The Classics Never Die! Anthology is now available in audio book format! Narrated by the very talented Quintin W Allen, it is over seven hours of monster goodness! If audio books about classic monsters such as Frankenstein or the Wolfman are your thing, then this is a book to get. It features thirteen stories by some very talented authors such as Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, also known as The Sisters of Slaughter, Russell Holbrook, and Scott Claringbold to name a few. Get the audio book on audible here!
I’ve decided to do a little series of interviews with the various authors of this anthology, as a way to get to know everybody and entice possible readers to pick up the book in one of it’s formats. First up is actually the the author of the first story in the anthology, Jodie Manning-Bares, whose story Where the Streets are Paved with Blood takes us to the late 1800’s, and ties Dracula to a famous murderer.
Jodie Manning-Bares: The Interview
Jodie Manning-Bares has been writing for over sixteen years. She began when she was twelve years old when an English teacher encouraged her to write a story for a contest. She won said contest and ended up taking both Madison county and the state of Illinois in the Young Author’s Awards. Since then, she has been featured in Baum Ass Stories 2: Gayle Force and has plans to release an upcoming novel.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been writing since I was around twelve years old when I was challenged by my sixth grade English teacher to write a story that would be submitted to the Young Author’s contest. My story ended up placing in the top two and went on to take Madison County and the state of Illinois. From then I mainly just focused on writing fan stories of television shows and book series that I was a fan of.
A. What kind of books/stories do you write?
I am a fiction writer for the most part, though I have written articles on the Supernatural for the Shadow Pokers Blog. I used to dabble in Romance, having my work being compared to a daytime soap opera, but as I’ve gotten older and my interests have become varied, I have expanded my repertoire.
B. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I read A LOT! Pretty much every single day. I am an avid video game player and I make videos in The Sims 4 for my budding Youtube channel. Aside from that I’m just your typical cat mom and wife.
2. Tell us about the story you wrote for the anthology.
I chose Dracula as my theme because I have always been into vampires; we’re talking Anne Rice and not those freaks from Twilight. I have been a true crime buff for a long time, probably thanks to my mother’s influence and countless nights of sitting through Dateline and Nancy Grace with her. Since they have never figured out who Jack the Ripper really was, I thought it would be a cool explanation that he was a supernatural being. Garnet, I had created for another story I was working on, but didn’t really know what to do with her at the time, and Crispin went by a different name at first, but he is loosely inspired by Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter series.
3. What compelled you to write about the particular monster you chose?
I wanted to show a different side of Dracula than most people are familiar with. I wanted to show that despite being enemies in the supernatural world, that vampires and werewolves could find common ground. I also wanted to see what his thoughts would be on 1880s London.
4. Do you have a favorite monster movie? It doesn’t have to be limited to the classic monster movies.
Bram Stroker’s Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola has always been a favorite of mine. Gary Oldman played a remarkable Count Dracula. As for the Universal brand of monsters, I have to go with Boris Karloff in The Mummy.
5. What are you currently working on? Do you have anything new getting ready to be released?
I have a work in progress about a girl escaping from a religious cult, but it is in a very early draft at the moment. Currently, I am more focused on my Youtube channel and the content being created for it. Also, helping my husband who is in the planning process of a book that he has been toiling around with when he asks for my input.