Author Interviews

Interview With David Dugas Jr. Plus a Giveaway!

It has been a really long time, bookworms, since I.B.C has done an author interview due to life being busy. However, today all of you are getting a look into David Dugas Jr., new horror author as well as a good friend of mine.

David Dugas Jr. is the author of Bloodstone Institute. I highly recommend his work to lovers of horror and thriller/suspense. Bloodstone Institute is a 142 page novella, which makes it perfect to test the waters with as a reader as well as for those who prefer novella length books. Be sure to pick up a copy from or Barnes & Noble.

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway for Bloodstone Institute at the end of the interview!

Without further ado, I invite all members and readers alike to sit for a spell while David Dugas Jr. welcomes us into his fascinating world of horror.

Insomnia Book Club [IBC]: Do you have a favorite author that inspires you?
David Dugas Jr. [DD]: Stephen King has always been my biggest inspiration in the writing world. I’ve noticed myself writing a similar style like him in a way.

IBC: Where did your idea for Bloodstone Institute come from?
DD: I volunteered at a haunted house when I was a teenager up till my early twenties. It was a school for the deaf and they ran an attraction once a year to help keep the school running. It was my favorite time in my life and place to go. All great friends hung out, we would dress up and scare people for fun. It is what turned me into the love of horror and was one place that made me feel comfortable. There were rumors that the place was really haunted, I laughed until I found out myself. I heard creepy stories from others they experienced while working there. Years after the school and haunt shut down, I came up with an inspiring idea to write a fictional story based off stories I was told and turn some into a different story with an actual back story. This has been one of my favorite things I have written so far.

IBC: As a male author, what was it like writing from a female character’s perspective in Bloodstone Institute?
DD: Difficult, it’s hard to discuss the opposite sex and how they might feel and react to something. All I do is try my best.


IBC: What made you choose to write in the horror genre?
DD: It is my favorite genre, it’s a space that makes me feel comfortable and who I am. It is also a fun genre to write and a lot easier than other types of genres.

IBC: In your opinion, what things make up an outstanding horror novel?
DD: Good scares in the story writing. Make the reader freaked out, have nightmares, shaking with goosebumps running down their arms. Make sure the story is good too, that will keep them reading even if they are scared to death.

IBC: What are you currently reading?
DD: American Sniper.

IBC: Last but not least, just a fun question thrown in for our readers. If you could choose just one perfect snack while reading a horror book or watching a horror film what would it be?
DD: That’s a good question, probably any kind of candy bar.

If you have any more questions, feel free to follow me on Goodreads David Dugas Jr, my Facebook page and follow my free stories on Wattpad, username: ddugas

Thank you for your time.

Bloodstone Institute by David Dugas Jr.
Dominoe has just graduated college landing the job of her dreams.The school she works for is connected to a old part of the school that is used as a haunted attraction once a year. She starts to hear, see and smell things unusual. The more she goes there, the more she finds out of dark secrets from the past that has cursed the school. With the help of a family member and resources Dominoe, faces everything alone for answers and survival.

It’s giveaway time! Just in time for the summer. The horror genre isn’t thought of when it comes to summer reads but imagine reading a spine tingling tale during a silence induced humid summer night or a cool summer night with the windows open, pending your location.

Two copies of Bloodstone Institute will be given away. Two lucky winners will receive one of the following: one physical copy of Bloodstone Institute or one e-book copy of Bloodstone Institute. A review on or is not required of the winners but is appreciated. Winners will be chosen at random.

Giveaway Rules:

  • One entry per person.
  • Open to United States residents only.
  • Comment on this post with your interest in entering the giveaway. The comment will count as an entry. If you do not have a way to read e-books please specify that you are entering for the physical copy only.
  • Your comment/entry must include your e-mail address. (For those who do not wish to leave an e-mail address in a comment due to privacy reasons simply send an e-mail to with the best e-mail address to contact you at as well as the name/username that your comment/entry is posted as) 

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The giveaway begins today, June 3rd, and will end on June 17th. A total of two weeks. Winners will be chosen and e-mailed on June 20th at the latest. Soon after the winners will be announced on I.B.C’s blog.

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