A. Lopez, Jr.
Website “The Multi-Genre Project”
“Mind Games”, part of Purgatory
Book Baby (multiple outlets)
In the spirit of King, Laymon, Little, and Keene comes a collection of 13 tales of horror and the macabre. In the name of research, a world-famous horror author spends the night alone in one of the most haunted houses in the land, “Ritter House”, only to discover that reality is much more horrific than fiction. In “Road Trip”, a man must travel across state lines to identify his brother’s dead body and drive him home in the back of his station wagon to a mortuary run by a dead man. A man has 2 hours to try and prevent a catastrophe in the building that his wife works in. Only, he can’t recall how or why, his only clue is the recurring nightmare he had 2 hours earlier. The clock tics in “Tic Toc” Christmas will never be the same again for a little boy in “Santa Claws”. An old wooden box in a warehouse carries a story all its own in “The Crate” A trip to Purgatory will open the door to these stories and more.
Inspiration Behind the Story
Before I wrote this story, I always ‘people-watched’, and wondered what was really gone in their minds. What are they really thinking? I included myself within that question and I knew I had an idea for a story. In “Mind Games”, I took one individual, George Milton – a typical office worker and single man with too many thoughts running through his mind. A nice man on the outside, cordial and easy to talk to, but on the inside he is a completely different person – a person no one knows of. If they did, they would consider him a violent person, based on his thoughts. The story follows George in his day to day life, asking the question: What will happen when the violent ‘Inside-George’ spills over to the outside? This can be applied to all our lives, in any setting and any place if you really think about it.
Lots of props to A. Lopez, Jr. for stopping by. Keep your eyes peeled to see who will be next to enter my Asylum during National Short Story Month.