Whether it’s at a school dance, in the mailbox, or at the bottom of a shot glass, these people are about to encounter creatures the likes of which have never appeared in even the grizzliest bestseller, and so are you. Real monsters have no time for fairy tales, and happy endings are not guaranteed.
Ten monster tales of terror and consequence that will leave you scratching your head and checking under your bed.
Ten monsters of a different kind.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult/sixteen and over
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
What originally inspired me was a long horror poem that I wrote called The Child Eater (which is featured in Anomaly), about the consequences of taking candy from a stranger, and just how strange that stranger turned out to be. I loved the old creature-feature movies as a kid, but as a grown up, I appreciate a bit more humanity in my horror, so I decided to combine the two elements and come up with ten stories featuring ten original monsters (or, in one case, an original take on a classic one). This was the most fun I have ever had writing a book, and I’ll be doing an Anomaly Part II at some point in the future.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Trite as it sounds, some of them came to me in dreams and nightmares, some of them were inspired by movies or songs (The Child Eater, for instance, came to me when I heard a musical adaptation of Poe’s Garden Of Shadows), urban legends, and some believe it or not were born out of random thoughts.
Rory Sales never went near water, unless it was two inches worth at bath time. He had a preternatural terror and hatred of the stuff, which made it all the more shocking when it was he, not his junior freestyle champion brother Jordan, who was discovered floating on his back in his parent’s swimming pool a week after both boys went missing. Jordan was just as unrealistically represented, a languid lounge lizard lying in uncharacteristic repose on a deck chair, sun glinting off his James Bond Persol sunglasses, every bit as debonair and cock-sure as the gentleman spy himself. Even the shorts looked like they’d been lifted from the set of Thunderball. It was their mother who made the discovery and she ran to them, her first instinct being to hold them in her arms; recriminations would come later. Then she noticed Jordan’s skin. Her bronzed, sun-worshipping boy was a cold, marble slab with limbs. But the truly horrible thing, the thing that made her scream and scream and scream, was his smile; his vapid, stretched, liquid smile.
About the Author:
I’ve been writing horror stories and watching horror movies since before I was old enough to do either, (although admittedly I’m kind of a pussy where the latter is concerned). The first horror novel I ever read was Pet Sematary, and Stephen King has been a major influence ever since, along with Clive Barker and Jeffrey Eugenedes. I was born and still live in Melbourne, Australia with my son Griff and our anti-social Shih Tzu, Pepi Le Pew.
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