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Author Q&A wuth @MCarterAuthor | BENNYTOWN Book Tour and $15 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #Horror #Thriller

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for BENNYTOWN by Matt Carter. The adult horror thriller available now from Ow...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for BENNYTOWN by Matt Carter. The adult horror thriller available now from Owl Hollow Press.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.

Matt Carter will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour!



Bennytown
by Matt Carter


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GENRE: Adult horror/thriller


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NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99. 


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BLURB:

For nearly sixty years, Bennytown has been America’s most exciting family theme park destination. Under the watchful eye of cultural icon Benny the Bunny, the park has entertained generations of children with its friendly atmosphere and technologically innovative rides, acting as a beacon of joy and wonder, where magic is real and dreams come true.

Bennytown once saved sixteen-year-old Noel Hallstrom’s life, and to repay it, Noel has applied for a summer job. Though the work is messy and the hours are bad, Noel is happy to be a part of the Bennytown family, until he sees the darkness beneath the surface. Strange, mechanized mascots walk the park perimeter. Elegantly dressed cultists in wooden Benny masks lurk in the darkness. Spirits of the many who’ve died in the park roam freely, and every night the park transforms into a dark dimension where madness reigns and monsters prowl.

Noel is about to find out more about Bennytown than he ever wanted to know, and that its darkness might have designs on him.
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EXCERPT:

Darkness is all I can see in any direction. I see shadowy, moving shapes I know to be buckets around me and maybe an outline of the escalators but nothing in complete detail.

I am abandoned.

No, no, no. I can NOT be abandoned. Somebody has to know I’m here. Somebody will look for me. Any second now. Any second…
I grip the railing and scream, “HEEEEEEEEEEEY! HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP!”

My cries are pitiful against the wind and the rain. I doubt anyone can hear me from thirty feet away, let alone from the distance of the station. Despite that, I’m too scared to stop screaming.

Someone has to hear.

I scream again.

This time there’s a scream back.

Not a person. Not an animal. 

I don’t know what.

It’s low, mechanical and almost organic. Only something large can make a sound like that.

Briefly, I hope that it’s the motors starting up, ready to pull me to safety.
I’m not that lucky.

And maybe it’s a good thing I’m stuck here. There’s something about that scream I don’t like, something that reaches into the furthest, most primitive recesses of my brain and tells me that whatever made that noise is hungry.

The wind picks up, and the steel cables above me creak and groan in protest.

A bolt of lightning flashes close enough to light up the sky. It’s so bright it burns my eyes, and the thunder sounds like the whole world is exploding around me. With spots and stars in my eyes, I wonder if I’m going blind, as the electricity in my bucket turns on again. The light is dull and yellow, flickering, and the speaker briefly comes to life. The voice whispers right into my ear.



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AUTHOR Interview:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Bennytown is a horror story about a 16-year-old, Noel, who gets his first ever summer job at America’s favorite theme park, the titular Bennytown, only to find that not all is what it seems, and that the park holds some truly dark secrets.

I will say straight away that it is a fairly grim and dark book in a lot of places, so would be best for people with a fair stomach and tolerance for frightening material, and that despite the age of the protagonist, it is very much a story intended for an adult audience. I don’t mean to scare anyone away with this, just to properly inform; if you’re ever inclined for a good spooky story and don’t mind things going down an occasionally unpleasant path, Bennytown is definitely up your alley. I tried to scare, and I’m hoping I’ve succeeded.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
When you’re writing a horror novel, I find a couple different degrees of what you can call favorite.

As for favorite to write, I would definitely have to put the lead, Noel. He’s 16-years-old, setting out into the world with his first summer job, and dealing with a lot of demons that Bennytown has a way of bringing out in him. He’s a well-meaning, if a little disturbed, young man, and getting to explore how the park begins to mess around with his psyche was a lot of fun to write.

As for my favorite because I found them the scariest… well, that would easily have to be Wilbur Walrus, one of the costumed characters that calls Bennytown home. I’ve been writing scary stories for about as long as I can remember, but he is honestly the first time I’ve created a characters that completely and utterly scares and disgusts me. Every scene I wrote for him was awkward and gross and frightening, and I looked forward to the next time I’d find a good scene for him.


What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
Despite my tendencies in storytelling leaning toward the dark and macabre, my tolerance for stories of real-life horrors is admittedly a little more on the squeamish side. Nonetheless, in preparation for writing a story about a haunted theme park with a violent past, I did have to do my fair share of research on accidents and violent incidents at real-world theme parks. It’s a subject that can admittedly get to be a bit on the grim and sad side, but it helped create a sense of authenticity for a lot of the material I was working with on Bennytown.


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mattcarterauthor/, Twitter at https://twitter.com/MCarterAuthor, and my author page, http://mattcarterauthor.weebly.com.


What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully many, many, many more horror books. My wife and I are currently about to wrap up the first draft of a gothic, haunted house novel that we are quite excited for, and I’ve a handful of other ideas in the pipeline that I imagine will prove quite fun and spooky. Keep an eye out…


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Well, there’s the ever-classic “buy copies of the book”, but that’s just the first step. If you enjoyed the book, tell other people, encourage them to check it out. Write reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, your blog, anywhere. Spread the word, encourage people to check it out and talk about it, and you will make any writer smile.


Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

In the immortal words of Peter Quincy Taggart, “Never give up, never surrender.” When you write a story and decide to put it out into the world, hoping for someone to pick it up, you are going to face a lot of rejection. It is very easy to get dissuaded from on this path, but if you know in the deepest corner of your heart that writing is what you are meant to do, keep at it. Keep honing your craft, improving your skills, keep putting yourself out there, because if you don’t keep trying, then it’s all over.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Matt Carter has used his lifelong love for writing, history and the bizarre to bring to life novels like Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel, Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir, and the Prospero Chronicles young adult horror series (all co-authored with Fiona J.R. Titchenell). Bennytown,is his first solo horror novel.

He is represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel and lives in the usually sunny town of San Gabriel, CA with his wife, their pet king snake Mica, and the myriad of strange fictional characters and worlds that live in his head.



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GIVEAWAY:

Matt Carter will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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24 comments

  1. What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

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    1. Most challenging: Finishing works. I tend to run out of steam at very inopportune times, and making it to the end can sometimes be a true challenge.

      Most rewarding: Actually fighting through that speed bump and finishing a work. It's a wonderful thing.

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  2. Thank you for having me on your blog!

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  3. Out of all your books, which is your absolute favorite?

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  4. Good morning and thank you for the book description and giveaway. 

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  5. This sounds like a very interesting premise.

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  6. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  7. The cover really makes you want to read the book.

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  8. What is the scariest thing that you have ever experienced?

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  9. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  10. what inspired you to become an author when you did ?

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  11. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  12. Thanks for the excerpt & interview!

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  13. Thanks for the opportunity to win! And thanks for sharing your book.

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  14. I loved learning about new authors.. You're quite interesting!

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  15. What author do you most like to read?

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  16. I love a good scary story like this!

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