My apologizes to Benjamin Kane Ethridge, an excellent writer and author of several books including Black & Orange and Bottled Abyss, but Ben invited me to participate in this cross-posting event, and with him being a fellow Southern Californian, how could I resist?
Unfortunately, I ran into some problems along the way. In a cross posting event, one answers the questions about his or her newest project and what’s down the pipeline in the future, usually giving some acknowledgment to the person who invited them (in my case, it’s Ben. You can read his answers by clicking here), then said writer would ask five other writers or artist to participate. Well, answering the questions (which you will find down below) was the easy part. The hard part was finding willing participants! My friend Jeffery Thomas had similar hiccups in finding people, too! You can check out his answers here, at this link –> http://punktalk.punktowner.com/?p=1607
So, with that out of the way, I think the cross posting event was still successful and I hope I can be part of more great literary endeavors such as this one in the future.
Now, on with The Next Big Thing!
1) What is the working title of your next book?
The Dread Ride. It was called ‘Fearmaster’, but I thought that title was too over used and trite.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I have had the concept down since I was a teen, back in the days when I had a thrash metal band. There is Rum, the god of fear, and he rises every so often from the void of reality by a cult of adrenaline sucking, blood quaffing lunatics bent of the destruction and subjugation of mankind. The Cult is called the Amygdala and I named them after the glad in our brains that produces the fear response. The cultist instill this fear into victims and their blood saturates with adrenaline. It’s their drug, they get off on it, and when the victim dies, their souls power Rums return. The victim is then known to be taking a ‘Dread Ride’. Crazy stuff, man.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Horror all the way. I write for myself first, and all my stuff usually is horror but sometimes I get that primal itch that only true, hard core horror can satisfy. It’s real, in your face and the characters in this book, I can really relate and feel for them. While the story does have hard core horror mixed throughout, it is foremost a tale about survival and the opposition of evil, malevolent forces. I would say The Dread Ride falls under occult horror, if I had to pin it to a type. But with my work, I like to think anyone can read it. Now, if everyone will enjoy it….
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Ha! Well, I never thought of this before but here it goes: I would have Andrea Bogart (Dark Ride, Nite Tales) be Shanna Cole, one of the main characters. She is feisty but home town enough to grow with the crisis of Rum coming after her vessel (body). Why is the god of fear after her… shh, it’s a secret, gotta buy the book to find out!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Hmm, try this: No one is safe…there is nowhere to run…there is no place to hide… Rum creeps closer, the great blood ritual draws near and before the night is out, someone will be taking THE DREAD RIDE!
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self agented, defiantly. Sent it out myself. Deadite press has shown an interest in The Dead Ride but as of now, I have no confirmed press. But if I could pick anyone to have it, it would have to be Jeff at Deadite. I feel the book fits in there well and everything that has come out of Deadite has knocked my socks off! Also, it would be great to be among so many talented and awesome writers there; Edward Lee, Brian Keene, Wrath ect.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Six months, give or take a week. Had a lot of short story subs going out, so I wrote the first draft in between them. Right now I am working on an eBook novella that I will sub to Cemetery Dance for their digital line but since I am not under contract, I am taking my time with it. Please check my web page here in the near future for more information on that project.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Oh boy! I have not come across anything similar to The Dread Ride, literary wise, but I am sure it is out there somewhere. I would compare it to the 80’s splatterpunk movement. I am a product of the 80’s and my life as an adult pretty much revolves around horror. What can I say? I love the horror genre, in general; the people, the movies, the books, the comics, music, ect. It’s more of a life view than a genre to me, so long as I’m not mixed in with the Romance crowd, that is.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Myself. I write for myself. I have to like the story first before anyone else does. It’s a good lesson I learned from Richard Laymon (Not personally, but through his work.) Some would call it trash, I call it having fun. In the end, I will have written some poignant stuff, but for now, I am doing what I love to do and that’s saying a lot.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
If you aren’t already piqued by this interview, nothing I say now will ever pique you up.
Another thank you goes out to Benjamin Kane Ethridge for the invite and the linkage and everyone should check out and buy his stuff, seriously. That’s all for now. Next time, I start reviews on more horror fiction, bad ass horror movie releases from synapse films and scream factory, and I will take a moment to talk about two of my favorite pod cast.