Armando D. Muñoz

Biography

Author Clive Barker on Hoarder and Turkey Day by Armando D. Muñoz - "Your prose is beautifully crafted. You have an instinctive understanding of the complex challenges of horror story-telling. Consider me a new fan."

Along with being a horror novelist, Armando D. Muñoz writes and directs horror films, including Mime After Midnight, Pervula and Panty Kill, creates bloody special FX, and performs as horror DJ Pervula. His first novel Hoarder was called “dynamite – a sickening, imaginative shocker” in the pages of Fangoria Magazine.

He is currently cooking up a follow-up to Turkey Day titled Turkey Kitchen.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I did all of my K-12 schooling in Carson City, Nevada, and right in the middle of that, my interest in horror bloomed, faster than puberty.

Carson City was a smaller size city in a large, desolate state, with a lot of unsavory layers within it, the State Capitol buildings mixed with casinos and churches and a federal prison that did executions just a few miles away. Hearing about jailbreaks was not uncommon, and terrifying knowing the prison was just across the fields beyond the back yard fence. Those long nights I would be waiting for an unexpected knock at the doors or windows.

Stephen King frequently writes about Derry and Castle Rock, modest size fictional towns in Maine that are host to many terrible forces. It was easy for me to see Carson City as Nevada's equivalent of Castle Rock, only real, a dangerous and bad town occupied by evil. I felt justified in this comparison a few years later, after I moved away, when Stephen King wrote about Carson City in a few of his novels after passing through on a motorcycle trip and finding something off about it, off enough to write about.

I may have moved away, but I will return to Carson City in my upcoming novel Turkey Day.
What's the story behind your book Hoarder?
I love a good horrible house story, where the house is haunted, a killer's lair, or a death trap. The house you can't escape from, whether out in the middle of nowhere or right next door. With Hoarder, I wanted to build the most horrible house I could imagine.

I find hoards horrifying. The contents of them, the danger of them, and sometimes the psychopathology that creates them. Mixing a hoard with horror seemed like a perfect fit, a location that contains an excess of shocks and scares. I hope that when the reader opens Hoarder, they feel uncomfortably trapped in that house and hoard, afraid that it could collapse on them or swallow them up at any moment.

The hoarder mindset is not unfamiliar to me. There was a period on my life where my own collecting became excessive to the point where I had to make changes to reduce my stuff. I can understand hoarders and sympathize with many of them. But the reality is, sometimes a really bad person hoards. My hoarder is terror by the tons.
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Books

Turkey Day
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,110. Language: American English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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On Thanksgiving morning, Kelly and her wife Angela return to Kelly’s rural childhood home for a family reunion. Not everyone welcomes them to the feast; like the country, they are a family divided. Also in attendance is a secret guest in an intricate turkey costume, somebody who hollows out humans and decorates with their insides. Can Kelly and Angela survive until Thanksgiving dinner?
Hoarder
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,030. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
Four teens break into the house of town kleptomaniac Missy to reclaim a stolen bike and cat. Inside, they encounter a shocking, rotten, and treacherous hoard. The teens find themselves trapped when Missy returns home early from her weekly shopping spree. Missy welcomes them, but her mirth soon gives way to madness, and she will resort to murder to keep her new friends and add them to her hoard.

Armando D. Muñoz's tag cloud

feast    garbage    hoard    hoarder    horror    horror action    marriage    slasher    teenagers    terror    thanksgiving    thriller    turkey day