Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nightmare Collection Blog Tour with Cherie Reich

I'm really happy to be hosting my friend Cherie Reich today as part of her blog tour to promote her newest release, The Nightmare Collection. I was lucky enough to get a review copy of The Nightmare Collection and I can tell you that it's a great (and creepy!) read. Cherie is here today to talk about origin stories and, more specifically, the origin story she wrote for the monster who terrorizes the people in The Nightmare Collection.

Take it away, Cherie!


Origin Stories: Every Good Monster Has One

Thank you so much for having me today on your blog, Julie!

The monster in horror movies is mysterious and scarier for its mystery, but people want to know what made the monster a monster. We like to think something happened to them to make them what they are. We need to the explanation to understand. People have created theories about the monsters in literature and in movies ... an origin story, so to speak.

For example, Gaston Leroux wrote The Phantom of the Opera, but Susan Kay told Erik the Opera Ghost’s story from birth until the end in Phantom. Remakes of movies often try to explain why a monster is how he is, such as in the remake of Halloween. True, fans might not always like the explanation, but it’s what people need to know.

In The Nightmare Collection, I decided my monster should have an origin story. I imagined the monster as a child. I knew the creature had longevity, since he once attacked Confederate soldiers almost 150 years earlier, but it wasn’t his origin. And then I saw him in a cage, a sideshow act, a freak show in the late 1840s. A young boy, not yet a teen, getting his first taste of friendship and blood ... hate and love. How a build-up of hatred for his master and an accident culminated in destroying his last visages of humanity.

This origin story is the short story “Nightmare at the Freak Show.”

Do you like reading origin stories?


The Nightmare Collection Information

Book Description:

A legend is hungry tonight.

A child monster will get its first taste of blood in Nightmare at the Freak Show. Four friend will enter the forest on December night, but only one can survive in Once Upon a December Nightmare. Almost ten years after Cassie's December nightmare, the monster awakens to hunt again in Nightmare Ever After.

Publication Date: November 17, 2012

Cover art by Nicemonkey at Dreamstime.com. Cover design by Aubrie Dionne. Bookworm logo for Surrounded by Books Publishing created by Cherie Reich.

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Author Bio:

A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her e-books include the horror series Nightmare, a short story collection with authors Aubrie Dionne and Lisa Rusczyk titled The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, the futuristic space fantasy novelette trilogy Gravity, and The Foxwick Chronicles, a series of fantasy stories. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club.

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  1. Origins of a monster. Interesting concept. I like it. For example, you just know Cookie or Elmo had great upbringings --lots of love and positive affirmations. But the blood-thirsty variety probably suffered from dysfunctional parenting. They're not evil, just misunderstood!

    Your book sounds creepy and intriguing.


  2. Kind of neat to focus on an origin story for a monster. That really is the heart of the matter -- how'd they begin or get that way? Very cool.

  3. An act in a freak show? Yeah, that would twist anyone's mind.

  4. Thank you, Julie Luek! And yes, good monsters would likely have better upbringings. Of course, monsters can be complex creatures and be good or bad despite their circumstances. :)

    Thank you, L.G. It was fun creating the monster's origin story!

    It definitely did this monster's, Alex. :)

    Thank you so much for hosting me today, Julie!! I appreciate it!

  5. This is a great premise for a book. I always like to know the backstory.

  6. Thank you, Julie (Empty Nest Insider)!

  7. i like the idea of knowing the monster's back story! makes him more real! cherie is amazing =)

  8. Aww, thank you, Tara! And knowing the monster's backstory really did help to make him more real. :)


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