AUTHOR INTERVIEW: M Ennenbach

Meghan: Hey, Mike! Welcome back to our annual Halloween Extravaganza. Thanks for joining us on this very special day, birthday boy! What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Mike: My favorite part is promise of winter carried on the cool breeze. Where the beauty in nature falling comes out in colorful leaves ground into the mud.

Meghan: Do you get scared easily?

Mike: Not scared, but I am always anxious. Electrified bees stinging.

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

Mike: I am a fan of hint but don’t show. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is probably my favorite with that raining bell and the promise of horror.

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

Mike: I don’t know if it is the most disturbing, but when the man is cut into pieces that slowly fall apart in Cube, that stayed with me.

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

Mike: No, but the ads for Blair Witch promised something they didn’t manage. I was too ready to be screaming.

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

Mike: Nightbreed. I would find my place in Mideon among the monsters in the graveyard.

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

Mike: How do you not pick Ash from Evil Dead? He knew no fear because he had no sense. And always managed to prevail despite himself.

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

Mike: I adore Baba Yaga. The hut with chicken legs. She is a culmination of different terrors.

Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

Mike: Remembering being excited for my birthday, when it was a special day. The anticipation. For a moment, remembering when the world was at our fingertips.

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

Mike: Right now it is Dead Skin Mask by Slayer, a sweet song about Ed Gein. Code Blue by The Damned is another classic.

Meghan: Which horror novel unsettled you the most?

Mike: The first half of Heart Shaped Box. The tension and fear were cranked up. It lost it all in the back half, but the beginning was amazing.

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

Mike: I was watching Hereditary for the first time and right when the infamous car scene happened, someone banged on my door. I nearly needed to change.

Meghan: Which unsolved mystery fascinates you the most?

Mike: What happened at Roanoke to all those people?

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

Mike: My friend, Lin, and I would listen to Art Bell every Halloween for the Ghost to Ghost show and every now and then a caller would believe their story so much you couldn’t help but feel it.

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

Mike: Solitude. I would just vanish.

Meghan: Let’s have some fun – Would you rather get bitten by a vampire or a werewolf?

Mike: Werewolf

Meghan: Would you rather fight a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion?

Mike: Zombies. Man has always been most proficient at killing one another. Aliens would have to have tech we couldn’t fathom.

Meghan: Would you rather drink zombie juice or eat dead bodies from the graveyard?

Mike: Eat dead bodies.

Meghan: Would you rather stay at the Poltergeist house or the Amityville house for a week?

Mike: Amityville. I’ve been by it, middle of a populated neighborhood with access to the water.

Meghan: Would you rather chew on a bitter melon with chilies or maggot-infested cheese?

Mike: I’d take either. The cheese is supposed to be a delicacy.

Meghan: Would you rather drink from a witch’s cauldron or lick cotton candy made of spider webs?

Mike: Spider webs. Who knows what’s been in that cauldron.

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