The Old Horror Collection of Newtown Educator Pens
Posted: Aug 11, 2021 8:00 AM
Woodbury resident and author EC Hanson releases his first horror collection, All Things Deadly (Salem Stories), this month. Prior to making his debut, Hanson was a student teacher and intern at Reed Intermediate School, then worked at Newtown Middle School as support staff.
He continued his education by attending New York University in 2011, earning an MFA in Drama Writing.
“Most of my success has been in the drama world,” Hanson said.
Recently he had a few short plays slated for production, but they were all canceled due to the pandemic. The successes continued to come as he received the fateful news that the publisher he worked with had also been fired.
“It forced my brain to take on a new challenge,” Hanson said.
Adversity led him to turn to writing fiction – a genre he loved but had not actively pursued.
“Despite my interest in dramatic works, most of my influences have come from the world of fiction. Plath, King, Hemingway, Poe, Salinger and Bellow have inspired my taste and sensitivity in general, ”said Hanson.
He had the idea of All Things Deadly (Salem Stories) to visit Salem, Mass., on several occasions with his wife. The two had such an affinity for the city that they got married on the roof of the Salem Hotel.
According to Hanson, the book thematically links Salem to all of the stories.
The author says that while there is a seven-part storyline that centers around the Frosts, a former paranormal investigator, and his troubled daughter, “the other stories use the coastal location in some way to increase the chills.” Hanson said. “It’s a good to have on your nightstand during the Halloween season.
All Things Deadly (Salem Stories) will officially release on August 6, which also happens to be Hanson’s birthday. It has been available as an eBook since July 23.
According to the author, the book will cost $ 1.99 on godless.com until it goes live on Amazon, then it will be $ 2.99 for the ebook, $ 10.99 for the paperback and 19, $ 99 for a hardcover book.
Currently an assistant professor at Sacred Heart University, Hanson says he’s planning an authoring event there in the fall. He also plans a few appearances in Salem in early 2022.
Residents can keep an eye out for two of Hanson’s upcoming books: a dark short story titled Wicked blood, to be published in 2022, and a novel for young adults entitled Esther Fitzgerald and the Underground Witches.
Of the latter, he said, “The look and feel of Newtown is all over this room.”
Hanson is also available to discuss his work with individuals and to give writing tips.
“There are many talented people in the horror community who have helped me make the transition from playwright to fiction writer,” he said. “Since that was the case, I would love to help others. If anyone contacts me in a respectful manner, I would be happy to share my thoughts and general advice on writing. Or if they want to ask questions about specific stories, I will answer them too.
To stay up to date with EC Hanson appearances and releases, follow him on Instagram at @haddonfieldhanson or email him at [email protected] Check out his author page at amazon.com/~/e/b08tvw89z8.
Journalist Alissa Silber can be reached at [email protected]
Former Newtown educator EC Hanson is celebrating the full release of his first horror collection, All Things Deadly (Salem Stories), on August 6. —Photo EC Hanson