Johnny Worthen is a lifetime student of the occult and supernatural. Raised in a secluded suburb of Salt Lake City, he gravitated to the more obscure paths of spiritual knowledge. He is a Freemason, twice Past Master of his Lodge, youngest ever at the time. Johnny received a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Latin minor before earning a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Utah. He lived a year in Denmark and a decade in Oregon until the rain drove him back to the dry high deserts of Utah. He married his junior-prom date and together they have two sons. After many varied and interesting careers, Johnny writes full time now. His debut novel, BEATRYSEL, is available now on Amazon, published by Omnium Gatherum. You can find and follow him on his website, on Twitter as @JohnnyWorthen, on Facebook and on GoodReads.
by Johnny Worthen
You do not need to leave this world to find horror. One glance at evening news and any writer will have plenty of inspiration to chill an audience. Terrorism, war, environmental collapse, train derailments, pandemics, the quiet man down the lane — these things are real and chilling and have within them the nucleus for horror and the seeds for a dramatic exploration of terror.
But they’re not my favorite.
I prefer my things that go bump in the night to have more foreign addresses. Perhaps it’s a comment on my actual cowardice that I prefer to have supernatural agents in my thrillers than knife-wielding psychopaths. When it’s all over and I’m crawling back under the sheets, I can more easily console myself that it’s not real.
Then again, maybe I can’t.