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{Interview} Andrew Kraus

 
 
CHHR: Please give a brief introduction here.
The Spirit of Glassboro and Other Tales of Terror by Andrew Kraus
 
 
The summer of 1967 would transform the small peaceful New Jersey town and its residents forever, leaving them terrified by a legend that would haunt them for years to come.  Missing children, a glass industry on the decline, a high-profile diplomatic meeting and a beast terrorizing the community at night, the first of 20 tales in Andrew Kraus’ new book, The Spirit of Glassboro & Other Tales of Terror will leave readers wondering if there truly is a new legend unearthed in New Jersey.
Our fears creep in at the most unexpected times.  Inspired by these fears and our mind’s own curiosity, 20 tales of terror take readers on a voyage into the world of several unfortunate characters.  Utilizing dark humor and the macabre, readers will relate to the character’s plight while wincing throughout.  From tales of haunted houses to serial killers to deranged demons that attack, The Spirit of Glassboro and Other Tales of Terror is filled with a variety of topics sure to please any thrill junkie.  The characters are so real that when you’re reading this book alone on a dark, cold evening, you’ll second guess that chill on the back of your neck.  While driving on the highway, you’ll wonder what’s in the back seat of the pick-up truck or really hidden behind the darkened windows of the unmarked van.   Spooky yet delightful at the same time, this book provides a welcoming dose of Halloween no matter what time of year it is. 
CHHR: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
 
I started writing in 5th grade. I was a huge fan of the California Raisins and wrote a series of books about a raisin named Crazy that came to life from a box of Raisin Bran.
From there, I got into short stories. Once in high school, I wrote a short story in the first-person perspective about my brother who drowned in our pool (fictional story). My school guidance counselor got it somehow and he thought it was real and recommended counseling for me to deal with my grief. That was the light-bulb moment when I realized that I could scare the hell out of someone.  He was relieved the story wasn’t real and once he knew he didn’t have to act as a grief counselor, he encouraged me to keep writing.
CHHR: What does your writing schedule look like? 
 
I like to write at night or I find myself wanting to write when I try to go to bed. There isn’t a schedule that I follow. Inspiration can come at any moment and once an idea forms in my head, I have to stop what I’m doing and just write. I’ve actually written entire drafts on my Notes app on my phone.  Tiny keyboard, big fingers.
CHHR: Do you have any interesting writing rituals? If so, what are they? 
 
I like to have a very dry martini handy when I write and I always play music. The genre of music depends on the characters and what story I’m telling.  The music can be rock, pop, Christmas, classical, country, jazz and sometimes it’s the same song over and over until I’m done writing.
CHHR: Do you like writing short stories or novels? 
 
I have started to write a few novels but prefer short stories. I can skip all the unnecessary details about the wall color and make and model of the car and get right to the action.
CHHR: How is the horror scene where you live? 
 
I live in South Jersey just outside of Philadelphia, a city enriched in history and its fair share of ghosts. There’s ghost tours in Cape May and we have plenty of haunted attractions, especially Eastern State Penitentiary at Halloween. Camp Crystal Lake is a real place in New Jersey too so between that and the Jersey Devil, we love our horror. It also helps to live in a haunted house. The ghosts are quite motivating.
CHHR: Do you use outlines or do you go with the flow? 
 
I don’t use outlines because I tend to write from the character’s voice and they’re telling their story. I just get to be the one who writes it down. Life doesn’t come with an outline and, just like reality, I never know where the story is going to take me.
CHHR: How did publishing your first book or short story change your writing process? 
 
Ever since I published the book, I’ve been in marketing mode.  I’m getting to the point where I need to let it go and see where it flies. There’s a line of characters waiting in my head and they’re all itching to tell their story.
CHHR: What do you think makes a good horror story? 
 
A surprise ending.  Too often, we can figure out in the first few moments of a movie or on the first few pages of a book where we’re headed. There’s an overused formula and I love to shake things up. Horror isn’t always bloody knives, chainsaws and zombies. Horror surrounds us each day, we just don’t always see it.
CHHR: What are you currently working on? 
 
I am working on five new short stories for my new book. The horror continues.
CHHR: What is in your TBR pile? 
 
The Apparitionists (story about the photographer of Lincoln’s ghost) and It.
What is the last book that scared you? I am Legend. The book was great, the movie not so much.
CHHR: What is your favorite horror book? 
 
Whispers by Dean Koontz
CHHR: What is your favorite horror film? 
 
Halloween II
CHHR: What type of music do you listen to? What’s your favorite album? 
 
I listen to a wide variety of music. Currently, I love listening to Slow Club and Pink Martini.
CHHR: What is your spirit animal? 
 
A skunk. There’s so much more to this creature than the smell.
CHHR: What is your favorite beer? 
 
Einstock Toasted Porter. I fell in love with their brand after visiting Iceland and you can purchase it in the US.
CHHR: If you could have a beer with one author, who would it be? 
 
Ernest Hemingway. I toured his home in Key West and I’d love to go back in time to speak with him about his process and what inspired him.  From what I’ve learned though, I don’t think I’d be able to keep up with him at the bar. I’d be happy to give it a shot though.
 
 
 
Author Bio:
 
Andrew Kraus is a novelist with a penchant for the more melancholy side of life. His fascination with the supernatural, otherworldly and ethereal began in early childhood. When other children were watching cartoons, he was studying horror films. As a young man, when others were riding roller coasters, he was heading to haunted attractions for decorating tips. And now, as an adult, when searching for a home, his preference is for something haunted.
Andrew currently resides in a turn of the century Victorian
style farm house in southern New Jersey with his husband, their son, three dogs, and at minimum four spirits. Andrew finds that his home and the spirits
within give him inspiration to put pen to paper and share the stories of terror, tragedy, and misery that flow from his cranium. When he isn’t writing, he and his family love to travel the globe in search of the macabre. 
Andrew can be followed on Twitter @AndyK1005 and his blog is available on Goodreads.com.
The Spirit of Glassboro & Other Tales of Terror is available for purchase on Amazon.com, Goodreads, Barnes&Noble.com, iBooks, BookBub, and StoryTellerInstitute.com. 

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