Hi, I’m Sal. I’ve been relegated to this little corner of the website. That’s all right. This area may be small, but it’s all mine. Are you into thrilling horror that can sometimes get graphic? If the answer is yes, then you, my friend, have come to the right place. However, if horror is not your thing, you need to click the hell over to another page.
Are all the weaklings gone yet? Good. Those of you who stayed, welcome. Please pull up a rock, read my FAQ, and then check out my books and short stories.
–You say you’re E’s alter-ego, can you tell us a little about how you came to be?
Sure. When E was a kid, he and his older brother used to love to watch horror movies. Only thing is, E didn’t really watch the movies. He was too chicken. Whenever the scary parts would come on, he’d put his hands over his eyes and say: “What’s happening? No, don’t tell me! Tell me when I can open my eyes again.” He was a mess. That’s when I showed up and made it okay for him to open his eyes. He’s glad he did. We were missing some really good movies.
–When did you know you wanted to write horror?
The first horror novel I read was The Exorcist. I couldn’t put it down. Once I read Carrie and then Salem’s Lot, I knew I was destined to write the scary stuff.
–Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stephen King for sure, and Peter Straub. I love William Peter Blatty just for writing The Exorcist. Then there’s Frank Lauria, who wrote Raga Six, which is more occult than horror. Raga Six is one of my favorite scary books of all time. Special homage to Shirley Jackson for writing The Lottery, and Richard Matheson for writing What Dreams May Come and I Am Legend.
–You haven’t written horror since the 80s. Where have you been?
That’s E’s fault. He got all caught up writing TV sitcoms and movies, and left me for dead. But he was wrong about me. I wasn’t dead. I was busy coming up with new ideas to scare the bejesus out of people. I’m baaack!
–Any new projects you’d like to share with us?
I thought the best way to get people into the new Sal Conte was to publish a short story. I wrote The Toothache Man spring of 2011. Let me warn you now, it’s a bloody yarn with lots of foul language. If you’re into graphic horror, and don’t mind a cuss word or two, I think you’re going to love it.
I’ve done all new covers for both my 80s novels, Child’s Play and The Power. They will be available as ebooks, along with The Toothache Man, around Halloween. They’re priced really reasonably, too. While you’re devouring those, I will be fast at work on the new one. I won’t tell you what it’s about, but I can tell you this—it’s gruesome. Hopefully you’ll see it spring of 2012. Please check back for updates.