2020 CONVERSATIONS WITH COLLEEN: The Halloween Special with AUTHOR, C. S. Boyack, @VIRGILANTE
My yearly Halloween celebration includes C. S. Boyack and his amazing collection of speculative fiction novels. I can’t imagine Halloween without hearing about his newest release in the Hat Series, “The Ballad of Mrs. Molony.”
First, let me introduce C. S. Boyack! Happy Halloween, Craig! I’m glad you’re here to celebrate the holiday and to tell us about your newest book, “The Ballad of Mrs. Molony,” book 3, in the Hat series.
I think this is the third, and possibly the fourth, Halloween we’ve spent together. October is my favorite month, and Halloween is my favorite celebration. This might stem from being a Nevada boy originally. It’s Nevada day for all our fans living there.
Well, you know that they say Craig… on Samhain (Halloween) the veil between our world and the otherworld thins. There are all kinds of magic afoot! What do you have for us today?
As an author, I think we should focus on books. Halloween books are fairly common, but you have to broaden your point of view. They start off for kids, with things like Goosebumps or even Scooby Doo cartoons. Nothing too horrifying, but the mystery and odd things are present.
At the far end we have outright horror and even splatter-punk. My own preference is somewhere in the middle, but the point is there’s something for everyone. If you expand your horizons, you can shoehorn in an alien invasion, Harry Potter, or even the Classical Greek stories.
This year, Halloween probably won’t have a ton of parties, and trick or treating might be somewhat reserved. Maybe some reading would be a good way to spend the season.
That’s my idea of the perfect holiday. Cuddle up with a blanket, something warm to drink, and start reading! What do you recommend?
I offer a lot of selections that could fit the bill. I call my newest, The Hat Series. This is the story of a young girl who has a symbiotic relationship with a being from another dimension. This being is trapped in the form of a hat, but as long as he’s taken the form of headgear of some kind, he can change his shape.
The original Hat story is my most popular title to date, so I turned it into one of those series where you don’t absolutely have to read them in order. My plan is to keep them going as long as I have decent ideas.
While Lizzie is a normal person, the hat has special powers. He can find people he’s met before, transport them magically to an old cabin in the woods that becomes a secret lair, and provide eyes in the back of her head. These are handy traits, because Lizzie and the hat are monster hunters.
The symbiosis is important, because they can do things together that neither of them could do by themselves. One example is the hat plays the upright bass. He’s powerless without Lizzie’s hands and fingers for him to manipulate. This was a neat trick for an author, because they formed a small cover band. The band gets them out at night when the monsters are out, and it allows them to travel a little bit. The band is kind of a ticket to keep the stories coming.
There is a certain amount of snarky, dark comedy to this series. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t get “wet” in some scenes, because killing monsters isn’t a particularly clean business. I suppose it’s corny and stupid on purpose, but it has some scary scenes and a little blood and gore.
If your style leans toward “Ash vs. The Evil Dead,” or your superhero style is “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Deadpool,” The Hat Series might be for you. They’re also short reads, at about half the length of a standard novel. I think this is part of their appeal. You can read a complete story in one Saturday afternoon.
I’ve enjoyed all three of the Hat series books, Craig. Tell us a bit about them.
Here’s how they break down:
The Hat is the origin story. You’ll meet Lizzie, a hardworking college dropout who is down on her luck. She comes into possession of an old hat that completely changes her life. In this story, they’re chasing the worst monsters of all – humans.
Viral Blues is my team up story. Lizzie and the hat get summoned to a meeting by the head of a secret society. All the main and supporting characters appeared previously in books I’ve published. I went out of my way to make sure you don’t have to read those books to have fun with this tale.
These kinds of tales are all the rage at the box office, so why not in one of my books? It keeps the corny vibe going, and this time there are real monsters. (And a devil.)
The Ballad of Mrs. Molony is my newest one. It’s less than 30 days old and could use some early sales and reviews. This time, Lizzie and the hat are chasing a couple of vampires across the country music scene. With this in mind, I priced it at 99¢ until November.
That’s a fabulous value for a book, Craig! What else do you have up your sleeve for us?
I have three more storyboards in the works for future tales in this series, so it isn’t going away anytime soon.
Halloween might have to be a little more reserved this year. In books, you can go as crazy as you want, get as terrified as your preference will allow. Enjoy the season with a book, even if it isn’t one of mine.
I’ve read and reviewed “The Hat,” “Viral Blues, & “The Balad of Mrs. Molony—find those reviews below.
Title: The Hat, A Novella Amazon Author Page: C. S. Boyack Goodreads Publication Date: January 11, 2018 Formats: Paperback & Kindle Genres: Science fiction & fantasy, Superheros, Paranormal & Urban IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS: Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs
Featuring Your Next Weekend Read! About this Book Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness. They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply.
Featuring Your Next Weekend Read! About this Book Lizzie and the hat are back, and this time they’re chasing vampires across a subculture of America. A pair of rodeo cowboys are holding a woman captive to use like a milk cow since they joined the undead. The person who put them onto the trail is also a vampire, but he
About the Author
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
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