Thursday, March 29, 2018

Q&A with Vanessa Morgan

Vanessa Morgan is known as the “female version of Stephen King.” Three of her works (The Strangers Outside, Next to Her, A Good Man) have become movies. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats (

Q & A

When did you decide to start writing stories?
It started right after college. I went to live in London for a year, and there I saw Faulkner's As I Lay Dying on stage. While I was watching that play, I realized for the first time in my life that I wanted to create stories myself. I've been writing ever since.

Why horror versus the other genres?
Because I'm a horror fan at heart. I'm totally passionate about horror movies in particular. It's always been that way. I've seen the most obscure ones out there, even those that have never been released on DVD or Blu-ray, and my favorite pastime is going to horror film festivals around the world.

Who is your favorite character in Clowders and why?
My favorite character is Jess because she treats people with respect, and she puts the well-being of others before her own.

Do you think this novel will have an impact, negative or positive, on what people think of cats?
If you're an ailurophobe, someone who fears cats, Clowders will not improve on things. Chances are, though, that you'll start treating cats much better after reading the book.

What are your plans for the next writing project?
I'm currently turning my short story The Strangers Outside into a novel. I've always thought there was the potential to make it longer and better. The first draft is already finished, so it will be released soon. After that, I'll be creating another horror movie reference guide in the same vein as When Animals Attack.

Dogs or Cats? 
I love all kinds of animals – cats AND dogs. I have a cat and a rabbit. My current cat, Romero, has a small part in Clowders. So does my former cat, Avalon.

Where can your readers find you on social media?
I'm most active on Twitter @eeriestories , but they can also find me on Facebook. I love interacting with my readers.

by Vanessa Morgan
Genre: Horror, Suspense

Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” - to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs.

When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they've arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants' adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is horrifyingly real.

Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.

Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?

Their move to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.

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