Ginger Nuts of Horror
Here at Gingernuts towers we were mightily impressed with Jasper Bark's recent collection of short stories and novellas entitled Stuck On You. In fact, we were so impressed, we asked him if he'd be interested in an in-depth interview discussing the book at length. Mr. Bark very kindly agreed. What follows is part one of this interview, examining the inspiration, craft, and thought processes behind the writing of these tales. Part two will follow, covering the remaining tales in the collection. Enjoy, and many thanks to Mr. Bark for agreeing to such a thorough examination...
Iain Rob Wright is one of the UK's most successful horror and suspense writers, with novels including the critically acclaimed, THE FINAL WINTER; the disturbing bestseller, ASBO; and the wicked screamfest, THE HOUSEMATES.
His work is currently being adapted for graphic novels, audio books, and foreign audiences. He is an active member of the Horror Writer Association and a massive animal lover.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
You bet, Jim. I am going to assume that you are going to prefer some information about me that relates to not only my writing, but my fascination with the horrible and the macabre, so I will bend the trend in that direction.
I was raised under the fist, and one of the worst things that can happen to a child happened to me. My childhood had long stretches that played out like a reallife horror movie. I learned to live inside my head, compartmentalize the hurt, and still be free. I managed to keep the good parts of me alive, somehow, but I do darkness well.
Currently, I am finishing up an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Health Sciences. I would like to make a difference. I would like to push back the tide of darkness that is rolling everforward. That tide is child abuse. It molds children into monsters, addicts, victims, and more. It is an issue that needs to be faced.
Keller Yeats has written several published articles about rock music and several unpublished short stories. He has several years’ experience working as a Probation Warden and he draws on this for his novel. In addition he is a published graphic artist and a qualified though no longer practicing jewellery maker and designer. He now lives together with his wife, a Siberian Husky, a Welsh Collie and three cats in a cottage by the sea in Anglesey.
Duncan P. Bradshaw lives in the majestic county of Wiltshire in Southern England, with his wife Debbie and their two furry faced fellows called Rafa and Pepe. They are often caught prowling around the vegetation at the base of railway lines, foraging for small reptiles to feed on and dock leaves to quell the savage nettle burn.
Class Three is his debut novel, a homage not just to Romero, but to many things in popular culture that have squished him into the malformed collection of matter that exists in the same plane of existence as you. He is currently fermenting ideas in his brain for the first book in the follow-up trilogy.
Jonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”
In 2013 Samhain Horror published his novel of vampirism and human sacrifice The Darkest Lullaby, as well as his serialized horror novel Savage Species. Of Savage Species Publishers Weekly said, "Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror—Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows—will find much to relish." Jonathan's Kindle Worlds novel Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows marked his first foray into the superhero/action genre. His vampire western Dust Devils was released to critical acclaim this February, and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) was published in July. He has also written four novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, Witching Hour Theatre, and the recently released Exorcist Road) and several short stories. His newest novel (The Nightmare Girl) will appear in January 2015.
His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.
Grady Hendrix does a job. His job is called "writing" which means that he is completely irrelevant and can be killed and turned into food at any time. He is one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, but he is not responsible for the bad parts of it. He is also not Asian. For years he was a regular film critic for the New York Sun but then it went out of business. He has written for Playboy Magazine, Slate, The Village Voice, theNew York Post, Film Comment, and Variety before Variety fired him for writing about Asians. Variety does not like Asians.
He writes fiction, also called "lies," and he writes non-fiction, which people sometimes mistakenly pay him for. There is a science fiction book calledOccupy Space that he is the author of, and also a fantasy book called Satan Loves You which he wrote as well. Along with his BFF from high school, Katie Crouch, he is the co-author of the YA series, The Magnolia League. With Ryan Dunlavey he was co-authored the Li'l Classix series, which are cartoon degradations of classic literature, and with his wife, and Ryan, he wrote Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, the first graphic novel cookbook in America. His fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and the anthology, The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination.
He is very, very beautiful, but if you ever meet him, please do not let this make you uncomfortable. He does not judge.
The New Yorker once ran a short profile of him, and this means that when the time comes and they are lining people up for the Space Arks he will be guaranteed a seat ahead of you.
There are certain authors whose names automatically spring to mind when you ask anyone to name their favourite horror author, or to name a book that was integral to forming their love of the horror genre.
Graham Masterton is one such name, without him and James Herbert I don't think I would have fallen in love with the horror genre. His books had a great impact on me. Even now after all these years I still remember the discussion I had while walking along The Kingsway in Dundee that first brought him to my attention. That same day I went to the John Menzies in Dundee and snapped up every single one of his books that they had in stock. It's a day that I will never forget. At that time I would never have dared to think that I would been given an opportunity to interview one of my all time literary heroes. So it is with great pleasure to present to you my interview with the legend that isThe Manitou Man, Graham Masterton.
Grégory Levasseur is a writer and producer, known for The Hills Have Eyes (2006), P2(2007) and Mirrors (2008). His latest film The Pyramid. Where a team of archaeologists discover a vast pyramid buried under the Egyptian desert. As they investigate, they get lost within a complex labyrinth inside the pyramid. As they venture further and further in order to escape, the group soon realizes that they are being hunted.
Simon Kearns grew up in the North of Ireland and now lives in the South of France. His debut novel, Virtual Assassin (Revenge Ink, 2010), explores personal responsibility in a corrupt society. Dark Waves, about a powerful haunting and the rationalist determined to debunk it, is out now. He also writes experimental flash fiction, examples of which can be found on his website.