. Ask me in a few weeks and I’d likely give a different answer.


Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer?

Just keep writing and reading. The more you write, you’ll naturally get better and with reading you start to pay attention to how other writers deal with certain things and can add to your bag of tricks.


If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?

Start writing sooner. I was always a reader. Never really thought about writing but I wish I had started at a younger age.


What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Covers and editors. I do believe covers sell books and editing matters. If a book is a mess, I will never finish it.


What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Savage by Richard Laymon & Blood Crazy by Simon Clark. They are both superb but I hardly ever see them pop up in reader groups on Facebook. I could list a load but those are two of my faves.


What does literary success look like to you?

Going full time as a writer, publisher. Basically, working in the book world full time. I don’t care if it’s in a mixture of rolls.

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Fitting it in. I tend to do so many Anthos that I struggle for time and having a day job means you are tired at night. I do what I can but I’d love to have time on my side.

What was your favourite part, and your least favourite part, of the publishing journey?

The first antho I put together was done at almost no cost. I started paying from book 2 but I didn’t have any money. I just felt I could put a better book together than a lot of the stuff that was coming out. That was Collected Christmas Horror Shorts. The book done better than I could have ever expected. It took the number 1 spot on the charts for months and even managed to hit first place on it’s second year-round at Christmas time.

What got you into creating anthologies? And what do you enjoy most about that process?

I like that I get to read stories by my favourite authors before anyone else does. A few years ago, I was just another reader and now people drop me a message saying they have a new story available and what do I have going. It’s mental. I’ve built up a good relationship with a lot of authors over the years and now it’s more like giving one of my friends a shout and running an idea by them. More often than not, they are in.

Do you have another one in the works?

I have The Horror Collection Ruby Edition almost finished and The Horror Collection Extreme Edition underway. I am in the middle of co-writing 2 novellas and a 4th solo collection called the A to Z of Horror. I also have a few shorts to write for other publisher’s anthologies. Never a dull moment.

What are you planning next? 

Apart from all the stuff that is in the works already, I will likely write a linked novella to Halloween Land soonish.


Thank you for sharing with us today Kevin.

Fans, grab your copy of Halloween Land today! New readers, don’t stop there, check out his vast collection of books. And writers be sure to get your pencil’s sharpened for the next creepy call from Kevin.

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Blogging for writers is another form of expression. 

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Be Mine.

Jane tucked her newly acquired decorating books against her hip as she fished into her purse for her car keys. A voice came out of the darkness, startling her. Jumping, she almost dropped the books and pulled them tighter to her side as she turned.

“Jeepers Harold, you scared me.” Jane shifted her hands under the books to spread some weight.

Harold’s voice was hushed and breathy as he slid out from between his Taurus and a cement pillar.  “I’ve been reading those books about manifesting what you want. You know the Tim Robbins and Andrew Carnegie books.”

Jane curled her lip, even from three feet away she could smell stale tobacco on his clothes. “Yeah, and how’s that working out for you?”

“You’re here aren’t you.” His left eye twitched rapidly.

“What do you mean?” A chill danced up her spine. She felt her nipples harden under her bra and rounded her shoulders, now longing for the cable-knit sweater that she thought was too hot to wear.

Harold stood straight, his brown stained teeth too jumbled in his small mouth appearing rat like as they peeked between his dry lips. “I’ve been visualizing you and me together.” His worn Keds shuffled the dusty cement as he moved imperceptibly closer.

“Uh,” Jane took a step back and hugged the books up to her chest. She took a quick glance beyond Harold and into the gray depths of the cold parking garage, noticing now how cavernous it felt. “Sorry Harold,” she mimicked checking her watch, never truly taking her eyes off him, “I’m in a bit of …”

Suddenly a shadow rose from behind a sleek black SUV. A swift motion of darkness that blended with the rest.

The shadow moved so fast that Harold didn’t get to turn his head before the steel pipe connected with his temple. His arms flew straight out towards Jane, as though reaching for an embrace, his body lost control and tottered sideways.

Jane gasped. Her eyes widened, dropping her books, she turned to run. Her foot slipped on the smooth cement. She instinctively put out her arms to catch herself, but her fall was halted by an unseen force, and she found herself wrapped in a granite embrace.

Jane felt the heat of the man’s body penetrate her chilled skin. Trying to look back and see who it was that held her, she never got the chance. A giant hand blocked her mouth and nose, holding her head firmly forward.

Her lungs had not had time to fill from her fright, and she attempted to suck in air through a wall of thick skin. Jane wiggled, kicking at solid thighs.

A soft voice that did not match the monster, whispered, “You were not his to take.”

The humid breath caressed her ear, her body involuntarily shivered, and she wet herself, as the voice finished.

“You are mine, Jane.”

 

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Author Interview with Rebecca Bryn

When did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I began writing about fourteen years ago. I didn’t aspire to write; rather, I fell into it helping a fellow author with her novel. One day, on a whim, I wrote Chapter One and I was off.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve just finished editing The Dandelion Clock, a tale of young lovers torn apart by the Great War. It was inspired by my grandfather’s exploits in Egypt and The Holy Land from 1916 to 1918, while Grandma, the girl he’d promised to marry if he survived, kept life together at home in England and waited for him to return. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. The horrors soldiers endured in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine were a real eye-opener. Bill’s struggle to survive and keep his promises to bring home his beloved warhorse and marry his sweetheart are inspirational and heartbreaking.

The Dandelion Clock is available now at the special pre-order price of 99p/99c at http://mybook.to/DandelionClock – Royalties until the Remembrance Day Centenary will go to http://ABF Soldiers’Charity.org https://www.soldierscharity.org/about-us/what-we-do/  and www.thebrooke.org a charity that rescues horses, mules, and donkeys from some of the poorest parts of the world and was founded to rescue the old warhorses abandoned by the army in Cairo in 1918.

My next project, ‘Th1rte3n’, forming silently in my mind, will be something completely different – contemporary and maybe bordering on horror.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?

Write with an honest heart, a personal truth, and don’t duck the difficult bits – readers respond to honestly told stories with which they can identify – and be prepared for a lot of hard work both during the writing process and after – promotion is harder than writing. Research your subject thoroughly. Write whenever you can, put your writing out there, and accept criticism as a method of improving. It doesn’t much matter what you write because every word is honing your craft, and it’s a very steep learning curve. If you love writing, you’ll climb the hill. Someone once said writing was a selfish profession. It’s true: you have to immerse yourself in a different world, and it takes a lot of time and concentration, and it can feel exclusive to those around you. Don’t forget reality exists, and there are people there who need you.

What of your own writing was your favorite piece?

That’s a hard question to answer. Each of my books has its own place in my heart and there are passages in each I especially love, usually descriptive or emotional pieces, but I think I’m most proud of ‘For Their Country’s Good’ series. It was inspired by my own family history, and I wrote it for myself, my children, and grandchildren. It turned into an epic tale I loved researching and writing. I learnt a lot about my roots.

A quote by you or your Life motto?

‘The only thing written in stone is your epitaph.’

 

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Book 1 On Different Shores http://mybook.to/OnDifferentShores

Book 2 Beneath Strange Stars http://mybook.to/BeneathStrangeStars

Book 3 On Common Ground http://mybook.to/OnCommonGround

The Dandelion Clock http://mybook.to/DandelionClock

Your Genres: Historical fiction, Contemporary fiction, Dystopian

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Horror Review “Dreaming at the top of my lungs”

 Twelve Dark Tales From The Mind Of Israel Finn

DTPDiverse tales:

-A man who is faced with the prospect of losing the most important thing in his life—his son—but instead loses his mind. And then finds himself trapped in a waking nightmare with no way out.
-A frustrated man who curses life for having the audacity to pass him by, but discovers how it feels to be truly forsaken when the universe chooses to teach him a horrifying lesson.
-An outcast who must decide between vengeance and forgiveness in a world turned upside down by war and famine.
-A woman on trial in a world where telling the truth is a crime.
-A man who is living with a very odd houseguest, a visitor who has no concept of war
-A boy who lives in constant terror of someone who is supposed to love and protect him, but who has betrayed that trust. A horror story that examines the real-life beasts who walk among us every day.

Israel Finn is a top-shelf author, he fits right in with the likes of King, Bloch, Ketchum, Matheson and on and on!

Many people are leery about picking up a single author anthology – especially one by an unknown indie –  but with this book, you are left wanting more. Each story is strong enough to stand alone. His writing draws you in, cradles you and just when you think you’re safe, knocks you for a loop. They range from phycological to emotional to out of this world. With 35 reviews, most 5 stars, you don’t have to take my word for it.

Reviewers say:

Dreaming at the Top of My Lungs is a cut above.

Israel is a phenom author who will only get even better.

He paints brief pictures of various horrors—monsters, atrocities, and tragedies—that disturb and provoke but never overstay their welcome.

Well written, engaging and at times disturbing.

To say Israel Finn can write is the understatement of the year. His stories will leave your head spinning and you begging for more

 

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I was lucky enough to grab a paperback when it was first released, with this cover. Now I know I have a jewel on my shelf that one day will be highly valued.

 

 

 

 

 

I am anxiously awaiting a novel to drop. Will it or won’t it? Perhaps Israel will comment and let us know. Until then, get your copy today! 

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Write this, that, and the other!

Keep your writing life interesting. Why bind yourself to only writing novellas or novels? Branch out, get your name far and wide. Take chances, you never know what’s going to be your big break if you never try.

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Write for anthologies

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Can’t forget blogging – and guest blogging

 

I have a few fun projects in the works, however, they’re always confidential but if you stick with me, you’ll learn about them as they come to fruition.

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