Aiken writer chooses scary subjects

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Writing his horror novel, Hostage, was easy for Paul Wilson.

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North Augusta's Paul Wilson, the author of Hostage, has been writing about scary things since high school.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
North Augusta's Paul Wilson, the author of Hostage, has been writing about scary things since high school.

"It just flew out," said the North Augusta resident, whose book was released in paperback by Asylett Press about a month ago. The book took about three months to write.

The novel has two intertwining plots. The first is about Billy and his wife, Karri, who seems to get pleasure from her husband's pain. The second is about their neighbor Kurt, a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who is losing touch with reality and plots a type of war game involving Kurt's daughter and Billy.

Mr. Wilson's novel isn't his first foray into horror fiction. Several of his short stories have been published in anthologies. His roots in horror began as a teen.

"I was raised by a single parent whose vice in life was horror movies," he said.

He prefers horror films from the 1980s and earlier.

"I hate the new trend in horror -- the splatter gore," he said. "I like the old school, like Nightmare on Elm Street."

He also likes Hitchcock thrillers. His literary influences include H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King.

He wrote his first short story as a freshman at Midland Valley High School. After running up about 25 tardies, he received in-school suspension, which turned out to be more of a blessing than a punishment.

After reading a few horror novels, "I thought, 'I can do this,' " he said.

His first story was called Hell Storm and included as many of his friends as he could fit into the plot.

"I think I had a flair for it," he said.

Mr. Wilson said he plans to continue writing but doesn't aspire to be the next horror King.

"I do think I'm good enough to be your basic paperback writer," he said.

He said he hopes to develop a core group of people who will enjoy his writings and anticipate the next novel.

Though the book isn't in stock at Books-A-Million or Barnes & Noble, it can be ordered through those retailers and others.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.


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