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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Interview & Giveaway with Author Barrymore Tebbs

                             Book Trailer for The Haunting at Blackwood Hall

About the Author:

Barrymore Tebbs is a photographer and writer living in Cincinati, Ohio. His writing draws on a long Gothic tradition from the cult TV classic Dark Shadows and Hammer Films, to 20th Century Gothic writers known for deep psychological undercurrents such as Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, and Thomas Tryon, to create the Psychological Gothic, all served with a liberal dose of black humor. Very black.  He is the author of Night of the Pentagram, The Yellow Scarf, and the psychological thriller Black Valentines.

Title: The Haunting at Blackwood Hall
Author: Barrymore Tebbs
Genre: Historical fiction, Paranormal, Thriller, Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: self-published
Words: approx. 63,000


Book Description

Blackwood Hall is a house shrouded in silence. Nine-year-old Alice Fenn communicates only through her music. Jonathan Fenn and his sister Judith guard a terrifying family secret. The servants refuse to discuss the mysterious disappearance of a former governess. A drawing room séance attempts to make contact with the spirit of Elizabeth Blackwood. And when a diabolic madman holds the residents of Blackwood Hall hostage to an insidious reign of terror, governess Claire Ashby finds herself in a living nightmare of drug addiction, pagan rituals, and murder.

In the tradition of the great Gothic Romances, The Haunting at Blackwood Hall is a thrilling ghost story brimming with bold new twists on the beloved conventions of a bygone era.


It was early, but I felt myself growing sleepier by the moment. I hadn’t been given laudanum since I was a child, and the effects were completely foreign to me. My vision grew dim, and I found I could barely hold up my head. Alice, bless her heart, came to me and pecked me lightly on the cheek, then made an effort of drawing a blanket over me.
I fell into a strange and troubled sleep. I dreamed of a line of monks marching solemnly through the ruined abbey by moonlight. Their torches cast dancing shadows against the crumbling stone walls. Then, I saw a rider on horseback, a proud black stallion which I recognized as Nigel Kent’s mount, only the face of the rider was an ugly, twisted visage like the face on Alice’s doll. Alice was there as well, and her mother came and took her by the hand and the two of them disappeared behind a stone arch and Alice was lost to me forever.
I struggled up from the nightmare and looked about the room. Alice was asleep and the fire had died down low. It must have been the dead of night. But I distinctly heard the sound of the door handle turning, and when the person on the other side of the door realized it was locked, the handle began to shake and rattle so loudly and with such force I thought the door would be torn asunder.
“Stop it! Stop it!” I yelled, and with great difficulty I hauled myself from the bed. The moment I was on my feet the shaking of the door ceased abruptly. I went to the door and laid my ear against it. I listened for a moment, but heard neither dog nor man on the other side of the door.
Satisfied that what I had heard was only a figment of my imagination, or the remnants of that horrid nightmare clinging tenaciously to my mind, I turned to go back to bed…
…And distinctly heard the sound of footsteps running down the hall.

Find the Author:

Interview Questions….
\       1.  What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve tried to write off and on my entire life. When the economy bottomed out a few years ago, I got serious about it and for the first time actually finished a book. Now it’s become a bit of an addiction.

       2When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Probably when I was twelve or thirteen and started reading spooky supernatural thrillers by a wonderful writer named Barbara Michaels (more famously known for her Amelia Peabody mystery series as Elizabeth Peters).

       3.  What genre(s) do you write? Why do you write the stories that you write?
Right now I am writing in the Gothic genre, which combines elements of horror, the psychological thriller, and romance. The Haunting at Blackwood Hall is paranormal to the degree that it involves spirit contact with the dead through a series of séances. I’ve been drawn to Gothic since I was a child and watched Dark Shadows on TV, and movies like the Vincent Price Edgar Allan Poe movies.

       4.  Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
I’ve always been fascinated with the Spiritualist movement of the 19th Century, drawing room séances and the like. Plus I wanted to try my hand at the type of Gothic Romance popular in the 60s and 70s. Reading those books as a teenager, and becoming addicted to Dark Shadows at an early age, has had a lasting effect on me.

 5.  How long did it take you to put the story together?
The outline and character profiles took about a month; the first draft about two months to write; it sat for six months while I battled some serious health issues. I did one revision, then went and wrote two novellas, and came back and attacked it with a vengeance. I cut 13,000 words out of it, dropping a few subplots in the first half of the book. It’s a lot leaner up front now. We get to the spooky parts a lot quicker.

              6.  Can you share a little about your novel with us?  
Claire Ashby is a piano teacher who accepts a position to teach a young girl who today would be considered an autistic savant.  Blackwood Hall is a dreary country estate. The child’s father despises her, her aunt despises her, and they have trouble keeping governesses for very long. If you’ve ever read a Gothic Romance you know where this is going. Something is very wrong at Blackwood Hall, and our heroine quickly uncovers one shocking secret after another. I tried to remain true to the style as it was written forty-fifty years ago, but there are also elements to the plot that would not have been acceptable to readers in that era which I think make it more exciting for today’s readers.

         7.  Who is your favorite charter in your novel and why? 
If I told you I would have to kill you! I’ve nicknamed him “Mr. Sandman” for reasons which will make sense when you meet him. Everyone who has read the book cites this man as their favorite character. You wouldn’t want to meet this guy alone in a darkened drawing room, or anywhere else for that matter.

         8.  Now that your eBook is available for download, describe how you feel in one sentence?
I’m relieved that I finally was able to finish it and put it on the virtual bookshelf to give readers a few evenings of spooky thrills.

        9.  What has surprised you the most about the whole processes of getting your book on the market?
Being self-published, the surprising aspect is how much work goes into editing, formatting, cover design, and marketing. A lot of self-published writers tend to skimp in these areas, but this is where your book turns into a product. Like it or not, that’s ultimately what it is. At a certain point you have to set the author aside and embrace the role of publisher 100%.

     10.   Would you like to share what the reviewers are saying about your book?
I have a tendency to create characters with disturbing psychological elements. Jonathan Fenn and his sister Judith are some of the most reprehensible people you might ever meet. One reviewer called them “irritating”, another called them “absorbing.” I take both as compliments!

 11.  How many books have you written? 
I have four published works in total. My first novel is a tongue-in-cheek blood-drenched horror story, Night of the Pentagram. I have two novellas, Black Valentines, a deviously twisted psychological thriller, and The Yellow Scarf, an all out horror story which scared the pants off quite a few of my female readers.

            12.   What are you working on next?
I am working on a Southern Gothic novel with a post World War II setting, about a board housewife who becomes sexually involved with the wrong guy. If you like voodoo, steamy bayous, and even steamier sex scenes, this one will be right up your alley. I’m not sure erotic would be the proper word for it. Some of the sex scenes in it even freak me out!

           13.   What do you like to do for fun when you’re not writing?
As an Indie Author I draw a lot of inspiration from the local Indie Rock scene in my city. I can often be found hanging out with my buddies in various bands and regaling them with stories of going to concerts by everyone from Queen and Pink Floyd to Talking Heads and The Clash in my younger days.

          14.   How can readers contact you?

           15.    When does your book go on sale and where can we buy it?  
The Haunting at Blackwood Hall is currently available in eBook form at


            16.   Last but not least is there anything that you would like to add?
When I planned to start self-publishing, writer friends told me I had to have a blog. They didn’t say I was supposed to blog about writing, so I began The Midnight Room, where I post weekly commentary about Gothic fiction, old Gothic movies and TV shows, as well as some interviews with artists and other writers. If you’re a fan of any of the above, stop on by! Something new and spooky pops up every week.

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  1. I'd like to Thank Barrymore for this great giveaway and for the chance to learn more about your new novel.

  2. Thanks for hosting the promo Leigh!