Episode 379: Bending Genres, Defying Expectations, and Crafting Characters in a Horror Novel – Interview with Andy Marino

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Andy Marino.

Andy Marino was born in upstate New York, spent half his life in New York City, and now lives in the Hudson Valley. He works as a freelance writer. The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess is his first horror novel

In this episode Andy and I discuss:

  • Why addiction and recovery provide a rich backdrop for a horror novel.
  • How he crafted a cold open that created a sympathetic bond between his protagonist and readers.
  • Whether horror is a genre or a mood and what characteristics define it.

Plus, his #1 tip for writers.

About Andy Marino

Andy Marino was born in upstate New York, spent half his life in New York City, and now lives in the Hudson Valley. He works as a freelance writer. The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess is his first horror novel.

About The Seven Visitations Of Sydney Burgess

Andy Marino

Possession is an addiction.

Sydney’s spent years burying her past and building a better life for herself and her young son. A respectable marketing job, a house with reclaimed and sustainable furniture, and a boyfriend who loves her son and accepts her, flaws and all.

But when she opens her front door, and a masked intruder knocks her briefly unconscious, everything begins to unravel.

She wakes in the hospital and tells a harrowing story of escape. Of dashing out a broken window. Of running into her neighbors’ yard and calling the police.

The cops tell her a different story. Because the intruder is now lying dead in her guest room—murdered in a way that looks intimately personal.

Sydney can’t remember killing the man. No one believes her.

Back home, as horrific memories surface, an unnatural darkness begins whispering in her ear. Urging her back to old addictions and a past she’s buried to build a better life for herself and her son.

As Sydney searches for truth among the wreckage of a past that won’t stay buried for long, the unquiet darkness begins to grow. To change into something unimaginable.

To reveal terrible cravings of its own.

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