Nicholas's Thoughts On: The Father Of Flesh
What inspired you to write your book?
I've always wanted to be a storyteller, and the Father of Flesh was just an extension of this. The hero isn't a classic one, in fact, none of them are. They're all human, shaped by their own experiences and actions to behave like people who may be a tad touched in the head from their exposure to the occult energies they mess with. I found the challenges of this book to be a non-issue as I was able to overcome them as I was able to enjoy the act of creating a universe that would be home to an ongoing series.
What were your feelings while writing it?
I enjoyed creating it and taking notes on certain characters who I know will make appearances later on in the series. I find the idea of recurring characters to be a fun idea as they can go from bystanders to allies to villains in the span of a novel, depending wholly on the protagonist's actions.
What do you like most about your book?
Watching where the protagonist will go with the whole thing! I write him out and give him flaws and humanity, and put him in situations, but watch as he reacts. I smile now as I recall coming up with ways that he'd deal with certain issues in the novel, namely the monks in the mountains, and how he adapts his situation from the bottom of the rung to near the top within the day.
What did you find most challenging about writing it?
Drawing connecting scenes between climactic ones. I write climactic action sequences before anything else and then write everything in between. Makes me feel safe that the book has enough action and suspense, and that the horror aspects are there to make me happy. The books are more thriller than horror at this point, and I understand that. But I love me some horror, and that's where my heart will be buried at, proverbially of course.
About The Author
Born and raised in Texas, Nicholas Paschall started his career in writing at an early age, jotting down stories on scraps of paper when he could and saving them to read aloud at lunch to all his friends. The teachers, upon learning this, asked him to stop as the stories weren’t exactly school-friendly, but this only spurred him on to continue his career as a writer. After a stint as a journalist and editor, he started his career as a horror author. It was brought on by reading a book he found dull and listless, which, after lending it to a coworker, he was informed it was terrifying. He thought he could do better, and has been publishing ever since. He’s been published in nineteen different printed anthologies and magazines, served two years as a recurring columnist for Dark Eclipse Magazine, and is a current columnist for The London Horror Society. His work can be found across the web, where he spins new yarns for all to enjoy on a daily basis. Visit him at www.nickronomicon.com.
Welcome back to our new "behind the scenes" segment. Every so often, we'll invite one of our authors to answer the hard questions about their latest work, such as their inspirations, their feelings when writing it, what they liked most and what they felt was most challenging while writing. Next up: prolific author and master of horror Nicholas Paschall. He'll be discussing his new horror novel, The Father of Flesh. He's also a contributing author to our award-winning horror series, Shadows And Teeth, Volume 3.
Welcome to our new "behind the scenes" segment. Every so often, we'll invite one of our authors to answer the hard questions about their latest work, such as their inspirations, their feelings when writing it, what they liked most and what they felt was most challenging while writing. First up: our Head Acquisitions Editor, Ramiro Perez de Pereda. He'll be discussing his story, Bernadette, featured in Shadows And Teeth, Volume 3. Mr. Pereda is also the editor of our award-winning Shadows And Teeth horror series.
7/22 - R. Perez de Pereda, discussing his story, Bernadette, in Shadows And Teeth Vol. 3
7/24 - Nick Paschall, discussing his novel The Father of Flesh
7/28 - Michael Warriner, discussing his novel The Man In The Forest
7/31 - Simon Petersen, discussing his novel Slasher Sam
8/4 - Antonio Simon, Jr., discussing his book of short stories, Tarot of Hate
8/7 - Abbie Krupnick, discussing her novel, Holy
8/11 - Christopher F. Cobb, discussing his two sci-fi novels, The Slant Six and A Moon Called Sun
We need your help! We've got these great characters on the covers of our Shadows And Teeth horror series, and we want you to help us name them. Think of them as somewhere between series mascots and ambassadors for the books on which they're featured. Write in your suggestions in the comments section.
First up, the beautiful young lady on S&T1 who's just a little bit dead and always hungry for brains. Artwork by filmmaker Lynne Hansen.
Next is this sweet puppy on the cover of S&T2. He's a fully-grown German Shepherd who's a bit snappy and a tiny bit rabid, but is a great addition to any family. Artwork by Miami comic book artist Julio Valle.
Last but not least, we've got this handsome character with a toothy grin. He needs a name, something heavy metal, like Iron Maiden's "Eddy" or Dio's "Murray." Artwork by Dane Low of Ebook Launch.
Let us know your suggestions by writing them in the comments section.
And now for your listening pleasure, we present you two brand-new audiobooks of our latest releases: Holy, a contemporary dark fantasy with a touch of psychological horror; and A Moon Called Sun, a sci-fi time-travel adventure across several galaxies.
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Help yourself to some of the very best horror has to offer: the award-winning Water, Ice, & Vice and Toll Road, by Antonio Simon, Jr., and Bernadette, by renown Cuban author R. Perez de Pereda. Click the buttons below to download your free PDF of these stories.
But the scares don't end there, because these short stories and many more can be found in our our award-winning Shadows And Teeth horror series, which brings you some of the hottest names in horror today. If you enjoyed the free stories above, please consider purchasing one of our books. Each volume contains ten stories certain to keep you up at night.
Looks like it's time to expand the trophy shelf - Shadows & Teeth, Vol. 2 is taking home another medal. The Florida Authors & Publishers Association has just announced that S&T2 will be the recipient of the President's Award medal, and we are honored and humbled by this accolade. We wish to convey our sincerest gratitude to the contributing authors who made S&T2 the nightmare-inducing fear-fest that it is.
With this latest win, S&T2 in particular has earned three accolades (1st place in horror, finalist in anthologies, International Book Awards 2017; FAPA President's Award 2017 medalist). The series as a whole has garnered six total honors since it began in 2016.
DLS Reviews, a premier horror review website in the UK, has released a brilliant review of our horror anthology, Shadows And Teeth, Volume Two. Here's an excerpt:
"You thought your worst nightmares were scary–you might want to think again after reading this... This sort of calibre of blood-chilling horror is what truly makes anthologies like this."
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