Interview with YA Horror Novelist Bryce Gibson

In my humble opinion the golden age of teenage horror novels was in the 80s. They were light on horror and really fun reads. They made for amazing palette cleansers between hard core horror. With this in mind I reached out to YA horror author Bryce Gibson.


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On the blog today is YA horror author Bryce Gibson. Bryce is the author of a number of books including The Reading Buddy, Perennials, and the newly released The Resort. Bryce, welcome to my little corner of the Internet.

Great! It’s awesome to be here.

Congratulations on the release of The Resort! I really enjoyed reading it. It reminded me of all the horror movies I watched as a kid.

Thank you I’m glad you liked it.

You and I have discussed movies a couple of times on Twitter, especially our love for the Sleep Away Camp series. What is your favorite movie series?

Picking a favorite movie series is tough, but the first thing that comes to mind is Halloween.

The Resort reads like a throwback to the 80s horror franchises…which franchise was your inspiration when writing this novel?

I don’t know if there is any one franchise that was an inspiration for writing The Resort, but, in my mind, the book kind of has the feel of 2000’s The In Crowd. I know that’s not 80s, but it has a similar tone. Fun and scary. I can see some of the 1988 remake of The Blob in there as well.

I was pretty sad when you unmercilessly killed off a main character in The Resort. What scenes did you find hardest to write?

There’s a scene near the end that has a big reveal, as all three of my teen books do. There’s a lot to explain during those scenes, and I don’t want it to come across as being too over the top. Anytime antagonists in books or movies explain their actions, things can easily slip into ridiculousness. It’s hard to balance.

You are also a farmer, so I would imagine that takes a lot of work. How do you balance your responsibilities as a farmer and writer? Do you have a set writing schedule, or do you just write every day?

I grow muscadines and scuppernongs, both of which are harvested in late summer/fall. I’m the busiest in the fields during March through mid November. Most of my writing is done in the winter when there is not as much work to be done on the farm.

As an author do you feel that social media has changed the way books are marketed?

Social media has definitely changed the way books are marketed. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine being in the publishing business and not having access to Twitter and Instagram.

As a book blogger, I am always interested in what people are reading. What is on your nightstand at the moment?

I’m finishing up a book called Friend Request by Laura Marshall. It is a fun read that reminds me of an adult version of Point Horror. I have so many books on my TBR pile/shelves/stack(s)/list that it’s ridiculous, but I’m planning on reading a Robert McCammon next.

What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Last year I read a book called The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young. It is full of twists and turns and definitely worth checking out.

I know you are currently working on a middle grade novel. Are you going to be working on a “adult” novel in the future? I think the world needs a Southern 80s inspired horror novel…. Just my personal opinion.

My middle-grade book Mortimer was actually written several year ago, before I published my first teen book. I’m in the process of doing a quick revision on it. I’m looking forward to seeing what people think. Next, I’m working on another teen book titled Tethered. I’ve read some of it to my writing/critique group and the feedback has been great. It isn’t exactly horror or thriller, but a dark family drama. It’s is by far the darkest and most serious book I’ve written. As far as an adult novel, I would love to, but I don’t have any immediate plans on doing one.