In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Trevor Addud and his story “Face to Face.”
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
I was driving to work early one morning down a dark backwoods road thinking about my wife and how much I love her. I was also thinking about how eerie the large overhanging trees looked in the moonlight. Their numerous spindly, dark arms and long, claw-like branches represented something formidable. I wondered what I would do without my wife? I wondered what I would do if I came “Face to Face” with a monster?
Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?
Harold is a troubled, middle-aged man with a broken heart and a very good reason to be afraid. After losing the love of his life a year ago, and fresh out of prison, Harold is now being haunted by a nightmare and a living monster.
Tell me about the setting you chose and how it influences your work.
The aura of “Face to Face” is a darkened, bittersweet setting, and I think the words in my story reek of such a scent.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
To seek help if needed and don’t give in.
Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?
“It’s time to come face to face with the monster.”
If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be?
Once again the monster lurks! And it beckons for you to come!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
On a H.G Wells short story collection.
If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?
Robert McCammon’s, Swan Song. It’s the greatest story I’ve ever read. I love the journey of it. I love the battle between good and evil.
When did you decide to take writing seriously?
When my best friend and I were twelve, and he wrote this story call “Frightmare.” I was so jealous and excited; I knew I wanted—needed—to write.
Trevor Abbud is an up-and-coming author writing speculative fiction. Developing a taste for literature as a young adult, Abbud took a serious interest in writing. His short stories and poems have been published by Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, GFT Press, GNU Journal, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Chantwood Magazine, The Broke Bohemian, Seshat Magazine and The hungry Chimera. Abbud is currently developing a collection of short stories.
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