by Edgar Swamp
On July 15, 1991, an isolated village in Northern Wisconsin is ground zero for an unprecedented, fiery tragedy. Of the community's 600 residents, there are only five survivors. Detailed accounts by the victims contradict each other; the only link is a man named Anthony Guntram, but because he is presumed to be dead, this claim can't be verified. Further investigations reveal a culture enshrouded in mystery. What are the survivors hiding?
Only the villagers know the secret of Amber Hollow, a place where sanity is checked at the town line and the parameters of reality become blurred. An unconventional horror story by design, Edgar Swamp delivers an action-driven page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the calamitous ending.
“I’m not going back!” the woman screamed, her eyes rolling in terror. “You hear me? I’m never going back!”
“We understand,” Sadie said, approaching carefully from the opposite side of her partner, although her reply couldn’t have been farther from the truth. So far, she didn’t understand anything. However, she knew for certain that this woman’s passing wouldn’t do them a damn bit of good at getting to the truth. They needed to keep her still so she wouldn’t let go.
“We’re here to help you,” Jeremy said, “in fact, we were on our way to the hospital to visit you, to ask you some questions—”
“You have questions, you can ask Anthony Guntram! It’s his fault, all his fault!”
“I’m afraid we can’t do that, ma’am.” He gazed down, saw a police boat approaching from the mouth of the river. Good timing. “Please, let us help you. Take my hand.”
“I don’t want your help!” she screamed, and in her exertion one of her feet slipped and she almost fell, the only thing keeping her from plunging over the side was her grip on the cable, which apparently was pretty tight. “You can’t help me, no one can!”
“Let us try,” Jeremy begged.
“Never,” she croaked in a husky voice, and then she let go of the cable.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Edgar Swamp is the author of the “Gyre Mission,” “Glitch in the Machine,” and “Blackout.” His short stories have appeared in Alienskin, Macabre Cadaver, and Urban Reinventors. When he isn’t holed up in his office playing online poker, he likes to dig up the recently deceased and make furniture out of their skin. He lives and works in San Diego, California.
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Who inspires you most?
I am inspired by a lot of different writers, of several different genres. My love of horror stories I have Stephen King to thank for because it was “The Shining” that helped me to fall in love with all the possibilities that one could infuse into a horror novel. My inspiration for writing in general came from a love of simply telling stories, no matter what type (mystery, horror, sci-fi, etc.). I can see a person sitting at a bus stop and imagine where it is they are going, who they are going to meet, what they are going to do when they get there, just by the expression on their face. I’m probably wrong, but I get an idea just the same. Another huge inspiration for me is Chuck Palahniuk, even if my work doesn’t resemble his at all, and Kurt Vonnegut. He’s long been a source of inspiration.
If “Amber Hollow” appears on screen, who would you love to play the main characters?
I’ll be very honest here: I have not given that any thought! The characters I created, I cast them from images in my brain, not from anyone in the real world. With that said, I could picture Thandi Newton as Detective Sadie Conrad and Timothy Olyphant as Detective Jeremy LeFevre. The actors I just picked do not resemble my characters at all in the looks department, but they are great actors and I can see them doing justice to the parts.
What does your writing space look like?
Because of my job, I am forced to write wherever I am, so my home writing space is seldom used. It is a nice spot though; I have a desk I bought from Home Depot that I put together myself and I like very much, and it is in a large, quiet, and comfortable room. But again, because I am seldom home, all I need is a comfortable chair and a quiet space and I am good to go! I do like to write in privacy though; I am not a public writer (coffee shop, etc.) although I can work at the library if necessary. The only problem is, I type so loud that people often complain about me! A kid came up to me while I was writing a piece for the Times of San Diego, a pained look on his face. He said: “Um, hey, can you keep it down?” and, since I was nearly done, I replied “Nope,” and then continued to work while he stared at me mournfully. A few minutes later, he went and told the head librarian I was being a nuisance but by then I was gone!
What is your current writing in progress?
Not to sound facetious, but this interview! To explain: I am working with a publicity company to promote “Amber Hollow” and they have found me so many things for me to do that I don’t have any time right now to work on any other projects. I am currently in the midst of writing several blog posts and interviews that are due by the end of the month (December) and Christmas is coming. That said, I do have a lot of ideas that I am sifting through that I’ll be working on next, all of then in a horror, mystery, science-fiction vein. I’ve been thinking of a sequel to “Amber Hollow,” but I’ll have to give that one a lot more thought.
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