Hayong has a big following on his Facebook author page and Reddit, and he’s another winner of the Nosleep horror best story with My strange experience with an app called life is beta. Although a pastors child, he somehow creates ungodly images in your mind, induces sleepless nights and unknown paralysis. Hayong is also a collaborator for the Brutal Bedtime Stories.
Where are you from?
I am from Tennessee, currently in Daejeon, South Korea.
Do you have a day job, if so what?
I do have a day job working as an editor at a conference organizing company.
What do you do to unwind?
I actually like to write. It really helps me relax.
Tell us a bit about your family?
My family is super Christian. Not sure my mother and father really appreciate my stories at all. They’re both pastors.
You’re on death row, and you have your last meal. Starters, Main and Dessert. What are they?
A filet mignon with a lasagna. three bottles of Mello Yello
Q1: What was the first piece you published and was it any good?
(You can link here as well if you want)
A: It was called “Please Help Me” and it was a series. No. It was terrible.
Q2: Are you afraid that the tragedy you pen on paper, will be incarnated as an event in the real world?
A: Not really, most are tech and only alter the lives of like 50 max haha.
Q3: What is your scariest creation/creature/person?
A: Hm, definitely Joel Osteen. Creature? Probably Pennywise.
Q4: Who or what most inspires your work?
A: Mostly just day-to-day things. Sometimes I get inspired by a pack of baby wipes.
Q5: What fruit would you have your character use to kill someone?
A: A lime. You can do a lot with a lime.
Q6: Do you worry about your sanity when you craft your twisted stories? Scary yourself so much that it leaves you thinking “where did that come from?”
A: Not scary, but more so psychologically. For my phobia stories, I really imagined myself having those phobias. I ended up having to quit the series midway because it really messed with me mentally.
Q7: How much of your work is influenced by your daily life?
A: Hm, I would say most of my work is inspired by something from my daily life.
Q8: What advice would you give a newbie horror writer?
A: Don’t lose faith in your writing. It’s hard, getting hate mail sucks, nasty comments are a bitch, but just keep going. It’s all about practice. Also, learn what your pace is. Some people write quickly, while others spend months on their projects. You can really learn a lot about yourself through your writing.
Q9: What scares you personally?
A: Cannibals, heights, and the dark. A lot of things. Well. Most things. I’m a wuss.
Q10: The perception of horror writes is that he/she is just a little bit weirder than everybody else. In your experience, do you find yourself — and other horror authors — to be stranger than the average person?
A: Nah, I talked to a lot of the bigger nosleep writers, and they are completely nice people. Like, oddly nice. Maybe. Maybe they are strange.
You can find me on my facebook author page! It’s where I post everything that is going on with my writing 😀