Tagged With 9 Questions On My Horror Work In Progress

First of all, as a New Yorker, my heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone or something close to them in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I’ve never experienced anything like it, and my family is thankful that we came out of it unscathed, though the same can’t be said for millions of others. It’s going to take a long time to get back to normal, especially with a nor’easter in the forecsast this week.

Thanks to my main man from Amsterdam, author Paul Dail, I get to talk a bit about something that is not necessarily a work in progress. More on that in a moment.

I want to take a small break from all things Swampy (before the 3rd & most massive part of the tour starts December 3rd) and spotlight a story I had published last year called The Dig. I’m a big archaeology buff and I’d always wanted to write a ghost story centered around some remote site. The Dig follows the terrifying exploits of Felicia Tang on an expedition to Mongolia. What looks like a normal burial mound is actually the entrance to a centuries old chamber housing countless urns within rough hewn niches. Who built the vast chamber and why? What remains lie within the urns? Most of all, what is still very much alive in the dark? The Dig is only 99 cents and free for Amazon Prime members. I have big news coming up in the next month on the short story front, but this should keep you until then. 😉

I’m not a big TV guy, but there are a few shows out there that I love and some that have surprised me. So, what is Hunter rushing to watch On Demand these days?

I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’m a huge The Walking Dead fan. I’ve loved the comics since almost the beginning and AMC is doing  a great job keeping even us hardcore fans guessing. I dressed up as Dale for Halloween in  his memory. R.I.P. Mr. Bucket Hat.

Of course, I’m back for more from American Horror Story : Asylum. So far, this season has felt like an acid trip through a haunted house at Playland. I’m hoping it starts to make sense soon. Are there really aliens adbucting people???

I’ve added 2 new shows to my weekly viewing and both have flipped me out with how good they are. The first is the newest take on Sherlock Holmes, Elementary. Lucy Liu as Watson? Sherlock in NYC? What idiot thought this up? Turns out, a pretty damn smart idiot with some of the best writers on TV. I can’t get enough of this show.

The biggest surprise is Nashville. Normally, I despise this soapy kind of stuff, but damn the music is good and the various story lines have sucked me in. And hey, if I can’t see Connie Britton on American Horror Story, I’m happy top get my Connie fix right here.

And of course you all know I’m counting the seconds until the return of Justified.

OK, enough about me and TV. The real reason for this post is because I was tagged by Paul Dail to answer 9 questions about my work in progress. Well, after months of intense writing, I’m taking a little break and doing research for my next book. However, I went into my time machine, set the dial for May, 2012, and answered the questions about my novella, Swamp Monster Massacre.
And I’m going to keep this going by tagging the super talented Adriana Noir. On with the show!

1. What is the working title of your book?

Swamp Monster Massacre

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

I was talking to my editor late one night and he asked me if I had a novella in the old desk drawer that he could use. I didn’t, but a tiny light bulb lit up over my pointy head. I had recently done an episode on Bigfoot on The Monster Men podcast. My buddy Jack and I are Bigfoot fanatics. I decided it was time I wrote my own Bigfoot book, but with a twist. So, I added a crime novel element to it and let the words fly.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Horror, most definitely.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Boy, this could be fun. For my hulking criminal, Rooster Murphy, I think I’d go with Chris Hemsworth. He rocked as Thor and has the size and wry sense of humor that can pull it off. For the super hot and darkly dangerous twins, Liz and Maddie, I’d have to go with Amanda Seyfried playing a dual role. Those eyes! I also think Sam Rockwell would nail the Jack Campos character. As for the crazed skunk ape clan, well, if I could find an actual Bigfoot family for the movie, I’d be one happy man.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis for your book?

Small-time crook on the run from pissed off mobsters kidnaps tour boat in the Florida Everglades only to find the monsters in the swamp are way more deadly than the killers on land.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It is published through Samhain Publishing, my home away from home. They’ve done a great job over the past year building a horror brand and getting the word out. Just a fantastic publisher to be with.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript.

This was a true lesson in meeting tight deadlines. I needed to get the story written and revised many times all in under a month. The first draft was done in 2 weeks where I did nothing but write. I spent the next 2 weeks revising. I think the frenetic pace I had to keep in writing it is reflected in the story. Thankfully, I picked something that was a blast to write.

8. Who or what inspired you to write the book?

Well, my editor asking for a book pronto lit the fire under my ass. The fact that I can’t shake my fascination with monsters gave the subject to me on a silver platter.

9. What else about the book might pique a reader’s interest?

I like to think that I did something with Bigfoot that hasn’t quite been done before. First, not much love is given to skunk apes. Making them bad yet sympathetic, just like their human counterpart, Rooster, was an interesting way to approach the book. In the end, whether man or beast, we all have our light and dark sides. And God help us when darkness descends.

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About Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. You’ll also find him every week on the Final Guys podcast, available everywhere. He’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

15 responses to “Tagged With 9 Questions On My Horror Work In Progress”

  1. Jason Darrick says :

    I really don’t know what it is, but I can’t get into this season of AHS. I like kink probably more than the next guy, but it’s not clicking for me.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      I agree about AHS. A big, big problem is that there’s no person to realy root for. Everyone is so strange, we can’t relate to them and they haven’t developed the reporter’s character enough for me to care. I may bail on this at some point.

  2. Nina D'Arcangela says :

    Great post/Q&A Hunter! Somehow when I think of the hairy one with the giant feet, I don’t think of the everglades. I’m sure once I finish your novella, I shall be very eager to traipse amongst the ‘gators and giant spiders to get me a gander at one! (minus the marauding bandit, of course)

  3. The Paranormalist - Renae Rude says :

    I am in awe of the writing pace you describe. I’m gathering up that example / inspiration and lugging it back to my first attempt at NaNoWriMo .

    • Hunter Shea says :

      After I did that in May, I swore I’d never accept a writing assignment like that again. Well, by September I was doing it again. LOL! Now this time, I SWEAR is the last.

  4. Adriana Noir says :

    Glad you and the family made it through okay! I tried to get into AHS during the first season and just couldn’t. 😦 Sometimes I feel left out. The walking Dead always keeps me glued though, which is weird considering I’m not even a huge zombie fan. (Go figure)
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your work. It never fails to amaze me just how quick we can buckle down and write when given the right motivation. Best of luck to you and thanks for the tag!

    • Hunter Shea says :

      Just like back in school, knowing I have to get something done by a specific day always gets my ass in gear. And hey, we can’t all be zombie lovers. I think the genre is getting tired, but I still love Walking Dead.

  5. jackiekingon says :

    My favorite show is FRINGE. I though you would be a fan. I loved it when there were parallel universes but the “Observers” are weird enough to fil the gap. Anyone out there watching besides my husband and me? I think they may be coming to the end of their series.

    • Hunter Shea says :

      You know, I missed most of the first season, so I got lost and never got back on track. I do think this is the last season. I’ll end up watching the entire series during a month long span some day.

  6. Paul D. Dail says :

    I’m still on Season 2 of Walking Dead (I only have Netflix… no cable) so I have to be careful whenever anyone mentions Season 3. And I’m waiting for AHS on Netflix. That would be awesome.

    Otherwise, great information on Swamp Monster Massacre. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Bigfoot-esque story, but I’ve always been fascinated with the lore. Look forward to reading this.

    Paul Dail

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