The year is 1870. Five years after the Civil War has ended. Many states, cities and small towns are still recovering, one of these places is the town of Toomswood. The town has been taken over by sly corrupt tycoon Javier “Bones” Jones. Things only get worse for the town when a mysterious stranger rides into town making an offer and cutting a deal with Jones. The man gives Jones super dexterity and point pin shooting accuracy among other like abilities, however in return he has placed a curse on Jones, making him a leader to the Undead unbeknown to his knowledge. After finding out his curse Jones takes a liking to it and soon kills to turn his gang into an army. The mysterious man then tells Jones he will also lead Undead Civil War soldiers who are now bloodthirsty madmen. It is up to Emerson Shaw, a quiet humble young man with his own personal demons to stop Jones and his men. Along with his best friend and others who will join them, Shaw must find a way to stop Jones from destroying and terrorizing the town and turning it into a literal walking Ghost town.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Well I would say writing a Western and Western Horror are definitely different because not a lot of people write them and tey aren’t nearly as popular as all the others. Westerns seem rare to write lately and writing western horror as a sub-genre to horror is a lot more unique compared to writing regular horror. You have to plan out not just creepy things but also somehow tie western style themes into it as well and have it mesh together nicely. It’s a rare less-known genre to write in so it means you have to make sure you really focus on writing it and really draws in a crowd since there’s a small fan base already.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Believe in yourself and in your work. No one should be a tougher critic on your work then you. In order to get others to believe in your work you have to first sit down and have total confidence and faith in your own work and if you’ve convinced your self and it seems good enough then perhaps others will take to it as well.
Also, look into more than just one publishing company. When I was looking for a publishing company for my first book I went with the first company I found which turned out to be a big mistake. They ended up being one of the worst companies in the business and my book suffered greatly because of it. I have since gotten out of contract with them and now look into several companies before deciding. So I pass this advice on to aspiring writers, if your work is really good look into several publishing companies both self-publishing and traditional and think it over and decide what’s the best fit for you or who has the best offer. If a company has even the smallest issue, keep looking or compare it to others. No one should have to have their work suffer because of a poor publishing company.
My name is Justin Bienvenue, I was born in and reside in Massachusetts. I am a friendly and outgoing person. Always enjoy meeting new people. I graduated high school in 2006. Since then I have held two jobs before working full-time at home as an author. I am also currently looking work aside from writing. As an author and poet. I have two published books, A book of Horror Poetry entitled “The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore” published in 2010 and a Western Horror “A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West” just recently published. While I mainly enjoy writing poetry I have recently expanded my horizons and started writing stories, narratives and short stories. I enjoy writing and it always makes me satisfied to have others enjoy my work. I like to be creative and different, always trying new things. I have a background in creative writing which really helped me develop my writing and expand my imagination. When I’m not writing I also enjoy playing games and watching sports such as football, baseball and basketball. I am a big football fan and my favorite team is The New England Patriots. I also enjoy the outdoors, always playing sports whenever I get the chance and going for walks to gather my thoughts looking for my next best creative idea.
A whole bunch of horror movies and a few Clint Eastwood movies. I watched quite a bit of gruesome horror movies one week and I thought that maybe I could write a horror story just as good. I then caught some Clint Eastwood movies, some of those spaghetti westerns and then I thought of the idea of combining the two to write a Western Horror. The title sort of just popped into my head and then I sat down and thought of a concept, thought back on certain elements of the movies and then decided for sure that I was going to write this book.