I’ve been quiet about this for too long. Mostly because I’ve been working so busily on it! But finally it is time to tell you about BEYOND THE WAIL, my first editing project through Xchyler Publishing.
A play set turns life around for Martin Taper, but things take a turn for the worse when he neglects it and the lonely child obsessed with it.
As editor of the anthology, I can tell you that when I read ‘The Diorama’ I knew it was going to be one of the scariest in the collection. Bendix has a way of casting a dark foreboding that just goes deeper and deeper as the story unfolds. Unlike many stories, there is nothing cliche about about the strange circumstances that Bendix’s character Martin Taper finds himself in. In contrast, Martin himself personifies the experiences we have all faced in our lives when struggling through mundane and seemingly endless drudgeries of life. This makes the story all the more intriguing when those mundanities take a sudden turn toward the terrifying.
Q/A with Sebastian Bendix:
- How did you come up with the concept of your story?
I wanted to write a “monkey’s paw” type story, and hit on the idea of using action figures as the predictive element because I collect action figures. The rest just sort of fell into place.
- How did you come up with the title?
It seemed the most logical. Plus I liked the pun-potential of “Die-o-rama”.
- Please provide some insight into or a secret or two about your story.
Years before I came up with the idea, I used to give my friends “readings” using my action figures as a sort of Tarot. It was eerily effective.
- What was the most surprising part of writing this book?
How easily my story came to me and how quickly I had a first draft.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
Learning to really dig in and cut out everything that was non-essential, and, thanks to the editing staff, getting a handle on my over-usage of passive verbs.
More Fun facts:
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars
Hunger Games or Divergent? Hunger Games
James Bond or Jack Ryan? Bond
Sherlock: Robert Downey, Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch? Cumberbatch
Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean? Pirates
Find out even more about Sebastian Bendix: