My guest author for the 1st Annual All Authors Blog Blitz is Kit Tinsley. Kit's blog http://www.kit-tinsley.com/blog
See my guest blog post at http://lynneconstantine.com/blog/all-author-blog-blitz-meet-dana-roquet/
Welcome To The ‘Dark County’
Amazon Link to Dark County
Well hello everyone, and welcome to my guest blog here. Today I would like to talk to you a little about my latest book ‘Dark County’. The book itself is a collection of short horror stories, or as I prefer to call them ‘Ten Tales of Rural Terror’, as each story is set in the countryside. Lincolnshire to be precise, a large rural county on the east coast of England for those who don’t know it.
The reasons I wrote this book are multiple. I had recently finished and was about to publish my debut novel ‘Beneath’, and I had planned my next novel, but wanted to do something different first. I wanted to write a collection of short horror stories, as it would allow me to cover many facets of the horror genre in one book. I also wanted the collection to have an overall theme. My first novel was set in a fictional town in Lincolnshire. This is the county I live in, and have done for nearly thirty years. Though I was not born here I have grown from child, to teen, to adult here.
Lincolnshire is a beautiful place. On a summers day you can drive around and enjoy the glorious scenery in full bloom. It is also a very flat county, there are only a few hilly areas, and this creates a sense of vast space, and at times bleakness and isolation. This feeling is everywhere you go, hidden below the surface. It is a place steeped in history, and somewhat out of time. There are many lovely, friendly people in the county, but also many small minded and hateful people. This was another inspiration for the collection, this duality in the county. As a horror writer I can always find the darkness that is hidden in a place, and with these stories I have let my imagination run wild and go to the most extreme dark corners.
The book contains stories of the supernatural, and stories of all too human evil. There are also stories that are psychological, while others are very visceral in their horror. This was what I wanted to be able to do. After writing a novel, with one story in one style of horror writing, I wanted to experiment and try different things before committing myself to writing a new novel. It was a great and quick experience writing this book, it took me only three weeks to write all of the stories, and I am very pleased with the results.
Now I am well underway writing my next novel, and I think that once this is finished I will write another collection of short stories, as it seems to me to be a great way to recharge your batteries and exercise your imagination. Who knows what this next collection will be about, maybe a volume two of this one, after all there are still many tales of terror to be told from the black heart of the ‘Dark County’.
About the Author
He graduated form DMU Leicester in 2002 with a BA (hons) in Media Studies and English. Since then he has spent time teaching both subjects in secondary and further education.
He has also worked on several independent films, Writing a film called 'Red Route' in 2007. Unfortunately the film, which Kit also acted in, has been lost in post production hell since completion.
Most recently he has worked on production of a film called 'Shadows of a Stranger', working with actors from the popular T.V shows Doctor Who, Rainbow and Torchwood, as well as an actor who appeared in both 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight'. The film is being prepared for its release as we speak.
Kit is also a musician, He is lead vocalist/guitarist for a punk/folk/rock band called Dog Goblins.
He was born in Shropshire in 1978, but has lived in Lincolnshire since 1985.
He lives with his wife and their young son.
Other works by Kit Tinsley
Kit's website http://www.kit-tinsley.com