Last week, the Horror Writers of Maine released Northern Frights, an anthology of horror stories set in Maine. I am in it, as is Thomas Washburn Jr. (who also happens to be my boyfriend’s former singer and a cool dude.)

I asked him a few questions below.

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What inspired your story?

The Bad Trip was heavily influenced by Italian horror. Filmmakers like Michele Soavi, Dario Argento & Lucio Fulci. I’ve always loved the visceral, chaotic style of their films.  There’s a feeling you’re stepping beyond lucidity in the stories that I admire. It’s part of what makes their particular style of filmmaking so interesting.  Trying to translate that to paper was difficult as they’re two very different mediums, but I did my best to try and create that same feeling.

What are you working on now?

I just recently finished up my first new Novel in a few years called Normal. I have a short story called Family Secret coming out in the next few weeks. I’m also working on a collaboration story with several members of The Horror Writers Of Maine. On top of all that, I’m also doing revisions and re-edits on my older works and will be re-releasing them in the coming months.

What are your thoughts on Maine?

I love the state of Maine. Despite the hardships that often come with living here. I couldn’t picture myself living anywhere else. There’s a deep pride being born and raised here that’s hard to explain to other people. Not to mention it’s a great muse for storytelling.

 

What are your top 5 favorite books?

That’s a tough one. In no particular order- Little Brothers by Rick Hautala, Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, The Dead Hunger series by Eric A. Shelman, The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A Salvatore and The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Tell us a bit about your background.

I was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and raised in the small town of Milo. I spent 16 years playing in and fronting various Metal bands before semi-retiring in 2012. That’s when I rediscovered my passion for writing. I’ve been at it ever since. When I’m not writing or working I like to spend time with my friends, watch Horror movies, read, play video games and spend time outdoors.

 

Favorite quote?

Not so much a quote as poetry-

Once more into the fray…

Into the last good fight I’ll ever know…

Live and die on this day…

Live and die on this day…

You can check out my websites

Homepage: http://www.thomaswashburnjr.com

Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/thomaswasburnjr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorthomaswashburnjr

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorthomaswashburnjr

Twitter: @twjauthor

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