Author: Ace Antonio Hall
Publisher: Bards and Sages
Down in the Catacombs, No One Can Hear You Scream But the Dead.
Sylva Slasher has a unique job for a high school senior: she raises the dead for criminal investigations…and parties. Her latest client is a seven-year-old dying from Leukemia who has requested that she raise Mary Shelley. Sylva wants to make sure the event goes perfectly for her special client, which, of course, means things go horribly wrong.
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Excerpt from Raising Mary: Frankenstein by Ace Antonio Hall:
For more than nineteen hours, I inhaled death. Darkness crawled around my soul and ripped jagged holes in my sagging heart. The death I inhaled spilled out of my lungs, oozing acidic poison so damaging to my spirit, it was scarred for life. I pressed play one last time before getting off of the plane which had just traveled from Bournemouth to Hawaii.
A warm hand came down gently on my shoulder.
Her voice eased out a gentle tone. “Are you ready to go, “Sylva?”
My best friend, Emily. She knew not to utter another sound, for I had no voice in which to answer. The moving image began again, and almost for an instant, I smiled. But seeing that sweet little girl in the video again—those tiny dimples, that heart-warming smile, and hearing her cheerfully sing, dancing like a ballerina on that small airplane monitor only reminded me that I would never, ever see her again.
As I watched, my thoughts drifted ominously like black clouds floating into the stormy memories of the past downpour of chaos, the last forty-eight hours. I knew for certain that I wouldn't study for my AP necromancy exam for Monday, tomorrow. Mom would chew me out because I'd miss yet another day, or two, of senior high school.
I wouldn't eat. I wouldn't sleep much either. I'd spend that dreary time obsessing about how, for a seven-year-old girl named Dresette Swansea, raising Mary Shelley from the grave sealed her walking papers in an envelope marked death.
About the Author:
Ace Antonio Hall is the author of the horror novel, Confessions of Sylva Slasher (Montag Press, April 2013). His short stories They, Raising Mary: Frankenstein, and Bated Breath have been awarded Honorable Mention for the Writers of the Future Awards 2013, 2014 and 2016. He published his short story Dead Chick Walking in Calliope Magazine Fall 2013 #141 and The Eldáling in their Spring 2016 issue.
In 2015-2016, Hall sold his short stories to be published with Weasel Press/The Haunted Traveler, Bride of Chaos/9 Tales, Pure Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vol. 4, Jitter/Prolific Press, Calliope Magazine, Bards and Sages, Bloodbond Alp and Night to Dawn Magazine #29. Hall received a BFA from Long Island University and taught English for more than a decade. He is a native New Yorker who now resides in Los Angeles, CA.
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“I don't age I sage. With that said, I know that the more I read, the better I write, the more I submit my stories, the more no's I get which will bring me closer to the publishers who say yes. The more I publish, it's pertinent that I write stories that bring quality to the genre therefore I must always polish my craft, and respect the power of the pen.”
–Ace Antonio Hall
What was the inspiration for your story?
I wanted to do a story that fused elements that I always loved to read in books, and see in movies: elements of fantasy and adventure. For example, I loved the way Steven Spielberg used children as protaganists in his story. So when I thought about all the things I loved as a kid like tree houses, Disney World, the Mickey Mouse Club, classic monsters, skateboards, and martial arts (namely, Bruce Lee), I fused those fantastical elements into my short story, Raising Mary: Frankenstein.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
As someone who has always been creative, from writing poetry when I was a school teacher, or singing, writing and producing rock, hip hop and pop music, to writing stories, it's exciting to let the world see, hear, and feel all the wild and crazy ideas that marinate in my head.
Who is your most meaningful character and why?
That's a toss up, because I've written many stories now with Sylva Slasher as my protagonists (click HERE to see them), but in the Sylva Slasher sequel, I introduce the character Aspen Harp. For me, she embodies strength, and what it takes to overcome huge personal obstacles as she battles for the custody of her six-year-old daughter, Lizzie. So, even though Sylva's arc involves believing in herself, and learning that she doesn't have to depend on any man (boy) to achieve greatness, Aspen Harp's story is the most meaningful. I am developing a TV show with an assistant director that will explore more of Aspen's struggle, but in real life terms.
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
Absolutely! Just this past week, I turned in my manuscript to my agent. It's the sequel to the first Sylva Slasher novel, entitled, The Quantum Queens: Misery Loves Bullets. Anyone who knows me, knows that the title is probably going to change, but that's the working title. Here's the summary:
When mankind on parallel Earths face extinction due to a wormhole, a death dealer and disease detective, who are FBI agents on their prospective worlds, must get pass their disdain for each other and work together to find their families. SYLVA is an eighteen-year-old necromancer living on a planet where police secure her services for her to raise the dead on homicide investigations. She also works for a black ops unit that wipes out the hostile undead that were created by a strange infection. APSEN is a twenty-eight-year-old agent who heads the anti-bioterrorist fly team and lives in a world where zombies don't exist. She handles global threats with ease, but is having a hard time dealing with the custody loss of of her six-year-old daughter.
How has this story touched your life?
Every time, I write a story, a door to immortality opens. I read to inhale, but I write to exhale, and writing a story that someone like the editor of Bards and Sages likes enough to pay and publish, tells me that I've finally found my purpose in life. Being someone who dabbled in the arts in many disciplines, and received a bachelor degree in Fine Arts with concentrations in film making, directing and screenwriting, I've always been the Jack of All Trades, Master of None. Finally, I feel like my stories are touching others in an entertaining and enjoyable way. That means the world to me. What is a storyteller with a story and no audience? I have so much to say, and now people are listening. It's exciting!
What motivated you to start writing?
Ever since I started drawing Godzilla comics in elementary school, I wanted to tell a story. I used to scare my little nieces and cousins with ghost stories of the Monkey Man who lived in the Witch's Path in South Floral Park in New York, and I would entertain my students with original parables to teach life lessons. Writing is in my DNA. You'd think I came out of my mother's womb, whispering to the nurse, “Have I got a story for you!”
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