My most recent book is called Tales of Terror from the Irish Hellfire Club. It’s a collection of short ghost stories set up in an old seventeenth century hunting lodge which has been abandoned for centuries due to an appearance by the Devil during a card game which was held in the house a during it’s first few years.
The stories are called Hotel Nowhere and it’s about myself fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, driving on in my damaged car I stumble upon a old Hotel and invite myself in and i find the place deserted and only one key with my date of birth on it. Thinking nothing of it I go up to the room and try to fall asleep, but I start to hear strange voices either coming form my mind or out in the hall which plays on my bedevilling conscience.
In The Crossover story, three friends on their way up to the Hellfire Club experience strange occurrences which have them questioning their own fate. In Never Touch What You Don’t Understand, after using an ouija board at the club three friends find themselves in danger from an unseen menace controlling one of their friends mind. And an out of work security guard in A Night of Frights unwillingly takes the job of minding the Hellfire Club, but something doesn’t want him to leave this job alive.
Tell us something about yourself.
I was born and raised in Dublin Ireland and have been living there the past twenty nine years. Since I was a child I’ve always been interested in anything supernatural. Funny thing is I was terrified of dark forest trees that covered over the roads when we drove through them with my family. So I think after been afraid too much I started to embrace the darkness and now I love anything dark, likes stories, films etc. I’ve been writing since the age of thirteen when my English teacher at that time came up with a subject called sloppy writing, in which it was a chance for the pupils to show there creative style. I’ll always remember my first story it was called the Haunted House and oh my God was it awful. But I suppose once I wrote that I was hooked on writing. Three sequels followed the original and from then on another string of awful stories, but I suppose they were all learning curves because it kept my creative style alive.
What inspired you to write this book?
What inspired me to write this book was the tales told about the Hellfire Club because it was only a stone throw away at the top of the Dublin Mountains. It was the only haunted house around my area so I thought it would be the perfect setting for these tales. The book also includes some ghosts featured in Irish mythology.
How did you choose the title?
The book was originally supposed to be called Night Frights, but when the editors told me there was another book out with the same title I had to think of another name for the book, so after long consideration I decided on the name Tales of terror from the Irish Hellfire Club
because most of the stories in the book climaxed at the Hellfire Club, so it was the perfect fit.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
The obstacles I encountered getting the book published were that I had to pay to get it published. The traditional publishers I sent the manuscript to don’t take any single author collections, so I had to pay for it out of my own money.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
Because I’ve been writing all my life, and it’s a passion, as I said above I started when I was back in third class in school.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I came up with the names of the characters because I based one story on myself, but the other characters came from people I knew.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Yeah I learned one thing and that is I’ll never pay to get a book published again. It seemed like the perfect package when I first paid for it, but after it was finally published I realised that I had to pay for any advertisement for the book and I just hadn’t got the money to pay for it.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Well if I was to do it all again I’d wait for a traditional publisher to agree to publish the book because getting self published costs a lot after the book is released and your not guaranteed to make any money of it unless you have to funds to pay for advertisements etc.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favourite authors? Why?
The types of books I like to read are thrillers and horrors. I really haven’t got a favourite author, but I like the film adaptations of Stephen Kings books, and I’d have to say my favourite short story which was in the 13th more tales of horror book published by point horror would have to be the Devil’s footprints by Malcolm Rose
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
At the moment I’m working on a new book based on the Irish Fairies and what happens when their stuff gets stolen. It’s not a children’s book it’s more about the dark side of the fairies which in some cases can be pretty violent if anything belonging to them gets disturbed or stolen.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The best advice I could give to other writers is if they get refused by any publishers just keep trying it’ll eventually pay off for some. Another thing to writers if they find themselves running out of ideas or if they get stuck just leave the work for a day or two and something will come to them. It’s a big world with lots of things happening so something will eventually come to them. And last but not least don’t use a self publisher for your work unless you have the money to afford advertisement which will cost you a lot depending on what way you go about it.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The perfect reader for my book is teenagers, people in their twenties and anyone that likes traditional ghost stories which are based around certain truths.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
Readers can learn more about my book at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, strategic book publishing, Barnes and Noble, You can view the video called The Hellfire Club Jason Stanbridge or Tales of terror from the Irish Hellfire Club Jason Stanbridge on Youtube or you can check the press release on PLorg or at the link below;
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