Author Interview: James Coon and Co-Author Derek Ailes
Book Title and Subtitle: Musings From A Demented Mind
<In Loving Memory>
Tell us a bit about yourself.
James Coon was born on July 5, 1952 in Connersville, Indiana and passed away on March 28, 2015. He was a serious reader and I mean serious reader. Everywhere you turned in his house were stacks and stacks of books. He loved mysteries, science fiction and books on haunted houses and alien abductions. He was also one of the biggest DC comic book fans I have ever met. His father would take him to the movies when he was a child and that is where his love for classic movies began. Film noir was one of his favorite movie styles.
Who or What inspired you to start writing this book?
"Musings" is a collection of horror and science fiction short stories based on the conversations and details of the life of my friend James Coon. This anthology includes stories written by J.C. from the late 60s up until a week of his death. I have his writing folder and there are several stories which will be released in the coming years in other projects since they don’t fit with the theme of this anthology too well. It will be split into multiple parts. Part one is the stories written by J.C. and stories based on his life and conversations I’ve had with him over the past fifteen years. Part two includes all the stories published on Shortfictionbreak.com since December 2014, stories based on current events from this year, plus strange stories I wrote with little or no sleep. Part three is basically a mini biography, eulogy, and behind the scenes details about each story and the facts and the true stories behind them. This is a collection of my best work. My heart and soul went into these stories.
What three words would you use to describe this book?
Vintage, Horror, Anthology.
Who is your target group for this book?
People who love reading horror and watching the old Tales From The Crypt and Twilight Zone episodes.
Tell us about this book.
From the demented minds who watched every Tales From The Crypt and Twilight Zone episode and read every Vault of Horror and Strange Tales comic book comes twenty-two brand new tales of horror and science fiction. Proceed with caution as Derek Ailes and James Coon take you on a journey through madness with zombies, vampires, aliens, mutated cats, twisted twins, deadly women, killer dogs and one pissed off Elvis Presley. When you think it is safe to continue on, they hit you with another horrific tale. Musings From A Demented Mind is a gripping, suspense-filled supernatural anthology.
Do you have a favorite chapter from this book?
"Sirens of Lake Station" is the short story that JC wrote back in the 90s. When I spoke with his sister, I asked her to find this one so I can include it in the anthology. In the story, Lake Station is plagued by sirens who appear once a year to take a male sacrifice. If a man didn't have sex the night before their appearance, he would fall victim to their entrancing song. The story has a Twilight Zone atmosphere to it.
What do you hope people will gain from reading this book?
The first part of the anthology includes six stories written by my late friend. The reader will learn a lot about my friend and why he was brilliant from those stories. In the third part, the biography including my eulogy, they will learn a lot about his life and how it relates to the stories. I want the reader to have an enjoyable and frightening time through this journey of horror madness.
Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
It is available on paperback and on Kindle.
What advice would you give to other Writers?
When you lose somebody close in the writing field, make sure the person's legacy continues on.
Tell us the link where potential readers can buy this book.
You can pre-order the book now on Amazon http://authl.it/B013Q1BH8I?d
It will be available on September 7.
Any additional links?
My official website: http://www.derekailes.com
Is there anything else you would like to share about this book?
You can learn more details about this book here http://www.derekailes.com/james-coon---musings-from-a-demented-mind.html
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your world.