K. Trap Jones’ short story “The Flailing Arm” will appear in the Gothic Blue Book: The Revenge Edition this month.
1. Vampires or Zombies? Which do you prefer in fiction?
I actually have to answer this in two parts because I like each of them in two different time periods. For vampires, I prefer classical literature like Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I really don’t care for all of overabundance of mainstream vampire novels that have oversaturated the market. For zombies, I do like Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Joe McKinney’s Dead City. Plus, I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead.
2. Haunted House or Haunted Mental Asylum? If you had to spend the night in one to write about your experience which would you chose, and why?
Although both would be extremely cool to spend the night in, I would have to go with a Haunted House for the simple reason that there is a certain intimacy when you’re dealing with a particular ghost that haunts a house. It seems like a better detailed story than 50 or so ghosts that may haunt an asylum. However, I would never turn down the opportunity to spend the night at either of them.
3. Have you ever read a book or a fictional story that frightened you so much you had to put it down at least once while you were reading? If so, what was it? What frightened you?
Amityville Horror by Jay Anson is the type of book that just stays with you far beyond the last page. I think the fact that it is based on true events and the horrible nature of the DeFeo crimes that took place just thirteen months prior to another family moved in just sets up the background and it never lets you go.
4. Why do you enjoy writing Gothic/Literary horror/horror/paranormal fiction? Or just, why do you enjoy writing in general?
Literary Horror has always been a passion of mine. To me, classical literature is just so raw, emotional and so far off the mainstream path that it actually blazes its own trail. Writing narrative literary horror is a way for me to express myself and fully invest in the characters that I am creating.
5. What other projects do you have in the works?
I have a couple projects that I am working on and a few upcoming releases. I finished writing The Sinner II, which is the sequel to my award winning novel published by Blood Bound Books. I also have a handful of short stories coming out. My short story, Burn the Witches will be appearing in DOA II Anthology alongside great authors like Jack Ketchum and Wrath James White. Another short story, The Butterfly will be in Blood Rites Anthology alongside Brian Lumley, Joe McKinney and many other authors. Both of these will be out soon by Blood Bound Books. I also have a short story coming out in Urban Horror Legends from Sirens Call Publications and a circus one coming out in Pyscho Circus from Ephemera Publishing. Whew! It’s been a busy few months!
K. TRAP JONES is an award winning author of literary horror novels and short stories. With a strong inspiration from Dante Alighieri and Edgar Allan Poe, his passion for folklore, classic literary fiction and obscure segments within society lead to his creative writing style of “filling in the gaps” and walking the line between reality and fiction. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. More information can be found at http://www.ktrapjones.com.