VBT – BENNYTOWN
Posted by authorcamilson
by Matt Carter
GENRE: Adult horror/thriller
NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99.
For nearly sixty years, Bennytown has been America’s most exciting family theme park destination. Under the watchful eye of cultural icon Benny the Bunny, the park has entertained generations of children with its friendly atmosphere and technologically innovative rides, acting as a beacon of joy and wonder, where magic is real and dreams come true.
Bennytown once saved sixteen-year-old Noel Hallstrom’s life, and to repay it, Noel has applied for a summer job. Though the work is messy and the hours are bad, Noel is happy to be a part of the Bennytown family, until he sees the darkness beneath the surface. Strange, mechanized mascots walk the park perimeter. Elegantly dressed cultists in wooden Benny masks lurk in the darkness. Spirits of the many who’ve died in the park roam freely, and every night the park transforms into a dark dimension where madness reigns and monsters prowl.
Noel is about to find out more about Bennytown than he ever wanted to know, and that its darkness might have designs on him.
“I believe in Bennytown,” Adam sniffled.
You weren’t supposed to cry at Bennytown, since it was a magical place where dreams come true. Bennytown was a themed wonderland of rides, shows, and fantastical worlds that let you escape from real life.
His parents and commercials repeated that to him on a regular basis, so it had to be the truth.
It didn’t feel really magical right now, though.
Adam sat on the curb in Happy Hollow, whimpering and wiping away tears. Bits of vanilla ice cream and chocolate smeared his chin. He wanted to kick Shawn for ruining everything. Mommy and Daddy always took Shawn’s side and barely listened to their other son. Even when Adam was right.
He wasn’t supposed to cry, but he did anyway.
“I believe in Bennytown,” he repeated.
Repeating the phrase helped ease the pain a little. The words had a power he found comforting, like saying he believed in Santa or the Easter Bunny. Unlike any of those mythical figures, these words had extra power because Bennytown was real.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Matt Carter has used his lifelong love for writing, history and the bizarre to bring to life novels like Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel, Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir, and the Prospero Chronicles young adult horror series (all co-authored with Fiona J.R. Titchenell). Bennytown,is his first solo horror novel.
He is represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel and lives in the usually sunny town of San Gabriel, CA with his wife, their pet king snake Mica, and the myriad of strange fictional characters and worlds that live in his head.
The book will be only sale for $0.99 during the tour
Matt Carter will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
Thanks for being my guest today. Tell us about you as a person.
Would it sound too modest if I said there wasn’t much to say? I’ll do what I can. My name is Matt Carter, I’m 35 years old and have been writing and telling stories about as long as I can remember. I mostly write horror and science fiction, though have been known to dabble in pretty much any genre. I got my Bachelor’s in History, which has come up more in my writing than I expected it to, and am pretty much an obsessive horror movie nerd. And perhaps my one claim to fame outside of my writing would be the fact that, for a while anyway, I was technically the youngest person to have ever ridden on the Goodyear Blimp.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Probably Mark Twain or Teddy Roosevelt. Those guys would have some stories to tell, and I would be fascinated to hear what they’ve got to say.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Bennytown is my most recent novel, a horror story set inside of a fictional, popular American theme park. For 60 years it has been an American cultural landmark, all while hiding a dark and twisted history of death and madness that’s set its sights on the newest hire with its deranged designs.
Bennytown comes from a lot of places, predominantly my love for the horror genre and a good, gruesome haunted house tale, as well as my experiences working at a theme park when I was a teenager. While nothing truly as bloody and grim as what happens in Bennytown ever happened to me in real life, the behind the scenes experiences combined with my own innate fascination with urban legends and true stories of dark events that have happened at theme parks more or less made Bennytown an inevitability.
What is your writing process?
Sitting at my computer with coffee at the ready, I have an open Word document and fight the temptation to delve into my library of Steam games while trying to write something down. On a good day, I can get a likely unhealthy number of words. On other days, I’ll be staring at the page for a while, typing a little here and there, wondering how I ever learned a command of the English language in the first place.
Tell us about your main character:
Bennytown is centered around Noel Hallstrom, a 16-year-old who is signing up for his first summer job, and wins a position working at Bennytown. Noel has had some tragedies in his past that have led to him having some mental health issues, however, he believes he owes his recovery to Bennytown and wants to pay them back however he can. He is a bit naïve because of this, and easily blinded to some of the worse parts of the park because of it, however, all in all he starts out as well-intentioned and just wanting to have a fun summer job experience. That… well, that won’t last; this is a horror novel after all.
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
I think I’d like to see Tom Holland for Noel. I think he could play the well-intentioned but naïve side of Noel rather well, and I would be curious to see him tap into a darker side.
What are you working on next?
I’ve always got a handful of irons in the fire. At the moment, I’m working on a gothic haunted house story with my wife and frequent co-author, Fiona J.R. Titchenell. It’s definitely turning out rather spooky, and we can’t wait to unleash it upon the world.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
In the immortal words of Peter Quincy Taggart, “Never give up, never surrender.” Getting the word out about your books is not an easy process, and it takes a lot of work, but if you’re willing to put the work into it, you will be able to get the word out and get your book into the hands of readers. It will take some blood, sweat and tears, but in the end it’s usually quite worth it.
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
This one is always a tough call, but at the moment it’s probably one of the following three: The Stand by Stephen King, Animal Farm by George Orwell or World War Z by Max Brooks.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I am really good at imitating voices. Give me a few minutes of listening to someone with a distinctive accent, speech pattern or both, and I can usually pick it up and imitate it in some capacity quite well.
You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
Oh, teleportation, full stop. I mean, closer to Nightcrawler from X-Men rather than out of The Fly (I’d rather avoid being turned inside out, thank you very much). Just the thought of being able to travel anywhere instantaneously is quite exciting. And would save on gas money, which if you live near Los Angeles like I do, is very tempting.
List 5 things on your bucket list:
- Become a bestselling horror author
- Start a family, watch my kids graduate high school
- Experience zero gravity
- Visit all 50 states
- Learn how to spell exaggerated without the help of spell check
Where can readers find you on the web?
Any final thoughts?
Thank you for having me on your blog today, and if anyone who’s reading this likes a good, healthy scare, then plan your trip to Bennytown today! It might be safer than visiting a real theme park these days.
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