James Michael Rice is the author of Rebel Angels, A Tough Act to Follow, The Still, and Pray for Darkness. He grew up, and has spent most of his adult life, in Southeastern, Massachusetts, near the epicenter of a paranormal playground known as The Bridgewater Triangle. His experiences hiking, fishing, and camping in the Amazon Jungle later spawned the idea for Pray for Darkness.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have somewhat eclectic tastes when it comes to reading. I enjoy everything from William Golding to William Shakespeare. As for my favorite books and authors: Robert McCammon's Boy's Life is an absolute treasure. I'm also a huge fan of Stephen King, especially The Stand, Tommyknockers, and IT. Lastly, I will read anything by Dennis Lehane.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts, in an area that is known as "The Bridgewater Triangle". Many consider this the paranormal epicenter of New England. There have been loads of unexplained sightings....everything from ghosts to Bigfoot to UFOs. Growing up in the area, surrounded by so many mysteries and wild tales, inspired me to write.