Featured Author: J. Jay Waller
Story: “Black Mud Curse”
State of Horror: Louisiana Volume I
Jay Waller, his wife and dog (Izzy) live in Anchorage, Alaska. He enjoys writing fiction when he is not skiing, hiking, biking or enjoying the beautiful Alaska scenery. He also enjoys painting and working with digital photography. He has lived in North Carolina, Ohio, Panama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, American Samoa, and Alaska. He has had short works previously published in Alien Skin Magazine, Sideshow Fables, Butterfly Affect Anthology, Hungur Magazine, New Bedlam Project, Golden Visions Magazine, Rotting tales, and Flash 713. He is currently working on a suspense/horror novel that takes place in the Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana area.
Synopsis: “Black Mud Curse” from State of Horror: Louisiana Volume I
Harold, Becky and Joe head into the bayou to settle a bet about finding lost Civil War graves. Along the way they discuss how the bayou is cursed. Joe was trying to scare the others with the story of a woman who was killed by the married men she consorted with in her shack in the bayou. She supposedly cursed the bayou and continues to haunt it looking for revenge to this day. Becky scoffs at the story, but Harold is worried. The three travel deeper into the bayou and the dynamics of the trio become apparent. The weather takes a turn for the worse and the trio have a bad feeling, yet press on. Then strange and frightening things begin to happen and the group is separated. Is the curse real? Who will the Black Mud Curse affect?
Blackness squeezed his vision from the outside inward, leaving little flashes of light like distant lightning bugs.
Time to Meet J. Jay Waller
Charon Coin Press: What inspired your story in State of Horror?
J. Jay Waller: When I was a teen, two friends and I went out looking for old graves in this area of Louisiana. We never found the graves, but I did scare the living day-lights out of my friends.
CCP: Is there a reason this particular state appealed to you?
JJW: When thinking of horror in Louisiana, most people focus on New Orleans. But northwest Louisiana has its own share of unexplained phenomenon and stories. Since I had lived in the area and had spent a good bit of time out in the woods and bayous (bayous in the northern part of the state differ significantly from those in the southern part), I thought this was the perfect location for a story.
CCP: What do you look for in a horror story as a reader?
JJW: Turning something that is everyday or innocent into something horrific.
CCP: What is your favorite writing snack food?
JJW: Red wine.
CCP: What other works do you have out there?
JJW: I have had short works previously published in Alien Skin Magazine, Sideshow Fables, Butterfly Affect Anthology, Hungur Magazine, New Bedlam Project, Golden Visions Magazine, Rotting tales, and Flash 713. I am currently working on a suspense/horror novel that takes place in the Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana area.
CCP: What is one important thing the readers need to know about you?
JJW: When I was a kid, I lived in a house in rural Ohio that was haunted by the ghost of a woman. Her husband had beaten her and her children to death in a small storage room off of the upstairs bath.
CCP: Who are your favorite authors?
JJW: Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare.
CCP: What drew you to State of Horror?
JJW: I have loved horror stories since I was a kid. The idea of allowing people to experience a state by the nature of its horror stories was intriguing.
CCP: Do you have a favorite state or state you are waiting to open?
JJW: Alaska would have great potential. The state is beautiful, but along with that beauty there is often great danger–and not just from the animals or the cold.
CCP: Music or no music when writing?
JJW: Yes. Hard rock/metal.
CCP: If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why?
JJW: Antarctica. I have a couple of horror story ideas and it would be great to go there to experience the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the area.
CCP: What was the hardest part about writing your story?
JJW: Mixing the real events with fiction.
CCP: Do you have any writing rituals?
JJW: I sit upstairs in the dark, drink wine and listen to hard rock and metal.