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Come along with authors David Viergutz and Jay Bower as they dive into the macabre, uncovering the secrets of horror writing and the things that scare us.

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Come along with authors David Viergutz and Jay Bower as they dive into the macabre, uncovering the secrets of horror writing and the things that scare us.

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English


Episodes

Between Reality and Fiction: The Horrific Worlds of John Lynch

11/20/2023
What if you had a front-seat ride into the mind of a horror author? Get ready for a terrifying journey with prison worker and writer, John Lynch, as we uncover his unique writing process and delve into the eerie world of his upcoming horror novella. John gets candid about his day job, his writing passion, and how he masterfully juggles the two. Listen in and get a glimpse of his creative process, right from his unconventional writing setup to the creative spark behind his spine-chilling tales. Strap in as we traverse the nightmare engine of John's debut horror novel "The Warrior Retreat." We explore the fascinating blend of horror and romance, breaking down reader expectations and the unique narrative style that sets his work apart. We reveal the supportive community surrounding Lynch's work and discuss the mechanics of the horror genre. Stay tuned as we delve into the promotion strategies for his upcoming Christmas horror book, the business dynamics of writing, and the niche status of horror as a genre. Ever wonder what fuels the author's fear factor? We explore the impact of real-life experiences like PTSD and military service on John's horror writing. As we wrap up our chat, be prepared to have your mind blown by the fear factor in Lynch's writings and how it captivates his readers. It's a thrilling journey into the alluring world of horror writing that you won't want to miss. So, sit back, relax, and prepare for a thrilling ride.

Duration:00:48:38

Jay Bower's Exploration: Heinous Creatures, Haunted Houses and Historical Horrors

11/7/2023
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Strap yourself in as co-host Jay Bower and I take a wild ride through our latest projects and writing processes in a thrill-packed episode that's sure to send shivers down your spine. How did Jay manage to become a TikTok sensation overnight with his unique vampire-zombie horror novel, 'Dead Blood,' and what can we expect from his new historical horror piece? Tune in to find out! In a deep-dive into our creative worlds, we peel back the curtains on our upcoming novellas and the intricate process of collaborative writing. Get a sneak-peek into our co-written novella set featuring the ghastly Conservator of Horror, and listen in as we unravel the web of three interconnected stories, future plans of the series, and our experiences of joining forces with other authors. In a spine-chilling finale, we crack open the coffin of Jay's haunted house project, exposing the painstaking details of choosing a time period and the daunting challenge of stepping out of his comfort zone. Plus, we're dishing out some tantalizing tidbits on our upcoming book, 'Big Fucking Spider' - a horror creature feature that promises to leave your skin crawling. So, hold your breath and step into our terrifying world of horror and suspense - you're in for a scream of a time! 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jonathan 🌎 Website | ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:51:08

Jonathan Mayberry: A Masterclass in Horror Writing and Folklore

10/18/2023
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Get ready for an exhilarating journey as we sit down with New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Mayberry. Known for his expertise in a variety of genres, ranging from horror to action thrillers, Jonathan's experience and insights are sure to captivate listeners. Not only do we peek into his fascinating background as a writer and his journey to rediscover his passion for storytelling after a 20-year hiatus, we also unpack his robust knowledge in the realms of folklore and mythical creatures. The episode takes a thrilling turn as we dive into the world of supernatural predators and the cultural implications of zombie stories. Jonathan regales us with his research on mythical creatures like the Benendante and the Strigoni Benefitsi and their portrayal in folklore. He also divulges his dream of accessing the Vatican Library archives. We further delve into the intriguing nature of zombie narratives, where societal structures collapse, revealing the authentic human character beneath the surface. From the intricacies of writing horror anthologies to the evolution of action films, Jonathan's wealth of knowledge is on full display. We also touch upon the transformative influence of martial arts on his life, the power of empathy in dealing with bullies, and the significance of building a legacy. Don’t miss this thrilling exploration into the mind of one of the most celebrated authors of our time. You're sure to find inspiration, whether you're an aspiring author or simply someone who appreciates a well-crafted narrative. Join us on this ride for an enlightening and entertaining experience. 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jonathan 🌎 Website | ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:01:08:50

The Nightmare Engine Podcast | EP 15 with Tim Waggoner

6/10/2023
Host: David Viergutz is a disabled Army Veteran, Law Enforcement Veteran, husband and proud father. He is an author of stories from every flavor of horror. Take the plunge into David’s imagination as he delivers chill-bringing adventures where the good guy doesn’t always win. He can be reached at: Website + Free Book!: https://davidviergutz.com/freebooks FB: https://www.facebook.com/authordavidviergutz Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/David-Viergutz/e/B07WNDZGC1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19482794.David_Viergutz Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/david-viergutz Host: Jay Bower is a horror author living outside St. Louis, MO in the forest of Southern Illinois. He spends his time reading, writing, and convincing his wife the dark stories he writes do not involve her. He's the author of several dark novels and short stories. FB: http://facebook.com/jaybowerauthor Instagram: http://instagram.com/jaybowerauthor Twitter: http://twitter.com/jaybowerauthor TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdBG1aPh/ Email: jay@jaybowerauthor.com

Duration:00:50:35

The Nightmare Engine Podcast | EP 14 with Nick Roberts

12/17/2022
Host: David Viergutz is a disabled Army Veteran, Law Enforcement Veteran, husband and proud father. He is an author of stories from every flavor of horror. Take the plunge into David’s imagination as he delivers chill-bringing adventures where the good guy doesn’t always win. He can be reached at: Website + Free Book!: https://davidviergutz.com/freebooks FB: https://www.facebook.com/authordavidviergutz Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/David-Viergutz/e/B07WNDZGC1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19482794.David_Viergutz Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/david-viergutz Host: Jay Bower is a horror author living outside St. Louis, MO in the forest of Southern Illinois. He spends his time reading, writing, and convincing his wife the dark stories he writes do not involve her. He's the author of several dark novels and short stories. FB: http://facebook.com/jaybowerauthor Instagram: http://instagram.com/jaybowerauthor Twitter: http://twitter.com/jaybowerauthor TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdBG1aPh/ Email: jay@jaybowerauthor.com

Duration:00:49:02

The Nightmare Engine Podcast | EP 13 with Michaelbrent Collings

11/4/2022
Host: David Viergutz is a disabled Army Veteran, Law Enforcement Veteran, husband and proud father. He is an author of stories from every flavor of horror. Take the plunge into David’s imagination as he delivers chill-bringing adventures where the good guy doesn’t always win. He can be reached at: Website + Free Book!: https://davidviergutz.com/freebooks FB: https://www.facebook.com/authordavidviergutz Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/David-Viergutz/e/B07WNDZGC1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19482794.David_Viergutz Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/david-viergutz Host: Jay Bower is a horror author living outside St. Louis, MO in the forest of Southern Illinois. He spends his time reading, writing, and convincing his wife the dark stories he writes do not involve her. He's the author of several dark novels and short stories. FB: http://facebook.com/jaybowerauthor Instagram: http://instagram.com/jaybowerauthor Twitter: http://twitter.com/jaybowerauthor TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdBG1aPh/ Email: jay@jaybowerauthor.com

Duration:00:54:06

The Nightmare Engine Podcast | EP 12 with Merrill David

10/14/2022
Host: David Viergutz is a disabled Army Veteran, Law Enforcement Veteran, husband and proud father. He is an author of stories from every flavor of horror. Take the plunge into David’s imagination as he delivers chill-bringing adventures where the good guy doesn’t always win. He can be reached at: Website + Free Book!: https://davidviergutz.com/freebooks FB: https://www.facebook.com/authordavidviergutz Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/David-Viergutz/e/B07WNDZGC1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19482794.David_Viergutz Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/david-viergutz Host: Jay Bower is a horror author living outside St. Louis, MO in the forest of Southern Illinois. He spends his time reading, writing, and convincing his wife the dark stories he writes do not involve her. He's the author of several dark novels and short stories. FB: http://facebook.com/jaybowerauthor Instagram: http://instagram.com/jaybowerauthor Twitter: http://twitter.com/jaybowerauthor TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdBG1aPh/ Email: jay@jaybowerauthor.com

Duration:00:40:15

The Nightmare Engine Podcast | EP 11 with Jay Bower

10/11/2022
Host: David Viergutz is a disabled Army Veteran, Law Enforcement Veteran, husband and proud father. He is an author of stories from every flavor of horror. Take the plunge into David’s imagination as he delivers chill-bringing adventures where the good guy doesn’t always win. He can be reached at: Website + Free Book!: https://davidviergutz.com/freebooks FB: https://www.facebook.com/authordavidviergutz Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/David-Viergutz/e/B07WNDZGC1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19482794.David_Viergutz Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/david-viergutz Host: Jay Bower is a horror author living outside St. Louis, MO in the forest of Southern Illinois. He spends his time reading, writing, and convincing his wife the dark stories he writes do not involve her. He's the author of several dark novels and short stories. FB: http://facebook.com/jaybowerauthor Instagram: http://instagram.com/jaybowerauthor Twitter: http://twitter.com/jaybowerauthor TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdBG1aPh/ Email: jay@jaybowerauthor.com

Duration:00:43:31

Art, Craft and Emotion: The World of Horror Writing with Brian Asman

6/1/2022
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Step into the lurid world of Brian Asman, an extraordinary horror author who's not afraid to get personal. This week on the Nightmare Engine Podcast, Brian takes you on a whirlwind journey that encompasses everything from his love for his 2005 Chevy SSR Super Sport Roadster to his acting career, and the life-changing decision that led him to swap the familiarity of Virginia for the sunny shores of San Diego. Get a glimpse into the makings of his latest horror novel, where he masterfully weaves together elements of his affection for California, his acting experiences, and his knack for spine-chilling narratives. If you've ever wondered about the art behind creating realistic, relatable characters in horror writing, you're in for a treat. Brian unpacks the emotional potency of fear, and how this universal human experience can be harnessed to create compelling narratives that resonate with readers. We delve into the nuances of character creation and dialogue crafting, using references from popular pop culture icons such as The Wire and Nightcrawler. Brian shares his unique approach to formulating characters, drawing from his personal encounters and existing character templates. Finally, discover Brian's ambitious aspirations as he paints a vivid picture of his future in the creative industry. With over 800 glowing reviews for his book and a vision to sell film rights, Brian is no doubt on a promising trajectory. Hear about his plans for upcoming projects and the inexplicable joy he experiences when spotting someone engrossed in his book in public. As part of our bonus content, we explore Brian's current reading list and his admiration for the works of Thomas Legotti. And just when you think you've heard it all, we drop an exciting revelation about Brandon Sanderson's endorsement of David's Kickstarter campaign! So, buckle up for this riveting conversation where we dissect the intricacies of horror writing, screenwriting, and much much more! 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:43:28

Unmasking the Horror: A Deep Dive into the Mind of Award-Nominated Author Carver Pike

4/18/2022
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Have you ever pondered what lurks beneath a horror writer's psyche? Enter the spine-chilling world of award-nominated horror author, Carver Pike. In an engaging conversation, we peel back the layers of Carver's literary journey, tracing his evolution from erotica to horror. We also dive deep into the nuances that differentiate his writing styles in different genres, and the stigmas he battles as a horror writer. And trust us, it's not all gloom and doom - there's an interesting debate on the merits of 'Hereditary' and 'Midsommar' awaiting you. We take you for a thrilling roller-coaster ride through Carver's unique writing style, revealing the meticulous plotting that goes into his terrifying tales and his innovative use of word count to enhance reader experience. We also explore the irrational fears that haunt horror authors like Carver and feed into their craft. Strap in as we break down his award-nominated horror writing and his spine-tingling Diablo Snuff series. Are you shaking yet? 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Carver 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:46:05

The Haunting Quill: Lee Mountford's Frightful World Building

4/15/2022
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Ready to shiver under the covers? Master of horror, Lee Mountford, is our guide into the creepy abyss of haunted houses and portals to hell in this episode. No shadowy corner is left unexplored as we delve into his bone-chilling Haunted series, revealing the ins and outs of his writing process, and the challenges that come with penning a horror narrative where the grim reaper might be just around the corner for any character. Tune in if you have the nerves, and discover how he ingeniously took the well-worn trope of haunted houses and carved out a long-form series that's spine-tinglingly fresh. What does it take to scare the living daylights out of a horror author? Mountford peels back the layers of his own fears and sheds light on how the things that go bump in the night for him can influence his stories. We dissect horror tropes, the optimal number of books for a series, and how his fear of the supernatural manifests in his writing. It's not all darkness, though. Lee shows us the brighter side of his life, highlighting the crucial role his supportive family plays in his writing career and how his childhood has seeped into his stories. But that's not all! Lee lets us peer into the richly detailed world-building process behind his spine-chilling locations and characters - with a nod to the King of Horror, Stephen King, as a source of inspiration. From the eerie confines of a haunted house to the mind-bending realms of cults, religions, and political beliefs, we discuss how these elements intersect with horror writing. Finally, a special treat for game enthusiasts, Lee shares his writing experience for a video game and the unique horror it can bring. Listen in, if you dare, and find out where you can grab a copy of his books - the perfect companions for a night of fright. 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Lee 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:44:43

Creating Fear Together: The Intricacies of Co-Writing Horror

4/13/2022
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Ever wondered what goes into co-writing a unique story? As horror authors, we (David Viergutz and Jay Bower) shed light on our experience of sharing a vision, and the importance of having a healthy working relationship with a co-author. Tune in to listen to our sculpting analogy of shaping and reshaping each other's work to create the perfect narrative. This episode will give you a sneak peek into the intricacies of creating a story with multiple perspectives, and the delicate balance it requires in character development and story structure. As we discuss our latest works, like Jay's short story collection Hanging Corpses, and his upcoming novel Every Time I Die, as well as David's cultist tale Old Scratch, you'll also hear about the excitement that surrounds the completion of our latest book project. We're overjoyed to share our plans to celebrate, which includes a book giveaway and a cover reveal. We promise you won't want to miss out on all the thrilling details of our indie author journey! Finally, we also share some insights into the upcoming events in our calendar like the 20 Books Vegas, a convention for indie authors, and Scares That Care Author Con, a charity event. We aim to bring you into the heart of the indie author community, with an episode brimming with writerly insights, horror, and a glimpse into the world of author conventions and charity events. So grab your headphones, sit back, and let's dive into the dark, exciting world of horror writing! 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:44:06

From Reddit to Radio Tower: The Unique Journey of Boris Basic

4/8/2022
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Get ready for a chilling journey as we bring you a heady blend of horror, hope, faith, and creativity, alongside acclaimed Serbian horror author, Boris Basic. Boris, the mind behind the bone-chilling novel, Radio Tower, takes us through his unique creative journey - starting from a Reddit post and leading up to a fully fleshed-out horror masterpiece. He uncovers the power of platforms like Amazon and Book Funnel in connecting authors with their readers and shares his ongoing quest for the perfect reader. Our conversation takes an intriguing turn as Boris paints horror as a genre of hope and delves into his writing process. He shares how everyday life experiences shape his chilling narratives and emphasizes the role of the unknown in horror writing. In a genre often seen as controversial, Boris gracefully navigates the complex intersection between faith and horror writing. He brings his Christian faith into the discussion, showing us how some of the most level-headed people can craft the darkest tales. We wrap up our intense chat by exploring various aspects of Boris's craft. From character development and his unexpected love for the Harry Potter series to his struggles with balancing the art and business of writing, Boris candidly discusses it all. Our journey also ventures into the wide spectrum of horror, ranging from the mysterious to the downright gory. Finally, we end on a nostalgic note, reflecting on the influence and sheer power of horror movies. So sit back and prepare to face your fears, one chilling story at a time. 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Boris 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:50:16

Navigating the Labyrinth of Spooks and Sounds with Ronald Malfi

2/17/2022
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Welcome to another unforgettable episode of the Nightmare Engine Podcast! Our latest dialogue spiraled around the intriguing personality of Ronald Malfi - a horror author and musician who has been setting the stage on fire in the mid-Atlantic region with his rock band, Veer. Ronald's journey, which propelled him from a fresh college graduate to a successful author, makes for an inspiring share that any aspiring writer or musician dare not miss! Crafting the perfect horror narrative isn't a macabre dance in the park, and Ronald gives us a peek into his mind as he discusses his writing process. He shares his unique knack for capturing the tone and emotion of his stories, offers an intimate look at his favorite books, and reveals what truly terrifies him. As we move deeper into his world, Ronald unveils the broad spectrum of sub-genres within horror, and how he expertly crafts his chilling tales from the kernel of an idea to a spine-tingling final draft. Just when you thought you had heard it all, Ronald whisks us away on a journey through his novella, The Morning House and Maybe, a gripping tale of survival and loss. His insights into the horror genre are a revelation, and his future projects promise to push the boundaries of terror even further. So, buckle up and join us on this roller-coaster ride into the chilling depths of horror and music with Ronald Malfee - it's an encounter you won't forget! 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:44:08

The Supernatural and Sacred: Unveiling the Intersection of Horror and Religion

12/22/2021
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Is there a secret to crafting a chilling tale of horror that has readers sleeping with the lights on? Join us, bravely venturing into the macabre world of horror writing, sharing the dark corners of our minds where our stories are born. Our co-host Jay Bower lets us in on the creation of his Dead Blood series' second installment, illuminating the importance of beta readers and ARCs in refining an author's work. Have you ever considered the powerful role religion plays in horror? We take a deep, analytical look at the recurring theme of demonic possessions and the portrayal of churches in our genre. From the bone-chilling unease to the visceral fear, we reveal how we weave these elements into our narratives to evoke strong, emotional responses from our readers. But fear not, we also share our proven strategies to overcome the dreaded writer's block and reveal the importance of taking time away from the gruesome world of the undead. What happens when the supernatural slithers into Protestant faith communities? We contemplate how different denominations might respond to a demonic possession or other supernatural occurrences, drawing on the research of fellow horror author TJ Tranchill. We also delve into the fascinating impact fiction has had on our perception of exorcists and why movies and books often default to a Catholic model. So, arm yourself with your bravest heart and join us...if you dare. 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:46:26

Delving Deep into the Minds of Horror Authors: Writing Wisdom, Career Shifts, and Success Stories

12/9/2021
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Imagine immersing yourself in the minds of acclaimed horror authors, navigating their unique journeys and mining for writing wisdom. That's exactly what's in store for you today, as we follow the intriguing paths of David Viergutz and Erik H. Vick. Erik, a renowned horror author, shares his journey into the chilling world of horror writing that began as a childhood love for reading and writing. He takes us through the daunting task of reducing a 1339 page novel to a manageable 800 pages - an essential skill for any author. But that's not all. We're also diving deep into the life of Erik, who transitioned from a career in academia and the gaming industry into writing. He opens up about his successful horror novel, Demon King, and reveals the secret role Bookbub ads played in propelling its success. Hear about his transition to Kindle Unlimited and the staggering 500,000 page reads he achieved in his first year. Erik also offers invaluable insights into the use of humor and sarcasm in horror, a genre that thrives on the unexpected. To round it all up, our guests imparts some wisdom on the importance of plotting and pacing in horror stories. He offers expert advice on how to keep readers engaged and maintain a story's intensity. Don't miss this chance to gain insights from some of the best minds in the horror genre, and remember to subscribe to the Nightmare Engine podcast. Come, brave hearts, let's enter the realm of horror authors together! 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:46:11

Mastering the Craft of Horror - Conversations with Jay Bower

11/22/2021
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Join us as we venture into the spine-chilling world of horror literature with acclaimed author Jay Bower. In what promises to be an intriguing conversation, we dissect the various writing styles that Jay employs; from tales of the supernatural and demonic, to the grim narratives of serial killers and gory scenes. What's more interesting is how Jay's readership leans towards the paranormal, finding an inexplicable connection to it over the raw brutality of extreme horror. We also cast our sights to the larger canvas of horror in the mainstream market, dipping our toes into everything from the darkest depths of horror to the lighter, suspenseful paranormal narratives. Switching gears, our discussion takes us into the realm of indie publishing and its potential for the horror genre. Are we living in the 'golden age of horror'? Jay and I mull over this thought-provoking question, addressing the need for the genre to receive more mainstream attention. We wrap up our chat with a look at Jay's ambitious writing goals for 2022, underscoring the significance of consistency in crafting gripping horror tales. Jay also gives us a sneak peek into his current projects, including a three-book deal with Raven Tail Publishing and a riveting five-book series centered around the infamous 1925 Tri-State Tornado. As we bid adieu, Jay teases his plans for the upcoming year; an exhilarating amalgamation of new horror projects and an epic fantasy series. Don't miss out as we navigate the labyrinth of horror writing with Jay Bower! 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:39:41

Breaking the Stigma of the Horror Genre

11/21/2021
⭐️Enjoy the podcast? Do your good deed for the day and leave a 5-star review here ;) 🎙️About the Episode Ever wonder how the eerie world of horror writing takes shape in an author's mind? Prepare to journey into the dark abyss of creativity with our distinguished guests, renowned horror authors, David Viergutz and Jay Bower. We'll be peeling back the layers on how they conjure up bone-chilling narratives, the psychology of crafting flawed characters and the art of walking the fine line between dark fantasy and horror magic. Isn’t it fascinating how perfectly ordinary people react when thrust into extraordinary, terrifying situations? That's the canvas both David and Jay paint on. David enlightens us on his unique process of stepping into his character's shoes, immersing himself in their darkest fears. Jay, on the other hand, shares his intriguing preference for flawed heroes and the importance of relatable antagonists. We further delve into the strategic use of jump scares, supernatural elements, and the secret behind driving tension and fear in horror literature. Finally, we tackle the elephant in the room - the stigma around the horror genre. Is there a way to make horror more mainstream? Can the unknown elements that drive tension and fear be harnessed for wider appeal? We explore these questions and more, shedding light on the thin line separating dark fantasy from horror magic. So tune in, grab your proverbial torches, and get ready to explore the shadowy corners of horror and supernatural writing with us. Trust me, it's a thrilling ride you won't want to miss. 🔗Connect with David 🌎 Website | 🎥 Youtube | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok 🔗Connect with Jay 🌎 Website | 👨‍🏫Facebook | 📸 Instagram |🐤 Twitter | 🕰️TikTok ⭐️ Leave a Review If you enjoy listening to the podcast, please do leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and let us know in your review who you want to see next on the podcast. Thanks! You can also Tweet me @ViergutzDavid and tell me what horror author you want to hear from next, or what topics you want Jay and I to cover. 🙏🙏

Duration:00:41:02