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Well we’ve featured quite a lot of independent movies recently so how about a change of pace? Today we’re going to tell you about a new, up and coming author who goes by the name of WD Lady.

WD’s debut novel is called Nightmarish Reality. Now although it isn’t necessarily horror (although there were a few horror elements) the series itself is horror-related and will definitely appeal to the majority of you hardcore readers.

So here’s a bit about the book:

IMAGINE EVERY NIGHT YOU WISH NEVER TO FALL ASLEEP… for once you close your eyes the unthinkable horrors plague your mind, your sanity. Eighteen-year-old Zander Russell suffers from constant nightmares. He doesn’t know what is causing them and why his nightmares seem so real, resulting in cuts and bruises all over his body. Seemingly an average student, Zander goes to a typical high school where he’s constantly bullied and teased.  The nightmares occur more frequently in the day, blurring the lines between reality and mere illusions. When Zander meets and befriends a stranger, he begins to realize how truly different he is. It’s only a matter of time before the dark demons of the past suddenly begin to reveal themselves.   Armed with a pen and a notebook, Zander records what is happening to him as he tries to put back the missing pieces of the puzzle. He must stop the nightmares before they start to take on a life of their own. Is it too late for Zander to control what he’s unleashed into the world?

Sounds awesome right? Well I thought so too, so I went online and bought a copy! (Links below) Now I could write a few sentences about what makes it a good book and why you guys ought to buy it, but instead I’m going to tell you what happened on the first morning I started reading it.

It was a typical Thursday morning; I was late for work. Fortunately, so was my train and when I arrived at the station I managed to hop aboard with a bunch of disgruntled passengers all complaining about the delay. So I found a seat and decided to make a start on WD’s book. Well it only took a few minutes before I was submerged into her world. Her character portrayal is flawless, the plot is well thought out and the book itself is constructed in a way that keeps you on your toes. (dancing back and forth in time) In all literal terms, I couldn’t put it down. I had no idea what was going on around me – the train could have been on fire and I wouldn’t have known!

I’m sure you know what happens next…

I MISSED MY BLOODY STOP!

The train ground to a halt and sat motionless for a few minutes whilst I was sat like a zombie drooling over these virtual pages. Luckily I came to a natural end in the book and just happened to look up… Not before the train started to set off again though…

You should have seen me – I was like an Olympic sprinter. I sprung out of my seat and raced down to the doors (stumbling over a briefcase some idiot left in the aisle) I pulled the emergency stop just before the train had left the platform. Well as you can guess I wasn’t the most popular person after that. Following a stern talking to by the train guy and listening to the yells and obscenities of my fellow passengers, I was allowed to leave and head to work ten minutes late.

So my dear readers. I think it’s safe to say that this book should come with a disclaimer – WARNING! READ RESPONSIBLY. USE ONLY WHEN MOTIONLESS AND WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD FEW HOURS ON YOUR HANDS…

I know many of you like a good book to read, and if you’re going to pick up anything new this summer – I’d recommend Nightmarish Reality. It’s definitely the start of great things to come.

Want to know about WD Lady? Well we are lucky enough to have conducted her FIRST interview! You can read exclusively at Erebus Horror here

So what are you all waiting for?

Let’s support Horror!!!

Here’s the links to go buy her book. Take your pick!

Buy the paperback novel on Createspace here

And Amazon here

Buy the e-book on Amazon here

and Amazon UK here

If you want to read up more on WD Lady, here’s a link to her blog

http://wdlady.wordpress.com/

 

Today’s interview is with WD Lady, author of the breakthrough novel Nightmarish Reality.

Now this is a special interview because it is WD Lady’s FIRST interview and you’re reading it exclusively here at Erebus Horror

Here we go!

What made you choose horror as your primary genre?

I actually don’t think horror is my primary genre.  However, I am pretty opened minded and have read a lot of different genres in my life.  I constantly experiment with my writing styles, and one day I decided to do a horror story for a change.  The majority of my stories are lighthearted comedies or fantasy/adventure.  But I wanted to challenge myself and take on a new serious project.  Horror was a genre that I never took on before, until now.  Even though I have written some dark stories…they weren’t generally horror, so horror is in fact not my primary genre.

 

What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I really didn’t think much about becoming a writer, until I was in a screenplay writing class, back in high school. I had written a thirty page script once, and my teacher read it and told me he loved it.  He said I should write more, so I took his advice.  After that class, I decided for sure that I wanted to be a screenplay writer.  All I did was write scripts and screenplays.  However, writing a novel was still new to me.  I still didn’t think I was good enough to be a writer and publish a book.  If it wasn’t for some of my teachers and friends throughout high school and college, I probably wouldn’t be here.  They were the ones who encouraged me to keep at it and practice. They saw the potential in my work, even when I didn’t believe it.

 

You’re a published author now; how hard was it to get to where you are?

I would have to say it was extremely difficult to get where I am today.  At the time I started writing, I didn’t have much of a support system besides a few teachers and friends.  Sometimes, I would throw away stories, because I couldn’t bear to look at them anymore.  Not only that, but I’m still a perfectionist and I would rewrite a story over and over again till I felt that it sounded right.  It took me nearly eleven years to finally accept that my stories will never be completely perfect and I had to train myself everyday to stop throwing away old drafts.  I even had to discipline myself to take breaks and to write a little bit everyday, so I wouldn’t overdo it as well.  It was hard enough for me to just focus on one story at a time, because I wouldn’t get anything done if I was working on multiple stories.

 

‘Nightmarish Reality’ is the first book in the Nightmarish Reality series. Can you give us more details as to what it’s about? 

In simple terms, the series is about a boy who suffers from constant nightmares.  He doesn’t know exactly what’s causing them and why they seem so real, which is why he has a hard time determining what is reality and what is just an illusion. He seems like an average student; however, he’s constantly picked on by school bullies. It isn’t until he meets a stranger that he begins to question his life and realize how very different he truly is.  So, it’s only a matter of time before the dark demons of his past suddenly begin to reveal themselves. He does have a journal where he records what’s happening to him. If he can put back the missing pieces of the puzzle, he may be able to stop the nightmares before they start to take on a life of their own.  You will have to find out if it’s too late for him to control what he’s already unleashed into the world…

 

What about the next books in the Nightmarish Reality series? What direction will they be going in? 

The following books in my series will be much darker as the story progresses into a completely unique direction, revealing new characters and plot twists.  I don’t want to give too much away, but readers will find themselves going back to the first novel to find the little bread crumbs I left behind, for I speed on straight ahead with the plot, so people’s heads may turn as they go further down the rabbit hole. When it comes down to the final conclusion, I’m hoping that it will not only leave readers speechless, but also breathless.

 

Do you have any plans to write a completely different novel from scratch?

Yes, I do.  I already made plans to write several novels from scratch.  If things do go well with this first series, I’ve been thinking about and planning for an alternative version that is separate in it’s own right, but has many of the same characters from the original story.  Not to mention, I have other projects aside from this that have been simmering in my brain for over a decade now that I’m just dying to write it all out.

 

When you’re not writing or working, what are you generally doing?

I’ll be watching films, drawing, blogging, editing, or reading.  I try to spend my time wisely on anything that’s constructive.

   

If you were to set a goal for your future what would it be?

Hopefully, in the next five to ten years, I’ll have a lot more books published by then.  Also, I hope to be a film director, making scripts out of my books, so they can come to life on the big screen.

 

And finally who is your favourite horror icon?

I actually have three in fact. Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and Dean Koontz. If I had to pick one to save my life, I’d have to say that I read Stephen King’s books before anyone else. The first real horror book I read was IT.

As you know, ordinarily we write a brief review of the short movies that we’re lucky enough to gain access to. This week however, we have watched TWO movies – both by the same director. So to keep you on your toes we’re not going to write separate reviews of the horror shorts – we’re going to write a feature on Davide Melini!

Now some of you may already be aware of Davide and his career so far, particularly his first horror short – The Puzzle. But you may not be aware about his new short film The Sweet Hand of the White Rose. Either way we’ll tell you about both.

Davide Melini is an Italian filmmaker. To date he has made four short movies, as well as working as an assistant director in Rome. One notable movie he has collaborated in, is the Dario Argento flick Mother of Tears: The Third Mother. Now if you love Dario Argento’s movies, then chances are you will enjoy Melini’s as well.

So we’ll start with The Puzzle. And in a few words – It’s really quite good! Sure there are a few things that could have been improved upon (general editing, camera shots etc) but the concept is brilliant and it’s portrayed very well. The film is about a woman whose mooching son is becoming an annoyance in her life. The film starts with her standing up to him before sitting down to enjoy a puzzle. But as the movie goes on, things start to get a lot darker before reaching the truly satisfying ending.

The Puzzle is definitely a sign of good things to come from Melini. Although it’s a short of just 5 minutes, and shot in one day with a budget of 300 Euro, it has arrived at the finals of 16 international festivals (with the award as ‘3rd Best Italian Film’ at the “Rome International Film Festival”). The short, that has been also broadcast on “Coming Soon Television” (Italy) and on “PTV Málaga” (Spain), till now received 51 great reviews around the world

Want to make up your own mind? Check it out

Okay so now you’ve got a better understanding of Davide Melini’s filmmaking style and his specialties. So why don’t we tell you a bit more about The Sweet Hand of the White Rose?

The movie follows two people involved in road accident. The driver of the car (Mark) is overwhelmed with grief following the death of the little girl he hit. He visits her grave, only to find that things are not what they seem. So far, the movie has won several awards and has been screened many countries (US, Spain, Italy, South Africa). Like “The Puzzle”, this one has been broadcast on “Coming Soon Television” (Italy) and on “PTV Málaga” (Spain) too.

Want to check it out? Feel free

As you can see, Melini is definitely going from strength to strength. If you disregard the poor voice-over, the movie is brilliant! Great plot, soundtrack and obviously a bigger budget than The Puzzle. His vivid ideas take creativity to a new level and it’ll be interesting to see what Melini can produce next.

If you want to read more about Davide Melini and his upcoming projects, as well as reviews and other info, visit his blog:

http://www.davidemelinidirector.blogspot.co.uk