A traveling caravan pulls into the town of Crowley’s Point, bearing cargo that is both deadly and highly intelligent, and a storm is brewing that will pit man against beast. In the span of a few hours the zoo known as The Preserve will become a breeding ground for atrocity and bloodshed. A family trapped inside will forget all about their own inner turmoils and focus on fending off the cryptozoological monsters that the raging storm has let loose. Will any of them survive as El Chupacabra, The Jersey Devil, and The Beast of Exmoor run wild, seeking delicate human morsels to devour? Will any of them escape The Cage?
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing in the horror genre is different because there are no rules. Anything goes, and that’s what makes it so much fun. The only limit is the imagination!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write every day and read voraciously. Musicians don’t become proficient if they never pick up their instrument. Writers, similarly, will never find their voice if they never put words to paper.
Jason Brannon is the author of The Cage, The Misunderstood and Other Misfit Horrors, Lake October, and the Crypto-Squad series (co-written with Eric S. Brown). He has written more than 150 short stories which have appeared in various magazines and anthologies. His work has been translated into German by Basilisk Verlag, and more translations are scheduled in the future. He maintains at website at www.jbrannon.net and a blog at www.jasonbrannon.blogspot.com
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a different kind of horror novel that wasn’t the standard vampire/werewolf/zombie fare. One day while standing in a supermarket checkout I saw an issue of The Weekly World News. On the cover was a story about family of Bigfoot (Bigfeet?). I had seen articles like that before talking about all manner of strange creatures, and I thought it might be cool to take those kinds of beasts and throw them into a world all their own. The Cage was born as a result.