H I Evan Camby Interview

Editor’s Foreword

Special thanks to author Evan Camby for doing this interview with us. You can find her horror short story collection, Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween, Part II, on Amazon by clicking here.

Thank you for finding the time to do this interview with us.

Your latest book, Walking After Midnight: Tales for Halloween Part II, contains ten different stories. What was the inspiration behind these tales?

Thanks for having me! So, I was first inspired to write this second collection because I wanted to revisit a story from the first book in the series. “Cabin Creek” is the prequel to the story Walking After Midnight (the books are named for this story) and explains how things in this town came to be. Then the rest of the stories each had their own inspiration—some of them I began writing years ago. “The Devil You Know” plays on a theme I write about a lot and was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, where the main character kind of slips into madness. The rest of the stories are my take on various urban legends or scary experiences that myself or others have shared, and I set them in places I have lived or visited—rural farmland, downtown Chicago, the deep woods of Maine—I manage to find the scary all over the USA.

Which was the hardest story in this collection to write?

“The Devil You Know” was disturbing because it touches on mental illness and I have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks, so it hit close to home. It was important, though, for me to explore that feeling of helplessness and desperation. I think that’s why I’ve always gravitated towards Poe as an author, because he wrote about those topics a lot.

Which of these ten stories are you most pleased with and why?

I have a soft spot for “Cabin Creek” because I got to go back and hang out with some of my favorite characters from my first book and show people the person Sheriff Benoit was as a kid and how he became the person he is today. I’d like to write a whole novel around the town of “Cabin Creek” someday.

You released the first book in this series in October of 2014. How do think your writing has changed since then?

I was 26 when I first started writing Walking After Midnight Part I and 28 when I published it, so I’d say that having more life experience has definitely given a bit more depth to my writing. I have also ventured more into the thriller territory rather than straightforward horror, although a classic Halloween tale will always have a special place in my heart.

One of the stories in this collection is about the legendary wendigo. To what extent does North American folklore influence your writing?

Not anymore than any other culture I hear or read about, although I have to admit that they have some of the scariest stories out there. I think their folklore has a special connection and tie with nature that gives the stories a very primal sense of reality, and something about that resonates with me.

What kind of research do you do for your writing?

I did not have to do much research for the three books I currently have published, but my upcoming book Slumber Falls has required a bit of research because it’s set at different time periods throughout the novel.

What first attracted you to the horror genre and when did you decide you wanted to be a horror author?

I don’t know if any single thing attracted me to horror, it’s like I was just born immediately drawn to scary stuff. I remember from a very young age watching spooky things, and preferring them to other things kids my age liked. My mom bought me some antique Edgar Allan Poe books and those had a huge effect on me. Another big influence was watching old Vincent Price movies like The Fall of the House of Usher—I was hooked.

What do you most fear encountering in a dark alley late at night?

Something demonic.

If you could host a roundtable discussion on the horror genre with five other people, living or dead, which five people would you choose and why?

H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, George Romero, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven. Probably no surprises there, but those are my heroes.

What do you do when not writing horror stories?

I’m a lawyer in “real life” so I’m often in the courtroom. For fun, I like to take walks in local parks, go for long country drives, and cook. I always keep my eyes open for inspiration for my stories, though.

What would you most like to learn how to do?

I have always wanted to learn how to surf. Not a ton of opportunity for it in the Midwest, but someday I’m going to go somewhere and learn.

Is there anything else you would like readers to know?

I have a podcast, The Midnight Madness Horror Podcast as well as a YouTube channel under my name. The podcast is for talking about scary stuff and horror movies/books, and the YouTube channel is where I upload story trailers for my books.

What advice would you offer to aspiring horror authors?

If you have an idea, write it down. It doesn’t matter if it’s not good. You have to be bad at something before you can be good at it. Be creative, have fun, don’t worry about the rest. Don’t be afraid to self-publish.

When not hiding in books, where is Waldo?

Stockpiling beanie hats and striped sweaters.

Thank you very much for taking the time to share with us!


About the Interviewer

Dan C. Rinnert is the publisher of ScienceFictionFantasyHorror.com.


About the Author

Evan Camby was born and raised in rural, small-town USA and has lived in three different states in the Midwest. She is most inspired by the microcosm of small towns and is a firm believer that you do not have to travel farther than your own backyard to find a good story. Camby is a life-long horror fan and Halloween enthusiast, and you can find her reading Poe and watching Romero movies year-round.


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