D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town located an inch above the Canadian-American border. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Raimi, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.
The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home.
When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Morticians fascinate me, and I’ve wanted to write something set inside a funeral home for a long time. Then I had this other idea about a conspiracy theory surrounding the Garden of Eden, and I thought: “Hell, let’s put these things together and see where it goes.”
Ultimately those two ideas led to Come Little Children, a horror/supernatural thriller set in the secluded town of Nolan, Yukon. It’s the story of Camilla Carleton, a young funeral worker, who moves in with a group of morticians and realizes there’s more to the family business than it seems.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
The groupies. Definitely. I mean, who hasn’t thought about slapping a novel together for the perks of scantily-clad girls and Gatsby-like parties?
Otherwise, I’d have to say it feels pretty good seeing the finished manuscript on your computer screen. Yes, the final draft. That’s a close second.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The anti-social aspect. Sometimes I feel like Gollum, hiding away in the Misty Mountains and paying more attention to my preciousssss than my own appearance and personal hygiene.
My last job also had free lunch every Friday. I miss that.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Donald Trump. I’d golf all day (assuming I maintain his surprisingly high skill-level), take his jet to Vegas after dinner, and then cut off his hair right before midnight so that he wakes up in the morning completely bald, as he should be.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Do you really want to know? Fine. It’s a four-year-old pomegranate, and it’s more horrifying than anything Hitchcock, Poe, and King could come up with (combined).
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Currently I’m working on a summer camp horror story with a new twist. Nothing paranormal in this one, just a really sick (in the head) villain. Hopefully it’ll be out by the middle of next year, but no promises.
Thank you for the interview. Until next time, visit my website at www.dmelhoff.com and/or order Come Little Children straight to your Kindles or mailboxes from Amazon.
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