We talked with Ambrose Stolliker about his upcoming short story “The Death Chute”. We talked about his inspirations for writing the story, and how he came up with the chilling setting.
“When his mother, Sophia, is diagnosed with dementia, 44-year-old reality television producer Jake Porter leaves Hollywood and returns to his native Vermont. Jake sends his mother to a posh new retirement community in the Green Mountains. It soon becomes clear the rest home houses dark secrets and is haunted by something terrible and strange.
But when he learns that the retirement community was once a tuberculosis sanatorium, Jake is uneasy at the prospect of leaving Sophia on her own. Only the assurances of the community’s chief medical officer, Christine Barrett, convince Jake that his mother will be in good hands. Not long after she’s moved in, however, Sophia has the first of many frightening experiences when she encounters the apparition of a little boy suffering from TB. At first, Jake dismisses her story as a symptom of her dementia, but as time goes on, it becomes clear the rest home houses dark secrets and is haunted by something terrible and strange.”
This is the second time we talk with Ambrose. We had previously talked to him about his Civil War horror story, Old Hollow. The Nerds loved that story so much. You can listen to that episode by clicking here.
“The Death Chute” is available, in digital and paperback, thru Aurelia Leo by clicking here.
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