Thursday, October 8, 2015

TIM MILLER: Who Are The Monsters

Who are the Monsters?
With Halloween coming up, this is the time of year that makes horror fans like myself giddy. For guys like me, who write horror for a living, we live horror year round. Halloween is a special time, it makes us think about ghosts, ghouls and monsters. People who have read my books have noticed a lack of monsters, or what they consider to be monsters. I on the other hand think they are filled with monsters.
A monster is not just a big creature with huge claws or big fangs. At least not to me. A monster can be anyone. Pick up any newspaper or turn on CNN and look at the latest crimes. School teachers assaulting students. The nice old man next door with a bunch of dead bodies in his basement. The couple who hacked up their toddler to death and ate the remains. These are all rea stories I’ve seen in the news in the past year.
So when it comes to writing stories, the scariest thing to me are real life monsters. I have a lot of road trip stories and I enjoy writing them because I do a lot of them here in Texas and they all terrify me. If you’ve ever seen the Hills Have Eyes or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, parts of Texas actually look like this. Barren wilderness with no people or any sign of civilization in sight.
This brings me to another point, at times our environment can be the monster. So imagine being captured by a human monster. They kill your friends, they torture you in some horrible way. They keep you locked in a cage or some smelly pit. These are all things that really happen which makes it terrifying. Now, imagine you escape, but you’re out in the middle of West Texas.
You get loose and think you’re home free. Problem is you’re barefoot, the ground is covered with rocks and sticks, it’s over a hundred degrees and you’re injured and exhausted. Civilization is maybe five or ten miles away at least which is an eternity on foot. You’re bleeding and there are mountain lions, snakes and coyotes out there. Oh and not to mention your captor will be chasing after you soon if he’s not already.
So now you’re battling two monsters and maybe more since that environment can encompass so many other things within. These are some of my own biggest fears, besides snakes. I really really hate snakes. But this is pretty scary too. Whenever we go on a trip to a convention or horror fest and have to drive through that part of the state, I’m always terrified of something going wrong and being stuck out there with no cell phone signal.
As we’ve seen, a monster can be so much more than a scary supernatural creature. We live around monsters each and every day. What are some things you consider monsters? Each of us has our own version. Sometimes we can be our own monster, but that’s another post for another day.

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Tim Miller has dedicated his life to writing stories that will both scare readers and make them cringe.
Over the years, Tim's writings have evolved into darker realms. He released his first horror novel, The Hand of God in 2011. Since then his books have become progressively more violent and gory. With the release of Family Night in 2013, Tim had moved into the world of extreme horror where he continues to push the boundaries of human suffering.
Tim is now an international best seller as well. His book, Hell, Texas has recently ranked high on Amazon sales charts since its release in Germany under German publisher, Festa-Verlag.
He continues to climb the sales charts with his April Almighty series, as well as his recent hits, Hacked and Lady Cannibal.
Tim is very active on social media and loves interacting with his readers. You can find him at his website at

****Note: This is a stand alone story. While it is a spinoff,
no previous reading is required for this book********
In this spinoff from the April Almighty series, the Happytown clowns are back! The clowns are more terrifying than ever and ready to spin their own tale of death and mayhem. Icy Kate is on the the loose after escaping from Jericho Systems. Her mentor, Mad Maxwell is imprisoned somewhere beneath one of Jericho’s facilities.
Nolan Collinsworth is a washed up child actor. Now 45 years old, he’s hanging on to what little celebrity he has left. After accepting an invite to a horror convention in Odessa, Texas he thinks he’s on the way to a comeback. Except Icy Kate and her band of clowns decides to crash the convention, turning it in to her own personal Funhouse of horrors.
Damien Carter is a Tracker with Jericho Systems. The only way he can stop Katy is with the help of Mad Maxwell. Can he get inside the deranged clown’s head in time to find Katy and save the people of Odessa? Or will Mad Maxwell turn him into a pawn in another of his silly games?
Can anyone stop the forthcoming Clown Apocalypse?              

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