Thursday, July 23, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Bennytown by Matt Carter

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Bennytown by Matt Carter. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Bennytown
Author: Matt Carter
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Publication Date: June 23rd 2020
Print Length: 328 pages
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Supernatural
For nearly sixty years, Bennytown has been America’s most exciting family theme park destination. Under the watchful eye of cultural icon Benny the Bunny, the park has entertained generations of children with its friendly atmosphere and technologically innovative rides, acting as a beacon of joy and wonder, where magic is real and dreams come true.

Bennytown once saved sixteen-year-old Noel Hallstrom’s life, and to repay it, Noel has applied for a summer job. Though the work is messy and the hours are bad, Noel is happy to be a part of the Bennytown family, until he sees the darkness beneath the surface. Strange, mechanized mascots walk the park perimeter. Elegantly dressed cultists in wooden Benny masks lurk in the darkness. Spirits of the many who’ve died in the park roam freely, and every night the park transforms into a dark dimension where madness reigns and monsters prowl.

Noel is about to find out more about Bennytown than he ever wanted to know, and that its darkness might have designs on him.

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The third escalator is the longest, looking like a black cut has opened in the earth before me. Carefully and quickly, I bound down the steps.

Halfway down, Benny starts laughing over the speakers with a mechanical, staticky roar. His voice mingles with what sounds like a man whistling. The steps shake beneath me as the escalator jolts downward, twisting me off balance. The dolly flies from my hands, tumbling end over end down the moving steps. My arms reach out wildly for purchase, and I grab one of the rubber handrails, slowing my fall, but not stopping it.

I land on my back, upside down with the wind knocked out of me. I try to ignore the stabbing pain from the steps while Benny interviews Flora Fox about her upcoming movie over the loudspeakers.

The voices are shrill and the pain rings in my ears so loudly that I don’t realize there’s a humming sound coming from the bottom of the escalator.

The dolly lies at the edge of the disappearing final steps, tumbled and with a gouge in one of its wheels and a yellow sticker I’ve never noticed on the bottom of its scoop. In front of the dolly, I’m staring straight at the escalator’s base with welcoming spikes ready to swallow my hat, my scalp, and my face. I can picture the flesh being peeled from my bones. I try to claw my way out of my sprawl, but my hands are slick from sweat and rain. My fingers can’t find anything to grip on the polished escalator sides. The motor is getting louder while the grinding vibrates the steps beneath me.

Wordlessly, I cry out, attempting to twist and fight my way free.
Matt Carter has used his lifelong love for writing, history and the bizarre to bring to life novels like Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel, Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir, and the Prospero Chronicles young adult horror series (all co-authored with Fiona J.R. Titchenell). Bennytown is his first solo horror novel.

He is represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel and lives in the usually sunny town of San Gabriel, CA with his wife, their pet king snake Mica, and the myriad of strange fictional characters and worlds that live in his head.

- Do you believe in ghosts? If so, have you ever had an encounter with a spirit?

That… is an interesting question, honestly. If I were to give a quick question off the top of my head, I guess my answer would have to be no. While I was once a fond and firm believer in everything from Bigfoot and UFOs to ghosts that walk among us, enough time in the world has made me into something of a skeptic. Would I like to believe that such things are possible? Of course. Who wouldn’t want to believe in the fantastical and that worlds beyond our own perceptions exist? I just, in general, find it most likely that the majority of ghost sightings come from a combination of fear, a desire to believe, or easily explainable (or simply unexplained) natural phenomena.

That, I think, would cover the majority of cases.

But in my skepticism, I find it also difficult to call anything I find unlikely to be completely impossible. There have been enough incidents and occurrences around the world that seem to defy anything resembling explanation, and with so many people seeing so many things, I just find it difficult to believe that absolutely everyone can be wrong. Not to mention the simple fact that I cannot discount the simple possibility that there are simply things in our world that exist completely beyond our comprehension. This really becomes one of those “There are more things in heaven and earth…” scenarios when I get to thinking about it.

As for whether or not I have personally had any experiences… well, that’s where things get complicated, you might say. I have had moments in my life that certainly felt… off… but I cannot say for sure what that might actually mean. I have visited a number of places that are supposed to be quite haunted, like the Winchester House, The Queen Mary, Alcatraz, Sleepy Hollow, and while I can’t quite say I’ve had anything happen to me while at any of these places, I can definitely say they carry something of an energy that can be felt in the air. I cannot say for sure what that is, but, there’s that distinct feeling that something is just not quite as it normally ought to be.

As well, not long after the death of my father I began having experiences I cannot fully explain. Every so often when I would find myself giving into the anger that was not an infrequent guest during my more depressed periods (but through hard work and a lot of talking with people who’ve cared, I’ve gotten much better!), things would fall down around my apartment, things I could have sworn I’d put securely in their places or adequately secured to the wall. When I was in a particularly bad place once, a pot rack that he’d helped me build fell off the wall. I could have sworn I’d hung it up well, but still it fell. Was it my Dad trying to tell me not to give in to ill-directed anger, or was it simply me being clumsy and unfocused during a difficult time in my life? I don’t know, and I can’t say for sure. I can’t say I believe anything, but I can’t discount anything either.

Like I said before, this is very much one of those “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” situations. I don’t know what’s out there, but I’m willing to believe something is possible. At the very least, they make for some fun, spooky stories…
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  1. Did you go to alot of theme parks to research your book?

  2. Sounds like a very good read.

  3. Congratulations on the book. Sounds like a thrilling read.

  4. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

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  5. this sounds really good, thanks for sharing

  6. This is an exciting book, lots of action!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

  7. The book sounds very interesting. :)

  8. I think that the cover of your book is spare in design but striking in content.

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  9. thanks sounds like an interesting book

  10. How many hours a day do you spend writing?

  11. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Autho, how do you handle writers block?

  13. What a fascinating sounding story! I would love to read more.

  14. I just know I'm going to love this read. My favorite fictional genre and it sounds soooo good

  15. Awesome read! I am excited to read more.

  16. I like the cover! It sets the tone for the book.

  17. What do you most enjoy about writing?

  18. sounds like a fun one

  19. This sounds like a really great read.