Saturday, October 20, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 2, Scott Nicholson

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 2 of the 13 Days of Halloween, when the authors of the Tales of the Mist anthology go trick or treatin'! Our treat: 13 days of fun guest posts by each author of the just released TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Ready to go? Yes? Here we go, then... :)


Before I start, I'd like to share that TALES FROM THE MIST is currently on sale at $4.99 through October 31st. After this date, the regular price of $5.99 will apply. The book can  be purchased from the following retailers:


Amazon US (in digital and print versions)
Amazon UK (in digital and print versions)
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Smashwords

TALES FROM THE MIST is already gathering some pretty neat endorsements, including the following one:


"One of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last."
~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated

So on this note, I leave the floor to the first author in the anthology: Bestselling author, Scott Nicholson, who shares his ideas about Halloween...





Halloween is a wonderful time because of the cultural connotations--the bittersweet ending of summer and the bracing chill of winter. Halloween marks a bridge between life and death in both a metaphorical sense and a very real physical sense, so it is no wonder that multiple cultures have some form of celebration or observation of the transition.

I appreciate the opportunity to don a mask, play out a fantasy character, and generally have permission to embrace the wild side for a night, while also understanding the spiritual crossing at the root of the holiday. We stand at the portal before the shrinking nights, and our ancestors wait just on the other side. Even with all the ghosts and goblins afoot, the biggest horror is clearly the commercialization of Halloween, but it's nice that civilized society gives itself permission to embrace darkness, if only for a little while.


Scott's new release:


Experiments at a group home for troubled children bring back the spirits of the home's former inhabitants--from when it was an insane aslyum. 

In development as a feature film by North of Seven Productions.

Available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple and Smashwords. 



About Scott:

--Scott Nicholson, author of The Red Church, The Home, Liquid Fear, and more. 

Scott has written 15 thrillers, 60 short stories, four comics series, and six screenplays. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he tends an organic garden, successfully eludes stalkers, and generally lives the dream. 

Scott's Awards:
Finalist, 1998 Writers of the Future
1999 Hubbard Gold Award
1999 First Runner-Up for Darrell Award
Honorable Mentions, 1999,2000, and 2002 Year's Best Fantasy & Horror
Locus Magazine new & notable list, 2002
Semifinals, 2002 Chesterfield Film Writers Competition
Finalist, Stoker Award for Best First Novel, 2003
Semifinals, 2003 Chesterfield Film Writers Competition
2006 Year's Best Fantasy & Horror

Learn more about his work at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com.

About TALES FROM THE MIST:

TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.



About Scott's story, WAMPUS CAT:

A camping trip into the Appalachian Mountains leads to the discovery of a spooky creature thought to be nothing more than a folk myth. Wampus Cat was originally published in Legends of the Mountain State 2.

~ Natalie G. Owens ~ 
No Rules. No Formulas. 
Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!

5 comments:

Merry said...

Oh, lovely! I love that concept that while we are having fun, dressing up and nibbling on sweets, our ancestors are waiting and watching through the thinner than usual veil. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Scott! And to you Natalie for putting this together!

Cate Dean said...

Thank you, Scott! That gave me tingles - just the way I feel about Halloween. :) And thank you for joining our anthology - it is an honor to have you with us.

Thanks, Nat - another great post! Look forward to tomorrow. One day closer to Halloween. :)

~Cate

Rhonda Hopkins said...

Enjoyed the post, Scott. Thank you so much for being part of our anthology. This series was a great idea, Nat. Thanks!

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Hey, Scott--you said it! I went shopping for Halloween costumes for my kids the other night and came out of there $63 poorer. For 2 kids. And THAT was cheap! (I hadn't bought costumes for about 4 years, so I felt a bit better about the $ spent this year)

Anyway, I love everything else about Halloween. Glad you're part of the series and I really enjoyed Wampus Cat.

Natalie G. Owens said...

I love getting Halloween costumes. I think I love to dress up as much as I love to choose a costume for my son *grin :)