Welcome to Author Benjamin Ethridge
Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the novel BLACK & ORANGE (Bad Moon Books 2010) and Bottled Abyss ( Redrum Horror 2012). For his master’s thesis he wrote, “CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film.” Available in an ivory tower near you. Benjamin lives in Southern California with his wife and two creatures who possess stunning resemblances to human children. When he isn’t writing, reading, videogaming, Benjamin’s defending California’s waterways and sewers from pollution.
Interview:If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The future. I want to see where we lose it all and collapse as a species.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I’d like to meet the cave man who invented fire. We could have a barbeque and grunt at each other for a while.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Non-breakfast food. Chinese is my favorite in the morning.
Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl, but with young kids I’ve become a confused owl.
One food you would never eat?
Bull testicles. Call me crazy.
Unread emails in my inbox. They must be gone. It must be a clean white place.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s like nothing you’ve ever read before, but in a good way (haha).
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
I would be Zeus, because I’d be the non-raping version and that’s better for the mortals.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
To write an epic horror poem. I’m glad I didn’t because K. Trap Jones’ THE SINNER would have dwarfed mine right away.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t wear a friend’s socks.
I have a near photographic memory for dialog in movies. I need only see the film once, and I’ll normally recall the lines verbatim.
How do you react to a bad review?
I break things.
If you were a bird, which one would you be?
A falcon. They’re just really fierce and cool looking, something my human form doesn’t have going for it.
Metal and its many forms.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Sweet or Salty?
Salty. Especially when language is at stake.
Beach or Pool?
Text or Talk?
Text. I’m far more witty that way.
Favorite quote from a movie?
“Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part.” — William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) from Se7en.
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Under an umbrella, walking to a place I’d rather be.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I typed this whole interview with my pinkie toe while doing a handstand. And, not as surprising, I’m also a compulsive liar.
Herman and Janet Erikson are going through a crisis of grief and suffering after losing their daughter in a hit and run. They’ve given up on each other; they’ve given up on themselves. They are living day by day. One afternoon, to make a horrible situation worse, their dog goes missing in the coyote-infested badlands behind their property. Herman, resolved in preventing another tragedy, goes to find the dog, completely unaware he’s on a hike to the River Styx, the border between the Living world and the world of the dead.
Long ago the Gods died and the River dried up, but a bottle containing its waters still remains in the badlands. What Herman discovers about the dark power contained in those waters will change his and Janet’s lives forever…