‘Nicholas Paschall’

grim-c-authorToday, I’d like to welcome Nicholas Paschall, author of “Grimlocke Chronicles” to The Thursday Interview. Before we get started, a quick intro!

Nicholas Paschall was born in raised in the sweltering sands of San Antonio, where he studied to become a Historian before finding an abandoned tomb to call his own. The would-be writer met up with his partner nearly a decade ago and joined her in blasphemous bliss seven years ago. Within his sepulcher he has two hounds, which keep him company as he taps out new stories for the masses to enjoy.

OK – HERE WE GO !!

No.1 Would you break the law to save a loved one? .. why?
I think that anyone would break the law to help a loved one, seeing as we only have so many loved ones in our lives. For my wife or parents I’d risk it all to make certain they were safe. That’s just what family does.

No.2 What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Being alive is having a nine to five office job that you hate, with rush hour traffic and cold coffee that you have to chug down in order to stay awake while sorting through reports you couldn’t care less bout. Truly living is pursuing your dream, whatever it is. Be it being an actor, a musician, or in my case a writer, you take the chances needed and try and climb the mountain set before you.

No.3 What motivates you to write?
The idea that people don’t have enough fun being scared. You go through a haunted house for the laughs, you watch a scary movie for the jump scares, you read a novel for the plot and characters that develop. My genre is horror books is one where I try and create an unsettling feeling in the pit of your stomach, to make you think something is staring at the back of your head when you’re up late at night. That’s my motivator.

No.4 Why do humans want children?
We fear death. The ultimate act of defying death is creating life, which we are adept at doing. Through scientific breakthroughs we even have fewer cases of mothers dying after giving birth, robbing the Reaper of a prize he most certainly feels is owed to him. In the end, we have kids to perpetuate ourselves so that we feel our own deaths aren’t as bad. After all, we left miniature versions of ourselves around to carry the torch.

No.5 What was the biggest challenge in creating your book, “Grimlocke Chronicles”?
It’s a composite of several dozen stories that I prize above all others. Each story was written with a possible theme in mind and could have expanded into a novel, but never got the steam. They are all disturbing or strange in their own right, some being downright scary. I did what I could to create something people would want to read!

No.6 What is the most important thing you have learned in life so far?
Holding a grudge over petty things is a waste of time, as is actively hating someone. Just by letting the person drift to the outer edges of your mind do you prove you don’t need the drama they bring to your life.

No.7 How did you come up with the title “Grimlocke Chronicles”?
In my alternate history of the world, one of Nostradamus’s disciples was a man simply known as Grimlocke. He roamed the world and studied the various mystics and their dark practices while committing their dark rites to parchment, creating the Chronicles.

No.8 How do you handle personal criticism?
I smile. If you have something to criticize me over either I messed up or your just looking for a way to hurt me. One involves me fixing the problem, while the other involves me ignoring you. If you’re looking to hurt someone’s feelings, then move right along.

No.9 Why should people read your book?
Because it is a fun horror anthology suitable for middle schoolers and up. When I was a kid, Dad would always read a scary book aloud while we carved pumpkins. I picture people doing this while reading my work.

No.10 Why is there something rather than nothing?
That’s easy. We’ve never experienced nothing, only very little something. If there is nothing, then you can’t be there to witness it, bringing something, namely you, into the nothingness. So long as you, the reader, exist we will never have “nothing”. For all you know I’m just a figment of your imagination, a neuron firing in such a way that you imagine my existence. The only thing you can be certain of is your own existence, so be certain that something will always exist, at least until you don’t. And from there, what does it matter?

Thank you Nicholas 🙂
For taking the time to answer
my questions & the best of luck with your new book!

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Enter the nightmares of a horror author hellbent on challenging those who would declare themselves brave. With stories ranging from suspenseful ghost whispers to blood-drenched screamers, this tome covers everything in horror that can be imagined and more. Join us if you are believe yourself ready to read the thirty-six tales written within these pages.

The only question you have to ask: are you brave enough?

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