Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Armand Rosamilia.

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not sleeping.

He's written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series: Dying Days (extreme zombie series), Keyport Cthulhu (horror series), Flagler Beach (contemporary fiction), Metal Queens (non-fiction music series)... He also loves to talk in third person because he's really that cool. He's a proud Active member of HWA as well.

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- Could you tell us something about yourself in your own words?

I’d rather use other people's words if you don't mind... sexy, titillating, and amazingly humble. Oh, and I'm also A New Jersey boy (if being almost 45 is still on the edges of boy) living in sunny Florida and writing full-time and living the dream.

- How did you become a writer?

Doesn't writing pick you? At 12 I read every Dean Koontz paperback I could get my hands on. I knew I wanted to be an author from there, but it took me close to thirty years to get in a position where I could actually earn a decent wage from it. And it was worth every second of being a retail manager to get here. Now I get to kill off every customer and co-worker... in my stories, of course.

- Are there any authors or books that have inspired you to write dark fiction/horror? Have any of these authors or books influenced your writing style?

Obviously Koontz. I was never a huge King fan, I think because my mom was and she was always reading his books. Robert E. Howard was also something I read a lot of in my teens, as well as HP Lovecraft and any other horror or fantasy book I could find.

- Are there any specific authors or books that you'd like to recommend to your readers?

I am still a big fan of what used to be Leisure fiction books before they imploded. I have a shelf and spill over onto another with the paperbacks I bought from them: Brian Keene, John Everson, Douglas Clegg, Jack Ketchum, Richard Laymon, Nate Kenyon, Tim Waggoner… I could go on and on.

- What kind of dark fiction/horror do you write?

I mostly write zombie fiction with my Dying Days series, but I love all spec fic. Most of my horror work involves normal everyday people in horrific situations. I want to see how a regular Joe will react when confronted with zombies or monsters.

- Could you tell us something about Chelsea Avenue? What kind of a book is it? What can readers expect from it?

Chelsea Avenue is a traditional horror novel. Some paranormal elements and an evil entity haunting a New Jersey town over the years. I wrote it as if it could be placed alongside the aforementioned Leisure fiction books and fit right in.

- Is Chelsea Avenue a standalone book or part of a bigger series?

It is actually part of a trilogy, but can be read as a standalone if that makes sense. It does to me. I have the other two book ideas in my head but nothing on paper yet. Or computer screen. Or whatever.

- What are you currently working on?

I am always working on 3-5 projects at once. I have another contract for an upcoming movie adaptation as well as several short stories for anthologies, and I'm completing Dying Days: Origins 2, which is set in my Dying Days zombie world. And a hundred other things.

- Is there anything you'd like to add?

Thank you for the time, and I hope everyone will check out Chelsea Avenue, my first full-length novel release! And if you see me at conventions or on the sidewalk, please give me M&Ms...

Armand Rosamilia


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