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INTERVIEW: Alistair Cross

INTERVIEW: Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross - Sleep Savannah SleepAlistair Cross, acclaimed author of such works as The Crimson Corset and his newest novel Sleep Savannah Sleep and co-host of Haunted Nights Live! a radio program broadcast on the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network with the equally amazing author Tamara Thorne, was kind enough to do an interview with me for my home here at House of Tortured Souls. Before I get to the interview, though, I would like to tell you more about his works.
Alistair Cross - The Crimson CorsetAbout The Crimson Corset: Welcome to Crimson Cove a cozy village in California where Cade Coulter, our protagonist, moves to live with his brother hoping for a peaceful life. Everything is idyllic until the sun sets and the little tourist town begins to show more night death than nightlife. At the very edge of town sits The Crimson Corset known for its crazy soirees and licentiousness, where people can indulge their every fantasy no matter how depraved or unacceptable. The only thing is is that the place is owned and operated by a vampire.
The owner, Gretchen VanTreese, wants to take out the Old World Vampires that also exist in the town so that she can be free to create a new race of vampires that she will rule. And Cade Coulter will have to fight this wicked and enticing vampire, even give up his own humanity to save the town and everyone that he loves.
I loved this book. There is nothing better than a great story infused with blood, violence, and gore. Let me show you some of the reviews so you can get an even better idea:
Put Bram Stoker in a giant cocktail shaker, add a pinch of Laurell K. Hamilton, a shot of John Carpenter, and a healthy jigger of absinthe, and you’ll end up with Alistair Cross’s modern Gothic chiller, The Crimson Corset-a deliciously terrifying tale that will sink its teeth into you from page one.
—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times Bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion and Lucid.
Alistair Cross’ new novel The Crimson Corset…is taut and elegantly written taking us into the realms where the erotic and the horrific meet. Reminiscent of the work of Sheridan Le Fanu (Carmilla, Uncle Silas) in its hothouse, almost Victorian intensity, it tells a multi-leveled story of misalliance and mixed motives. The language is darkly lyrical, and the tale is compelling. Read it; you’ll be glad you did.
—Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of Saint-Germaine Cycle and the Chesterton Holt Mysteries.
Very nice heavy hitters for a debut book!
Alistair Cross - The Angel AlejandroHe has also written The Book of Strange Persuasions, The Angel Alejandro, and the aforementioned Sleep Savanah Sleep. Alistair has also collaborated on many books with the sensational Tamara Thorne as Thorne&Cross. Some of their joint titles include The Cliffhouse Haunting, Mother, The Witches of Ravencrest, and The Ghosts of Ravencrest.
Which brings me to the next bit about him. Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne started their own radio show called Haunted Nights Live! where they talk all things horror to some of the biggest names in the business. Featuring such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, and Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels.
So, now that we have established his illustrious credentials, let’s ask him some questions.
House of Tortured Souls: So, Alistair, what would you like people to know about you?
Alistair Cross: I am not a morning person: no, I will not help your sister move…and I prefer cats to most people.
HoTS: When I was doing research for this interview, I noticed on his website that in 1987 – He saw Carrie and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, wrote more stories (most of which featured an unmanageably extensive cast of talking cats). So sorry I missed that readers.
Next question Alistair: What are your horror influences?

AC: Stephen King, of course, who was my introduction to the genre back when I was barely 8 years old. I am also influenced by Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty, just to name a few.
HoTS: What did you do with your very first advance for a book??
AC: I just stared at it. A lot.
HoTS: What was your first scary movie?
AC: The first movie I remember being absolutely terrified by was Cujo. It still makes me a little uneasy.
HoTS: How do you write what you want without worrying about how your subject matter will be taken?
AC: As a horror author, I consider it my duty to shock and offend. There are few subjects I won’t touch on, animal cruelty for example because it’s not necessary and it’s too easy. But I don’t think about reader reaction when I’m writing. I write the stories I want to read and figure it is likely others out there will want to read them too.
HoTS: What is your spirit animal?
AC: Stevie Nicks is my spirit animal.
HoTS: Has anything in your books ever happened to you?
AC: While I’ve certainly never been lured into an underground lair of a seductive blond vampire or found an amnesiac angel in my koi pond after a violent storm, some of the events in my writing do come from personal experience. All fiction is rooted in truth, but I never set out to chronicle my own experiences. It’s about the characters and their stories, not mine. The only exception is Five Nights In a Haunted Cabin, a real-life account of an experience I had with my collaborator, Tamara Thorne.
HoTS: How did you and Tamara become writing partners?
AC: It’s an unusual story that began in the late 1990s when I came across Tamara’s novel Moonfall. I liked it so much, I got all of her books and began stalking her website via AOL dial-up because in my day we had to practice patience when we stalked people online. Several years later, after my first book was published, I began a blog dedicated to interviews with authors. Tamara Thorne was one of the first people I asked to be on my blog. She said yes and we hit it off enough that she asked me if I’d like to write a short story with her. That short story became a full-length novel, and that led to the next one and the one after that, and the rest is history. Writing with Tamara is one of the easiest, most natural things I have ever done and, at the risk of sounding corny, I believe it was simply meant to be.
House of Tortured Souls: And readers I thought it was only fair to reach out to Tamara Thorne and gets some fun stuff on Alistair from her:
Tamara Thorne: I love collaborating with Alistair. We spend our days working on Skype and when our cats start climbing us, we turn on the cameras. Alistair’s kitty, Pawpurrazzi, truly abuses him. I love watching the way she gives him kisses, then shoves her butt in his face. Those two are madly in love.
We write together in the Cloud and rarely recall who wrote what. After each day’s work – or after completing the first draft – my job is to read our words aloud. When we’re in edit mode, reading for hours can be pretty grueling, but my collaborator knows how to keep things lively. He moves ahead in the manuscript and adds lines so outrageous and rude that I fall apart – so does he. We relish our giggle breaks more than I can say. Once in a while, we leave an obscenity in to amuse our editors. The reactions are varied but hysterical.
So I cannot recommend these authors enough and I also cannot thank them enough for taking their time to answer some questions and share a few laughs. Below are some links for you to get to know and experience more of Alistair Cross and his partner in crime Tamara Thorne. And definitely, check out their radio broadcast.



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VIDEO PODCAST: HoTS LIVE at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest, 28 Oct 17

VIDEO PODCAST: HoTS LIVE at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest, 28 Oct 17

Last night House of Tortured Souls creators John and Stephanie Ann Roisland spent the evening at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest in Columbus, NJ, just off 295. For those who don't know, BloodShed Farms is a popular haunt in the Jersey horror scene and home of The Circus Rejects.
As John and Steph set the mood, a few folks stop by to say, "Hello".

Later, John tells of his visit to BloosShed farms after attending a Circus Rejects wedding and shows off some HoTS gear (most available at TeePublic).

Jim Reed,
co-owner of BloodShed Farms, speaks with John about haunts, haunting, and BloodShed Farms.

Isaac the Living Doll, one of the actors at BloodShed Farms, stops by the HoTS table.

Psych, a friend and special guest, stops by to impart some wisdom to all tortured souls out there.

House of Tortured Souls LIVE at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest concludes as John thanks everyone for inviting HoTS and allowing us to be part of the 2017 Halloween horror scene in Jersey.

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If you like the merchandise you saw or want to see what else we have to offer, head on over to TeePublic and pick up some HoTS gear.
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Andrea Collins guests on House of Tortured Souls LIVE!

Andrea Collins guests on House of Tortured Souls LIVE!

House of Tortured Souls LIVE

House of Tortured Souls LIVE

House of Tortured Souls LIVE is back with your hosts John and Dixie. This is the second episode of their live on YouTube podcast and this week they welcome scream queen and aspiring actress and model Andrea Collins. You might better know her as Andie Noir, shes starring in the upcoming reality-based horror film Krokodil Chronicles. Besides that she has a lengthy list of horror credits both in the can and filming. So prepare to get your groove on and your boogie down! If you haven't heard about Krokodil Chronicles it is based on the real life Russian street drug that literally eats its users alive. The slightly less than dynamic duo also talk about Andrea's role in an upcoming Bryan Coyne (Infernal) film that she can't name just yet. She also talks about starring with horror icon John Dugan (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) in the upcoming Belly Timbers. So buck up mateys and climb aboard as House of Tortured Souls LIVE welcomes Andrea Collins aka Andie Noir, the shows runs a little over an hour, and it's almost all Andie, all killer, no filler.
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HoTS LIVE and DIRECTOR JOE STAUFFER

HoTS LIVE and DIRECTOR JOE STAUFFER

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Joe Stauffer

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to HOUSE of TORTURED SOULS LIVE with very special guest MR. JOE STAUFFER!!! We apologize to all of you for our long hiatus, but John got lost in his beard and Allen is still looking for a damn Pepsi!! We have a great one on one interview sit down with writer/director Joe Stauffer. Joe, as you know or should, brought us the 2014 smash Indie horror film Pieces of Talent.
On a personal note, not only is this at the top of my Indie list, this film is at the top of my all time favorites list! I absolutely love this film as I feel it is a true work of art brought to life on the silver screen, all the more reason I was so excited and enjoyed getting to become friends with Joe Stauffer. And it was a great honor to have him on the House of Tortured Souls Live Podcast!
Joe sits and discusses the making of Pieces of Talent, Indie films, and a few possible things brewing for the future of Joe Stauffer and Shutter Blade Media.
So grab a seat, and a cold beer if you have one. Then sit back and enjoy the show! Joe, its always a pleasure talking to you, and we thank you for your time and everything you've done for us.
After the podcast, be sure to check out these sites:
More great podcasts from our library are available through iTunes, and be sure to stick around for more great shows to come in the near future!
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HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: ROBERT LaSARDO

HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: ROBERT LaSARDO

By JohnRoisland

This week on House of Tortured Souls Live, Robert LaSardo guests on our Black Friday Special!


Hey boys and girls, demons and demonettes and horror fans across the land! Welcome to the House of Tortured Souls Live Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! Allen and I had a very special guest in the HoTS Live studio, Mr. Robert Lasardo! Robert is of course known by everyone as being the actor with the body suit of tattoos, well did you know that Robert also has over 120 acting titles to his credits. Tiles ranging from China Girl to Dee Snyder's Strange Land and from Nip/Tuck to The Human Centipede III and, most recently, Anarchy Parlor.

Robert talks remakes, special f/x, Elvis and Dee Snyder. We also discuss people as sheep in the entertainment industry and how people are labeled.

Robert LaSardo Photo by Justice Howard

I (John) was lucky enough to have met Robert LaSardo at Scares That Care Charity Weekend in 2015. I had a business card for House of Tortured Souls but hadn't even launched the website yet. Robert took my card, told me he was filming out of country but was going to call when he got home... I figured the card was in the trash, and Robert was gone. I got a call at home one night as, sure enough, he made true on his word. Robert is one of the most sincere and passionate people I have ever met. The expression the strong silent type comes very close to being perfect when describing Robert LaSardo, and I absolutely love talking with him.

Robert LaSardo in Bleach

Now sit back and listen for the next hour or so as John Roisland and Allen Alberson bring you their Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! With that being said, we wish and hope everyone has and had a great and safe Turkey Day!

Don't forget - (209) 600-EVIL...call, leave us a message, anything you'd like to talk about. JUST CALL US!

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HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: KEN ARNOLD & DAN DELUCA

HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: KEN ARNOLD & DAN DELUCA

 

 

By John Roisland
Hey, everyone, welcome! And thank you all for joining us once again as your hosts of House of Tortured Souls Live – the hosts with the most John and Allen bring you all the horror news!

We have a big show this week as John and Allen welcome writers and stars of THE NIGHT WATCHMEN, Ken Arnold and Dan Deluca and costars Donald Imm and Dan Franko. The guys took the time to break away from their hectic schedule while in Atlanta for the premier of their film THE NIGHT WATCHMEN to tell us a bit about how the film originally came to be, the audience response to the film, and, of course, the future of THE NIGHT WATCHMEN.
John and Allen go over news issues ranging from film remakes THE CROW to the most recent updates on film director Robert Eggers, who has signed on to remake horror classic Nosferatu.
House of Tortured Souls Live also makes mention of the upcoming KING KONG film Skull Island as well as the already in the works sequel to box office smash DON’T BREATHE.
We pay our respects to the huge loss of musician/poet Leonard Cohen. And, on the flip side of music, make mention of Slayer’s own, Kerry King as he is joining the horror convention circuit.

Allen also gives his very heart felt thoughts to actress Shelly Duvall as she makes a public cry out for medical help with many physical and mental issues she has been fighting with for years.
So stick around and fill your ears with the sounds of horror at the House of Tortured Souls Live.
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HoTS LIVE : MITCHELL ALTIERI

HoTS LIVE : MITCHELL ALTIERI

By John Roisland/Allen Alberson


Hello, boys and girls, and welcome to yet another great addition of House of Tortured Souls Live with special guest Mitchell Altieri! That's right. On this exciting pre-recorded episode, John and Allen welcome special guest writer-director Mitchell Altieri. Mitchell fills everyone in as he discusses the new upcoming horror comedy The Night Watchmen, starring Ken Arnold, Dan Deluca and Kevin Jiggetts that is holding its big screen premier next Thursday, 11/17/16. He also talks about his past movies such as The Hamiltons and The Violent Kind . Along with all this, Mitchell Altieri also talks with us about the pros and cons of independent vs high-end Hollywood production films.

Mitchell Altieri on House of Tortured Souls Live

On this week's episode of House of Tortured Souls LIve, John and Allen also discuss the upcoming remake of legendary horror film An American Werewolf in London as Max Landis, son of the original director, is now behind the camera. Your horror-fic hosts give mention on our artist of the month Corey Newman as well as welcome our newest member to the staff of House of Tortured Souls, Laura James who will be bringing us true horror in American history.

House of Tortured Souls Live also takes a moment congratulate the winners of our first annual Scary Story Contest. We also touch base on House of tortured Souls own Rocky Gray with his upcoming horror anthology film 10/31/16, as well as give you a sneak peek at our upcoming guests on House of Tortured Souls Live.

So give a listen and as always,

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House of Tortured Souls Live HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Halloween with Sasha Klanott

House of Tortured Souls Halloween episode

 

 

 

By John Roisland
HEY, EVERYONE, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Thanks for joining us on this, our very first House of Tortured Souls Live Podcast Episode! Your hosts John and Allen welcome to the Tortured Souls studio, Ms. Sasha Klanott aka Paranormal Siren. Sasha fills us in and educates us on her personal paranormal investigation findings, including demonology, werewolves, and a prediction for House of Tortured Souls – our very first psychic prediction – New Orleans style.
The boys later discuss the new Rocky Horror Picture show, the future of Friday the 13th, Billy ‘Bloody Bill’ Pon’s Circus of the Dead, and, of course, HALLOWEEN!
We also introduce magical numbers that will make your life complete! What are these these numbers you ask? They are digits that enable YOU to call and contact House of Tortured Souls Live any time you want. Aww, Hell. I’ll share that bit with you now. The House of Tortured Souls Live call line is (209) 600-EVIL (3845). Now tell me that’s not a cool fucking number for a horror website. Call and leave us a message; anything horror-related is fine. Maybe you’d like to discuss about one of our prior shows or an idea you have about for a future show! Give us a call and we promise (within reason), to play you on our following episode. So, once again, write it down, copy it to your phone, and save to let the fun begin… Just don’t lose it!
So until next time, this is John and Allen at House of Tortured Souls Live. We want to thank you all for tuning in and wish you all a very safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN.
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HoTS LIVE welcomes Jason Vail

HoTS LIVE welcomes Jason Vail

What’s up? House of Tortured Souls LIVE is back with a new episode. This week HoTS live has a special pre-recorded interview with actor Jason Vail. Jason is one of the stars of the new award winning indie horror film Family Possessions. Jason will also be starring in the upcoming Hunting Grounds (formerly Valley of the Sasquatch), as well as Dollface (formerly Dorchester’s Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head) by Family Possessions director Tommy Faircloth. He can currently also be seen in Boo! A Madea Halloween.

Jason will talk about his films roles past, present and upcoming. He will also talk about what it’s like to work with director Tommy Faircloth, being a full time actor and more. The interview was recorded two weeks ago, but due to unforeseen circumstances we were just able to get the whole show published. Thus this was before Family Possessions won best overall feature at Nightmares Film Festival. Congrats to Jason, Tommy and Leah Wiseman and everyone else involved.

Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds

Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds

But before we get to Jason, your hosts Lord Dixie (Allen) and John discuss their own take on horror. Included talk about the Walking Dead Season premiere, was it a home run or foul ball? They also talk a little about the Madea Halloween special, Chinese finger traps, Spooky Empire, Cher and other insanity

 

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HoTS LIVE Welcomes BJ McDonnell

HoTS LIVE Welcomes BJ McDonnell

 

 

This week the House of Tortured Souls crew of Lord Dixie, aka Allen, and John Roisland bring you another action packed episode. Our special guest is director and cinematographer BJ McDonnell. BJ is perhaps best know as the director of the horror film Hatchet 3, where he took over the reins from series creator Adam Green. BJ is also the director of a violent trilogy of videos for metal band Slayer, as well as being involved in some of the biggest Hollywood movies ever. Can you say Antman and Avengers 2, children?

We will talk to BJ about the Slayer videos, Hatchet 3, and touch a little on the pros and cons of practical effects versus CGI.

John and Dixie will also bring you up to date on recent HotS activity. This includes the new Blair Witch movie and of course Rob Zombie’s 31, which was just released on VoD. Love him, hate him, or wish you were married to his wife, he is Rob Zombie and he makes his movies bloody. Plus find out if Lew Temple says, “Tits on a boar hog”. Pssst, he totally does.

Want to work for House of Tortured Souls? John will tell you how! Only on this episode of House of Tortured Souls LIVE. Which is, of course, pre-recorded. Ladies and gents, there’s only one way, yes one way to make sure the Creepy Clowns don’t get you, and that is by listening to House of Tortured Souls LIVE. That’s HoTS Live to all the cool kiddies. You got it – HoTS is cool!

 

As always we have to thank the awesome Rocky Grey for the opening music, and of course thanks to BJ McDonnell for coming on and putting up with us. Until next time, peace out! And somebody bring me a Pepsi!

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House of Tortured Souls Live Welcomes Billy Pon

With Special Guest Billy Pon

By John Roisland, Stephanie Roisland, and Allen (Dixielord) Alberson

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During the Billy Pon interview about a minute and a half of audio was garbled, and some bits lost. It was either cut the entire section, leave it or try and piece it together and possibly lose or misinterpret the questions and response so I decided to leave it as is. Apologies to Billy Pon.

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Hello and welcome to Episode III of House of Tortured Souls Live! This week we discuss the sneak preview release of what has become the most anticipated horror film of 2016. We could be talking about, the one and only, love him or hate him...Rob Zombie's 31. House of Tortured Souls own Jonathan Patrick Hughes was there to check out the release on the big screen as well as give you his thoughts in his written review online at www.houseoftorturedsouls.com. We discuss the return of American Horror Story 6 being brought back the Fox network September 14th, with the return of Lady Gaga. The Misfits reunion with confirmed legendary drummer (SLAYER/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) Dave Lombardo will begin at Riot Fest. House of Tortured Souls pays tribute to and remembers comedic actor Gene Wilder who starred in such great films as Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstien and Blazing Saddles, and who all know was the real Willy Wonka. . The House of Tortured Souls takes a moment to also celebrate the birthday of Asian horror Master Takashi Miike. In the studio for Episode III co-founder of House of tortured Souls Stephanie Roisland> joined us and gets you up to date on Fangoria Music release of The Horde mixtapes. House of tortured Souls is also proud to announce that one of our own, Rocky Gray is currently directing his own horror Anthology entitled 10/31/ 16 and Allen Alberson also gives us an in-depth look at the problems with distribution in film making as he discusses lost movies that have never made it. The House of Tortured Souls Live was also honored with our first in studio guest for Episode III, director of Dolll Boy and Circus of the Dead, Mr. Billy Pon aka Bloody Bill, who discusses the making of Circus of the Dead , problems with distribution companies, his own Haunted House in his home land of Texas all that while we try to get Allen a Pepsi!

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House of Tortured Souls LIVE episode 2

House of Tortured Souls LIVE episode 2

Episode 2 of the House of Tortured Souls LIVE, with your Hosts John and Allen (Lord Dixie). This week they discuss Horror news, what's new on the shelves including Clown produced by Eli Roth and Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 1. There's also a recap of the Scares That Care's weekend. Halloween is coming! And so are interviews, read all about them.Also get filled in on new movie premieres and more!

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House of Tortured Souls LIVE, S01E01

House of Tortured Souls LIVE, S01E01

House of Tortured Souls LIVE

Sunday, 17 July 2016
Season 01, Episode 01

It's the very first episode of House of Tortured Souls LIVE! Join our hosts, John, Andrew, and Dixie as they talk horror. We are horror all the time. It's the first show and we are still working out the kinks. Did someone say kink? Okay, back to horror. In this first episode we do introductions, then we move on to talk about the new Ghostbusters movie. Who are you gonna call?

After that, we talk about the upcoming Scares That Care Weekend 3, and the Scares That Care charity itself. If you are anywhere near historic Williamsburg, Virginia on July 22-24, 2016, get your ass to the Double Tree Hilton for Scares That Care Weekend 3.

Finally, we send a special salute out to a living legend of horror. THE master of horror who finally gets some just recognition. Who is it? Listen to find out! Most of all keep coming back. The gang has great chemistry born of friendship and a mutual love of horror. Tune in, and turn it up!

Special thanks to Rocky Gray for our opening music and our artwork. You the man, man!

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