To me, horror is all about strong emotion, usually of the dark variety. Something in that speaks to me, to my very core.
What is your most notable work?
Of my novels, Where Darkness Dwells has been most noted for its originality, strong characters, and emotional depth. I guess I hit the mark on that one.
What are you working on now?
I’m finally tackling a post-apocalyptic trilogy that I’ve had in the works for about eight years. I’ve been compiling notes for this project, but with the exception of a couple of short stories set in this fictional world, I haven’t felt ready to tackle such an ambitious project. My success and feedback with my first novels has made it clear that I’m up for the challenge.
Who do you admire in the horror world?
Stephen King, for his narrative voice, Joe Lansdale, for his ability to pull me into just about any scenario, Dan Simmons, for his ability to write just about anything and to the highest standards. There are plenty more, and the list always changes, but those guys hold the top spots and have for decades.
Gore is so hard to do well. I don’t mind gore, but if it’s poorly written, it’s just about the most insulting detail a reader can come across. You can almost hear the author screaming at you as you read, trying to show off as if he’s a participant in a gross-out contest. I prefer talented writers who can write across the spectrum. Gore, chills, emotionally wrenching. It’s all good.
Why should people read your work?
I recently had a reviewer contact me in a personal email in which she mentioned that even though she had read a lot of indie books, Where Darkness Dwells was the first indie book that read like “a real book.” I’m not here to play writer – I am a writer. So many indies are putting out their trunk novels that have been rejected a dozen times over, and rejected for good reason. I wouldn’t have taken the plunge into self-publishing if I didn’t think my work stands up to anything put out by traditional publishing. That may sound arrogant, but I’m really a rather insecure person. For proof of what I’m saying, just look at my reviews.
The Thief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon is probably the best novel (long novella) I’ve read in the last year. I would definitely track down that title if I were you.
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