Frankenstein’s Confessional Published on Amazon through BookBaby
Collection of Nightmarish Revelations Features 11 Short Stories and 1 Novella
California—October 1, 2012
Fear in Appleton author J. Stephen Howard has published a fresh set of tales just in time for the Halloween season. All are told from first person point of view, by the “monster” who committed a terrible act; thus, the title describes how these characters created the evil in their lives.
“I took some acting classes when I was younger,” Howard said, explaining the inspiration behind the series. “What fascinated me about acting was I could imagine how someone competely different from me perceived the world. The so-called juicier parts are always the villains. While psychopaths are repellant, it’s an interesting puzzle trying to figure out what makes them tick.”
These fringe characters range from young to old, male to female, and guilty to guilt-ridden. But no matter where they started, they enter as sinners but leave as monsters. The list of unfortunates includes the following: a vampire fireman; a twelve-year-old son of an alcoholic; an anorexic female art major; an ex-football player-turned CSI agent; a middle-aged insurance salesman/werewolf; a single mother hotel maid; an adopted, stuttering middle school student; a former chemistry major-turned bartender; a plastic surgeon; a Filipino Catholic priest; a history major; and a pop singer-songwriter.
“The songwriter, Kenny Blaze, is the character most similar to me,” Howard said. “I’ve always been a creative person and songwriting has been another avenue I’ve gone down. Of course, I never had an evil guitar pick with a mind of its own, but I can certainly relate to the character’s passion for artistic expression. And in putting that character in a setting I have actually been in to some extent, I feel it touched an emotional chord during the writing of what turned out to be a novella. But then again, I tried to put myself in the shoes of all the characters, so I hope I was successful in creating living, breathing souls struggling with the dark side of life.”
Frankenstein’s Confessional: a collection of nightmarish revelations is now available on Amazon.
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J. Stephen Howard teaches English in California where he lives with his wife.
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