Hello! Today I bring to you horror writer, K. Trap Jones, who has stopped by to tell why he prefers to use narrative writing, to share his influences, and to share with us his latest contribution to horror books shelves, One Bad Fur Day.
K. Trap Jones
I fell in love with narrative stories at a very early age when I discovered Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. There’s something real about the tone of the story, which made me seek out more of Poe’s stories. After reading pretty much everything he wrote, I sought out more classical literature. One of my teachers handed me a worn out copy of Dante’s Inferno and it sat on my dresser for a long time before I picked it up. Again, the narrative tone completely hooked me in. Here was a guy describing everything he is seeing and doing within journal type entries.
The classical works embedded within me has led to my writing style. Everything I have written, spanning six years, has been with a narrative tone. I consider it my niche. From all seven of my novels to all 60+ short stories, each one is narrative. The main reason why I write in this manner is I feel more emotion can be poured into the characters. Instead of describing the act of an axe slashing down, I am more interested in the person holding the axe. What is going through their mind as they grip the weapon? Is there a moment of hesitation within their mind? For me, these emotions are more frightening than describing the act. Poe was a master of allowing his characters to spill their dark emotions and allowing them to detail their own reactions in the aftermath. This idealism feeds heavily into every sentence and paragraph I write.
Narrative writing comes with a lot of downsides as well. First, since the main character is pretty much telling the entire story, he/she has to be believable. If a reader cannot relate to them in the first chapter, the story won’t work. The tone has to be consistent, especially throughout an entire novel. Emotions will rise and fall, but the overall tone must be consistent in order to be believable.
With One Bad Fur Day, I debated as to which animal would be the narrator. It wasn’t until I was driving one day, that I saw a squirrel dart out in front of me and stand in the middle of the road as I slammed down on the brakes. Call me crazy, but I swear the beady little eyes of the squirrel were staring back at me, daring me to hit him. I remember thinking to myself, “That is one bad ass squirrel.” From there, Sid the Sheriff was born. I knew he was going to be a badass and that he would be able to handle everything I was going to throw his way.
One Bad Fur Day
K. Trap Jones
Call it odd, call it off-beat, call it fantasy; but don’t think for a moment that One Bad Fur Day is anything other than a suspense driven horror ride that blurs the lines between harsh reality and brutal imagery…
As Hurricane Katrina barrels through the Louisiana bayous, the animal population is forced to deal with the tumultuous upheaval of their world. Sheriff Sid and his wife are caught completely off-guard by the natural disaster unfolding around them as they battle not only the turbulent winds and flooding waters, but heinous acts committed by other creatures inhabiting the backwaters. Following a brutal assault on his wife, Sid is forced to fight off voodoo-priestess snakes, a junkyard raccoon, deceitful badgers, and a band of roving power-hungry alligators. While clinging to his tenuous hold as sheriff, Sid must find a way to recapture what is rightfully his and exact his revenge.
Trap Jones does a fantastic job of pairing the genuine horror of a natural disaster with a story of deceit, betrayal and vengeance that pulls you in and forces the reader to identify with Sid as he journeys through the darkest reaches of the bayous, facing deadly encounters, on One Bad Fur Day!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K. Trap Jones is an author of horror novels and over 50 short stories. With inspiration from Dante Alighieri and Edgar Allan Poe, he has a temptation towards narrative folklore, classic literary works and obscure segments within society.
His novel THE SINNER (Blood Bound Books) won the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award. His splatterpunk novella, THE DRUNKEN EXORCIST has been released by Necro Publications. His narrative horror short story collection, THE CROSSROADS is available from Hazardous Press.
He is also a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and can be found lurking around Tampa, Florida.
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