My name is Mark Tufo. I am the author of the Zombie Fallout series, the newest being Zombie Fallout 6: ‘Til Death Do Us Part, which was released on October 1st.
Why the horror genre? Hell why not? Who doesn’t like a good scare? Ever seen some of those roller coasters? They might be called amusement parks, but if they could get away with it, I bet they’d go with something more along the lines of Blood-curdling Scream Park. That would be way cooler. Alright, but I’m digressing. If you’ve read any of my books you’d know I do that a lot. There really is something about a good scare, about pulling your legs up to the rest of your body and making sure that your blanket covers you completely, because I’m sure that will stop the sharp toothed clown with claws for hands from being able to get at the tender meat that surrounds your throat (sorry I had to) as you watch or read your favorite scary story.
The exhilaration of your heart pounding as the hero or heroine runs for their life, with the vampire (not the sparkling variety), zombie, werewolf, or even the guy with a crazy knives hand chases them invariably through the darkened, wet, and lonely forest. It’s always a forest maybe because of the innate fear we feel when we’re alone amongst those silent sentinels. What’s behind that tree up ahead? Did you see it? It could be anything.
Couple that with Halloween and you easily have my favorite time of the year. I love the thought of curling up to a good book as I stare out my rain soaked window, leaves lazily making their way down in the cool crisp bite of autumn air. I can think of no better time to relax and let a wave of fear wash over me. Maybe it’s nostalgia. I read Stephen King’s IT way back when in the days leading up to Halloween, and something took root. I’ve always associated a good scare with the fall, so when most folks are waiting for the buds to form on trees so they can pull out of the dark winter season, I am briskly rubbing my hands together happy to be rid of the yolk of heat.
My books, including the Zombie Fallout series, Indian Hill trilogy, Timothy, The Spirit Clearing, and The Book of Riley all have one common element. In one shape, way or form they deal with horror – some internal, some external. They are meant to evoke feelings of tension and fear, and maybe even trigger a flight or fight mechanism in you (if that happens I’ve really done my job!). I’ve had folks tell me that at certain parts of my stories they’ve had to read while they are peeking through their splayed fingers. I could think of no higher compliment with which they could tell me!
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to post on your blog and Happy Halloween!
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All five of us - Tonia Brown, James N Cook, John O' Brien, Armand Rosamilia and Mark Tufo - hope you have been following along on the Haunted Halloween Blog Tour 2012. We love to see comments after the posts, and we also love to pick a random commenter and give away a free eBook or even a signed print book, so maybe you'll get lucky!
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