Music Behind the Madness
K. Trap Jones
Ask any two authors about their writing process and you’ll never get the same answer. I love learning about how other authors write. Music plays a huge part in my writing and more importantly how I come up with stories. Certain lyrics, certain rhythms will trigger an idea and from there I nurse the idea until it either becomes a short story or novel. If I look back on the years I’ve been writing, I can still pair up every novel and short story with a particular song or band. I have written full novels based on one small lyric within a song.
I enjoy all kinds of music while writing from heavy metal to blues and even country from time to time. Growing up, I used to read the CD booklets of song lyrics. They were some of the greatest stories I’ve ever read. Short, concise and flowed perfectly with full emotion. With a headset late at night is when I do my writing. After everything is done for the day and the rest of the family is asleep, I seek comfort in the shifting shadows of the room and fill my ears with music.
The idea of creating a novel based on the animal population was first triggered through a blues song by the late, great R.L. Burnside. The song Criminal Inside Me, is a slow tempo blues song which is based on animals. Within the song there’s a drunken monkey who is a police officer and he gets real mad when all of the other animals don’t invite him to a party. With a bad attitude, he walks down to the poker party and basically breaks it up. The whole song just reeks of coolness.
I must’ve listened to the song on repeat throughout the entire writing process of OBFD. The blues style led me to the story environment of Louisiana. I knew I wanted the main character to be a sheriff, but I didn’t want to use a monkey, so I heavily researched the bayous habitat and really wanted to have an animal with a lot of predators. I had a list of five or so, before narrowing it down to a squirrel. There was something about creating a bad ass sheriff squirrel that constantly made me smile. For Sid’s narrative tone, I listened to one of my favorites—Johnny Cash—in order help him have an evenly dispersed mean streak. I had a lot of fun putting Sid through the different environments of the Louisiana bayous and I hope the reader enjoys it as well.
One Bad Fur Day
K. Trap Jones
Call it odd, call it off-beat, call it fantasy; but don’t think for a moment that One Bad Fur Day is anything other than a suspense driven horror ride that blurs the lines between harsh reality and brutal imagery…
As Hurricane Katrina barrels through the Louisiana bayous, the animal population is forced to deal with the tumultuous upheaval of their world. Sheriff Sid and his wife are caught completely off-guard by the natural disaster unfolding around them as they battle not only the turbulent winds and flooding waters, but heinous acts committed by other creatures inhabiting the backwaters. Following a brutal assault on his wife, Sid is forced to fight off voodoo-priestess snakes, a junkyard raccoon, deceitful badgers, and a band of roving power-hungry alligators. While clinging to his tenuous hold as sheriff, Sid must find a way to recapture what is rightfully his and exact his revenge.
- Trap Jones does a fantastic job of pairing the genuine horror of a natural disaster with a story of deceit, betrayal and vengeance that pulls you in and forces the reader to identify with Sid as he journeys through the darkest reaches of the bayous, facing deadly encounters, on One Bad Fur Day!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – K. Trap Jones is an author of horror novels and over 50 short stories. With inspiration from Dante Alighieri and Edgar Allan Poe, he has a temptation towards narrative folklore, classic literary works and obscure segments within society.
His novel THE SINNER (Blood Bound Books) won the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award. His splatterpunk novella, THE DRUNKEN EXORCIST has been released by Necro Publications. His narrative horror short story collection, THE CROSSROADS is available from Hazardous Press.
He is also a member of the Horror Writer’s Association and can be found lurking around Tampa, Florida.