Horroraddicts.net Publishing has recently published our 4th anthology called Once Upon a Scream. Remember the Fairy tales that you grew up reading? Well they are back again with a horror twist. Once Upon a Scream includes 18 tales that are fantastic and frightful. One of the authors in this anthology is Chantal Boudreau and recently she talked to us about her writing:
What is your story in Once Upon A Scream called and what is it about?
My story, “Without Family Ties” is a modern horror retelling of Pinocchio, only Berko is not a wooden puppet but a magical ritual doll, and to become a real boy he needs to do something more sinister than wish upon a star.
What inspired the idea?
The story was inspired by an African art exhibit called “In the Presence of Spirits” – http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/spirits/intro.htm
When did you start writing?
I feel like I’ve been writing forever. I wrote my first short story at age 6 and my first, very bad novel at 14.
What are your favorite topics to write about?
I write for the sake of catharsis, so usually my writing is an attempt to wrestle with old demons. You’ll see themes about bullying, struggling with being an introvert, overprotective feelings for family and more things from my past.
What are some of your influences?
Early influences of my darker fiction included Stephen King, gritty fairy tales, and grim mythology. Tanith Lee was a big influence when it comes dark fantasy and fairy-tale mash-ups. I was also a fan of Frederic Brown’s dark tales.
What do you find fascinating about the horror genre?
I’m a sucker for psychological horror – the build-up of suspense and some ghastly release. I don’t get the same king of rush from other genres.
What are some of the works you have available?
While I have published novels with a small press, they are currently out of print. I have dozens of short stories in anthologies that are still available. Some of the latest releases include stories in the anthologies Clockwork Canada, Deathlehem Revisited and My Favorite Apocalypse.
What are you currently working on?
I’m in the middle of a horror short story inspired by some Halloween traditions in Wales.
You can find me here:
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4446228.Chantal_Boudreau