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Chili Man Puts New Twist on Legend in Latest Horror Novel

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Rochester: Chili Man Puts New Twist on Legend in Latest Horror Novel
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A retired U.S. Air Force Officer turned a childhood dream of writing about fierce, creepy characters into reality, with two published horror novels. TG Arsenault will sign copies of his latest book, Bleeding the Vein, this weekend in Macedon and Brockport.

When you imagine what a writer of horror is like, you might think: odd, maybe vulgar, a loner. When you meet TG – Tim Arsenault, a 22-year-Air Force veteran, you’ll find an unassuming ordinary guy with a very deep and, he'll admit, gross imagination.

“My dad was a huge reader so I credit him for every wanting to be a writer.”

“It fits. I come in here and I lock myself away and have all kinds of memorabilia and it just puts myself in the element with some music and candles and write away.”

Arsenault grew up in a town in Maine near one of the most famous authors of horror and suspense; Stephen King. His dad read King novels to him when he was a boy. He met Stephen King at age 13.

“My dad was reading his novels constantly and he gave me Carrie to read at 12 years old, and that did it. I was hooked on the horror genre,” he said. “I said, I got to try this and I really enjoy the horror element horror genre and starting writing then.”

Arsenault's first horror novel, Forgotten Souls, was published in 2005. His most recent is called Bleeding the Vein.

“I hope to bring a new creature to the horror genre,” he said. “It gave a chance to take this legend in the Philippines and put my own twist on it with no restrictions whatsoever; there were no expectation because it was not a zombie or a vampire per se, it was its own creature.”

His goal is to write a thousand words a day. He surrounds himself with books by authors he admires.

“I am a big Steinbeck fan and Dickens,” he said. “To get better as a writer you have to read other genres and literary or historical fiction to get my own voice and learn from the masters.”

Arsenault is busy writing his third book; hoping to reach an even younger audience.

“When a book comes out; a new book the motivation alone with that is amazing and it makes you want to write more and more.”

Arsenault's books are available through his website and also through Amazon.com and GallowsPress.com.

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