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 Frank Larnerd.
Frank Larnerd was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and spent much of his childhood engrossed in weird stories of monsters, mutants, and other worlds. He has worked as a morgue night watchman, shoe salesman, and color commentator for IWA: East Coast wrestling.
Although he is best known for his unique blend of traditional Appalachian folklore and unsettling horror, Frank has also published numerous science fiction and crime stories.
Currently, Frank studies Professional Writing at West Virginia State University, where he has received multiple awards for fiction and non-fiction. He lives in Putnam County, West Virginia. For more information, visit www.franklarnerd.com
State of Horror: North Carolina
Story Synopsis- “A Feast of Sorrow”
“Tin Can hung his head. Thick tears silently ran down his face; the first he shed in decades.”
An elderly hobo, who goes by the name Tin Can, has determined he is done with his life and goes back to his hometown to commit suicide. However, a stray dog has decided to accompany him. Tin Can’s new companion has made it its mission to thwart the elderly man’s goal of ending it all. Tin Can, putting in place a series of nefarious and amusing events. The dog separated from Tin Can and fighting his way back to the diner, rushes towards a battle for the man he protects. The battle ensues, but who will be victorious?
Fun Facts- Frank Larnerd
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
Frank Larnerd: For “A Feast of Sorrow,” I was mostly inspired by the Native American legends of the area, but the local economic issues and landscapes were also a huge inspiration.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
FL: North Carolina is an amazing state with an incredible history. The land is filled with countless heroes, villains, monsters, and magic, so it’s ripe for authors seeking story ideas. I could easily have filled a book with the ideas I had after doing some research on the state.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
FL: I want something scary, plausible, and that does something I haven’t seen before. I want colorful characters who behave realistically in settings that offer something beyond the trappings of a cabin in the woods, or a haunted house. Mostly I just want to be entertained.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
FL: Something that won’t get the keyboard sticky.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
FL: I have stories that appear in dozens of anthologies, comics, and magazines. You can find links to most of them at www.franklarnerd.com. I hope to release my first novel sometime in 2015.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
FL: Although I am constantly thinking of murder, mutants, and mayhem…I’m not a scary person.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
FL: I’m a super fan of all the horror greats: King, Barker, Koontz, McCammon, etc. One of my absolute favorites is North Carolina’s Manly Wade Wellman. His writing is a huge inspiration to me as an Appalachian horror writer.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
FL: The chance to work with Jerry Benns was the biggest draw for me. Jerry is a super supportive guy, who is always associated with cool projects. He has a real passion for things that shows in everything from selecting great cover art to finely-honed edits. It was also a way to be included alongside some really talented folks, who each have a partiality for the project. Being published next to Armand Rosamilia, Frank J. Edler, and Kathryn M. Hearst is a real treat.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
FL: Of course I want to do a West Virginia story, but each state is so different, I wouldn’t mind writing something for each of them. Recently, State of Horror: Missouri was announced and I’m itching to do a story based on the Avilla Phantom Bushwacker aka, “Rotten Johnny Reb.”
CCP: Music or no music when writing? (and if yes on music, what are you listening to?)
FL: Definitely music. I like to listen to things that share a rhythm or pacing with my story. Sometimes that’s Stevie Nicks, sometimes that’s the Wu Tang Clan. For “A Feast of Sorrow,” I listened to lots of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Wendy Rule.