H.E. Goodhue is an author and educator. Zombie Youth: Playground Politics is Goodhue’s first published novel. It is the first installment in a new series from Severed Press that has been called “unrelenting”, “thrilling and exciting” by both fellow authors and literary critics. Since its release in April, Zombie Youth has posted sales throughout the US, Europe and Australia. H.E. Goodhue currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, daughter and two hardheaded pitbulls.
H.E. was kind enough to chat with SF Signal about his book, zombies, what scares him the most, and more!
Kristin Centorcelli: Will you tell us a bit about yourself and your background? Did you always see yourself becoming a writer?
H.E. Goodhue: For the past nine years I have been a teacher. Currently I teacher 6th grade math. I began writing at an early age as a means to deal with recurrent nightmares. My parents suggested that writing down these dreams might help them not to continue night after night. This worked, but had the inadvertent effect of engendering a love of horror within me from an early age.
I began writing various types of stories, but always found myself returning to the genre of horror. Oddly it just feels the most comfortable and enjoyable to me. Go figure? Most of the stories I wrote were simply for my own enjoyment, though at the tender age of 10 or so I tried to sell some of my nightmares to a well-known children’s horror anthology. They passed due to the nature of the stories, but it completely floored and inspired me to receive an actual response from them, not just a form letter.
A few years ago I completed my first full-length novel, which was overwhelmingly rejected, but this caused me to reflect upon my intent and purpose. So when I began Zombie Youth: Playground Politics I decided to return to what I had learned as a child – just write something for me and if others get behind it, great. If not, so be it because I had written for me anyway. Though I will admit I was elated when Severed Press decided to release Zombie Youth as a series.