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 the whole 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 J. Edler.
This is Frank J. Edler’s third appearance in the State of Horror Anthologies. To date, he has appeared in both State of Horror: Illinois with his story, In Chicago, The Dish Is So Deep, No One Can Hear You Scream and in State of Horror: New Jersey with his story Pork Roll, Egg, and Sleaze. He makes a return for North Carolina with, Chicken Bingo and this one continues and this one continues he straightforward style of storytelling. In addition to his appearances in State of Horror, you might have seen his work Still Dying 2, Strange Versus Lovecraft, Strange Fucking Stories and his collection, SCARED SILLY, five frighteningly funny tales sure to tickle your funny bone. His writing spans Horror to Bizzaro and points in between. When Edler isn’t writing stories, he is also co-host of the wildly popular podcast Books, Beer and Bullshit. His podcasting antics can be heard at http://booksbeerbullshit.podbean.com or the companion blog http://booksbeerblogshit.blogspot.com. Keep an eye out for his upcoming scheduled first full length novel, Brats In Hell, in 2015.
State of Horror: North Carolina
Story Synopsis- “Chicken Bingo”
“Let’s just say this isn’t about the money. Let’s call it a science experiment. Let’s see if you still got the shine when you’re playing with other people’s money. C’mon bud, can’t hurt none can it?”
Jersey boy, Alice, visits his wife’s family in North Carolina. Every time he visits he gets in on the Chicken Bingo game at the local Walmart parking lot. But Alice has a special talent—he can’t lose—he always picks the winning numbers in the game. A local (Edgar) takes an interest in Alice and tests him. After the test, Edgar invites Alice to a bigger game out in the woods. As Edgar and Alice travel out further it becomes apparent something is wrong. A group of people try to stop Edgar, and his racist side shows through, but Alice is trapped and has to see how it will play out. Once they reach their destination, it is clear there is some sort of ritual—Alice thinks it is a KKK rally. It turns out the group needs Alice’s ability in order to perform a ritual with a sacred rooster and runes to raise their dead family members. Alice is forced to help and the zombies rise. What happens next takes everyone by surprise and Alice finds himself with an unlikely ally.
Fun Facts – Frank J. Edler
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
Frank J. Edler: Chicken Bingo is actually based on real events. Chicken Bingo itself is real. Impromptu parking lot markets in the rural south are real. I personally trekked into the remote North Carolina woods to seek out a rumored slave burial ground. I did find a burial ground but slaves weren’t buried there. That is roughly where the line between fact and fiction get blurred. You can decide for yourself which side the truth lies on.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
FJE: North Carolina appealed to me because I had such a creepy story to tell that I could base around a real event.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
FJE: I like monsters. I like the supernatural. I like comic relief just before the monster jumps out and eats everyone
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
FJE: I don’t really snack while writing.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
FJE: SCARED SILLY is my short story collection. It contains five short stories that are pretty representative of my writing style. And it’s always only a buck.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
FLE: I was once held hostage with fellow State of Horror writer Armand Rosamilia in an Orlando Ale House.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
FLE: I’ve been digging on Joe Lansdale, Shane McKenzie and Brian Keene in recent times. The full list is too long to get into here.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
FLE: Jerry Benns said there would be snacks.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
FLE: I’m looking forward to Florida and South Dakota.
CCP: Music or no music when writing? (and if yes on music, what are you listening to?)
FLE: When I’m writing novel length stuff I like to but on mood music. I try to make a playlist of songs I’m not familiar that fit the mood of what I’m writing. My as-yet-unpublished novel, BRATS IN HELL was written on a steady diet of satanic metal from the 70s through today.