Category: Interviews

Crafting Novellas: An Interview with Laurel Hightower

Laurel Hightower is a horror lover, legal nerd, and mom. Today, she is opening up to the art of crafting novellas and her most recent release ‘Below’ which was released in March of 2022. The synopsis describes it as “While driving through the mountains of West Virginia during a late-night snowstorm, a recently divorced woman experiences bizarre electrical problems, leaving her with little choice but to place her trust with a charismatic truck driver. But when an unexplainable creature with haunting red eyes gets between them, she is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of her life. Will she abandon the stranger who kept her safe—or will she climb down below, where reality has shapeshifted into a living nightmare?” Let’s dive into the interview!
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Watch Our Interview With Donny Prentice, Jr.!

Enjoy this Author Interview between Contributing Author of Vindication of Monsters Anthology, Donny Prentice, Jr. & host Ivana Sanders about his experiences as a contributor to a Horror Anthology and a fan of horror which illuminates the human condition!

Donny’s Bio: A debut author in the field that he loves, horror! He contributed a film analysis to Claire Fitzpatrick’s anthology, Vindication of Monsters. He once joked, “To be honest, while I’m a big fan of the horror genre, I would be quite terrible at writing my own horror story (haha).”
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An Interview With Paula D. Ashe

Paula D. Ashe is a writer of dark fiction. Her preferred genres are: horror, dark fantasy, science-fiction, suspense/police procedural, crime fiction, erotica, and whatever abominations result by blending them all together.

Selene – Welcome to the Horror Tree, and thank you for agreeing to an interview. First, tell us a bit about yourself.

 

Paula – Thanks so much for having me! I’m Paula D. Ashe, I’m a writer of dark fiction, a mom, a wife, a Hellraiser obsessive, and I work in higher ed in diversity, equity, and inclusion and I’m also an educator. 

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William Joesph Roberts: It Came From the Trailer Park

William Joesph Roberts: It Came From the Trailer Park

By Angelique Fawns

The Trailer Park Boys, Ozark, My Name is Earl, Raising Arizona…. 

Trailer parks in pop-culture are endlessly fascinating. The success of Three Ravens Publishing’s anthology, It Came From the Trailer Park, is no exception. It was so well-received (top of the Amazon charts) they are creating a volume 2. The guidelines ask for “original creature feature, horror-comedy with the same feel as The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and Shaun of the Dead…”  Who doesn’t love heroes winning the day in redneck glory? I sat down with the brainchild behind these books to learn more.

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The Horror Tree Presents an Interview with Liian Varus

The Horror Tree Presents an Interview with Liian Varus

By Ruschelle Dillon 

 

Ruschelle: There are times an interviewer comes across a writer so intriguing, offbeat and creative that it would be remiss to NOT get to know this author. This is one such author. Today, I welcome Liian Varus to one of the twisted branches on the Horror Tree. Liian is a poet and vloggist (Is that a word? Let me steal a line from Debbie Jellinsky from the Addams Family Values movie, “It sounds filthy. I like it.”) who has the body of a man and the head of a crow. True story! His current tome of dark poetry entitled, ‘Good Night, Titan Arum, And Farewell’ as well as ‘Oh, To Be Human’, ‘Is Stranged’ and the highly anticipated adult picture book, ‘Open the Big Top’, are available all over the www. So, spill the tea or umm…shred the carcass since you’re part crow- when did you first delve into the bowels and viscera of dark poetry?

Liian: ‘Good Night, Titan Arum, And Farewell’ was published a year and a half ago so I wouldn’t really consider that current. And I promise you, nobody was anticipating that piece of literary garbage – ‘Open The Big Top’. You should also know that I am 100% crow. I just have some limb deformities that make me look like I’m part human. It’s something I’m super sensitive about and would rather not talk about it. Thanks. Well, this interview is off to a hot start. What else you got? Your hair looks soft. Can I brush it? Okay. Maybe later. I winked at you.

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The Horror Tree Presents… An Interview With Richard Thomas

Selene – Welcome to the Horror Tree, and thank you for agreeing to an interview. Tell us a bit about yourself.

 

Richard – Thanks for having me. I’ve been writing for 14 years now, mostly speculative fiction—fantasy, science fiction, and horror—but I came up writing neo-noir and thrillers. I’ve published three novels, four collections, over 170 stories, and am currently working as a writer, editor, teacher, and past publisher. I ran Gamut magazine for a few years, as well as Dark House Press. I’ve been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards. I tend to write dark fiction, leaning into maximalism, and lately into the new-weird, as well as hopepunk. 

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The Horror Tree Presents…an Interview with Rus Wornom

A big welcome to Rus Wornom here on a sturdy, splinter-free branch of The Horror Tree! A scrivener of Fantasy & science Fiction, Rus’s works include the 2013 short story ‘In the Mountains of Frozen Fire’, and ‘Puppy Love Land’, a novella which was nominated as Best Novella on the Preliminary Ballot for the Horror Writers of America awards. Most recently, Rus has copyedited books and RPG (role playing games- if you were wondering) for Troll Lord Games. He’s written three TSR books under a pseudonym, two of which made the best seller list at Waldenbooks. Awesome! His most recent work, Ghostflowers, will premier July of this year.

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Patrick O’Ryan: Transforming Fiction with Medusa Tales

Patrick O’Ryan: Transforming Fiction with Medusa Tales

By Angelique Fawns

There is simple alchemy, where one turns metal into gold. Then there is more sublime transformation. The kind where an internal change brings us our highest potential. Patrick O’Ryan is on the hunt for these kinds of stories with his new bi-monthly digital magazine Medusa Tales. With his first issue out in May, I sat down with him to learn more about the birth of a new market place.

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