For episode #107, our very own David Watson will be reading Wm. A Yandell’s “Cross Back.” “Cross Back” is a chapter from William’s novel, coming out next year. It is a story about a doctor who is investigating if people can return from the dead and describe their experiences. He uses convicts and the terminally ill, bringing them back from the other side.
HA: What is your most recent work for sale and what is it about?
William: Coming soon is Containment Breach. It is set in the near future, in a world of diminishing freedom. A genetic scientist has created a new life form. He is following the work of another scientist who he believes has made the same discovery, then mysteriously disappeared. This has given him a good reason to hide his discovery. He is brought in by the military to now help fight the creatures his predecessor has indeed created who are now killing every human they can find.
HA: What was the spookiest night of your life?
William: It was actually a day where I was at a chess tournament at a downtown university. Between matches I would go up to the roof to clear my mind before I would meet my next opponent. After getting on the elevator I noticed someone had pushed all the top floor buttons before getting off. Deciding I did not want to go through this I hit the button for the next floor and got off. As I went to push the button in the floor lobby to catch another elevator, I found the button did not work. I decided to take the stairs only to find the door locked. I found myself locked into a 6 ft by 15 ft elevator lobby with only a window on the closed for renovation 12th floor. After pounding on the steel fire door and trying to get the elevator doors open for about a half an hour I opened the window. Looking down only to find the next level roof to be about six floors down. Being a Saturday I knew the first time someone might be one the floor would be Monday, it got really spooky. I finally got the attention of a police man who did not believe I was anyone but a college student performing a stunt. Once I crawled out on to the window ledge he got the campus maintenance to take the elevator up and check on where I was. When those elevator doors opened I was out of that room in a blink of an eye. No one could explain how that could have possibly happened, only that it did.
HA: How do you create stories? What is in your writers tool kit?
William: I use a spiral note book once a story forms in my mind. I will sit down at a coffee shop or even a fast food place, typically late morning, to write out the story outline. I then take off with the outline on the computer. My first computer was an Apple 2E which I got handed down to me and I have used one ever since.
HA: What era do you feel most at home in?
William: I like the near future, it gives me the most liberty. I prefer to take our world and twist it up so to speak.
HA: Who is one person you’d like to meet, living or dead, and why?
William: Nostradamus, he could see the future and I would love to understand him.
HA: What is your favorite horror flick?
William: The first Halloween flick, it was not predicable. You did not know what was going on and the ending was fantastic.
HA: If you were to battle a hoard of zombies, who would be your dream team fighting next to you?
William: All terminators, even the early Arnold version. Artificial intelligence drones are one of the scariest things to me, like zombies they never give up and lack moral pause.
HA: What is the most horrifying costume experience you’ve ever had?
William: I went to a costume party in a high rise and got in the elevator with a women who was terrified of clowns. Of course I was dressed as a clown and as soon as the door closed she started screaming. No matter what I said she was in full freak out. I got out of the elevator as soon as I could and left the building and did not go to the party. A couple of days later I talked to my friend who said, “Was that you? Her husband had the cops come upstairs to find you.” She called after to apologize for her husband calling the police and for flipping out on me.
HA: Where can the addicts find you?