State of Horror: North Carolina will release on Tuesday, February 10th. To celebrate this event, Charon Coin Press will feature each of the authors included in the book over the next week leading up to the release date. Each feature will have a little about the author, the synopsis of their story in State of Horror: North Carolina, and a brief interview to get to know the person beyond the words. Today, we launch State of Horror Featured Author with author Armand Rosamilia
Armand Rosamilia usually does not require an introduction. Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he exacts revenge on his enemies and neighbors alike by writing them into his Dying Days zombie series, and generally not in good ways. He has over 120 releases to date, with more coming.
Rosamilia as the first feature author from State of Horror: North Carolina is not a coincidence. Not only does each State of Horror book feature a unique Dying Days story, but the series was originally created by Rosamilia. Let’s take a moment and find out a little more about one of today’s featured authors.
State of Horror: North Carolina
Story Synopsis- “Dying Days: Grey Man”
“The Grey Man took two more steps before fading away on the wind, blown apart in a gust that slammed into Scotty and forced him to take a step back. Scotty had his answer as the rain began to sizzle around him. This was going to be a bad one.”
We continue following Scotty as he makes his way back to his hometown in North Carolina near the coastal town of Devil’s Hills, near Cape Hetaeras. When he arrives, the town is deserted except for a cranky old man, Red, who Scotty respected from his youth. Red is holed up in his home with tons of supplies—food, ammo, beer. He is evasive in answering Scotty’s questions about his parents, but offers a haven for Scotty. When a new group of people show up in the town, they discover they are not alone. After an altercation with the group, Scotty and Red prepare to evacuate with stuffed backpacks along the beach—knowing they will have to fight their way out, however Red decides to stay and make a stand.
Scotty encounters the Grey Man of Hatteras, who local legend say his appearance foretells of storms on the horizon and acts like a warning to those who see him on the beach. With the impending storm, Red prepares to hold off the group who are determined to take what is his. What happens next is a wild ride.
Fun Facts- Armand Rosamilia
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
Armand Rosamilia: “Dying Days: Grey Man” was inspired by the legend of the Grey Man, who can be seen right before a devastating hurricane or storm in and around Cape Hatteras. I was fascinated by this urban legend and decided to weave it into the story line as background for the zombie apocalypse. Trust me, it works.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
AR: I think the history of North Carolina is fascinating. When I started researching for a story idea there was so much to go through and so many cool ideas to work with. I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with, either.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
AR: Characters I can relate to, either to love or to hate. I want to react to what they are doing. I want to know if they live or die and want to care. Everything else is secondary to me. As a reader I want to be invested in the character’s future, however short it may be. After all… we’re talking about horror.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
AR: M&M’s. Plain or peanut.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
AR: About 140 releases and more piling on every few weeks. I’ve been busy. Find me at my Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Armand-Rosamilia/e/B004S48J6G/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1422051418&sr=8-2-ent
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
AR: Even though I am so damn sexy and as close to perfect in every way humanly possible and a true gift to mankind, I am still very humble.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
AR: Dean Koontz is the reason I write. Brian Keene is the reason I write about zombies.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
AR: The guy who created it in the first place is a true genius, don’t you think?
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
AR: All of them. I can’t wait to write a “Dying Days” zombie story for all fifty of them. But I am looking forward to Florida (since I now live here) and Montana, since I know nothing about the state and want to learn.
CCP: Music or no music when writing? (and if yes on music, what are you listening to?)
AR: Usually no music. It is distracting if it is something I really like. I end up singing along or thinking too much about the song instead of writing. But I need some background noise. A quiet room annoys me, which is why I do my best work at Kokomo’s Cafe and in public.