Matthew Salinas Author of Mr. Salinas’s Seven Scary Stories

by | Apr 13, 2021 | Author | 0 comments

What is your book all about?

This book is about Halloween in the Midwestern region of the United States and the supernatural and supertituious traditions that haunt the ideas and thoughts of the people who live there and how they affect their lives. It explores the concepts of fear, isolation, and destiny versus fate. It is a fun little collection of short stories that I hope entertain and scare some readers. 

What inspired you to write this book?

I was given a gift by a former student around Halloween while I was working at an elementary school. It was a small ghost from an art project. That single act inspired me to write “Tyler’s Ghost” which in turn led to a whole series of short stories. I realized the initial idea that I had for writing a short story could be expanded on and I thought it would be best to convey all the ideas I had in loosely connected short stories all taking place in the same setting. I modeled the town of Nowheresville after the small, rural Midwest town where I grew up. I felt it was the perfect backdrop for a unique brand of horror I wished to bring to people. 

What is your target audience for this book?

Anyone interested in fiction or horror fiction would enjoy this book. I felt that by making the book a collection of short stories it opened up the appeal to potential readers by allowing them to skip around or have a favorite part of the book as opposed to one instance or chapter in a longer narrative. That being said, I would have to go with anywhere from teenager to adult as I don’t think some of the material is appropriate for younger children. Overall, I would just like to inspire others to read more and hopefully become interested in writing themselves. 

What do you hope readers could get out of/from your book?

I mainly hope that readers get enjoyment out of my book. Additionally, there are some heavier issues I discuss in the book, including family and mental health, which I hope also help provide some solace to others to let them know they aren’t alone. 

What are your future goals/plans for the book?

I have written a sequel which is currently in the editing stage, and I hope to have it out by the end of the year. I’m not sure if I am currently going to continue the series after that book, as I am trying to dive into different genres instead of focusing primarily on horror fiction. One of the stories is also going to be featured as an audio story in an upcoming YouTube podcast titled “Waking Nightmares.” I would enjoy creating more audio recordings of my work as well and perhaps dramatic readings one day as well.

I would also love to one day produce a second edition with more illustrations included, as the only images for the book currently are all photographs taken by myself (with the exception of the cover, which was a painting done by an artist I commissioned). 

Tell us something about yourself. 

I am writing a fourth book called The Obscura Magnifique which is a collection of poetry and Kafkaesque short stories revolving around memory, loneliness, and the concept of what reality is according to the observer and their beliefs. I am also getting married in October of this year. 

I would also like to take this time to say thank you for everyone who has read this article and shown interest in my creative endeavours. It is remarkable to see so many people interested in my work and how supportive people I have never met can be. I am continually grateful for the opportunity to write for others and tell my stories. 

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