Friday, January 21, 2022

Author Interview - The Haunting of Black River Forest by Jaydeep Shah #Horror

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

I work as a front desk agent at the hotel.

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

I think the title will be The Decision or maybe The Boy Who Saw Dream.

- What is the hardest thing about being an author?

The hardest thing about being an author is to motivate yourself to write and hit the word count goal.

- What is the best thing about being an author?

The best thing about being an author is that you can create the characters that may inspire someone in real life to be like that character to achieve their goals.

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

Oh, man! I wish that starstruck time comes soon.

- What book changed your life?

I would not say a book, but anything inspirational has helped me change my life. Whether it’s an inspirational quote, a motivational speech on YouTube and TED, or any good compliment that comes my way.

- What were some of your favorite books growing up?

Every book with the animal characters were my favorite books.

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

There are too many books in my to be read pile. But if I’m most excited to start reading are Mousai Series by E.J. Mellow, then The Five People You Meet in Heaven Series by Albom Mitch, and The Valley by Mike Salt.

- Which do you prefer ebooks, print, or audio books?

If the books are more than about 150 pages, I will definitely prefer print version.

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

I’d love to live in the world of Harry Potter. When I watched the first movie at age ten, I believed Hogwarts was real. I always dreamed to go there to have magical powers so that I could also fly on the broom. I also wanted to have fun going into the wall to catch the train to Hogwarts.Haha!Even more, I wanted to meet my favorite characters, Dumbledore and Mr. and Mrs. Weasley. Believe me, there are so many other reasons I could live in the world of Harry Potter.

Before I leave, thank you readers for your precious time and reading this post. Also, thank you, Paranormalists, for having me as your guest today.  I wish you all a very happy new year. -Jaydeep

The Haunting of Black River Forest
Jaydeep Shah

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Jaydeep Shah
Date of Publication: 12/14/2021
ISBN: 978-1-7349826-3-3
Number of pages: 86
Word Count: 8611
Cover Artist: Jaydeep Shah

Tagline: A spine-chilling story in which adventurers struggle to survive on the land of a cold-blooded psychopath who enjoys slashing humans.

Book Description:

A forest of blood and corpses. The land of a cold-blooded psychopath.

In Black River Forest, it’s best not to wander too far off the beaten track. There’s no telling what you might find.

Mia and Oliver have long wanted to explore the forest, and one cold, rainy October day, a week before their fifth anniversary of the day they met, they finally make the trip.

But they’ve heard the rumors as well. The haunting. A psychopath hidden somewhere amidst the towering trees. Too many missing. Too few answers.

It’s only rumors, though. Stories. And stories can’t hurt you. Yet as Mia and Oliver venture deeper into the Black River Forest, they’ll soon discover that there’s more haunting this quiet woodland than hikers and bears.

The psychopath is very real. And he’s excited to meet them.

From Jaydeep Shah, author of Tribulation, the first book of the Cops Planet series, “The Haunting of Black River Forest” is a bloody, spine-chilling story best read with the lights on.

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Excerpt 2:

After walking for three or four miles, the trio hadn’t found a way out of the forest.

Their hearts were beating in fear and their legs were tired from walking.  

“When will we find the way out of this creepy forest, man?” asked Mia, her arm linked with Oliver’s.

“I wish we hadn’t come here,” said Oliver. “But we have no choice except to keep trying to find the path.”

“I just hope we get to the right path before . . . he finds us,” said Jany.

“That’s what I’ve been praying to God for this whole time,” said Oliver. “I don’t want to encounter him.”

“Right. I just want to escape,” said Mia. “However, if we do meet him, and if he tries to block our path, I will kill him with my axe.”

“You must be kidding!” said Jany. “Please don’t say that again. I’ve seen enough horror.”

“What did I say wrong?” said Mia. “If he finds us, we must fight him and kill him. Otherwise, he will kill us.”

Walking, walking, and walking. Eventually, the trio reached a divide in the path. Following Mia, they took the left.

The trio walked for one more mile, until they saw something that stopped them in their tracks.

Skeletons. Hanging on almost all the trees ahead, as far as their eyes could see. Not one, not five, not ten, but at least a hundred skeletons, swinging on the trees in the breeze.

Jany gaped at them, her eyes filling with tears.

Oliver felt a chill furling through his body.

And Mia stood completely petrified; somewhere inside her, a voice said: My heart may stop beating if I let the horror possess my senses.

About the Author:

Jaydeep Shah is an avid traveler and the author of gripping horror, thriller, and romance stories. As a bachelor’s degree holder in Creative Writing, he aims to entertain as many as people he can with his stories. He is best known for Tribulation, the first book in the “Cops Planet” series.

In addition to those books, The Shape-Shifting Serpents’ Choice, Jaydeep’s first young adult flash fiction written under his pen name, JD Shah, is published online by Scarlet Leaf Review in their July 2019 issue. Currently, he’s endeavoring to write a debut young adult fantasy novel while working on a sequel to his first apocalyptic thriller, Havoc.

When Shah is not writing, he reads books, tries new restaurants, and goes on adventures.

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