1 – About The Author: (Jon Colunga)
I was always creative even from a very young age. I loved to think up characters and stories. Let’s just say I was the kid in class who always had his head in the clouds. I’m mostly a visionary and writing is really the only way to get out those visions.
2 – Synopsis Of Bleen:
The story is about a young 15-year-old girl named Obleena (Bleen for short) who finds herself in a sanitarium after being accused of her father’s murder. No matter how hard she tries to convince people that she has the ability to conjure monsters from her mind and they are the ones who killed her father, they don’t believe her. The staff members taking “care” of Bleen will be in for a big surprise when they learn she is telling the truth.
3 – Where The Story Originated From:
I don’t want to sound cliche’ but they say the best way to get over a woman is to turn her into literature. I was in a very toxic relationship for about a year back in 2009. The relationship between the Long Phantom and Bleen is kind of a metaphor of that. Basically, how they both bring out the worst in one another.
4 – Inspirations:
I don’t think it was any 1 story in particular that inspired me. I’ve always been a fan of anything dark and interesting.
5 – How Long The Novel Took To Create:
I started writing it back in 2009 and finished writing it in 2013. But I took a break from it for a while in between 2 said years, so I’d say it only really took 2 years to develop completely. I wanted all the elements and characters to compliment one another so I waited until all the concepts were just right before calling it done and my buddy Landon Huber finally offered to draw it in a graphic novel form. His art is great and fits the story perfectly. I did, however, design all the characters and monsters.
6 – Why It Stands Out:
What makes it stand out is the strange mixture of not only the variety of characters but also the dialogue. That is something I really wanted to stand out above all the rest. I wanted to stray away from the usual horror dialogue you find in 90% of movies and books. I wanted people to read the words and take something meaningful from it. People always enjoy something they can relate to, and find a sort of solace in it.
7 – Most Enjoyable Moments:
Honestly, even I cringed at some of the writing. But I wanted to be as honest as I possibly could artistically. I debated taking some of the concepts out, the harsh words toward homosexuals and racial slurs for example. But people need to know that these things exist in the world, but as they exist in this story they serve as sort of a lesson. I really enjoyed writing for “Victor”. Landon and I even had a few good laughs editing in his dialogue because it is so bizarre.
8 – Favorite Horror Authors:
I love Edgar Allan Poe. Also, Clive Barker.
9 – Final Thoughts:
If you love a good story made in a unique way, Bleen is perfect.
Every review on the internet has said it’s very unique and well put together.
I would love to see Bleen as a movie one day. Movies cost money I don’t have
but if I did, Bleen would make one hell of a great movie!