AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Micah Castle

Meghan: Hey, Micah. Welcome to Meghan’s HAUNTED House of Halloween. Thanks for coming here today to take part in this year’s Halloween Extravaganza. What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Micah: Atmosphere. The fall season has just a feeling about it: cool breezes, dry leaves skittering on the sidewalks, colorful trees, cinnamon and bakery aromas, etc. If I could keep that feeling in a bottle and inhale it once in a while throughout the year, I’d probably be a bit happier during the other seasons.

Meghan: Do you get scared easily?

Micah: Not really, no. Though, being in absolute darkness still has that childhood fear of something lurking in the darkness.

Meghan: What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen and why?

Micah: I haven’t been scared of anything since I was a kid. As a kid, I was scared of the introduction of the X-Files and the video games Resident Evil and Silent Hill. But, the last movie that gave me that “Oh Shit!” moment was “that scene” from Hereditary.

Meghan: Which horror movie murder did you find the most disturbing?

Micah: I can’t remember any movie murders that really got to me, but the most disturbing movie I’ve seen as an adult was Antichrist, directed by Lars von Trier.

Meghan: Is there a horror movie you refused to watch because the commercials scared you too much?

Micah: No there was not, but I was scared of china dolls for a long while as a kid because of KKK Comeuppance from Tales from the Hood.

Meghan: If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

Micah: Probably Trick ‘r Treat only because living in a small town so enthralled with Halloween would be awesome.

Meghan: If you were stuck as the protagonist in any horror movie, which would you choose?

Micah: There’s so many to choose from, but I’d enjoy Interview with the Vampire.

Meghan: What is your all-time favorite scary monster or creature of the night?

Micah: Vampires, hands down.

Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

Micah: Trick-or-Treat, although—I know I sound like an old man saying this—nowadays it’s lost a lot of its luster since when I trick-or-treated as a kid.

Meghan: What is your favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?

Micah: Probably “Helen’s Theme” from Candyman.

Meghan: Which horror novel unsettled you the most?

Micah: The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum.

Meghan: What is the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?

Micah: Unfortunately nothing creepy has happened around or to me while I was alone. Wish something would, at least then I’d have a story to tell.

Meghan: Which unsolved mystery fascinates you the most?

Micah: The ghost ship of Mary Celeste.

Meghan: What is the spookiest ghost story that you have ever heard?

Micah: I don’t know if it’s considered a ghost story, but the Mary Black folktale has always held a special, spooky place in my heart. You say “Mary Black” into a mirror in an entirely dark room three times, and she’s supposed to appear and cut you with her nails.

Meghan: In a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?

Micah: Probably a gun or a car.

Meghan: Okay, let’s have some fun…
Would you rather get bitten by a vampire or a werewolf?
Micah: Vampire. I don’t see any drawbacks and immortality is awesome.
Meghan: Would you rather fight a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion?
Micah: Zombie apocalypse. At least we know sort of how to handle zombies, with aliens we have no clue what they could have.
Meghan: Would you rather drink zombie juice or eat dead bodies from the graveyard?
Micah: Drink zombie juice, only because drinking something is quicker than eating.
Meghan: Would you rather stay at the Poltergeist house or the Amityville house for a week?
Micah: Poltergeist, just overall a cooler place.
Meghan: Would you rather chew on a bitter melon with chilies or maggot-infested cheese?
Micah: Bitter melon with chilies. Not a fan of cheese… or maggots.
Meghan: Would you rather drink from a witch’s cauldron or lick cotton candy made of spider webs?
Micah: Cotton candy made from spider webs. I picture the witch’s cauldron to be swampy and God knows what they put in there.

Boo-graphy: Micah Castle is a weird fiction and horror writer. His stories have appeared in various magazines, websites, and anthologies. He has three collections and one novelette currently out.

While away from the keyboard, he enjoys spending time with his wife, spending hours in the woods, playing with his animals, and can typically be found reading a book somewhere in his Pennsylvania home.

Reconstructing a Relationship
Drew and Terry while out on a date suffer a terrible car accident. The boyfriend dies, but the girlfriend survives. Desperate to be with her love once more, Terry steals Drew’s brain from the morgue and escapes the hospital. She’s determined to bring him back, by any means necessary.

Through years of reading ancient books, learning forgotten languages, and drawing symbols she cannot comprehend, Terry successfully gets what she wants… And, what she deserves.

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