Interview with Chris Mentillo

What's the story behind your latest book?
Well...my book, A True Tale of Horror: "The Unhappy Heiress," is a short story taken from my unpublished anthology series, Tales of Horror. The majority of the literature written in my series is a compilation involving supernatural horror fiction, weird fiction, and the paranormal. The style of writing is Victorian/Gothic -- an 18th century memoir.

Not all of the stories written in the series pertain to this style of writing. So I specifically used, "The Unhappy Heiress" because of this reason. I really love the story, due to the originality of the literature. Reminds me a lot of Edgar Allan Poe - H.P Lovecraft style of writing, for which I believe is coming back to life, with regards to the supernatural horror realm.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without fans you have nothing, and I mean nothing at all. Period! Your fans are your biggest "support network" who have the ability, and power to build you up to become successful. So fans are "extremely important;" and not just for a writer or author, but for any kind of creative artist!
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on finishing another book involving my, "Tales of Horror" series. The book will be a compilation (anthology) of several short stories involving supernatural horror. I have several stories for which I've decided to introduce to my fans, but I'm still indecisive about a couple of the stories. I need to decide on which ones I'm going to run with. Additionally, I want the book to be of good size, and not skimpy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Rod Serling, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P Lovecraft, and more recently, L. Ron Hubbard. I'm not a big Sci-fi guy, but I do like reading many of Hubbard's Horror books from the days. He really is a great horror writer. I really enjoy his books a lot. During one point in his writing career, L. Ron Hubbard had penned out more words of literature in his days -- more than any other writer in his genre. I believe he wrote somewhere between 1.5 million to 2 million words in...like 1 year. Truly an amazing guy!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I usually can get out of bed rather quickly -- especially knowing I have ample amount of time to spend working on anyone of my, "writing projects." I love the whole entire process, and get very excited; realizing I have the time to spend all day working on completing tasks towards finishing a project. Most of all though, I'm the happiest when working on something, which causes me to feel exhilarated. I can't explain to you the feeling I get after, I've finished producing, or writing a book, movie script, or song. To me it feels like coming! lol.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing/producing, or tending to any one of my businesses, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, going to the beach, traveling, swimming, going out to the movies, camping, and hiking.

My wife and I love the ocean and mountains. We like taking time out of our busy schedules to travel further up North into the White Mountain region of North Conway, New Hampshire. Both of us enjoy camping in this particular area, because of all the Moose, and Bear, we find roaming around. We get up real nice and early... in the morning, grab our, "blueberry Dunking Donuts coffee," our camera and then head out to the wilderness in search of these beautiful animals. To me there's nothing like it in the world. The atmosphere is complete utter bliss.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't exactly recall the very first story I've read, but I do remember the very first novel I've read, and I'll never forget it. The name of the book was, "In Cold Blood," by Truman Capote. Capote supposedly spent over 5 years researching -- interviewing both defendants and the victim's friends so he could collect all the precise details of the actual crime before finally putting his pen to paper.

Capote boasted to his friends, other authors, and the media... stating how his book would be like no other book ever written before. Capote was right, the end result of the book turned out to be a huge success. Incidentally, "In Cold Blood" would be Truman Capote's last piece of written work. He never wrote another book after, "In Cold Blood." Many believe this book gave Capote a nervous breakdown -- causing him to never want to write again. However, nobody really knows for certain why Capote ended up not writing another novel after "in Cold Blood," accept Truman Capote himself.

The book had a huge impact on me regarding "true crime books." Capote's novel made me feel like I was there watching the whole crime go down. His writing is incredible. After reading his book, I had a hard time sleeping for over a week. His story scared the crap out of me. That's how much of an impact Capote's book had on me. Additionally, his novel made me feel like going out, and writing one similar to his, so I too could scare the hell out of people.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Auburn, New York, but grew up in a tiny village, called Skaneateles, NY. Back when I was a kid, there were very few commercial (business) around then.

During the time I grew up in Skaneateles, there were corn fields, farms, dirt roads, woods, and plenty of crab - apple trees. Due to growing up in this kind of atmosphere... I've always considered myself as being a small town -- "country boy."

Many of my short stories I've written -- involve farms, corn fields, dirt roads, and other country settings. I love writing horror stories which involve the back country -- way out in the middle of nowhere. I suppose growing up in this kind of environment, has indeed impacted me, especially regarding what I like to write about!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was only a few years old. I used a crayon instead of a pen or pencil. However, I didn't start writing seriously until much later on in my life. I don't consider myself being a great writer, but I've always had a great "vivid imagination." This helps with good story telling. So I never have any problems, coming up with good ideas for writing a story. The problem I have though, happens to be finding all the time to write them! Lol.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly non-fiction (true crime), biographies, and "true stories" regarding the supernatural and paranormal, etc.

Regarding fiction, I like to read stories involving the paranormal and supernatural horror, written by authors such as, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, H.P Lovecraft, Rod Serling's (Twilight Zone Series) and more recently, books by L.Ron Hubbard. I love Hubbard's horror series, "Stories From The Golden Age." I also enjoy reading, Patricia Cornwell's material. I loved her book called, Portrait Of A Killer: Jack The Ripper -- Case Closed (Berkley True Crime).
Are You Currently Listed in Wikipedia?
Yes. However, the article pertaining information about me is still considered to be, "A Work In Progress," and needs additional documented references to receive full inclusion.

So If you or someone you know have experience with writing, and editing wikipedia articles under wikipedia's extremely strict guidelines, please do take the time to help better the article so it can receive the inclusion it deserves. I would be extremely ecstatic to have this happen. The link for the article is..........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Carbon0902/Chris_t_mentillo

Thank you!
Published 2015-03-20.
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Books by This Author

A True Tale of Horror
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,400. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Chris Mentillo presents...a superb Victorian supernatural horror tale --taken from his short story collection, "Tales of Horror" series! This riveting tale will take you into a very old, dark, and eerie dwelling, where the past does not equal the future. Or does it?