As the time draws nearer for the February 10th release of State of Horror: North Carolina, we continue to feature authors from that book. By now, you have seen the list of authors: Frank J. Edler, Nathanael Gass, Frank Lanerd, Susan Wong Hicks, Armand Rosamilia, Kenneth W. Cain, Suart Conover/Kerry Lipp, and Margaret L. Colton. As we continues our exploration of the state and the authors contained within the pages we not turn to author L.J.Heydorn and his story Paddy Wagon Pete.
L.J. Heydorn has been professionally writing in the communications industry for nearly two decades. His childhood years, with a fantasy artist mother and a techie dad, were filled with Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies, books, and games. The passion grew for them while he did too. He made pilgrimages to Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions and gatherings. The boundless imaginations of artist, script writers, authors, directors, and producers never ceased to amaze him. It was this admiration that not only captivated him but started his quest to aspire to achieve long-term goals.
In the rebellious early teenage years, he hated to write, let alone speak of such matters. There was extreme brevity of his schoolwork writings (if the teacher’s wanted more substance it should have been spelled out). It was his parents’ persistence that broke through his stubbornness. A pivotal point in his life was a high school writing contest “Why is School Great?” It was a cleverly cryptic and dark writing about his negative thoughts that won him first place. That most unexpected result proved to be the turning point that slowly metamorphosed his beliefs about writing.
Years of amateur artwork, writing, and verbally sharing his imagination through stories with others had completed the turnaround of his thoughts about writing. There were times that the characters, creatures, and worlds he created in the storytelling became the only reason he kept his sanity. Armed only with the characters, creatures, and worlds from his imagination he boldly stepped towards his new lifelong goal. It is his goal to enthrall readers around the world with his fantastic tales of characters’ triumphs and tribulations during amazing adventures that will bring a personal connection between them and the readers. With great hope, please enjoy (hopefully) something a little different then the status quo when you read his works.
State of Horror: North Carolina
Story Synopsis- “Paddy Wagon Pete”
“As a fair judge of beat downs, he knew he was no mortal danger, and there was a high probability of causing more harm than good by killing any of his assailants. The local shields might get involved and find out about his illegal nocturnal operations.”
This story takes place in the future like 2100s. Pete is a blood collector for vampires. He illegally obtains blood from humans who are suburbanites who tend to be young and healthy. Pete has bad luck and worse luck. When conflict begins, first with the suburbanites, and then with the cops, the lines between bad and worse become blurred and the most unexpected happens.
Fun Facts – L.J. Heydorn
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
L.J. Heydorn: I loved driving in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I read an article about young vs. old blood and then BAM! My mind works in weird ways.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
LJH: I lived in North Carolina for awhile. It is such a beautiful state.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
LJH: Creativity and originality.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
LJH: M&Ms of course. Line them up in colors and have a war with them. Casualties are eaten. Needless to say all battles have 100% casualties.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
LJH: Currently have two small fantasy stories, Ride of the Corpse Harvesters and The Portal. They both are part of the Age of the Fallen series. The first novel Scions of the Fallen is my current work in progress.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
LJH: I’m bald.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
LJH: For horror Clive Barker, Stephen King. I love creativity. Concepts and ideas are what get me not necessarily the work as a whole.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
LJH: I wanted to try and write a horror piece. Challenged myself to do it.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
CCP: Music or no music when writing? (and if yes on music, what are you listening to?)
LJH: Instrumental music when writing. Something that fits the tone of the scene or work as a whole. For some reason Flogging Molly always seems to work.