Friday, May 27, 2011

The House Eaters - Aaron Polson

Aaron Polson currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two sons, and a tattooed rabbit.  To pay the bills, he teaches high school English. Aaron’s stories have been reprinted in The Best of Every Day Fiction 2009 and 2010, listed as a recommended read by Tangent Online, and received honorable mention in the storySouth Million Writers Award and Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year. 

Product description:

Nick Gillingham knew moving before his senior year would suck... but he never imagined a nightmare like Broughton’s Hollow. It’s bad enough Nick hears disembodied voices after moving near “the House”—a crumbling relic with a sinister past. But then the local football team decides to make him their new tackling dummy, the queen of the school starts manipulating him for her own nefarious purposes, and his parents’ marriage falls apart. When Nick’s elderly neighbor hints whatever lurks within “the House” might be the cause of his troubles, he sets out to uncover the truth behind the local Indian legend of the “Eating Monster.” Nick will to have to rely on a band of social outcasts from school—and his loony kid sister—to put his life and family back together again. But even if he survives a close encounter with “the House,” Nick will still need to find a date for the homecoming dance.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

The narrator, Nick, is funny and quick-witted. He's honest, too.  The story has enough twists and turns and strange corners to keep readers flipping the virtual pages. The House Eaters isn't a traditional haunted house book--I haven't seen a book which plays with the Native American myths with which Nick and his friends must contend. 

Q: Why did you go indie?

I went indie with The House Eaters because my publisher went belly-up.  I've had moderate success with other indie projects, so instead of feeling hopeless, I was empowered to get my book back "out there."

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? 

I'm a big fan of Stephen King (of course).  Jeff Vandermeer has a wonderful way with words, too.  "The General Who is Dead" is one of the most hauntingly beautiful short stories I've ever read.  There's a fellow in England named Michael Stone I expect we will hear big things from.  His stuff is always spot on.  Tim O'Brien, while not exactly in my genre, has always been a favorite.  The House Eaters for Kindle
and The House Eaters for Nook

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