The Suspense Magazine Pieces
The Interview with a Monster series was a series of fictional interviews where Thomas sat down with some of horror's finest.
The Horrors of Easter (April 2011) is a mini anthology that contains three horrific tales surrounding three boys and Easter. I wrote it after realizing that there were no Easter horror tales.

Interview with a Monster - The Frankenstein File

(March 2013)

Don't Forget the Fingers: A Guide to the Perfect Zombie Family Picnic (May 2011) is a humorous piece that explores the pitfalls and joys of a zombie family picnic day.

Interview with a Monster - The Dracula File

(April 2013)

What's the Deal with the Silver Bullet? (August 2012) is an informative article explaining why silver is so important when killing a werewolf.

Interview with a Monster - The Werewolf File

(March 2013)

The Sidewalk Ends (2013) is a dark tale of eventuality and depending upon how you live dictates...

Interview with a Monster - The Phantom of the Opera File

(March 2013)

Welcome (July 2009) is a warning about the seven deadly sins.

Interview with a Monster - The Salem Witch File

(August 2013)

The Anthology tales
The Other Tales
The Christmas Help details a zombie plague invading the North Pole and how it is dealt with. - Open Casket Press' Dead Christmas - A Zombie Anthology)
A Cup of Sugar (SNM Horror Magazine June 2010) is a witchy tale that isn't so sweet.
The Pumpkin Patch was the last thing that little Johnny ever found. - (NorGus Press' Look What I Found)
The Argument ( LitFest Magazine Sept 2010) is a tale about four classic monsters sitting around a campfire arguing about who is the best.
All the Creatures Were Stirring...Even the Mouse is a tale about an elf going off the deep end. - (Slay Bells Ringing - A Killer Christmas)
While You Sleep was the runner-up for LitFest's most suspenseful in July 2010 and surrounds a potential serial killer watching you sleep without you realizing it. Note: Currently this is being made into a short film by Slashed Wrists Studio.
Zombies, the Monsters That Ate a Genre is an editorial piece included in Zombie Writing.
 
The Novellas

Twitch, a stubbed limbed, white eyed deformed carnival freak attraction is often abused. But, he harbors a dark secret…and his retribution is certainly far worse...for people can be so vicious…and so can Twitch.

McB, a compassionate carnival owner understands and cares for his “special” people, including a bearded lady, a joined at the hip pair of Siamese twins and a midget called Mr. Big. When he stumbles upon an attraction known as Twitch—an innocent, stubbed limbed, glazed white eyed deformity—at a competitor, he feels an instant attraction and a compelling urge to acquire. Although warned by the previous owner that Twitch was different, McB purchases him anyway and includes him in his “oddities” sideshow attraction where, unknown to McB, Twitch absorbs verbal and physical abuse from various gawkers and patrons. However, Twitch may seem helpless, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Original ideas are hard to come by nowadays and Twitch was truly one of a kind - Gabino Iglesias – Horrorphilia

You've got the goods and I'd like to see more of you in the future. - John P. Wilson - Necrotic Tissue Magazine

Scopel has written a very intriguing tale involving the carnival freak, Twitch, and the horrors that befall those who abuse him. This story is not what I was expecting, and I have to say that I am very impressed with the story and Scopel's writing as well. – A Book Vacation

I very highly recommend this book. It is well written and the story is suspenseful and keeps you hooked. There is just something creepy about carnivals and this author really plays on that well. There is some gore but it's not all gore. There is a great, suspenseful story line that keeps you hooked to the very end. I will definitely be watching for more from this author in the future! – M Vasquez at Life in Review

It’s an interesting little novella, and if you’re into horror fiction featuring sideshow freaks, you’ll enjoy this one –Darkeva - Horrorcentric

I really enjoy author Thomas Scopel’s writing style here.  It’s quick paced and very lyrical in some places.  He describes a lot with very few words and really hits his stride when he describes death scenes. – Scott Shoyer – Anything Horror

Like all monster books, you will feel sympathy and maybe even compassion for Twitch. However, this is not Frankenstein: the action is much more intense. - Ben Franz - Monster Librarian

Twitch is a well-written, creepy tale of a mysterious creature that wreaks havoc around him. You can practically hear the carnival music, the crowds, and the screams of those on the thriller rides. Descriptive passages evoke smells of popcorn, corndogs and French fries. The misfortunes that befall those who dare to ridicule or torture Twitch are graphically described, providing chills and cringes as you read. – Sheri White – Horror News dot Net 

This is a great story for anyone who loves dark carnival tales. – Lisa McCourt Hollar – author.

When considering the prospect of death, most folks have a tendency to slink away; consider the thought to be terrifying, morbid and frightful; not something to be welcomed. These feelings are understandable because after all, when the Grim Reaper shows up, you are at your end; your life is over; completed. Sometimes the end is calm and serene. Other times it is wracked with violence and pain and suffering. The latter is what most horror writers utilize and play upon when attempting to terrorize their readers. Fear is an emotion that is strong and can invoke a variety of physical symptoms. While a typical horror tale may conjure up a few fright symptoms, generally the reader realizes that the work is only fiction and therefore, the fear is minimal. And, usually for entertainment value, horror writers use things like serial murderers and zombies and ghosts and many other things in their death telling.
Being a horror writer myself, I too want to scare. But, The Daily Death is different with regards to methods. Although, all are fictional tales and written purely for entertainment value, each employs a macabre look at a real-life scenario that very well could occur. And, to me, these types of deaths are the scariest…the ones that come from nowhere when you’re not looking.

Nowhere in these 24 tales will you find the peaceful death. Each is distinct and certainly not tranquil. They are horrific scenes that I truly wouldn’t wish upon even my worst enemy. And, although they are specific to my dear co-workers, they are not written with ill will. On the contrary, they were written out of respect and admiration, utilizing each person’s nuances and characteristics. But, that doesn't mean they survived...

Thomas Scopel's latest work is every bit as twisted and morbid as it sounds, and that's high praise for a horror writer!
Scopel, like most independent authors, has a "day job." Based on actual accounts from his co-workers, Scopel has imagined what would have happened to his colleagues had their scrapes with mortality met with, say, less than happy endings.
The book is set up like an anthology, where the story of each co-worker's "death" is told in short, entertaining little pieces.
Twisted? You bet, but when you read the book, I recommend you read the author's introduction so that you get a clear understanding of why he wrote the book. It's a nifty premise, sort of like dark Hallmark greeting cards for his friends, many of which were written at their own request! Hallmark cards from Hell, to be sure, but hey - this is horror fiction, friends and neighbors!
Scopel may be onto something with this concept. I can easily imagine independent horror authors out there making a little extra cash by "killing off" customers at their own request in short stories to be gleefully shared with their friends and families!
What I like most about this book apart from the concept is the writing itself. The author's crisp, tight writing style moves the stories right along. It's clear he's having fun here, and so it's fun for the reader as well.
The drawback? Repetition. While the concept is terrific, when the stories are compiled in anthology form, the concept runs out of gas, quickly going from fun and morbidly curious to the same ol' same ol', very much like reading through a rack full of say, Halloween cards.
Still, it's a fun book and Scopel is an independent horror author to watch. I love the concept of this book - almost enough to steal it! Almost. Scopel would kill me
. - Dale L. Elster

I must admit, I was intrigued by this book simply by the name. I mean, everyone has probably wanted to kill a co-worker or two in their lifetime. But still, lamenting over well placed break room knifes and scalding coffee only gets you so far so let's read some good stories, shall we?

While reading down the books Table of Contents I started off a little worried about what was ahead of me. With chapter titles such as "The Death of Dennis", "The Death of Dylan" and "The Death of Donna" I had an early impression of spit-fire style executions, no real narration and some unoriginal plots. Thankfully I was very wrong. (For the record, Jane has my favorite death sequence.)

After reading the Introduction I started on the tales. For the most part, most of the deaths reminded me of the elaborately setup sequences you might find in a `Final Destination' type movie. Some involve actual killers and some just a huge amount of bad luck and karma on the part of the victims. Meat grinders, darts in the forehead, being crushed under a car or electrocuted on stage, and even a brought-to-life video game antagonist whose online avatar was killed one too many times will make these people wish they had done something a little different that day. At 24 deaths throughout the book, keeping them all from being copycats of each either was a small feat and one that was pulled off well.

The beginning of each chapter contains an anecdote which I almost found myself looking forward to more than the next tale itself (but not quite). Scopel's writing style works well for short stories that need as much description as possible in as few words as possible and it was easy to plow through page after page because of it.

Chapter lengths varied quite a bit, some taking up only 2 pages while others take up to almost 6. In looking back through the book a second time, I think I appreciated the longer length tales myself; they had better character development and a bit more visual description on the events that occur. I read this book in only two sittings myself, but given its nature that every chapter stands on its own and doesn't require any other chapter for storyline, it could be spread out into a lot more if needed which is good for us nighttime and weekend readers.

Two short written essays appear after all the tales of carnage, both of which were rather interesting reads. They, combined with the Introduction, give you an idea of who the author is, what his mindset is and how he got his start writing horror fiction. Following this are four short horror tales. The Choice, a tale about two friends trapped by a horde of zombies, and While You Sleep, a tale about a wannabe serial killer who can't quite bring himself to make the first kill, are the best ones.

To finish the book, the usual last pages are present, an excerpt from another book published by the author, Afterward and Acknowledgements, and an About The Author page with blog and web links. (A warning for those afraid of creepy clowns, Scopel's alter ego, Wee Willie Wicked, is prominent on his front page and is out to get you.)

Overall, the book was definitely entertaining and a fun read. As a writer myself, I'm hoping my first entry into the short horror fiction genre works as well as this one did
. - John Clements

This is a collection of short stories, but with a bit of a twist - it's a themed collection. The author had the audacity to kill his coworkers, using no weapons except his pen. There are no peaceful deaths here; each person leaves this world in gruesome and strange ways. The author narrates the beginning of each story, becoming kind of a twisted Rod Serling foreshadowing the events to follow.

This is a "Faces of Death," literary style instead of on the screen. Which might be worse, because what we imagine in our minds is usually far worse than what is being portrayed by actors and fake blood. Most of the stories aren't supernatural, either - they can accidentally happen. Some of the deaths are a little exaggerated; similar to the crazy deaths in the "Final Destination" series. In other words, gross and squishy, but lots of fun.

If you get a kick out of The Darwin Awards, then this is a book you will love.
 - Sheri White

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