by Robin Heggelund Hansen
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Nine years have passed since the tragic and mysterious deaths of Mr. Phillips and his daughter. A new clue surfaces, one which the lead investigator will follow to the brink of insanity.
To whoever reads this: I feel that I must apologize if what you find on these pieces of paper appears to be nothing more than a collection of near-indecipherable words. I can assure you that I have tried everything I can think of, and yet I cannot keep my hands from trembling. This, however, is only a symptom of my much greater problems.
I cannot eat, or sleep, or even close my eyes for longer than the briefest of moments. I feel as if I’m about to lose my mind, but I’m clear enough to realize that I have to get this story off my chest, before it consumes whatever sanity I have left. Unfortunately, the only recipient I can trust with a story as bizarre and horrible as this are the same pieces of paper upon which these words are written.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Beneath by Robin Heggelund Hansen in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Beneath by Robin Heggelund Hansen is a very intense but very quick read which captured my attention from the very beginning. Mr. Heggelund Hansen is a very clever author with an incredible imagination!
I was originally attracted by the cover but was drawn in by the story! How could someone live with the knowledge of something living beneath for so many years and not let it drive them absolutely insane? I can’t wait to read more of the Eldritch City shorts and shiver in my skin!
I highly recommend Beneath by Robin Heggelund Hansen and give it five chilling cups of Room With Books coffee!
© July 12, 2015
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Robin Heggelund Hansen, author of the Eldritch City Shorts.
Hi Robin, and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thank you for having me. I’m a 26 year old software developer/student/writer/political active guy who lives in Norway. My background basically consists of me trying to learn stuff I don’t know, so I’ve worked as an army technician, journalist and even chose drama as my major in high-school.
What were you like at school?
Outside of theatre class I was more or less constantly staring out the window, daydreaming. I loved doing creative things, and when I wasn’t doing that, I was doing it in my head. Comically enough, I rarely did creative things on my own time, as it required more patience than I had available. Today it seems that I’ve at least gotten enough patience to write short stories, and I’m currently writing a novel.
Were you good at English?
I’d say so. When I was in fourth grade, my father decided to take a job in Greece. We spent two years there in an American school. You speak pretty well after that.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I don’t know. I’ll write as long as I have things to write about, and as long as I find it fun.
Which writers inspire you?
H.P. Lovecraft was a huge inspiration for my first short story. I’ve also found some inspiration in the works of Stephen King and Clive Barker.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he or she do that is so special?
I think the most interesting thing about the main character in ‘Beneath’ — the first Eldritch City Short — is that he (or she?) doesn’t have a name, or description. This is done intentionally, as I hoped that a story written through the eyes of an anonymous person would help immerse the reader, and thus add to the suspense.
What are you working on presently
I’m working on a novel set in the Eldritch City universe. Originally, it was supposed to be the third instalment of a six-part short story collection (Eldritch City Shorts), but I had enough story for a novel, so I decided to do this right.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
It would be fun if the main character from ‘The Account of Matthew Brighton’, which is the second and latest installment of the Eldritch City Shorts, was acted by Michael Sheen.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Stubbornness. I had started on several stories before, but never had the patience to finish them. This time I decided that, whatever it took, I would finish at least one story. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I try to write at least 500 words a day, but I don’t have a specific time or place that is dedicated to writing. I probably should be more strict about that, but I have so many side-projects that makes it difficult to dedicate time to a single project.
Where do your ideas come from?
Out of thin air. It’s difficult to explain. I have this thing where I always see the worst case scenario of things and situations, sometimes my imagination takes over and creates a scenario worth writing about.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I work things out in my head before I start writing a single line.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Sitting down to write. Since I have the entire story in my head, it’s difficult to force yourself down to perform the boring task of actually writing it out. I’m usually glad that I do though. It tends to change the story in subtle ways, and it always feels good to have something in print that you can show others.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Not as much as I used to. Currently I read horror stories; I’m still not through with Lovecraft’s stories.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
eBooks. Bought a Kindle five years ago, and never looked back.
What book/s are you reading at present?
Still wading through Lovecraft’s works. Currently at the end of ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth.’
Tell us about the cover and how it came about?
For my covers, I decided I wanted something with a dark comic-book kinda feel. I was tired of the typical book covers and wanted something more graphic. I posted an add on upwork.com, and came in contact with a skilled comic artist living in Italy. I’ve used him on both my short stories and on my upcoming novel. I’ll probably use him for all my works.
Who designed your book cover?
Alessandro Battan is his name.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one?
No. I didn’t even know it was a thing before I started looking into promoting my book. I don’t think I will make one, as I’m not a fan. Besides, I think it would be overkill for my short works.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think it will get more people to read your bookss, which is the most important thing for me.
How do you relax?
With a good book, a good game on the PS4, or playing board games with my friends.
What is your favorite quote?
«Why does God get the credit whenever something good happens?» — Gregory House M.D.
What is your favorite movie?
Don’t know. Don’t really think of things in terms of favourites. I guess I would have to say Batman Begins, based on the number of times I’ve seen that movie.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I think following me on facebook would be the best bet. I have a blog, but that could disappear when I launch my website, which should be soon.
Any final words?
Thank you for introducing me to your readers.
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to participate in this interview.
Robin was born on a cold winter night in Oslo, Norway, 1989. Growing up, he was always fond of telling stories, leading people to wonder when, not if, he would move on to writing stories of his own. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, he wrote his first short story, ‘Beneath’, in 2015.
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