Interviewed by fellow author, Ken Hughes


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Today I was interviewed by fellow author, Ken Hughes (www.kenhughesauthor.com). Here’s how the conversation went:

1. Let’s start at the beginning: how did you know you wanted the kinds of supernatural forces you use in your writing?

tumblr_nvnvq7PkG61t8w028o1_500Growing up, I loved the X-Files, theOuter Limits, Dawn of the Dead, Buffy and Angel, and lots of other horror/fantasy products. I was also reading the books of Stephen King and James Herbert. For some reason, these were the things I loved, and I wanted to live in these scary worlds all the time. By writing my own worlds I get to spend even more time in the place I love to be—fighting for my life against monsters and ghosts. Maybe I love the thrill, but I also love the themes of death, loss, and adversity ever-present within the horror genre.

2. Magic can open a whole set of doors (and pitfalls) in the plot of a story, with new opportunities for characters. How has your concept of the supernatural meshed with your plots?

I have a tendency to weave my plots and characters together, which makes things very complicated to keep in order. I am slowly building a multi-verse which will have characters jumping between worlds. It’s hard work. When the rules don’t apply then you have to restrict yourself or your plots will end up unravelling all over the place! Continue Reading →

Wayne Simmons – Voodoo Child

Wayne Simmons – Voodoo Child is here

Hope you had a great Halloween!

I’d just like to begin November by thanking all of the people who bought a copy of Wings of Sorrow and The Gates over the last few months. They both launched very successfully and that’s down to your support!

I don’t have any new books coming out this month, other than some new entries in the A-Z of Horror (P is for Peeling is coming soon), but I can tell you that paperbacks for both Wings of Sorrow and The Gates have just gone on sale. The links to buy are posted at the bottom of this email.

The main intent of today’s newsletter is to let you know about a horror author called Wayne Simmons. Many of you will already know him (he wrote a great zombie novel called FLU), but for those who don’t he has given me some info about his latest release to pass on to you. I have a copy of my own and read the first several chapters yesterday. It’s good!

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Assuming my readers don’t know you, Wayne (although I’m sure they do), how would you like to introduce yourself?
I’m Wayne Simmons, a genre fiction writer and journo, probably best known for my 2010 zombie horror novel, FLU.

And your latest book is Voodoo Child, an homage to Seventies horror. Could you give us a taster of what the book is about?
Like a lot of folks reading this newsletter, I’m a child if the 80s. Back then, I used to go into the local video store with a mate and head straight for the horror section. There, we’d scan the shelves for the goriest looking cover we could find, usually a 70s or 80s slasher film, and take it up to the counter. They didn’t care that we were a couple of twelve year olds with a Certificate 18 film in our hands: as long as you had your dad’s card, everything was fine and dandy. Voodoo Child is really a homage to all those films we watched back then; the Fridays and the Nightmares and the Halloweens; and the colourful characters that populated them.

Anything else you would like to add?
Just a big shout-out to me co-author on this one, Andre Duza (Dead Bitch Army, Son of a Bitch) as well as Steve Johnson (SFX legend – An American Werewolf in London) and Harry Manfredini (Film Composer – Friday the 13th films) for the very humbling cover endorsements. Those guys are literally responsible for both Andre and I being into this stuff.

Finally, big thanks to your good self, Iain, for your kind support!

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