AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Wesley Southard

Meghan: Hi Wesley! Welcome BACK to Meghan’s Haunted House of Books. It’s always a pleasure having you on. What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Wesley: I think I like the fact that, for at least one month out of the year, most people get into the “horror spirit” to watch cool movies and decorate and celebrate with little kids. As someone who kind of lives Halloween most of the year, it’s fun to see others join in.

Meghan: Do you get scared easily?

Wesley: Unfortunately. My wife can sneak up on me pretty easily and get me fairly often. Can’t say I’m a fan of it.

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

Wesley: The Descent. Claustrophobia is a real bitch for me and that film hits all those nasty little buttons.

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

Wesley: Uncle Frank from Hellraiser. When he’s torn apart by all the hooks and chains at the end, it’s pretty unsettling, even though it cuts away pretty quickly.

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

Wesley: Not that I can think of. I remember trailers for The Evil Dead remake were pretty wild and freaky. It’s a shame the film didn’t live up to the hype.

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

Wesley: I guess any Romero zombie film. At least I’d have a fighting chance of getting away pretty easily.

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

Wesley: Maybe Ethan Hawke in Daybreakers. I think being a vampire and then reverting back to human would be a very interesting experience.

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

Wesley: I’ve always been a big fan of vampires.

Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

Wesley: I don’t really have one, but now that I’m a father, I’m hoping I can create some with my son.

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

Wesley: There’s a song in a Pinkfong and Baby Shark’s Space Adventure Netflix film called “Those Dry Bones” that I find to be particularly catchy.

Meghan: Which horror novel unsettled you the most?

Wesley: Wrath James White‘s The Resurrectionist. I find the idea of someone being able to kill you and then bring you back to life with zero memory of that happening to you incredibly gnarly.

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

Wesley: Agreed with the voices. If they were real or in my head, that’s up to you.

Meghan: Which unsolved mystery fascinates you the most?

Wesley: DB Cooper

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

Wesley: The Gray Lady, a ghost who haunts a library back home in Indiana.

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

Wesley: Aluminum baseball bat. Don’t need a reload, won’t break, and a couple of swings will do the trick.

Meghan: Okay, Wesley. Let’s have some fun —

Would you rather get bitten by a vampire or a werewolf? Vampire bite.

Would you rather fight a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion? Zombie apocalypse.

Would you rather drink zombie juice or eat dead bodies from the graveyard? Neither?

Would you rather stay at the Poltergeist house or the Amityville house for a week? Poltergeist House, that way I can slide across the floors.

Would you rather chew on a bitter melon with chilies or maggot-infested cheese? Mmmm, squirmy cheese.

Would you rather drink from a witch’s cauldron or lick cotton candy made of spider webs? No thanks to the spiders.

Boo-graphy: Wesley Southard is the two-time Splatterpunk Award-Winning and Imadjinn Award-Winning author of The Betrayed, Closing Costs, One for the Road, Resisting Madness, Slaves to Gravity, Cruel Summer, Where the Devil Waits, The Final Gate, Try Again, and They Mostly Come at Night, as well as numerous short stories in various markets. Several of his works have also been translated into Italian and Spanish. He is a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music and he currently lives in South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and son.

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Cruel Summer — Melissa Braun is a broken woman. Only wanting what’s best for her family, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to mend her fractured relationship with her abusive boyfriend. In a last ditch effort, she hopes the sun and sand of a much-needed Florida vacation will bring them closer together.
Patrick Braun is a demoralized kid. Quiet and sullen, he only wants his mother to see her boyfriend’s crippling torment. After years of silence, he refuses to stand by and let the abuse continue to tear them apart.

Hoyt Rainey is a vile man. Unable to keep his hands to himself, he finally takes his anger one step too far. Only this time, he finds himself on the receiving end of his own punishment. Down and down he goes, plunging deeper into the dark blue abyss of the sea.

Melissa and Patrick finally believe they are safe, the trouble now behind them for good. They are wrong.

Gods never really stay dead-they only lie in wait. And when a beast as old as time discovers Hoyt…he, too, won’t stay gone for long.

The nights grow darker, the water flows colder, and the cruelty of summer lives on.

They Come Mostly at Night — A high class restaurant where the food brings out the worst in its patrons…

A man whose mind won’t stay inside his own body…

A mother and daughter’s trip to a zoo full of dead animals…

An Italian immigrant’s idea of the American Dream ripped from his grasp…

A mysterious woman’s unquenchable hunger for negative energy…

Darkness looms ahead in these eleven short stories from the Splatterpunk Award and Imadjinn Award-Winning author Wesley Southard.

Keep the lights on. It’s a long time before sunrise.

Resisting Madness — What drives a man mad?

Maybe it’s the death of a loved one…or the petrifying fear of hands around your throat…the dread of rejection…or maybe it’s the black, soulless eyes of a child that shatters your sanity…

Within these pages, delirium reigns supreme. You’ll discover how far a prisoner will go to be with his dying wife, and what lurks between the walls of that Louisiana jailhouse to keep him there. You’ll find out how deep a man can cut himself to dig out the past. You’ll meet a college professor whose fear of flying might be the least of his worries. And you’ll learn how a sister’s love for sweet treats can reunite a broken family…whether they want it or not.

Aliens and lot lizards…disembodied lips…the voice of God Himself…

Thirteen stories and a brand new novella from horror author Wesley Southard.

Within these pages, we all go a little mad…

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