H.G. FERGUSON–AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
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Today I welcome back H.G. Ferguson as he answer some tough questions.
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
Horror and what I call “fantasy/horror historical.” Horror is straight-up monsters, ghosts, things that go bump in the night — no demons, spirits or angels here, sorry. Too many things are being called “horror” today both inside and outside of the Christian community. Angels/demons/spiritual warfare is not horror. Nor are stories that glorify evil, explore perversity and emphasize torture to such an extent it would disgust anyone, regardless of their views on faith. For me, horror means monsters. Jezebelle is as much a monster as she is a ghost, for example. If there are demons or the devil, they need to remain in the background. The focus is not on an invisible entity but on that THING smashing its way from a long-buried tomb to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting, sleepy little hamlet below. Oops.
Fantasy/horror historical takes traditional elements of both the fantasy tale and the historical novel and pours in a generous helping of horror for both flavor and atmosphere. My vampire tale New Blood falls into this category, set in French and Indian War Pennsylvania. Another tale is set in a fantasy world using Eastern rather than Western Europe as its cultural model (Medieval Russia and its environs), but the bad things are undead creatures and hideous blendings of man and beast run amok, not orcs, trolls and Black Riders under other names.
And why do I write these things? I write these things because if I do not, who will?
Or better yet…who is?
What is your “go to” routine that helps you get in the mood to write? Special beverage? Music? Etc.
Music. When I hear music, I see things. When I hear music, the emotional requirement of scenes and events seizes my mind and heart. Every single story has its own “soundtrack” of inspiration I have culled from my own extensive personal collection of film and TV scores. The music of Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard and Thomas Newman can be “heard” in Jezebelle.
What can your readers expect from you next?
As yet untitled, but…
1855 Northern England, near the border of Scotland. A place with a long and colorful history of strange events and even stranger legends. The Hidden Folk, Mother Eve’s Unwashed Children, stir in the hinterlands as an ancient evil wakens. Charlotte, a young woman with an past she cannot remember comes to work as an amanuensis at a secluded country manor, ruled over by a fine and noble gentleman whose mysterious wife goes about obscured beneath a veil and long sleeves and gloves and takes all her meals in privacy. And when this awakening evil stretches forth its hand against this house, its Lord and Lady, and in particular against Charlotte, thrusting her into a nightmare beyond imagination from her unremembered childhood, can even the love of a dour, tormented groundskeeper save her?
A native of Southeast Alabama now at home in Phoenix, Arizona, H.G. Ferguson has always loved the strange, the unnerving, the horrifying — in short, looking at things that go bump in the night, particularly monsters, outside the box. A connoisseur of classic horror both literary and cinematic, he floods his writing with originality, creativity and a passion for Truth — even when shrouded in shadows, like a candle flickering in a mortuary window. H.G. is the author of New Blood, and his latest release, Jezebelle, comes out October 31 at Amazon.com