Cemetery Club came from a real-life nightmare.
A few miles from my home is an abandoned sanitarium, a place where from the 1930s until the 1990s families would drop off mentally handicapped children and adults, the ones who were so seriously debilitated that home health care wasn’t an option, either for monetary or medical reasons. As a child, you’d walk or drive by and see the more self-sufficient residents sitting or strolling through the grounds. Back then, we didn’t know of all the atrocities occurring.
Then, in the 1970s, Geraldo Rivera did a big expose on the place, revealing many instances of physical abuse, over-crowded conditions, and poor sanitation. After the facility – which encompasses dozens of buildings over many acres of land – closed in the 1990s, more sordid facts came to light. In the 1940s and 1950s, illegal experimentation had gone on there – shock therapy, lobotomies, and secret testing of vaccines. Today, the place is empty, visited only by urban explorers, teen vandals, and people walking their dogs. And since I’m an amateur urban explorer, a photographer, and a dog-owner, I’ve spent a lot of time perusing the grounds. It was during one of these visits that I came up with the idea that if it’s true places can hold traces of psychic energy from the past, then a hospital with this type of history would have to be haunted by some terrible ghosts.
However, I didn’t want it to be a ghost story. Instead, I did some research and found something much worse than ghosts. I won’t tell you what they are – you’ll have to read the book! – but let’s just say my book features zombie attacks, and the zombies aren’t the most dangerous thing living under the town of Rocky Point. Once I had my ‘monsters,’ the rest of the book fell neatly into place.
JG Faherty has a varied background that includes working as a laboratory manager, accident scene photographer, zoo keeper, research scientist, and resume writer. Growing up in the haunted Hudson Valley region of New York, some of his favorite playgrounds were abandoned houses and Revolutionary War cemeteries. His hobbies include urban exploring, photography, exotic animal rehabilitation, and playing the guitar. In addition to Cemetery Club, 2012 will see two other books published, The Cold Spot and He Waits. His past novels include Carnival of Fear and Ghosts of Coronado Bay. You can find out more by visiting www.jgfaherty.com , www.facebook.com/jgfaherty , or www.twitter.com/jgfaherty .