Welcome to Inside the Author’s Studio. I’m your host, James Lipton, and I’m wearing a hat. Today, I’m excited to interview Ania Ahlborn, a horror up-and-comer that any cultured horror enthusiast will be wild about. Are you wild? I’m wild. Look at me and my sideways hat! I’m a wild and crazy guy!
Hi, Ania. Thanks for taking time out of your super busy schedule of… doing what? Tell us what you do all day.
Ania: I basically sit at the computer and check my online sales rank 24/7, James.
James: Astonishing! How’s that working out for you?
Ania: It fluctuates.
James: Superb! Ania, tell us a little bit about Seed. What’s it about? Would I like it? Can I send it to my grandmother as a Christmas present?
Ania: Seed is a story about a family that’s tormented by a demon, and that demon happens to have also tormented the patriarch of the family during his childhood, so it’s a bit of a family curse.
Ania: I think you’d like it, James. You have a Kindle, right?
Ania: Does your grandmother have a Kindle?
James: Wonderful! Now I’m on this side! So tell us, Ania, what do you think of my hat?
Ania: It’s cool, I guess…
James: It is, isn’t it? It’s super cool, like your novel Seed. I’ve read it!
Ania: You have?
Ania: So why did you ask if you’d like it? Did you like it?
James: I’m back on this side now! And here’s the pitch!
In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.
Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.
But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: “Daddy, I saw it too.”
And then she begins to change.
Faced with reliving the nightmares of his childhood, Jack watches his daughter spiral into the shadows that had nearly consumed him twenty years before.
But Charlie isn’t the only one who’s changing.
Jack never outran the darkness. It’s been with him all along.
And it’s hungrier than ever.
A new breed of dark fiction: the subtlety of Seed will haunt you, and the end will wickedly satisfy.
*James Lipton does not endorse Ania or her novel Seed, yet.