Interview with Indie Horror Author – Shebat Legion
Shebat Legion is the creator of the brilliantly named Vampire Therapy: Chronicles of The Cat’s Ass Boutique, which includes “A Cat’s Ass Christmas,”A Cat’s Ass Valentine,” and “Lilly Brings Home A Leprechaun.” She lives in Ontario Canada and, health permitting, spends her free time walking her dog, Brutus, in the woods, enjoying the solitude.
Terror Realm (TR): Who are your horror heroes and why?
Shebat Legion (SL): I seem to have an affinity for those who reach within themselves for a strength they did not know previously existed. Whether it be Ripley from Alien to Sydney from Scream, both are good examples of heroes who chose to face their adversity head on, however frightened they were, however bad the odds. They stepped up, and they won.
TR: What is your first memory of horror?
SL: My first real memory of horror was the film, the original The Time Machine. I was a very small child with a very little understanding of the storyline of the film. There is one scene where the protagonist is being attacked and jumps in the machine and hits the button. The machine takes him further and further into the future and as it does, the bad guy’s body gradually turns into a skeleton. I had nightmares for weeks.
TR: Tell us about your most recent horror projects.
SL: My most recent horror story in print is a story called, Father’s Day in the anthology, Slice Girls, edited by Carmilla Voiez and to be released by Stitched Smile later this year. I am working on the second novel in my Vampire Therapy universe, and have two short stories that will be in print, coming soon: The Highway, for the anthology, Dark Corners and Just like an Angel, for the shared universe anthology, Sha’Daa.
TR: What are your experiences of getting published and finding an audience?
SL: My first experience publishing a horror story was, The Cookie Lottery for the anthology, Terror By Gaslight. It was edited by the late John Manning, who was my mentor. Now, The Cookie Lottery is a rather humorous type of horror short, but then, I am by nature, a comedic writer. Much of what I write could be defined as a comedy, although I have written work of a more serious nature. Finding an audience has been achieved by releasing work and promoting it in the hope that others will want to share the journey with me.
TR: What advice do you have for anyone starting out in horror?
SL: Read horror. Watch horror. Pay attention. Whether it be insidious or overt, tension is far more intensified in a horror story. Finding the correct balance is imperative. Also, descriptions become all that more integral to the story you are presenting. It is rarely enough to say, “The red blood dripped from her fingers.” How did the blood drip? Was shade of red was it? Did it drip slowly or did it drip in a steady stream? Did her fingers twitch as the blood dripped? Horror tends to be vastly more descriptive than in other genres.
TR: And finally – as we’re all fans of horror here: if you could be in any horror movie what would it be and why?
SL: I am a Resident Evil junkie. I have all the movies and have played through most of the games. I adore the character, Alice. She is totally kick ass and yet human in her flaws. She strives against seemingly insurmountable odds but never quits. She also has one hell of a great wardrobe and I am all over that.
Shebat’s book, Vampire Therapy: Jackson and Eva, can be found on Amazon.