It’s that time of the year again! Welcome to #Coffinhop @CoffinHop Day 1


Phew, I made it! I’ve been waiting for this tour for a year now! And it’s with utmost excitement that I welcome you to my blog, and encourage you to visit to see the list of all the participants.

81wNCS9WHzL._SL1500_I started my writing journey with these folks, and have grown since then… Just a little, I admit, but enough to have published two books. The first one, Stories from the Underworld, is an anthology of horror short stories. The second one, that will be released in November, is called 32 Seconds, and while using some horror elements, is a psychological YA paranormal novel. 32secondsfinalcover.jpg

Halloween is around the corner! The spooky and scary comes in many shapes and forms. To me, nothing is scarier than insanity. The world can collapse around me, and all material things can disappear, if I lose my mind, I’m done. Therefore, as a teaser for your taste buds to celebrate the release of 32 Seconds, I will focus my blog tour posts on insanity.

At the end of each post, please write a comment and tell me what scares you the most to be entered into the list of contestants to my Halloween raffle (don’t forget to put your name and email so I can get in touch with you once the tour is over)! The three lucky winners (with the scariest answers!) will each receive an autographed copy of 32 Seconds and the first prize is a $25 Amazon gift card!

Hop on! The tour has begun!


Day 1 – Schizophrenia 

Do you hear voices? Do you believe other people are reading your mind, controlling your thoughts or plotting to harm you?

In a nutshell, that’s what schizophrenia is about. When you lose sense of who you are, and are a prisoner of your own mind. You don’t trust a word you say, and other people say, what you hear, see, feel, smell. You hallucinate. The voices warn you of an upcoming danger, or ask you to harm others or yourself. The visions scare you. Your thoughts don’t make any sense.

Some serial killers, such as Richard Trenton Chase, suffer from schizophrenia. Chase is famous for killing six people in the span of one month. He was nicknamed “The Vampire of Sacramento” because he drank his victims’ blood and cannibalized their remains. His horrid crimes inspired writers and movie makers. The film Rampage (1987) is a loose adaptation of the same-titled novel written by William P. Wood.

Scary, right?

Tomorrow we’ll tackle personality disorders…

Happy hop!


32 Seconds by Johanna K. Pitcairn

To the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water.

So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty.

With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do?

What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future.

A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness.


Add Yours
  1. nikki

    One of my biggest fears are shoddy fair rides, the ones that all you hear is creaking and popping, especially Ferris wheels. Yet I still ride everyone of them when the opportunity presents itself…

  2. anthonyjrapino

    Oh, good contest! 🙂 32 seconds sounds fantastic! What scares me the most is the unknowable and the unknown. You can’t fight it, and you can’t escape it. It’s always right behind you–and not. It’s always threatening untold horrors that defy imagination. And it’s always going to win.

  3. afstewart

    The new book sounds terrific. And what scares me the most is a toss-up between snakes, heights, and fire. I have phobias for all three.

  4. Mallory

    I know mine are cliche- but I am beyond afraid of spiders and clowns. A spider came down at a nail salon and I ran out screaming with my nails half done and never went back. I am too scared! And for clowns, I wouldn’t go to a family picnic because of a clown. So scary!!! PS the new book sounds great!!!!

  5. Joanna Parypinski

    What scares me the most: I’ve got a bit of claustrophobia, so being trapped in a small, dark place with no way to escape would terrify me. Especially if I were trapped in a small, dark place with no one nearby to hear me scream for help… and if I were surrounded by a darkness that obscures the corners of the room so that I have no idea what sort of creepy-crawlies might be lurking there with me…

    Joanna / joannapary @ yahoo[dot]com

  6. Anne Michaud

    What scares me the most is growing old. Not for the lines adding on my face and the cracking of my joints, but for the memories I’m losing. I’m scared that one day, none will be left and all that makes me is gone with the last one.

  7. Julianne Snow (@CdnZmbiRytr)

    What scares me to death? Besides spiders (terrible fear but one I’m getting over! Wait?!? Have you seen those freaking bird eating spiders?? Or the ones that jump?? Don’t go look them up on YouTube!!), I’d have to say burning to death knowing you don’t have the possibility of escape. That definitely sets my heart sinking into my stomach. Now add spiders to that scenario and I think I may pass out before the fire touches me!

  8. James Garcia Jr

    Hey, stranger! How have you been? It’s been far too long!
    I’ll tell you what’s scary! Scary is that I live just 20 minutes south of Fresno, Ca., which is about 3 hours away from Sacramento and I knew nothing about this!!! Yikes! Where the hell was I during this time? *looks over shoulder*
    They caught him, right?
    *whispers* Hello? JKP? Are you there?
    So good to hear from. Happy Hopping!


    • themanicheans

      Hahahahaha! Yes they caught him. I think you’ll be safe and the Vampire of Sacramento won’t come near anytime soon. Thanks for commenting, and yes it’s been far too long and it’s always good to see you on this blog. 🙂

  9. Lisa Walker

    It’s funny that you mentioned insanity. I have always had this weird fear of ending up in an insane asylum. I even had trouble watching American Horror Story Asylum.

  10. KK Ghost Writer

    Firstly Congrats on the soon to be released new novel. Love the sound of the premise! 🙂
    Secondly Happy CoffinHop and Halloween!!
    My current fear is of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It runs in my family so I am constantly checking myself with memory tests. It would break my heart to not recognise those I love and not recognise myself. I watched my gran suffer from it and it was the most awful thing to witness. In the end her body was just a shell and her mind was blank. It is one of the reasons I journal. Just in case one day I get that dreaded diagnosis. Even smaller memory blocks scare me. Twice due to traumatic events I have experienced significant memory blocks. One lasted 6 months. Another lasted a day. No matter how much I journal, those disappeared times remain lost to me.
    Then again dementia or insanity would also be horrendous.
    Great theme for your hop!


    – Kim 🙂

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