This week, I talked more scary stuff with author Rebecca Royce. Rebecca writes science fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy… you name it, she’s done it, and done it well.
As part of the blog’s Halloween Spooktacular, I will be giving away an ebook copy of Rebecca’s book, Strange Days, and an ebook copy of my book, Matched with the Demon. All you have to do to enter is like the post, and comment with your favorite traditional scary story. Sleepy Hollow? Jenny and the Green Ribbon? The Hitchhiker? I’ll choose a winner and announce it on next week’s blog.
I’m a fan of the scary. When I was a kid, I had this book Scary Stories Not to be Told After Dark. It was illustrated with these weird, pencil sketches where the characters seemed to be disintegrating. And my favorite story? The Bride.
You’ve probably heard it before. It’s the wedding day of the unnamed bride and groom, and for some completely wacko reason, they decide to play hide and seek.
The bride finds the perfect spot.
In the attic.
In a steamer trunk.
You can guess the rest… but the best part was the illustration at the end of a skeleton bride in her tattered, rotted wedding dress. I even found it for you… apparently I’m not the only one this story has stuck with. All I had to Google was “bride” and “scary stories” and there it was.
Finally, for my last spookish post, Rebecca answered my questions about her books, and her favorite scary things.
You wrote a paranormal romance series, Strange Days, where the characters biggest fears are manifested physically. One of those fears was a clown. What do you think are the scariest creatures?
Clowns are what scare the ever-loving pants off my big tough, six foot four husband. That’s why I picked them. But what scares me? Demons. Like the possess you in your sleep, wake up with pea soup coming out of your nose demons.
What is your very favorite scary story?
The Exorcist, but to read? It’s got to be The Stand by Stephen King.
I am traditionally scared by things that I can’t control. The idea that there are things out there that could simply hurt you because they want to, that aren’t a result of your choices, are what scare me as an adult.
As a kid, I was terrified of the movie Candyman because as soon as we watched it the girls I saw it with and I went to the mirror and said it three times. I was convinced that bug filled nightmare was coming for me.
But, as an adult, I, number one, don’t believe in Candyman. (The Candyman Can! Gene Wilder.) But, if I did, that I can control. I simply wouldn’t say it. Period. Not three times anyway. (Candyman. Candyman. Candyman). I think that’s why things like The Exorcist and The Stand by Stephen King frighten me. Girl is asleep. She gets possessed. That’s terrifying. Even if it’s not me possessed. What if it were one of my kids? Or a virus kills everyone like The Stand.
That’s what frightens me. What I can’t control.
You’ve written about demons and zombies, vampires and werewolves. Do you have a favorite group? If so, why? If not, what do you love about each of them, and how do you make them your own?
Werewolves have always been good to me as an author so I’ll say them but I do love a vampire, too. I’ve never written about zombies. Hmmm. There’s a thought.
What do you think is the hardest paranormal group to write about?
Vampires, because they’re done so much.
In Strange Days, the characters had to save the world from demons. Now, what will they be doing this Halloween?
Staying in unless they have to go save people. Halloween is like any other night to them.
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