Today I am interviewing author Krystall Garrett about her new release Among The Headstones. And find out what creeps her out!
How do you feel about cemeteries? Do find them creepy?
I used to find cemeteries creepy when I was young. Now as I’ve grown older, I know that zombies aren’t going to crawl out of the ground and eat my insides. However, there is always a sense of ‘What if…?’ What if the ghosts of those laid to rest are haunting the grounds? That is creepy to think about.
What gives you the creeps?
Noises in the night, when I know everyone in the house is asleep, yet I hear footsteps coming down the stairs.
Or when my cat stares off into the darkness, her hair standing on end. I can’t see anything, but she clearly can – so what is there?
What’s the creepiest place you’ve ever been to?
The Lincoln Theatre Hotel in Decatur was built over the ashes of an earlier hotel that burned town in 1915, with people trapped alive in the inferno. The ghosts of those who perished in the flames are said to haunt the new hotel, roaming the mezzanine, the high balcony, the basement and the sub-cellars.
I have been there several times for ballet recitals, etc. One Halloween night I attended a seance at midnight to see if we could get the spirit of Houdini to visit us.
During the séance, we were sitting as a group on the stage. Up in one of the top rows of the balcony there was a shadow person watching. The shadow didn’t move, and we could not tell if it was a woman or a man. After the séance we got permission to explore the haunted theatre. Naturally, we hurried straight to the balcony to find out who had been watching us.
Nobody was there. We hadn’t met anyone on our way to the balcony, so where had this shadowy person gone? I’ll always wonder if there it was a living person who had exited the balcony and passed us unnoticed, or if we had seen a ghost.
What do you like about the Gothic Fiction genre?
I like how the buildings and environment are characters. I enjoy details, such as the faint footsteps on the creaking winding staircase. Gothic Fiction stimulates all my senses.
Where do you find inspiration for your writing?
I listen to ghost stories and wonder how this haunting came to be, or how it would affect me if it was true. Other writing ideas come from strange calls I’ve run on as a paramedic, and from my nightmares and dreams.
This book, edited by Rayne Hall, presents twenty-seven of the finest – and creepiest – graveyard tales with stories by established writers, classic authors and fresh voices.
Here you’ll find Gothic ghost stories by Robert Ellis, Lee Murray, Greg Chapman, Morgan Pryce, Rayne Hall, Guy de Maupassant, Myk Pilgrim, Zachary Ashford, Amelia Edwards, Nina Wibowo, Krystal Garrett, Tylluan Penry, Ambrose Bierce, Cinderella Lo, Nikki Tait, Arthur Conan Doyle, Priscilla Bettis, Kyla Ward, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul D Dail, Cameron Trost, Pamela Turner, William Meikle and Lord Dunsany who thrill with their eerie, macabre and sometimes quirky visions.
You’ll visit graveyards in Britain, Indonesia, Russia, China, Italy, Bulgaria, Thailand, USA, Australia, South Africa and Japan, and you can marvel at the burial customs of other cultures.
Now let’s open the gate – can you hear it creak on its hinges? – and enter the realm of the dead. Listen to the wind rustling the yew, the grating of footsteps on gravel, the hoo-hoo-hoo of the collared dove. Run your fingers across the tombstones to feel their lichen-rough sandstone or smooth cool marble. Inhale the scents of decaying lilies and freshly dug earth. But be careful. Someone may be watching your every movement… They may be right behind you.
Purchase Link: mybook.to/Headstones
The ebook is available for pre-order from Amazon at the special offer price of 99 cents until 31 January 2022. (After that date, the price will go up.) A paperback is about to be published.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Krystal Garrett lives in Midwest USA with her husband and three daughters. Her love affair with horror began as a child when the good guy doll, Chucky, graced her TV screen. She loves all things horror. She is a paramedic by day and a writer by night.