As our anthology begins, an old grandmother tells her grandchildren yet another bedtime story. And then another. And then another… and another.. and… “Bedtime Tales” by Nicola Lombardi, translated by J. Weintraub, is a short, creepy tale to set the stage for our readers.
Q (Crone Girls Press): What do you write? How long have you been writing? What are your preferred genres and why?
A (Nicola Lombardi): I’ve been writing since more than 30 years. My preferred genres are horror, weird & dark fantasy, my natural passions since I was a child.
Q: What inspired your story in this anthology? Tell us the “story behind the story.”
A: Simply, I remember when my mother or my gramma told me sinister stories, when I was a child. So, I’ve found it would have been “funny” if they could go on telling even if they were dead… (Luckily, they’re still alive, today!)
Q: Why horror? What draws you to the genre of horror/dark fiction? What do you find there that you don’t find anywhere else?
A: Horror/dark fiction is the genre that better than any other reflects my feelings about life and world. “Why horror?” is for me a very old question. Sincerely, I’ve not an answer. It’s so natural, for me, like breathing or moving.
Q: What do you find the most challenging about the writing process, and how do you meet that challenge?
A: Personally, I find the most challenging about writing is to be original, and never bore the readers. For that, I’m also a great reader, so I think I know what a reader expects.
Q: Of the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite, and why?
A: Giovanni Corte, the protagonist of my novel “The Tank”, because he is practically me, or better: if in his fearful conditions, I think I’d do and think exactly as he did.
Q: Anything to add?
A: Only one thing: I always hope the reader has bad dreams, after having read one of my books. This is my goal.
Nicola Lombardi (Italy, 1965) writes horror-weird fiction since the late ’80s. He is the author of various novels and collections, and has published two novelizations from the films of Dario Argento “Deep Red” and “Suspiria”. He also works as a translator, essayist and anthology editor.
To read Nicola’s short story, “Bedtime Tales,” pick up a copy of Stories We Tell After Midnight 2. And, once you are finished, please think about leaving us a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews make our cold, dark little heart so happy…