Jason is an author of horror, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, and dark humor, though his many novels, novellas, and short stories tend to blur the boundaries between these genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded police procedural/supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has won him praise from both critics and fans of diverse genres alike. His work has been compared to that of some of his personal favorite authors, such as Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Tess Gerritsen, and Joe Hill.
Jason grew up near Fall River, Massachusetts, the setting for several of his novels. He has lived in New England most his life, currently residing in Rhode Island.
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KR: Could you tell me a little about yourself please?
I’m just a little shorter than I’d like to be and a little heavier than I ought to be, but at least I usually smell good. And I eat tacos on days not Tuesday. I live in New England, which is a cold, miserable place half the year, having seasons that outsiders seem to enjoy until they have to shovel out their cars.
KR: What do you like to do when not writing?
Read, watch movies, hit the gym, or skip the gym and eat things that require me to hit the gym in the first place. I also like to travel and spend time at beaches, but not those in New England.
KR: What is your favourite childhood book?
Green Eggs and Ham
KR: What are you reading now?
I’m not really sure… it was an impulse buy, Wild Seed by Octavia Butler, and it’s keeping my interest. I couldn’t even tell you what genre it is yet—maybe horror, romance, historical fiction, and thriller?
KR: Who were the authors that inspired you to write?
King and Poe on the horror side, but Tolkien really spurred the imagination.
KR: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
I do outline, but the story often changes as I go. The ending, however, rarely does, and that’s something I generally know right at the beginning. But I like to keep myself guessing who’ll live and who’ll die among the supporting cast and hope to keep the reader guessing, too.
KR: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I do a lot of research for my stories that take place outside of New England or present day. For my crime novels, I conduct a lot of research into police procedure. The operation of law in my books is sometimes questioned, which I find ironic since that is the stuff I do know (I’m licensed to practice in three states). But I think this is more due to my cynical nature and views on how easily justice can be pervaded.
KR: Describe your usual writing day?
I write when I can, which hasn’t been at all lately. I squeezed in a couple of short stories, one of which I already sold, so that was good. But other than that and the few books I still have upcoming, I need to get back to work!
KR: Which is your favourite of the books/stories you have written?
That’s a tough one to answer. They Feed and Unseemly were the most fun to write, however.
KR: Do you read your book reviews?
I do. All of them. I’ve not been at this long enough to forego that practice, but long enough not to be too disheartened when someone tears me a new one. All of them—the good and the bad—are learning experiences, helping me to know what I did right so I can replicate it and where I fell short. So I treasure reviews, even the bad ones.
KR: What scares you?
Not much. Being eaten alive, I guess, so sharks usually top the list. But the supernatural has little effect on me. I don’t suppose I’d say that if a real ghost appeared in front of me, though. Then, I’d probably shit my pants.
KR: HAHA I love this answer.
KR: E-Book, Paperback or Hardback?
Hard covers rock but are generally too expensive. I still prefer paperbacks to e-Books, but e-Book readers are more convenient.
KR: Can you tell me about your latest release please?
They Feed is about a man who returns to the woods to face some down the monsters of his past, only to find that there are some very real monsters, human and not so much, waiting there for him. The story takes place at a camp in the Kansas Ozarks, where a host of linked characters come together for one night of all-bloody hell.
KR: What are you working on now?
A couple of things. I’m gearing up for another release at the end of May and writing a short story for an anthology I was invited to (those invites mean a lot to me). I’ve been wanting to get back to a novel I started a while back, but who knows? I’ve written in a few different genres, but the horror folks are my kind of peeps. If they keep hollering for more, I’ll do all that I can to give it to them.
KR: Fast forward ten years! Where do you see yourself?
On a beach, writing. Maybe in twenty or thirty years. Working my ass off until then, I’m sure.
KR: Thank you very much Jason.
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The night uncovers all we wish not to see.
A troubled man enters a dusky park before sunset. A young woman follows, hidden in shadow. Both have returned to the park to take back something the past has stolen from them, to make right six long years of suffering, and to find justice or perhaps redemption—or maybe they’ll settle for some old-fashioned revenge.
But something evil is alive and awake in those woods, creatures that care nothing for human motivations. They’re driven by their own insatiable need: a ravenous, bottomless hunger.
The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Before the night is over, they will feed.
Some discoveries are better left unmade.
Peter thought he was done with grave robbing, but when a former business partner lures him out to Dungarradh, a small Scottish island with a big secret, he finds himself waist deep in more than local folklore. Is the disappearance of his teammate truly the work of the legendary fae, or is a sinister force at play?