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Haunted Halloween Blog Tour 2012

I got the exciting opportunity to interview the authors of the Haunted Halloween Blog Tour and found out a little more about what makes them tick.

1) Not to sound like the Killer in Scream {which I realize is not a real horror movie} What’s your favorite scary movie?

Tonia Brown: John Carpenter’s “The Thing.” That movie is the perfect storm, it really is. The only thing that surprises me about it is that is contains no sex or romantic interludes. Not that a horror movie needs sex to be complete, but T and A is sort of a tradition in the horror genre. But no, here we have a couple of guys freaking out over an alien invasion. It’s great. I think I have seen it at least a hundred times. Maybe more.

James N. Cook: The Hills Have Eyes. I am pretty good at separating myself from a movie, and keeping in mind that it’s not real and that everything is happening in a studio, but this movie scared the hell out of me. It’s like Deliverance, set in the desert, and the villains are murdering, raping mutant-tards. Throw in the threat of radiation, and what could be more frightening than that?

Mark Tufo: Bambi, that movie scared the hell out of me! You may be amused to discover I am actually not a fan of scary movies I have yet to see Paranormal Activity. But if forced to answer I’d say my favorite is Trick R Treat it has become something sort of a Halloween tradition in the Tufo household.



2) Jason, Michael Myers, or Leatherface?

Armand Rosamilia: Michael Myers was the first boogeyman that scared me as a kid.

Tonia Brown: Leatherface all the way! The saw is family, baby!

Mark Tufo: Jason, to me he was the first and arguably the scariest, although Freddy was pretty horrible his damnself.


3) What is your inspiration for your horror stories?

John O’Brien: As worrisome as it may be, it’s my own imagination.  I mean, to a large extent, or imaginations are based on past experiences, things we read/watched, or heard.

James N. Cook: I spent too much time reading comic books, watching movies, playing video games, and reading H.P. Lovecraft when I was a kid. Horror (and science fiction) just always seemed so much more entertaining than other genres; there were no rules. The only boundaries of storytelling in horror are the limits of the author’s imagination. I like that idea, that I can write whatever I want as long as I can find a way to make it resonate as a story.

Tonia Brown: I work third shift in an Emergency room. Ideas abound. 


4) Do you drink or use other inspirational products when you write?

Armand Rosamilia: Never. I have my routine each day, but I usually write during the morning and afternoon. Don’t want t start drinking too early, people might talk! Um, does two pots of coffee a day count?

John O’Brien: For the late nights, I’m fueled by Voltage Mountain Dew.

Mark Tufo: I have, on occasion had a beer if only to relax, but my drug of choice is coffee, lots and lots of coffee and oh yeah extremely loud music. I believe that it helps me to focus and not be distracted by bright shiny things like I’m prone to do. 

5) Favorite Horror Book

Tonia Brown: Hell House, by Richard Matheson. I love a good ghost story, and this one has it in spades.

John O’Brien: The Tommyknockers or Pet Semetary rank right up there.

James N. Cook: Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian Easton. (and its sequel Heart of Scars) I love werewolf stories, and this is by far the best one I have ever read. If you haven’t checked it out, do so.

6) Are you a fan of Stephen King

Armand Rosamilia: I am a Dean Koontz fan, and have been since I was twelve. I never read too many King books, to be honest. His short stories are amazing, and I’d read the books after movies came out, but was never a huge fan.


James N. Cook: Let me tell you this: my father is the only person I have ever met who does not like Stephen King. I love his work, especially the Dark Tower series, and in my opinion, all other horror authors who have come after him have built their careers standing on the shoulder of a giant. Without Stephen King, the modern horror genre as we know it today would not exist. His name will go down in the history books right next to Poe and Lovecraft.


John O’Brien: I’m a big fan of Stephen King.  There are very few who rank up there with the master horror storyteller.


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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!

We have centralized all the upcoming dates and blog posts on a Facebook event page. Feel free to join us there and see what is coming up next!



 Armand Rosamilia

Tonia Brown

Mark Tufo

James Cook

John O’Brien


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1 Response to Haunted Halloween Blog Tour 2012

  1. Wes Harding

    Always love reading what inspires my favorite authors, your works take me to different worlds. Thank you all for the time and effort you put into your craft.


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