Are You Excited for Rings?

The first trailer for the new Ring reboot landed this week, and you can check it out in the player below.

I adored the first Ring movie. While not quite as good as Ringu, the Japanese movie it was based on, The Ring was still pretty damn terrifying and  superbly paced. My concern with this new trailer is that there’s not a lot of mystery to it. We are basically getting the script outline over the course of the two-minute trailer.

Still, I am absolutely going to see Rings. If rings can conjure up even one tenth of the dread the original did, I’ll consider that a victory.

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Hello, Kittens!

I’m writing this as s a brand new 29 year old! Thanks to my fellow Midnight Society members for the blog post – you guys are the best.

I have a little story -a ramble, if you will – about my birthday. Yesterday I woke up and went for birthday breakfast. I was feeling pretty good. I’m pregnant, so my skin is all glowy and my hair is awesome. I didn’t have my usual mini-meltdown about growing older (those started when I turned 25). When I got home I put my son down for a nap and made myself a cup of tea. I sat there, reflecting on the past year and wondered what this next year had in store for me. I daydreamed about the places I wanted to go and some of them were pretty outrageous. I thought to myself, “I better start saving…I’m not getting any younger.” I took a sip of tea and my mind started wandering down the tree-lined, shadowed path I usually reserve for brainstorming sessions.

No, I wasn’t getting any younger. I’m dying. We all are. I know that. You know that. But the dark trail sucked me into a pit of terror. Right at that moment, drinking my favorite hot beverage, the seconds of my life clock were ticking by. The part that scared me the most was that there was nothing I could do about it. No matter how healthy I eat or how much I walk or how good I try to be, I’m dying.

There is nothing I can do to avoid the day I die. My heart is hammering just thinking about it. I will close my eyes one last time. I’ll take one last breath and have one last thought. I won’t inhale again. My heart will stop. I’ll stop.

They’ll cart me away to the morgue. I’ll be cut out of my clothes and a stranger will wash my naked body as I lay upon a steel gurney. That same stranger will massage my limbs until the effects of rigor mortis let up. He’ll probably glue my eyes closed once I’m all cleaned up. I’ll spare you the details of how he’ll sew my jaw shut. I hope he morphs my lips into a half-smile…like I know everyone’s secrets.

He’ll drain my blood and push a chemical cocktail of embalming fluid through my veins. He’ll move onto my tummy, where he’ll make a small incision near by belly button. My organs will be punctured, drained, and pumped full of the juice. He will sew me shut.

Someone will dress me. They’ll brush my hair and paint my face (easy on the rouge, please). My hands will be folded over my chest.

“Oh, she looks so peaceful.” They’ll murmur as they drift past my open casket. They’ll close the lid and drive away with me. They’ll lower me into a hole, toss a few flowers onto my casket, and bury me. It will be just me, the dark, and the battalions of insects waiting to feast on my flesh.

That’s it. That’s the end.

I don’t consider myself a thanatophobe. I don’t have anxiety about dying during my normal day-to-day life, but today, I felt it. Right this second, I feel it. I guess all I can do is enjoy the rest of the day and hope there’s a bright light somewhere in the mix.

 

So…have a good day,

Jenna

For the Love of ZomBea’s Boutique: A Sneaky Little Preview (Part 1 of 2)

A while back, I happened to see this little beauty on Twitter and it made my graceless heart skip a beat.

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Where have you been all my life? Learn more here.

So I went to the original poster’s twitter page and BAM! There was Bea. And I was hooked.

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See it here!

As a lover of all things handmade, I had to check out this Etsy shop for myself. 

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Be still my Tim Burton heart. I’m done. Learn more here.

 

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This lil buddy. Learn more here.

 

 

Grabby hands. Get it here.

Grabby hands. Learn more here..

 

 

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Orror: For those of us who don’t know what we like. Learn more here.

 

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Can’t even. Learn more here.


And it was glorious. 

It’s called ZomBea’s Boutique and it is run by Bea, from a magical place called Wells!

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Instantly obsessed, and in despearate need to know more about Bea, and Bea’s Etsy shop, and Bea’s mad skillz, and Bea’s love of horror, I contacted her.

And she is graciously granting me an interview. Thank you Bea!

So, in my next post, we’ll learn more about Bea, her love of horror, her Etsy store, and more.

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So stay tuned!

In the meantime, feel free to browse ZomBea’s Boutique on Etsy  or follow her on Twitter @ZomBeasBoutique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Jenna!!! We love you!

There is darkness and there is light, and one of my favorite carriers of both is Midnight Society member, Jenna. You see, it’s Jenna’s birthday and today we’re celebrating!

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Happy Birthday Jenna!

For your birthday I give you the link to the Black Tapes podcast so that you can listen to Dr. Strand talk for 40 hours nonstop and be happy (and also send me the next chapters for that book you’ve got me hooked on!).

I also send you the recipe for Halloween Sugar Cookie cake that looks BOMB. Here’s the recipe.

Oh, and this message from Stranger Things personalized for you.

<3 Jolene

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Hey there, birthday girl! I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed you being part of this most excellent creeptastic team! So I booked us rooms, so we can get away and celebrate…

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Looks lovely, right? I’m sure the people there are great!

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I wouldn’t recommend taking the elevator.

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I’ll make sure the tools are put away.

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We’ll get a drink…

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Maybe do some writing…

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Play some games outside…

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And definitely throw a killer bash…

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It’ll be epic. So, here’s to my Friday post buddy, you make me smile. Happy birthday!

-Kathy

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNA!!

I brought you some horror movie soundtracks to listen to while writing. These three movies have amazing soundtracks:

Dawn of the Dead (Zombi)


A wonderful score by the Italian bad Goblin, who are best known for working with Dario Argento.

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A great score by Charles Bernstein, who also did the music for Cujo, April Fool’s Day and Deadly Friend (one of my all time favorites).

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Like every other John Carpenter (and Alan Howarth) score, this one is just amazing. The movie is pretty great as well. It doesn’t get much better than John Carpenter directing a movie based on a Stephen King story.

 

Love,

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P.S. We all like you so very, very much. Happy Birthday. <3 TDG

Happy Birthday Amy!!!!

It’s that time again.

It came to our attention that we have a death and birthday to celebrate!

We’ve done our seance and the spirits have spoken. This is what they want us to tell you!

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Happy Birthday Amy!

We have a special message from the Demogorgon.

See his message below.

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Amy, you’re such a sweet, kind, talented woman. I consider myself beyond lucky to have a friend like you. I hope you do something nice for yourself. You deserve it!

In order to properly celebrate, here’s a recipe I found for Halloween (Hallowine) sangria! You can find the full recipe here! Enjoy! <3 Jolene

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Happy Birthday, Amy!

We know you’ve been working really hard lately, so for you birthday we want you to get a nice slice of cake,

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Pour a glass of your favorite wine

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And curl up with a good book.

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Hope your birthday is a relaxing one!

–Brian

 

AMY!!!!! For your birthday I thought we’d go on a little vacation.

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We could get a great group together for a party!

Magic tricks!

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Costumes!

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We’ll even sing to you!

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Some of the guests might get a little unruly…

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We might need to bring a few weapons…prepare for a fight…

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But hey, what an unforgettable party that would be! And…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!

Love, Kathy


 

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Happy Birthday Creepy Lady! <3 TDG

Happy Birthday Amy!

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Love,

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Birthday Time. X-Files Style.

Today, we celebrate our fearless, fantastical, creeptastical leader. IT’S JOLENE’S BIRTHDAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

So we are prepared to…

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Well, maybe not DIE…unless some strange thing happens on this glorious day of death flavored cake and fear infused ice cream…like…

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Creepy, possessed dolls…

 

 

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Odd lights in the sky…

 

 

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Or our bodies being taken over by goo…

 

Have no fear, we will call the best to help make sure your birthday is not ruined by the weird, scary, or other-worldly.

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When this guy shows up at your door, tell him all the weirdness, for he will be eager to listen.

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And he’ll have all sorts of explanations…

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His partner will have her say…

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Add a bit of Scully skepticism…

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And then surprise you by doing something unexpected…

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In the end, after all the investigations, after all the blood has been cleaned, the goo removed, the aliens flying off into the starry sky… remember…

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Remember that we here at The Midnight Society love you! Thank you for bringing us all together, for giving us a place to honor all the types of horror we love and share it with the world! You inspire us to believe. You make us smile. You deserve all the great things.

And cake…don’t forget cake…

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Have the happiest of birthdays EVER!!!!!!

– Kathy

*all images found on Google Images from the epic TV show The X-Files

 

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Happy Birthday, Jolene! It was maybe not the best idea to let Kathy go first (who wants to follow up her gifs?) but we’re all going to try and follow that up.

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Our little group of creepy monsters has really grown over the years, and it’s all thanks to you. You work so hard. You come up with these ideas that scare the rest of us, and you dive right in–a true horror movie survivor, you are. I hope this year holds many amazing things for you, you deserve them all.

 

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THANK YOU FOR BEING YOUR AWESOME SELF!  – Faith

 

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Jolene Haley deserves more than one day a year in which we celebrate her and give her gifts. Because Jolene is a gift to all of us. She is a never-ending source of positivity and inspiration to those of us who are lucky enough to know her.

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Jolene’s superpower is bringing creative people together. You see it here at the Midnight Society, you see it with the creator showcases she has organized, and you see it with the communities that form around her on Twitter. Jolene’s enthusaism, supportiveness and cheerleading are infectious. She makes the people around her better people.

I am much luckier than most, because I get to create with Jolene. And let me tell you, however much fun you imagine that is–it’s a thousand times more fun than that. Working with Jolene has made me a better writer. But more importantly, creating worlds, characters and stories with her is the most fun I’ve ever had writing. And we are just getting started.

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So I want to wish a very happy birthday to my partner in crime, my horror twin, the awesome Jolene Haley.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PARTNER!


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is for Jack-o-lanterns bending to her will.

O is for Orchard Pointe‘s creeping crawling chill.

L is for Lurking like the little ones behind her.

E is for Empathic gift, but not so much it binds her

N is for Nothing but support and love and trust.

E is for Everything she does that make us us.

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«Jolene!

I don`t even know what to say…you are such a light in my life. You are so funny, compassionate, and kind. You go above and beyond the role of our fearless leader. You`re constantly inspiring me to write, share cute videos, and be a better human. I love you!

I hope Mr. Jolene spoils the shit out of you. Happy birthday!!!

Jenna

The Stranger Things Soundtrack is Out! Get it now!

It’s no secret that I love Stranger Things. In fact, I’m so bold as to say that I think it’s one of the best shows I’ve seen in my life. Yep. Seriously.

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One of the things I love most about this show is the thing that my writing partner Brian LeTendre and I talk about a lot…music. Soundtrack is such a huge part of any successful horror movie or show. I’m a huge fan of John Carpenter for this reason. You know, the legendary director and composer behind some of the best horror soundtracks ever? (My favorite is the synth driven Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III soundtracks but also include the Price of Darkness, They Live, The Fog (1984), Christine, etc.).

One of the things Brian and I bonded over originally, was our love of 70s and 80s rock and I love how the Stranger Things soundtrack includes some of the best rock from my favorite musical eras.

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The  score is written by the band Survive and the soundtrack also includes amazing rock songs. As I’ m sure you agree, this combo really helped create the fantastic dark mood and nostalgic feel of the show.

Actually, the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, used the band Survive’s music to pitch the show to Netflix. According to Dixon and Stein (from the band Survive), once the show was picked up by Netflix, the directors “reached out to see if we were available to score the show. We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show, but being reserved enough that it wasn’t ’80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so [it] felt modern.”

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The Stranger Things soundtrack is 100% pure sexiness and joy of horror synth.

I needed to know how I could get my hands on this sexy beast of a soundtrack and was tickled with delight to find that Netflix already had the soundtrack up on Spotify (oh thank goodness).

Listen to Stranger Things soundtrack for free on Spotify here:

 

Good news though. You can also own the original score. As I mentioned above you can buy the score. Currently it’s out on iTunes and you can buy part one here. And according to this article, you can get a the CD on September 16th and the 2nd installment of the Stranger Things score on CD on September 23rd.

If you want more from the band Survive, they also have a ton of stuff up on Bandcamp.

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For those of us who are addicted to vinyl, I’m waiting for more details because I’d love to buy both the score and the 70s and 80s rock soundtrack and this score on vinyl. The band survive DOES have a new vinyl album coming out. Details are here. And according to this article, they will be releasing the vinyl score too. Please be true!

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Here is the Strange Things track listing.

Stranger Things Season 1 Soundtrack – Volume 1 Tracklist:

01. Stranger Things
02. Kids
03. Nancy and Barb
04. This Isn’t You
05. Lay-Z-Boy
06. Friendship
07. Eleven
08. A Kiss
09. Castle Beyers
10. Hawkins
11. The Upside Down
12. After Sarah
13. One Blink For Yes
14. Photos in the Woods
15. Fresh Blood
16. Lamps
17. Hallucinations
18. Hanging Lights
19. Biking to School
20. Are You Sure?
21. Agents
22. Papa
23. Cops Are Good at Finding
24. No Weapons
25. Walking Through the Nether
26. She’ll Kill You
27. Run Away
28. No Autopsy
29. Dispatch
30. Joyce and Lonnie Fighting
31. Lights Out
32. Hazmat Suits
33. Theoretically
34. You Can Talk to Me
35. What Else Is There to Do?
36. Hawkins Lab

 

For now I’ll be over here, jamming on Spotify until the vinyl is here!

 

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Love and Eggo waffles,

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P.s. I think this is great. You can make your own Stranger Things gif right here for free and it’s rad. Look at the one I made for The Midnight Society.

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Celebrate Stuart Gordon’s Birthday With These Lovecraft-Inspired Classics

Stuart Gordon is one of my top three horror directors of all time (John Carpenter and Sam Raimi being the other two). His birthday was August 11th, and to celebrate I’m going to recommend three of my favorite H.P. Lovecraft adaptations that he directed.

*Note: These trailers contain some foul language, plenty of blood, and one (Dagon) features brief nudity.

Re-Animator (1985)

Based on the H.P. Lovecraft story Herbert West–Reanimator, Jeffrey Combs plays Dr. Herbert West, a man who has created a serum that reanimates the dead. As you might imagine, things do not go well.

From Beyond (1986)

Jeffrey Combs ( a frequent collaborator with Gordon) stars in this adaptation of the story of the same name. The story involves a machine that allows humans to see creatures from another dimension. As you might imagine, things do not go well.

Dagon (2001)

This movie is actually more of an adaptation of “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” It follows a couple who shipwrecks off the coast of a small fishing village. The village is home to the worshipers of the sea god Dagon. As you might imagine, things do not go well.

Bonus: Dreams in the Witch House (2005)

Masters of Horror is one of my all-time favorite series, so of course I was overjoyed that they got Stuart Gordon to do another Lovecraft adaptation for it. Based on the story of the same name, it starts Ezra Godden (who also starred in Dagon) as Walter Gilman, a college student who rents an attic room in a house inhabited by a witch. As you might imagine, things do not go well.

While most of Gordon’s movies fall squarely into the “B” category, he is really the only director who consistently captured the cosmic weirdness of Lovecraft’s short stories. He frequently teamed up with writer Dennis Paoli and producer Brian Yuzna, and pretty much everything they’ve done together is a lot of fun to watch. I will do a separate post on Yuzna at some point, as he is attached to some of my all-time favotire ’80s horror movies (two of which are on this list).

So, happy birthday Stuart Gordon! Thanks for keeping Lovecraft’s name out there when no one else was carrying the banner.

Interview: Jolene Haley and Brian LeTendre

Hello, Darlings!!

 

I am SO thrilled to have our very own Horror Twins, Brian LeTendre and Jolene Haley, on the blog today! They graciously let me feast on their brains about their books, both past and upcoming. So I’ll stop boring you and just hop right in!

 

  1. How did you two start writing together in the first place?

Brian: I was lucky enough to participate in a few of the Pen & Muse writing showcases (Dark Carnival and Haunt), and I was a big fan of Jolene’s because she’s such a positive force in the writing community. I asked her to be a guest on my podcast (See Brian Write), and once we started really talking, we found out how much we had in common as far as the stuff we like to read and write about. Jolene brought up the idea of working together on something, and I jumped at the chance to work with her!

Jolene: I think we both had a great respect for each other’s projects and writings. We’d participated in writing showcases together and I felt like our influences and interests aligned perfectly. Once we chatted for Brian’s podcast, I felt like Brian was so warm and amazing, I really felt inspired. I was intimidated and it took a while, but finally I got up the courage and asked him if he’d want to work together on something. I waited for my rejection but I was amazed—I never got one. He was so nice to give me a chance and we haven’t slowed down since. We’re absolutely horror twins, aligned with metal music and horror movies perfectly. Brian is a dream to work with. I thank my stars every day I get to work with him. (Most patient man in the world award!)

 

  1. How does drafting/revising work? Do you rotate chapters or larger chunks?

Brian: There’s no rhyme or reason as far as dividing things up. When we’re drafting, sometimes Jolene will have a very clear vision for a particular scene, and she’ll run with it. Then I might build around that or connect the dots between where we are in the story and the scene she just built. I tend to write very “Point A to Point B,” so my goal is to keep the train moving while we are drafting.

As far as revisions, we tend to start at the beginning and go through each chapter at our own pace, leaving notes along the way. Anything big, we discuss and decide what to do with. Jolene is amazing when it comes to edits and rewrites. Her ability to cut out the fat and get to the heart of a scene, chapter, etc. is something I am in awe of. I trust her 150%, so if she thinks we need to change something, I am already on board.

Jolene: Brian is amazing at plot, keeping the story linear, and endings. I feel like I’m kind of the wildcard and I jump around a lot. Thank God he puts up with it. Ha! Often I’ll get a vision for a specific scene and he’ll kindly connect the dots to get us there. Usually he writes in the morning before I wake up (we’re on different coasts) and I’ll write in the evening when he’s asleep. Sometimes we work together in Google docs at the same time, sometimes even on the same line! Or sometimes on Sundays, if something is not working, we’ll get on Google hangout and talk it through with each other. It’s weird how it all works out so nicely.

I felt like for our first book Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders, #1), we didn’t talk a whole lot about where we were headed…it just kind of happened organically, because working with someone like Brian is a magical experience. Our second book in The Woodsview Murders series, Haunted, has been more plotted out ahead of time but I feel like we had to do that in order to properly create a sequel. We leave a lot of notes to each other and I completely trust him. There are no egos here, just a desire to tell a good story. I think that’s what I love about working with him the most.

 

  1. Do you ever have different visions for which way a story will go? If so, how do you decide which path to take?

Brian: We always start off with an outline of the big picture stuff, and anytime there are big decisions to be made along the way, we brainstorm about it and decide together. I tend to have a lot of “What if?” ideas along the way when we write, and Jolene is the best partner in the world, because she encourages that, and doubles down, taking ideas even further. And it’s the same the other way around. There are so many ideas in our stories that started with a “What If?” text or email.

And yes, sometimes we do have a different take on a particular story point, but I think Jolene and I are very laid back and unselfish when it comes to that stuff. We just talk about it and decide what’s best for the story. I cannot say enough about how amazing Jolene is to work with.

But the key is that we talk a lot, which can be a challenge when you are on opposite sides of the country. Texts, Twitter, Email, Google Hangouts, and the comment feature in our documents are all ways we are constantly communicating about our stories.

Jolene: I can’t gush enough about how much I admire Brian and how lucky I am to work with such a dreamboat. Usually we are pretty aligned, but it does happen. Sometimes we do have different ideas, but he’s right, there’s no “my idea is the best” mentality here. We always consider first, what’s best for the story and for the book series. Brian has this amazing plot-twist super power ability, and so far it’s happened on every story we’ve written together (there are three so far and counting!). Every time we write a novel, about halfway through the process he ALWAYS has this crazy, amazing, game-changing idea that blows our plotting out of the water and it’s always a fantastic twist that I never would have thought of. What I love is that we are both so supportive of each other and our creative ideas. Every single time one of us has an idea, the other one is always like “YES, THIS IS GENIUS. WE HAVE TO.” And then we make it happen together.

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  1. HARROWED reads like this twisted, freaky love letter to Slasher horror throughout the years. What (or who) inspired Avery, Quinn, Jason, and the killer?

Brian: Well first off, THANK YOU! Because HARROWED is absolutely a love letter to Jason, Michael, Freddy, Ghostface and all our other favorite slashers. As far as the characters, I think Jolene and I each brought some of our own inspiration to them. So, here are some of mine:

Avery: Nancy Drew, Nancy Thompson (Nightmare on Elm Street), Gail Weathers (Scream), Laurie Strode (Halloween)

Quinn: Willow (Buffy), Enid and Rebecca (Ghost World),

Jason: Tommy Jarvis (Friday the 13th), Derek Feldman (Sidney’s boyfriend in Scream 2)

The Harvester: Jason Voorhees is my #1 inspiration

Bonus–Ray Atkins: My favorite character! I adore Tom Atkins, and Ray is an homage to Detective Ray Cameron, Atkins’ character in Night of the Creeps.

Jolene: AHHH! I could tackle hug you for saying that, Jenna! Thank you! Harrowed was always supposed to be exactly that, a love letter to slasher films and ‘80s horror movies. That was our inspiration so much to the point where Brian and I actually have a document called Easter Eggs where we plugged in scene inspirations, character name inspirations, etc. Pretty much everything is influenced by a horror movie character, actor in a horror movie, or horror movie director. For example, in Harrowed, our main character’s love interest is named Jason Campbell, named after Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th and Bruce Campbell from Army of Darkness. Our book is full of horror Easter eggs that you can catch if you really know your horror stuff. We love to pay tribute to horror tropes, but we also love to turn them on their heads.

For our new book, Orchard Pointe, we decided on a male main character this time with a female big bad. We did the same thing with horror Easter eggs. For example, our villain Isabelle Chambers was inspired by the names of Katharine Isabelle (actress from American Mary, Ginger Snaps) and Chambers came from Robert Chambers, the writer of The King in Yellow. I challenge anyone to collect all of the horror eggs from our books and send them to me. I just might send you something special!

 

  1. How do you decide who dies (AKA whose responsible for ending the life of my book crush?) Do you take turns writing those gut-wrenching kill scenes?

Brian: Okay, first off, I apologize for the killing of your crush thing. No one was more heartbroken about that than Jolene, but she was totally on board with it from a story standpoint, and that’s why I love her. And I can tell you from our last conversation about Woodsview, Jolene is getting her revenge on me.

As far as the kills, they fall into two categories—the core cast of each book and then everyone else. For a main cast member like the one you’re talking about (leaving out names for no-spoilers), there was much planning and discussion, but it also changed a lot along the way. And we generally outline most of the deaths before we even start, even for minor characters. But things definitely change as we go.

Jolene: I love to kill my pretties. The more I like the character, the more I know they have to go. Some characters more than others, I agonize over. I really had a hard time killing the person you’re mentioning. I even felt a sense of loss when they were gone! But I think that’s the thing with horror…you never know who’s going to live or die, unless you’re an end-girl or something, but even then there are no guarantees. In a twisted way, the more I love a character the more I enjoy killing them because if you feel sad about it, it means that we’ve done a good job of making you care. That’s every author’s goal to some extent.

  1. Can you guys give us a hint about what we can expect from HAUNTED?

Brian: Avery is in a really dark place when we start HAUNTED. It picks up one year later, so both her and Quinn are freshman at Central Mass State College. Quinn has started to move on and put the Woodsview massacre behind her, but Avery is very much stuck. And as soon as she starts to move forward, she finds that the past isn’t ready to let her go.

As far as the killer, without spoiling anything, I think the best hint I can give you is that we are making an ’80s slasher movie series in book form. Which means each book will get progressively crazier. That really begins in HAUNTED.

Jolene: Harrowed was very much a horror love letter as we mentioned, but Haunted is also very much so. I came at this project like someone making a horror movie series. Usually the first and second movies are spooky and follow the lore the best, usually movies #3 and #4 are kind of crazy and weird, and anything after that is just off the rails crazy and weird. Well, we accepted that and we are keeping our storyline true to that ‘80s movie form. We’ve already mapped out the series AND planned a spin-off down the line because I will make you one promise… The Woodsview Murders series is going to be scary, bloody, heart-wrenching, weird, and absolutely insane. And we always keep our promises.

Orchard Pointe FOR WEB

  1. ORCHARD POINTE sounds freaking incredible. I’m obsessed with abandoned/run-down amusement parks and all the secrets they hide. What was your inspiration for this series? It reminds me of JOYLAND and AHS: Freakshow, which makes me so excited I could just scream.

Brian: We are super excited too!! Jolene had wanted to do a creepy carnival story when the idea for Orchard Pointe really crystallized. Like, we had some ideas, and we needed something to tie them together. And it’s the setting of Orchard Pointe that did that. This book is very inspired by the area of southern Maine that I have been vacationing in since I was born. Orchard Pointe, Maine is kind of an amalgam of Wells, Ogunquit and Old Orchard Beach. And there’s a great little amusement park in Old Orchard Beach that I visited last summer for the first time in years. I knew that place had to be a main character in our next book. I took a bunch of pics, sent them to Jolene, and we went to work. Once the setting of Orchard Pointe came to life, the story started to take off.

Jolene: I’ve always loved carnivals. I loved them even more when I started reading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. I became obsessed with dark, creepy carnivals. I’ve even created an anthology dedicated to a creepy carnival, called the Dark Carnival, which became an Amazon best-seller thanks to the wonderfully creepy minds of the amazing authors. No matter how many times it’s done, I’m mesmerized by all things creepy and carnival. Similarly, I love the idea of a weird town that’s filled with strange. Growing up I loved the X-Files, Eerie, Indiana, Halloweentown, etc. I love settings where the town is just as much of a character as the people and thus, Orchard Pointe was born. Brian and I like to say, “When strange takes a vacation, it stays in Orchard Pointe.” Orchard Pointe has a lot of weird, unexplainable things going on that we plan on covering in the series. But what I loved most was marrying these two ideas, bringing together the strange town and the creepy carnival and seeing how everything came to life…and death!

  1. What kind of acts can we expect from Madame Chambers?

Brian: You will see mesmerism, contortionist, fire dancing, feats of strength and more!

Jolene: Picking acts were one of my favorite things! Impalement arts, fire breathing, tarot, burlesque shows, and more! You’ll have to read on to see if your favorite is featured!

  1. Is this novel in the same vein as The Woodsview Murders or are you straying away from the slasher aspect?

Brian: It’s definitely not a slasher story, and it leans more toward the suspense side of horror. In Orchard Pointe, the setting is the co-star of the story. It’s like Twin Peaks in that way. This first book is in many ways an introduction to a place we’ll be coming back to visit again and again. As far as the story in this first book, think Something Wicked This Way Comes meets The Lost Boys meets Silver Bullet (without werewolves).

Jolene: He nailed it. This book is more on the thriller / suspense side of horror over the slasher aspect of The Woodsview Murders. I think Brian’s description is accurate. A little Something Wicked This Way Comes, with a dash of The Lost Boys and sprinkles of the X-Files and Twin Peaks.

  1. Are you working on any solo projects that you can discuss?

Brian: As far as novel work, all of my upcoming projects are with my partner in crime. We have so much fun, we just keep coming up with new series.

I do have a collection of short stories called INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS (Volume One) coming out in August. The collection features some stories that have appeared in various places over the past few years, as well as a few that have never been seen before. One of the stories is connected to Orchard Pointe’s Madame Chambers.

I will also have a story in an upcoming anthology project edited and published by an author who I really admire. *hands the mic to Jolene*

Jolene: He sure knows how to butter me up! Hahaha. I run a small press called Hocus Pocus & Co. that specializes in spooky and quirky reads. I’m publishing a Pizzathology (yep, an anthology about pizza) called A Pizza My Heart in November. Brian’s story (which is amazing) and yours (which is also amazing!) is in there too! I’m really excited for that (and now hungry for pizza).

I love working with Brian and we have SO MANY idea documents in the cabinet to work on. I will always work with him as long as he’ll have me because he’s so much fun to work with.

For solo projects, I haven’t told anyone yet, you’re the first to know, but I have a campy slasher horror novel called The Secret, coming out in 2017. It’s about a girl named Katie who heads off to summer camp with a secret…a deadly secret. I’ll post the working blurb below but I’m really excited. The Secret is getting a cover THIS MONTH and I hope to share it soon after. I hope everyone loves it as much as I loved writing it.

The Secret blurb:

Katie has a secret. A secret that’s made someone follow her to summer camp. A secret that someone is willing to kill for.

Katie Thomas is excited for Freedom Week at Camp Onawaina. With camp closed, counselors are free to party without busloads of children. Camp has always been a home away from home for Katie. And like her peers, Katie can’t wait for the fun and legendary hook-ups that the week will bring. Especially if they involve her and camp bad boy Logan. But Katie isn’t the only person who’s eager for the week to come. Someone knows a secret about Katie. A secret that Katie has kept for three years. A secret that left someone dead. Now Katie must pay for her indiscretions.

Strange things start to happen. Monday, a masked man chases Katie at night and then vanishes. Tuesday, she’s locked in a burning cabin and barely escapes. Wednesday, the first counselor goes missing. Katie wants to believe it’s just coincidence. Katie knows it isn’t possible for someone to come back for revenge after they’re dead. But if it isn’t revenge, what kind of game is it? If Katie wants to survive, she’ll have to figure it out.

Camp Horror is an upper YA thriller where everyone is a suspect, every noise could be the killer, and every breath could be your last.

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Thank you guys so much! I love looking into your beautiful, twisted minds.

ORCHARD POINTE is coming soon! I’ll update the post once there are buy links and an official release date, as well as the links for THE SECRET and INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS.

 

Happy Friyay!

<3

Jenna

Halloween is Coming!

HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!!

Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, I know that Halloween is over 2 months away but there’s something special happening this year. The remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show will preview on FOX.

I’m old enough to have experienced the original film in the theater. I know, I don’t look a day over…Enough of that. I remember standing in line with costumed fans and watching them act out the film, bringing it all to life. I am so excited that a new generation will get to enjoy Rocky Horror Picture Show, whether it’s new or the original film (I do hope you watch both though).

Here’s a great scene from the original, Dammit, Janet!–starring Susan Sarandon.

For those of you who have watched Orange is the New Black, you know full well who Laverne Cox is–and the previews of her performance here are nothing short of amazing! Making the well-rounded cast even more perfect? Tim Curry is back, although not revising his original role!

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