AUDIO BOOK: State of Horror: Illinois
RELEASE: February 2015
TODAY’S AUTHOR FEATURE: A. Lopez, Jr.
STORY: Ritter House
State of Horror: Illinois has its share of ghost stories and our feature author today brings one of these home. “Ritter House“, written by author A. Lopez, Jr., tells the tale of one of these notorious haunted houses. Today, we visit with Lopez and get his thoughts on his story and a views on the translation into audio format. Charon Coin Press is proud to introduce you to author, A. Lopez, Jr.
Charon Coin Press: What do you think about your story being translated into an audio format?
A. Lopez, Jr.: First off, to hear someone read a story you have written, takes a bit to get used to. I compare it to hearing your own voice played back after it’s been recorded. Hearing “Ritter House” in audio format was exciting, but listened to (the first time) with reservation, not from Jack Wallen’s performance (it was great), but almost with my editing hat on (we are never satisfied with our works as authors). I know it sounds strange, but that first time was different. Since then, I have been able to really enjoy and appreciate the very different experience of having my story told to me…in a great way!
CCP: What aspect of your story do you feel is enhanced by being heard as opposed to read?
AL: My story was written primarily in the first person, told to the reader through, ironically, an audio device. The narration was different because of that, and I feel it enhanced the story. The aspect of my story I enjoyed the most, in audio format is the same as in written. The ending. Same ending in audio and written form, but a great impact hearing it read aloud.
CCP: What books have most influenced your life?
AL: A tough question, but early on, before I made writing official, I have to go back to when my oldest son was a child and loved reading R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. I found myself reading them after he was done. Although written to be read by kids, I found them very interesting and hooked on Stine’s way of storytelling. A couple of others; The Road by Cormac McCarthy and On Writing by Stephen King.
CCP: Do you have a favorite monster/horror character?
AL: Without a doubt, the Tall Man in the original Phantasm movie. To me, he epitomizes horror and fear. I based a character in my short story, Road Trip, on the Tall Man.
CCP: What do you see as the perfect setting for listening to State of Horror: Illinois?
AL: The perfect setting is at night, sitting in a comfortable chair by a slightly open window, as the rain falls in the night!
Do you want to hear more? Pick up your copy of State of Horror: Illinois today on audio book at Audibles, Amazon, and iTunes. Our thanks go out to today’s feature author, A. Lopez, Jr. for visiting with us. Join us tomorrow as we get a behind the scenes view from another State of Horror: Illinois author.