Monica wakes. It’s cold, damp. She feels confined…trapped…alone, and doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. Then panic sets in…clawing, feeling the dirt falling onto her face, Monica realizes she’s been buried alive. Escape may not be easy, it may not even be possible. She tries to remember what happened, how she became trapped inside this box, who it was that did this to her, and then the truth becomes crystal clear. Soon they will learn, when you kill someone, you better make sure they’re actually dead.
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Jeremy Simons lives with his wife and three young daughters in Grayson, Louisiana. He writes constantly in his spare time. His dream is to someday be able to write full-time.Jeremy has had stories appear with Carnage Conservatory Aphelion, Psychopomp, Voices from a Coma, The Horror Zine, Hellfire Crossroads Volume 4, Deathlehem Revisited, Short-Story.Me, Massacre Magazine, and three separate anthologies from Horrified Press (October’s End, the X3 Anthology, and Midnight Ghosts). His novella (Buried Alive) and debut novel (Untold Tale) are both under contract with Celestial Waters Publishing and are available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.
Question one: So tell us a little about yourself.
Answer one: My name is Monica Campbell. I live in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana. I was engaged to be married, but it didn’t work out. No kids. I’m currently unemployed.
Question two: So why are you here today?
Answer two: I’m here to tell my side of the story while I await trial.
Question three: So what was it like waking up at the bottom of your own grave?
Answer three: Well, it was dark (haha). But seriously, it was the most frightening thing you can imagine. Disoriented. Misplaced. Bound. Short of breath. And even if you’re not claustrophobic, you feel it in that moment. I wouldn’t wish that fate on my worst enemy.
Question four: Speaking of which, would you have liked for Jeff and Martin to suffer that same fate?
Answer four: No. That would have been getting off easy as far as though two are concerned.
Question five: What was you thinking while climbing out?
Answer five: Freedom. Getting out was the only thing that mattered at the time. When you’re underground and can barely breathe, dirt caving in on top of you as fast as you can knock it out of the way, you don’t really have time to worry with thinking. Plus, I didn’t remember anything that had happened at that time.
Question six: How did you feel when you did remember?
Answer six: Anger. Resentment. Pity. Sadness. Joy. I think every emotion in existence passed through me at one point.
Question seven: Do you think you handled it accordingly?
Answer seven: Absolutely.
Question eight: Really? Why?
Answer eight: The justice system is flawed. It was my word against theirs. They would have gotten off easy…probably with a slap on the wrist.
Question nine: Do you regret it?
Answer nine: Hell no. I just wish I wouldn’t have let them off as easy as I did.
Question ten: One last question. Now that you’re here…do you feel any differently?
Answer ten: No. I don’t think I did anything wrong. I’m innocent. I’m the victim here.
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Monica steadied her breathing, as best she could, and tried to ignore the dirt still trickling in, little by little. Her attention became focused on freeing her hands from their bounds. It would have been difficult before, but now with the dirt caving in atop them, it was damn near impossible.
She was losing her edge…losing control of the situation. She had known he might have a few tricks up his sleeve, seduction being the most obvious, but she hadn’t expected being caught off-guard by it. And it wasn’t just that, she was taken back by his sincerity. She had loved him once, still did; the possibility that he could talk himself out of whatever dastardly plan she had in store crossed her mind. She could not—would not—allow that.
Question one: Tell us a little about yourself.
Answer one: My name is Jeremy Simons. I live in Grayson, Louisiana, with my wife and three daughters. I’m a horror/suspense author with Twilight Terror Press, a subdivision of Celestial Waters Publishing.
Question two: How long have you been writing?
Answer two: I’ve written on and off since I was a kid but only recently had any interest in pursuing getting my works published.
Question three: Why do you write?
Answer three: I write because I need to. New ideas come to me on almost a daily basis, and I feel it’s my duty to tell everyone those stories.
Question four: Who’s your biggest inspirations?
Answer four: Writing-wise, my biggest inspiration will always be Stephen King. Another would be R. L. Stine; I still have all of the original Goosebumps series tucked away (but don’t tell anybody, HaHa). But in life, I’m inspired by anyone who is just willing to recognize their dreams, work at them, and do what is necessary to achieve them.
Question five: What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Answer five: Just being myself in a world I know nothing about. Escaping reality. Exploring new worlds. Being able to discover all of these characters and situations without having to worry about political correctness or offending anyone or pissing anyone off.
I loved writing this book for several different reasons. For one, it’s loosely based on true events; it was fun to take something real and embellish it while keeping it an empowering story. Starting it was difficult, but it was interesting to try and pour my own emotion—my own fears and reservations—into trying to climb out of a grave.
This was also the first time I’ve ever really led with a female character, and going from victim to assailant is no easy feat. I only hope I did it justice.
Top ten favorites
Favorite Book: probably It by Stephen King.
Favorite Movie: Maximum Overdrive
Favorite Band: Metallica
Favorite Song: I don’t know about of all time but right now is probably Jekyll and Hyde by Five Finger Death Punch
Favorite Food: Cookies-n-cream ice-cream
Favorite Saying: “Don’t take life too seriously…you’ll never get out alive.”
Favorite Author: Stephen King
Favorite Hobby: Writing of course, but a close second would be playing basketball
Favorite Sport: Basketball