Monday, October 20, 2014

The Monster Man by Chad Hunter: Character Interview with Excerpt




My name is Damian S. Malachi, I’m a husband, I’m a father but…there’s a place where I am known as the Monster Man.  I’m the main character in “The Monster Man – King of Fools.”  Pleased to be here today.
How unusual! I have a few questions for you, if you don't mind?  Let's start with an easy one.
Who is your favorite author? 
Chad Hunter – It could be his book and shows on relationships or his comic anecdotes in Black Parakeets or even his horror writings but he always puts in humanity and connectedness that makes everything hit home.

What do you think makes a good story? 
I’m a writer so this question is very important to me.  Good stories have to hit home; they have to resonate with people.  A reader needs to pick up a story and find themselves in it, invested in what happens next.  Regardless of the genre, a story has to have characters with real personalities – hopes, dreams, goals – that makes them matter to people.  When a character dies, you want your reader to mourn, when a character wins, you want your reader’s arms to go up.

Tell us about your family. 
My mom and dad, Freddie and Linda Malachi live in Illinois and travel down South like most old people!  (just kidding, guys!)  I’m the youngest of six, three boys and three girls.  My wife is Elsa Lanchaster Martinez Malachi, she’s an international business lawyer.  And she puts up with my ass!  We have a little boy who never sleeps!  His name is Bradbury Claude Malachi, everyone calls him BC.

What was the scariest moment of your life? 
There’s been a lot, more than I’d wish on anyone.  The moment I arrived in Sanctuary – I was nine, alone and cold.  That warm home feeling I had in my bedroom was gone – ripped away and I woke up falling and screaming.  Next to that, the moment when I lost the family that I had made in Sanctuary, a hell world that taught me about the undead, the resurrected and more.  Van Helsing, Igor and the Gypsy…

What book are you reading now? 
The lost pages of Abraham Van Helsing

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor and then…I just wanted to be safe.

What songs are most played on your Ipod? 
Depends on what I’m doing.  If I’m writing, I like House Trance music.  If I’m working out, hip hop (especially Kanye West, Ice Cube and some Ludacris.)  When I’m heading back to Sanctuary – I always hear classic music – creepy music – a lot of Swan Lake and Bacarole.

What is your favorite meal? 
My mother-in-law’s tamales.  My wife’s soup.  My mom kills sweet potato pie. 

Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it? 
This is not my favorite but it’s dictated too much of my life “This is Sanctuary – death means little…”

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 
I’m really a shape-changer who transforms into a combination of Dracula, the Werewolf, the Fish-Man, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Mummy all while being tasked with two worlds.  And I enjoy being a stay at home dad.

 Thanks so much for this special opportunity to find out a little about you!  I wish you and your family all the best.

The Monster Man





A brief summary of the Monster Man – King of Fools – Damian Malachi is a best-selling horror writer.  He is also a loving husband and dedicated father.  However, Malachi holds a dark secret.  Twenty years ago, as a young boy, he disappeared for two days.  His parents and police searched for the lost child only to have him reappear at the front door of his home with unexplainable scars, a slight amount of growth and a sense of tragedy behind his eyes.  What no one knows is that in the forty-eight hour absence, Damian experienced five years in the colorless world of Sanctuary, a place much like our own world exceptthe monsters that we have seen in black-and-white movies and books are real.  More than that, the monsters in Sanctuary had won.  Mankind was extinct.


In Sanctuary, Malachi discovered a dark prophecy - One of the five green shards of a crystal, the Walestone, enabled him to tap into the stone's other five recipients - the lumbering Frankenstein's Monster, the savage Werewolf, the feral Swamp Creature, theenigmatic Mummy and the tyrannical Dracula.  Trained by the poetic and repentant Igor and the now-vampiric Dr. Van Helsing, Malachi became the Monster Man - a chimera of all the monsters and their greatest threat.  After a brief war, Damian returned home and grew up knowing that the old movies and books were not fiction but warnings.  And now, two decades later, in Malachi's own world, the war with horror has begun again.  Three boys have gone missing in the exact same fashion as Damian did when he was a child.  Additionally, creatures have found their way into Malachi’s home, threatening his wife and son.  Now, Damian must go back to the world that stole him away once and never left him the same.




With that, the 100-foot arachnid stormed off and down the side of the cavern crossed by the bridge.


“Is he alright?”  The voice came from the taller man.  It had an accent and was very formal, very educated.  He had a long walking stick that he held as a cane.  More so for look or class than necessity.


“I believe so, doctor.”  The shorter man’s voice had a grunting breath to it.


“We’ll need to get him into hiding.  It’s a miracle one of the Five haven’t been here yet.”


“Maybe they do not sense him,” said the short man.


“No, my friend, they sense everything – especially a living mortal.”


Damian looked up at the two men talking about him.


One was tall, thin – the other short and hunched over.  They removed their hooded faces.


“Luckily neither of us have been alive for some time.”  The taller man was chalk white with red eyes and fangs.  The shorter figure was a more greenish color and one eye was far larger than the other.  His back massively deformed.


Malachi found no scream once again.  But he did find he could pass out.





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About Chad Hunter


Chad Hunter was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised by a single mother in the city's Harbor section, he is the youngest of four. Growing up in the Midwest and a proudly self-proclaimed "Region Rat," Hunter has written and published several books and novels. He has written for magazines and newspapers throughout North America and has been published in several languages. His writings have been called sophisticated yet humorous, sharp witted and unrelenting.


Most often, Hunter's writings have been considered so wide and diverse that they span a scale that would include multiple writers with multiple forms.


How To Lists from the Innerwife intimately discusses the subtle internal conversations that can greatly improve relationships.


Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December walks readers with poetic imagery through a lifetime in East Chicago, Indiana.


Finally, The Portray Protocols grip with horrific vivid detail, supernatural terror and mesmerizing intensity. If anything binds his varied styles, it is Hunter's theme of the human condition, humor and family closeness - all to the backdrop of romantic love, vibrant remembrance and even monsters themselves.






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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today

Saundra McKenzie said...

I like the 'about the author'. Always nice to read about an author I dont know.

Chad Hunter said...

Thanks for having me today! I'll be in and out so throw out any questions! More than happy to chat.