Friday, March 26, 2021

Author Interview- The Scavenger: Book One of The Hopps Town Series by Aidan Lucid #Horror #AuthorInterview


- What is your “day” job if you are not a full time author?

I currently offer a manuscript critiquing service. –

- If you wrote a book about your life what would the title be?

The Man Behind the Mask. Why I would choose that title is because I was born with a very rare genetic disorder called, Moebius Syndrome. My face is paralysed due to muscles being dormant since birth so I've often considered it a mask. But never have I left the syndrome get in the way of achieving my goals.

- What is the hardest thing about being an author?

Definitely marketing. If I won the lotto, hiring a PA to help promote my books would be top of the ‘to-do’ list.

- What is the best thing about being an author?

Creating or getting to meet new characters in the hope of enthralling readers with their stories taking place in fantastical lands.

- Have you ever been star-struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it?

No, sadly I haven’t.

- What book changed your life?

The Da Vinci Code. In my opinion, that set the bar for all writers and it inspired me to be as good as Dan Brown. A tall order, I know. But for fantasy, I think it was a King Arthur novel I read as a kid. That fueled my imagination and got me hooked on medieval tales and heroes like Robin Hood, William Tell etc.

- What were some of your favorite books growing up?

King Arthur stories and books on Irish mythological heroes.

- What books are currently in your to-be-read pile?

Too many to count lol. Some David Baldacci novels, a few Elvis biographies along with some spiritual books too.

- Which do you prefer ebooks, print, or audiobooks?

Any of the three would suit me. Ebooks are especially useful and easier to carry if you’re travelling, though.

- If you could live inside the world of a book or series which world would it be and why?

I’d love to be inside Star Trek’s universe. Who wouldn’t want to be onboard a starship, zipping around from planet to planet and use food replicators. Think of all the washing-up it would save!


The Scavenger
The Hopps Town Series
Book One 
Aidan Lucid

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Jongleur Books
Date of Publication: January 10th, 2021.
ISBN: 979-8593579034
Number of pages: 146
Word Count: Approx. 37000
Cover Artist: SmStudioinc 

Tagline: Three Separate Wishes. One Twisted Nightmare!

Book Description: 

Just like Hopps Town, their humble home, Jessica Barlow, Jared Duval, and Adrian Cole are fostering dark secrets. Plagued by loss, cruelty, and physical abuse, these friends are kindred spirits, bound by anguish and elusive dreams. They’re soon to find the key to change, but any happy future will demand they face a haunting past and brave a lethal present.

Deep in the forest on the outskirts of town, aging and nearly forgotten, there stands a well from another time. Happening upon this relic, Adrian goads his companions to join him in making a wish. Soon, difficult though it is to admit, their luckless lives do seem to shift. The only problem is, the changes aren’t at all as they’d imagined. Seemingly, they’ve only left the pan to face the fire.

Should they hope to both survive and thrive, they’ll need to pool their wits and draw on mystic inner-power. Solving Hopps Town’s greatest mystery now means life or death.



After drying herself off, Jessica watched some TV in her room. As she flicked through the channels, she heard footsteps in the hallway.

“Is that you, mom?” There was no response. “Mom?” she called out again, but there was no answer.

Sighing, she got up and opened her bedroom door. Looking left and right, there was nobody around. “Mom?” Bertha didn’t respond. “Guess I must be hearing things.”

Laying back down on the bed, she picked up the remote.

Jessica rubbed her arms, now feeling cold. She felt a sudden chill in the room. She glanced at the window. It was closed and locked.

“Why is it so cold?”

As she stood up to get a warmer sweater, Jessica stopped. The girl swallowed hard and her heart thundered as her chair beside the door moved two itself.

“O...kay. That’s weird.” Approaching the chair cautiously, she pushed it back.

Opening the wardrobe door, she rummaged through all her sweaters. Jessica paused, hearing the wooden chair creak. Again her heart beat faster. Slowly, she half-closed the wardrobe door to take a look, even though every fiber in her being said not to. Shutting her eyes, the girl rattled off a quick prayer.

Turning around to face the chair, Jessica opened her eyes. She screamed as it now leaned forward, its two back legs high in the air. Tears threatened to drown her eyes as she jumped on the bed. Something dragged the chair across the room, stopping at the foot of her bed. It now fell back, resting on its four legs again.

Seizing her chance, Jessica bolted for the door. Just as she was about to make her exit, an invisible force slammed it shut. Jessica pulled at the handle, trying hard to open it.

“Come on, come on,” she said with a shaky breath, tears continuing to stream down her face. “Open, damn it!” When that didn’t work, Jessica banged on the door in desperation. “Mom, mom. Help!”

Her banging came to an abrupt halt when someone grabbed her ponytail, yanking it hard, pulling her to the ground. She cried out in pain as her back hit the ground hard. Ice cold fingers pulled up her sweater and t-shirt. Now they stroked and caressed her stomach.

“No, please, no!” The malevolent force ignored her pleas, continuing to crawl down towards her underwear.

Jessica wriggled and flailed her arms about to break free. Once more, she felt the acrid stench of a hot breath against her left ear.

“Get away from me, you sick bastard!”

She almost leaped off the floor when she heard his menacing Southern drawl, “You want me to leave you alone? Then forget about the well.” His ice-cold fingers no longer tugged at the waistband of her pajama bottoms.

The tight grip on her ponytail was gone. She waited a few seconds to see if Caleb had gone too. When the eerie icy atmosphere had lifted, she scrambled to her feet and ran to the bathroom. 

About the Author:

Since 2004, Aidan Lucid’s work has been published in national and international magazines, as well as various poetry anthologies. For a period of nine months in 2007, he was a film reviewer for the award-winning Irish newspaper, The Kerryman. From 2009 to 2017, Aidan was an assistant editor for Bewildering Stories e-zine. Lucid began critiquing novels and short stories in 2018 and continues to do so. In October 2019, his debut YA fantasy novel, The Lost Son, was released.

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1 comment:

Aidan Lucid said...

Thanks for having me on your blog. It's an honor to be here. I appreciate the opportunity. I hope readers will find the interview and excerpt entertaining.

Thanks again.

Aidan Lucid