At Edward Allen, we want you to get to know our authors. Each week we’ll profile one of our authors and try to dig into the story behind the story, a bit.
Please meet Alicia Dean, author of “Scarred” from our upcoming Halloween anthology, “Mysteries of the Macabre.”
Q. “Scarred” is about a man who was injured (horrifically) in an auto accident a year earlier (and blamed for his fiancé’s death) and the woman who has never forgotten her love for him. Where did you get the idea for the story?
A. I honestly can’t say where the idea came from. I love the old classic movies like Dracula and The Wolfman, and I knew I wanted a Halloween themed story, and the idea of a phantom-like masked man came to me. (I’ve never actually seen Phantom of the Opera, which, I know, is crazy, but I was told my hero was similar. If so, it was a complete accident :))
Q. We love the Gothic suspense tone of your story. Several years ago you wrote “Lady in the Mist” (w/a Winter Frost), another Gothic suspense, and many of your other titles fall into the suspense category. What authors have influenced your writing in this genre, if any?
A. I used to devour Victoria Holt novels. Those have really stuck with me over the years. I also adored Marilyn Harris, and her books had a huge influence on me. I love the dark, creepy, moody feel of them. In general, the writers who have influenced me in suspense are Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner, Ridley Pearson…I could go on and on.
Q. We’re thrilled to include “Scarred” in our upcoming Halloween anthology. Do you celebrate Halloween in any special way, or do you lock your door and shut off the porch lights to keep the Trick-or-Treaters away?
A. Now that my kids are grown and I live alone, I don’t do as much as I used to, but I don’t turn my lights off. I love handing out candy and seeing the costumes. When the kids were little, I LOVED dressing them up and taking them trick-or-treating and to haunted houses. Sometimes, my kids and I will still get together and watch scary movies during the Halloween season. Of course, our favorites are the actual “Halloween” franchise. No better way to celebrate the holiday than with Michael Myers. 🙂
Q. We know you’re a huge fan of Elvis Presley. In your recollection, did Elvis ever star in any Halloween-themed or scary movies?A. Yes, HUGE! Actually, he made a movie called Tickle Me, and a portion of it took place in a haunted house in an old ghost town. I loved that movie (surprised?). It was one of my kids’ favorites, especially my son’s.