Fan of the iconic horror film The Exorcist, Brett Bateman admits that when reading the book, he must have let go of it halfway.
“I found the book scarier than the movie,” the man from Destrehan recalls.
But that doesn’t mean he was put off by the sentiment – on the contrary, it intrigued him. Bateman, who realized his passion for writing in sixth grade, recognized the writing talent it took to spark that scary vibe in him, and it made him aspire to do the same in others.
Although he’s been writing stories most of his life, last year he embarked on a special project that is very new to him: his first horror novel, titled Pure Evil, the first of what he plans to do. ‘be a multi-part series.
“As twisted as my mind can be sometimes, I want to scare some people,” Bateman said with a chuckle.
He aspires to have it published this year – he has self-published several novels before, but hopes to do so this time through a literary agent – but the feeling of completing the project has been gratifying, he said. he stated, because it allowed him to bring a new main character to life in a world of his own creation.
“I started in July of last year and just finished in May of this year,” Bateman said. “I took it seriously and did my homework on what it would be like to write a book like this, what other writers have done to tell their stories (like that)… what inspired me for this one was I was sitting at home watching something on YouTube about someone spending 24 hours in an abandoned, haunted hospital.
“I was like, ‘Dude, this guy is brave. You could send me a million dollars and I don’t do that.
One of the reasons this storyline brings out this reaction in Bateman parallels why The Exorcist had such an impact on him: He believes in the paranormal. So, when creating a character, devising frightening circumstances to test them out becomes natural for Bateman through a simple question: what would horrify Bateman himself?
“If this can scare me, it should scare the reader,” Bateman said.
In Pure Evil, the protagonists relive the childhood fears of a murder that happened in their hometown of New Castle, Delaware, and are haunted by the victim’s spirit.
Bateman learned her passion for writing in elementary school, and she began to grow after winning first place in a young writer’s competition for a short story.
“I never liked to read, but when I started high school I started reading more because of my writing,” Bateman said. “I’ve always been a huge fan of Stephen King, especially It… to this day I’m terrified of clowns because of this book. And I knew that if I ever wanted to write a book like that, I had to read other horror novels and learn what they look like.
In high school, he switched to screenwriting, his first inspired by one of his favorite childhood cartoons, Transformers.
“I was like, ‘What if I transform into a Transformer?’” Bateman asked. “So I did. I have always had a very vivid imagination.
He switched to writing books, which ultimately led him to write the Jackson Scott trilogy, including his first book Kill Shot, a story set in New Orleans that was published in paperback via Amazon.com in April.
Bateman also uses the doubts of others as a motor.
“People who know me have told me they were like ‘You’re going to fail at this.’ Well, thank you for that, because I use this to motivate myself. I would love to show them, ”Bateman said. “So I made it my mission to make it my career.
“I never see myself giving up writing. I believe in my talent.