The Monster Man
By CHAD HUNTER
A brief summary of the Monster Man – King of Fools – Twenty years ago, as a young boy, he disappeared for two days. His parents and police searched for the lost child only to have him reappear at the front door of his home with unexplainable scars, a slight amount of growth and a sense of tragedy behind his eyes. What no one knows is that in the forty-eight hour absence, Damian experienced five years in the colorless world of Sanctuary, a place much like our own world exceptthe monsters that we have seen in black-and-white movies and books are real. More than that, the monsters in Sanctuary had won. Mankind was extinct.
In Sanctuary, Malachi discovered a dark prophecy – One of the five green shards of a crystal, the Walestone, enabled him to tap into the stone’s other five recipients – the lumbering Frankenstein’s Monster, the savage Werewolf, the feral Swamp Creature, theenigmatic Mummy and the tyrannical Dracula. Trained by the poetic and repentant Igor and the now-vampiric Dr. Van Helsing, Malachi became the Monster Man – a chimera of all the monsters and their greatest threat. After a brief war, Damian returned home and grew up knowing that the old movies and books were not fiction but warnings. And now, two decades later, in Malachi’s own world, the war with horror has begun again. Three boys have gone missing in the exact same fashion as Damian did when he was a child. Additionally, creatures have found their way into Malachi’s home, threatening his wife and son. Now, Damian must go back to the world that stole him away once and never left him the same.
With that, the 100-foot arachnid stormed off and down the side of the cavern crossed by the bridge.
“Is he alright?” The voice came from the taller man. It had an accent and was very formal, very educated. He had a long walking stick that he held as a cane. More so for look or class than necessity.
“I believe so, doctor.” The shorter man’s voice had a grunting breath to it.
“We’ll need to get him into hiding. It’s a miracle one of the Five haven’t been here yet.”
“Maybe they do not sense him,” said the short man.
“No, my friend, they sense everything – especially a living mortal.”
Damian looked up at the two men talking about him.
One was tall, thin – the other short and hunched over. They removed their hooded faces.
“Luckily neither of us have been alive for some time.” The taller man was chalk white with red eyes and fangs. The shorter figure was a more greenish color and one eye was far larger than the other. His back massively deformed.
Malachi found no scream once again. But he did find he could pass out.
It is my pleasure to welcome Chad Hunter, author of The Monster Man, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m a husband and father so when I’m not writing, it’s family time. When I’m not with them, it’s usually working out, reading, listening to music or playing video games – I’m an avid gamer.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Bradbury left a mark on me at an early age! His flavor of small town familiarity and timeless horrors and wonder are masterful. “The Halloween Tree” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” are like being invited to a feast with monsters in your town square. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven use of rhythm struck a chord with me as well. Poe grabs the reader and takes them on a ride through madness, lucidity and both past and present. I see that in my writings from time to time.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Super speed! I could crank out all my novels in a few days! Provided the laptop could keep up…
What was your first job?
I was a lab assistant at a day camp where we taught kids about the environment.
What types of books do you write?
I write in three genres – self-help regarding relationships, humor with anecdotes about growing up and horror and science-fiction, most lately with The Monster Man – King of Fools. Love, Life, Ultimate Strife – How to Lists from the Innerwife is a book about anticipating your loved one’s needs and reactions for a more considerate and cohesive relationship. Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December is a collection of anecdotes of growing up in the inner city of East Chicago, Indiana. The Monster Man – King of Fools puts Damian Malachi, husband, father and shape-shifting savior against the monsters of classic horror for the soul of a world.
Who’s your main audience?
People who enjoy human connectedness. Regardless of the genre, I write with realistic and relatable dialogue and emotion. It could be perspectives from my childhood, communication between a wedding planning couple or Dracula talking to a ten year old Damian – no matter what characters are, they must, underneath everything, have an emotional drive – that drive echoes inside the reader.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite?
I’m like a parent – I love them all differently and the same! Right now, because I’m in the Monster Man mode – I’ll have to say Damian. He’s not the reluctant, beleaguered hero; he’s there. He’s mature, trained and aware. He is this dichotomous blend of family man and monster man. One second, Damian is kissing his wife and putting his son to bed and the next, he’s weaving the powers of Dracula. He’s someone I would hang out with – someone I think that readers will like and be concerned for.
What does your writing schedule look like?
I tend to write in the early morning and late at night. Once I’m in the zone, I write whenever and wherever. I keep a little journal with me when a laptop or computer is nearby. I allow the process to run me after awhile.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Definitely. Even if I don’t intend to, my experiences color my characters, their language, their backgrounds, etc. I think writers have to let themselves and their experiences come out in their work or they may be denying themselves too much and working too hard on holding back. The Monster Man literally was born from the experience of our son not wanting to go to sleep and saying there was a monster in his room.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Yes. It’s a subconscious process that I just let happen. Sometimes I’ll know if I want a biblical phrase or wording from another language so I know where to start looking. Then I decide if it’s going to have a certain type of gravitas to it (e.g. dark and ominous, futuristic, hopefully, threatening, etc.) Finally, I let several titles come to me and I imagine hearing it said over the phone as it’s requested from a book store.
What one profession would you choose if you were not an author?
Archaeologist – It’s that human connectedness that defines the ages. They’re like the ultimate reader – combing over time’s tales and stories. Plus they always look sexy with their gloves, hat and leather coats and whip.
What are you currently working on?
The rough draft of the second Monster Man novel; my first full graphic novel comic and a Black Parakeets Christmas book for children.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Cookie dough – a technological feat / divine miracle.
Night owl, or early bird? Both, drives my wife up the wall.
Red, or white wine? Red.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Oh God, roller coasters are terrifying. Water rides and even then, slow ones!
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Pool. Read too much Lovecraft to go in the ocean.
Walking or fitness club? Fitness club.
Any last words?
Find out what being a writer means and go do it. Never stop anywhere short of exactly what you want. Bradbury once said “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Take that to heart.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Chad Hunter was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised by a single mother in the city’s Harbor section, he is the youngest of four. Growing up in the Midwest and a proudly self-proclaimed “Region Rat,” Hunter has written and published several books and novels. He has written for magazines and newspapers throughout North America and has been published in several languages. His writings have been called sophisticated yet humorous, sharp witted and unrelenting.
Most often, Hunter’s writings have been considered so wide and diverse that they span a scale that would include multiple writers with multiple forms.
How To Lists from the Innerwife intimately discusses the subtle internal conversations that can greatly improve relationships.
Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December walks readers with poetic imagery through a lifetime in East Chicago, Indiana.
Finally, The Portray Protocols grip with horrific vivid detail, supernatural terror and mesmerizing intensity. If anything binds his varied styles, it is Hunter’s theme of the human condition, humor and family closeness – all to the backdrop of romantic love, vibrant remembrance and even monsters themselves.
A Monster Man package with a signed copy of the book, signed original artwork and several Monster Man related products from Zazzle.com (e.g. keychains, coffee cup, etc) to a randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter