Friday, July 7, 2017

Q+A with Morgan Sylvia (Abode)

Please welcome today's guest, Morgan Sylvia! Morgan is the author of upcoming horror novel ABODE.

Q+A with Morgan Sylvia

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  I am not sure, exactly, but I was pretty young. My mother was a librarian, and I was an only child in a fairly remote area, so, needless to say, I started devouring books at a very young age. I was also very much into horseback riding at the time, so I think my earliest works were probably horse stories. I was actually published in second grade, when one of my unicorn stories was selected for a Young Maine Authors Compilation. By the time I was in high school, I was writing short stories and some not-so-short stories. I still have notebooks full of my writing from those days. So, yes, I literally do have a trunk of old stories. Some of it makes me cringe, some makes me laugh, and some is in a pile to be revisited.

EJ:  What brought you to the horror genre?

  I think it was just a combination of having a love of books and literature and a fascination for dark, spooky things. Fear is a very powerful emotion—in fact, it’s one of the strongest emotion a human can feel. When a story can really tap into that, it’s very powerful. I didn’t start out writing horror: my earliest work was fantasy and fanfic-type stuff. I can’t put my finger on any one book or movie that made me cross over to the dark side. It was just a steady progression as my tastes got darker.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal creature or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be?

BS detection. I’m pretty good at spotting it, but I try to look for the positive in people, and that occasionally bites me in the ass. If I could be a paranormal creature, I’d probably go for being a werewolf.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

Writing it gave me nightmares, so I hope that others will find it scary as well. People keep telling me that my poetic side is very clear in the story, though I don’t think I would consider it literary horror. I think there are elements that may appeal to people—for instance, some of it is quite nostalgic, at least for those of us that grew up in the 70’s and 80’s. I also wrote huge chunks of it in second person. One person described it as being in both 2nd and 1st person. But then, every story is different, and people love books for all sorts of reasons. I hope people like it for unexpected reasons that haven’t even occurred to me, at least on a conscious level.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

Oddly, for a lot of things I write, I would have a name right off the bat, but for Abode I think I’d rather go for an unknown actor that just fits the role. I can’t think of anyone specific that *is* that character to me.

Abode by Morgan Sylvia

Abode by Morgan Sylvia


This is the place where the harrowed ghosts of a dozen generations whisper in the shadows of their ancestral home, where one family’s dreams of a new beginning turned into a nightmare that ended in tragedy.


This is the place where a line of witches bound themselves—in blood—to a primeval entity. Here, nightmare and reality meet beneath frozen skies, and even time and space fall under the power of the demonic being that rules this remote northern wood.


This is the place where the path of a tormented survivor meets that of an unknowing innocent. Past and present collide, and secrets long buried crawl back into the pallid light of day as the shadow of the Beast falls over them both. But even the bloodiest dreams of that demonic being may pale in comparison to what lies buried within the human heart.
This is the place where evil dwells …


Release Date: July 15, 2017

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