{Graveyard Shift} Chris Sorensen, author of the brilliant Messy Man Trilogy is this weeks warden.

I want this to be a platform for EVERYONE within the horror community; authors, publishers, bloggers, reviewers, actors, directors, artists. I could go on, if you work in the genre then you are more than welcome to apply for the job.

The rules are quite simple…

You are invited to imagine yourselves as warden for an old graveyard, and choose eight books, preferably horror/dark genre, to take with you to cover your shift; here you can discuss why you chose the books.

As well as the books, wardens are allowed one song/album to listen to. Again, an explanation for this choice is required.

You must also discuss one luxury item you can bring, which must be inanimate and not allow communication.

If you’d like to take part in The Graveyard Shift then please submit an application to gavin@kendallreviews.com

A new shift is about to begin. The warden for the week’s #GraveyardShift is…

Chris Sorensen

Her mother Rita just wants her to be a ‘normal’ eleven-year-old kid. But that’s tough to do when you receive a birthday card from your dead father.

Following a trail of breadcrumbs left by her dad, Ellen sets out on a journey to unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance and ends up unearthing secrets best left buried.

The third and final book in the haunting trilogy, The Messy Man brings to a close the story that began with The Nightmare Room and The Hungry Ones.

You can buy The Messy Man from Amazon UK & Amazon US

Books

THE COMPLETE GHOST STORIES OF CHARLES DICKENS By Charles Dickens

I believe I’d begin my shift with a short tale by Dickens. He’s a master of dread and tension. His dark wit pairs well with the supernatural. I’ve been meaning to read more Dickens, and this would be a great place to start.

ON THE TRACK OF BIGFOOT By Marion T. Place

I can remember the smell of this book from my childhood. I think it spent more time in my bedroom than in the library. When you’re a kid in rural Illinois surrounded by cornfields, you dream about mountainous forests where monsters dwell. Still gives me chills.

NIGHT SHIFT By Stephen King

I have a clear image of myself sitting on the grass in my college quad ripping through Strawberry Spring. The stories in this collection remind me of the best of The Twilight Zone. I could flip to any page and find myself happily engrossed.

THE ELEGANT UNIVERSE By Brian Greene

I love diving into subjects that are way over my head. Physics and philosophy set my brain on fire. I remember tossing this one aside because I was frustrated that I couldn’t keep up. A graveyard shift would be the perfect time to give it a second go.

DANDELION WINE By Ray Bradbury

Forget that Bradbury grew up in the same neighborhood my father did. He wrote poetically about the mundane, grayness of the Midwest. He brought magic to the world I took for granted. The title says it all. A delicious elixir made from common weeds.

DICTIONARY OF SUPERSTITIONS By David Pickering

If you haven’t checked this book out, you must. It’s a horror writer’s dream. Every page is a jumping-off point for a new story. During my graveyard shift, I would turn to a random page and spend the next few hours conjuring a tale about the subject I’d discovered.

THE MEMORY OF RUNNING By Ron McLarty

I love this book. Ron was an audiobook narrator at Recorded Books years before I got into the business. He couldn’t get this title published, and so Recorded Books offered it up in audio format before it became print (undone in those days). It’s a tale of transformation and breathtaking beauty. I’d need this sort of book with me to offset the others.

THE RUST MAIDENS By Gwendolyn Kiste

Why The Rust Maidens? Because everyone I know loves it, and I have yet to read it, pure and simple.

Album

THE WALL By Pink Floyd

This is much harder than winnowing down my book selection. Hmmm… I guess I’d have to say Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It’s theatrical, emotion and just the best, damn album ever created.

Luxury

AN INDIAN BUFFET

Chicken curry, chicken tikka masala, raita, garlic naan, the works.

The Messy Man

Her mother Rita just wants her to be a ‘normal’ eleven-year-old kid. But that’s tough to do when you receive a birthday card from your dead father.

Following a trail of breadcrumbs left by her dad, Ellen sets out on a journey to unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance and ends up unearthing secrets best left buried.

The third and final book in the haunting trilogy, The Messy Man brings to a close the story that began with The Nightmare Room and The Hungry Ones.

You can buy The Messy Man from Amazon UK & Amazon US

Chris Sorensen

Chris Sorensen is the author of The Nightmare Room, The Hungry Ones, The Messy Man, The Mad Scientists of New Jersey and has written numerous screenplays including Suckerville, Bee Tornado and The Roswell Project. The Butte Theater and Thin Air Theatre Company of Cripple Creek, Colorado have produced dozens of his plays including Dr. Jekyll’s Medicine Show, Werewolves of Poverty Gulch, and The Vampire of Cripple Creek. Chris has narrated over 200 audiobooks (including the award-winning Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix). He is the recipient of three AudioFile Earphone Awards, and AudioFile singled out his performance of Sent as one of the ‘Best Audiobooks of 2010’.

You can follow Chris on Twitter @casorensen

Find out more about Chris by visiting his Official website www.casorensenwrite.com

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