Meghan: Hey Ruthann. Welcome to Meghan’s Haunted House of Books, New Year’s Day Edition. Do you get scared easily?

Ruthann: No

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

Ruthann: The Exorcist. It defied my Catholic upbringings when I was younger, and showed how true evil can prevail, in spite of strong convictions.

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

Ruthann: Funny Games

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

Ruthann: No

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

Ruthann: Midsommar

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

Ruthann: The Witch

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

Ruthann: Lestat (the vampire Anne Rice designed)

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

Ruthann: Season of the Witch by Lana Del Rey

Meghan: Which horror novel unsettled you the most?

Ruthann: Stolen Tongues by Felix Blackwell. I’ve yet to discover a more terrifying first chapter!

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

Ruthann: I live on a rural ranch, an old land, in Texas. One day, the kitchen door blew open, and I swear I saw a soldier in a Confederate uniform watching me as I was writing a grocery list, while sitting at the table. I wasn’t afraid of him, he was sad.

Meghan: Which unsolved mystery fascinates you the most?

Ruthann: The case of the Black Dahlia

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

Ruthann: Not far from my ranch, there’s a stretch of road, where “they say” during construction, a man was crushed under the roller of a piece of equipment. He died, and they paved over him to avoid a lawsuit. This was many years ago. He has been “seen” dragging a leg, as he walks on the side of the road. The old ranchers swear it’s true!

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

Ruthann: Poison darts. Could stab the zombies with them, throw them, shoot them, etc. Easy to carry and make, once you work out the potion.

Meghan: Okay, so here’s the fun bit….

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

Would you rather fight a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion? Zombie invasion, I’d like to think I’d be smarter, vs an alien invasion, because who knows!

Would you rather drink zombie juice or eat dead bodies from the graveyard? Zombie juice. With a good shout of bourbon to kill off any cooties.

Would you rather stay at the Poltergeist house or the Amityville house for a week? Amityville House. Haunted houses are cool!

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

Would you rather drink from a witch’s cauldron or lick cotton candy made of spider webs? Cotton candy from spider webs, the devil you know!

Boo-graphy: Ruthann grew up in Upstate New York, where October is magical. She writes dark speculative and horror fiction. Her work is published in numerous successful anthologies. Solo and collaboration projects will feature in 2022 and 2023. Extensive travel, superstition, and backyard boogeymen influence her characters and settings. She lives on a cattle ranch in Texas with her husband and his animals. A large, blended family keeps her sane most of the time.

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