Just to give you a little taster of what's to coming for my special Halloween week starting this weekend, I have a Scary Six post from Simon Cheshire, author of Flesh and Blood.Scary Six is a Halloween feature that will be running every day next week on the blog, where authors have to pick six scary questions to answer. Simon's post today is part of the Red Eye Blog Tour.
So here are Simon's Scary Six questions and answers.
1)What are you frightened of?
Almost everything! However, if I had to pick just one thing… snakes. Eugghhh! What it is about them that creeps me out so much, I don't know. I think it's their faces. That semi-smile. Those beady eyes. Blaaaggghh!
2) Who do you think is the most scariest fictional character?
I think it's the calm, 'rational' villains who give me the shudders most, rather than the serial killer type. The Queen in Disney's Snow White gave me nightmares as a kid. To turn yourself into an old crone just to have a chance at killing someone – now that's hatred! And the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang gave everyone of my generation sleepless nights...
3) Have you ever seen a ghost?
No, but I've worked in a haunted building. My very first job, many decades ago, was cleaning offices at three in the morning. At one place on my rounds, the sound of footsteps used to follow me about, and objects would regularly fall over for no apparent reason.
4) Which book would you recommend to read on All Hallows Eve and why?
Something traditional, something that's stood the test of time. A few short stories by Edgar Allan Poe or M.R.James perhaps? Poe's The Black Cat is my personal favourite.
5) Have you ever been in a morgue?
I visited a police morgue in London some years ago, while I was doing research for a non-fiction book about detectives. They showed me a body that had been in a ditch for six weeks. It still haunts my nightmares.
6) Have you ever had your fortune told? Did it come true?
I had a psychic put a curse on me once. She said I'd die without ever having children. That was quite a long time ago, mind you, some years before my son and daughter were born…!
Fabulous answers. Make sure you come back next week for another post with Simon - Fantasy Monster Mash!
Published by Red Eye, an imprint of Stripes Publishing
I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter's neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they're liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam's determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined - is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing ...escaping is another.
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