The Next Big Thing…My Upcoming Novel and New Stuff from Three Horror Writers!

So, I’m participating in this round-robin horror author thing, where an author answers ten questions about his latest work, then tags some other authors to do the same.  The path got lost on its way to me, so I’m just going to go ahead and post this and then tag my three authors.  Hope the three of you who actually read this find it entertaining.

What is the working title of your next book?

The working title of my next book is Lost Pets.  That is definitely not going to be the final title of the book, but I think the final title will retain those words.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve been trying to come up with the idea of something that will be a balls-out horror story.  However, I want the story to have some depth and some poignancy.  So, I’ve been thinking of something that will amp up the horror, an angle that will really play with people’s emotions and nerves.  And nothing, I have found, gets people hepped up like threatening their pets…not children or old women or anything else.  Screw with a person’s pet, and you’re in for a load of trouble.  That’s what I’m after with this book.

What genre does your book fall under?

Horror.  Definitely.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I don’t have characters pinned down yet, but obviously there will be a viewpoint character.  Curiously, I always think of Jeff Bridges when I think of most of my viewpoint characters.  I  dunno why.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

What happens to all those lost pets you see signs around town or on Craigslist for?  And what happens when a man goes looking for his lost pet.  That’s two, but I’m cheating.  Deal with it.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It won’t be self-published, that’s for sure.  I’m looking for an agent now, but who knows?  I may be looking for a small publisher or an agent or…

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Right now I only have a skeleton for this, but it’s definitely the next work for me.  I’ll probably be starting this in earnest after the holidays.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

None that I can think of.  When I discussed the idea with my girlfriend, Deb, she said to make sure it doesn’t come off like Pet Semetary, but there’s no chance.  The idea I have is nothing like that book (which is great!).  The only thing the two will share is that there are animals in each.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

What inspired me to go down this path is the reaction I’ve gotten to short stories where I’ve put animals in peril.  People lose their shit when they read that, and I want that emotional core to center and focus the horror in this piece.  I hope that I can achieve that.  I think I can.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

That it’s written by me?  I don’t know.  I think this will really be a balls-to-the-wall horror story that will both move people and terrify them.  That’s the plan anyway.

So, my three tagged authors are:

Erik T. Johnson

Armand Rosamilia

J. Travis Grundon

Go see them next Wednesday, Nov. 21!





About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

2 responses to “The Next Big Thing…My Upcoming Novel and New Stuff from Three Horror Writers!

  • Adrian Ludens

    Hi John, I won a copy of Little Deaths as part of the Halloween Haunts event on the HWA blog. Definitely looking forward to reading it. And can I request that you sign it? Thanks! Side note: I enjoyed The Night Bird in Big Pulp and The Mellified Man in Night Chills quite a lot. Look for me in the TOCs of both ot those. -Adrian Ludens

  • John F.D. Taff

    Adrian, I remember your name from both of those books. Excellent! I will sign the book and get it out on Monday. Hope you enjoy it!

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