Ginger Nuts of Horror
Josef Matulich is a writer, special effects artist and retired mime. Besides his Help Desk position at a Fortune 500 insurance company, he helps his wife Kit run a vintage and costume shop. He has a brace of short plays that have been produced locally and a few published articles and RPG games and supplements. His first novel “Camp Arcanum” was released by Post Mortem Press in March of 2014 with more of the series in the pipeline. With Kit and their son Aidan, Josef lives in a suburb of Columbus populated with foxes, hawks and deer which eat his tomatoes.
Dave Eisenstark has been writing professionally and working in the film industry in various capacities for more years than he actually remembers. Nine of his feature film scripts have been produced, including the award-winning comedy Monkey Love (starring Jeremy Renner) and the horror classic Creepozoids.
Like film producer George Lucas, Dave graduated with a degree from USC Cinema; unlike Mr. Lucas, everything else.
Dave's first novel, The Video Killer, is probably vile, tasteless trash, but possibly amusing, and currently available from Spanking Pulp Press.
Dave lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a production sound mixer on major motion pictures. His daughter resides in the San Francisco Bay area and speaks both English and Chinese for some unknown reason. Yes, he has pets, who asked not to be mentioned.
Carmilla Voiez is a new voice in the world of horror. While the imagery harks back to the writings of Clive Barker and H P Lovecraft, her voice is uniquely female. Starblood is perhaps the first true female horror story ever written, dealing with both sexual violence and the struggle of a woman trying to make sense of a senseless world.
Carmilla grew up on a varied diet of horror. Her earliest influences as a teenage reader were Graham Masterton, Brian Lumley and Clive Barker mixed with the romance of Hammer Horror and the visceral violence of the first wave of video nasties. Fascinated by the Goth aesthetic and enchanted by threnodies of eighties Goth and post-punk music she evolved into the creature of darkness we find today.
Living in North East Scotland, she finds inspiration in the wildlife, castles and desolate places which surround her. She lives with her two children by the sea.
Her books are both extraordinarily personal and universally challenging. As Jef Withonef of Houston Press once said - "You do not read her books, you survive them."
Signed to Vamptasy Publishing in 2012 three books in the critically acclaimed Starblood Trilogy have been published and she is currently working on a vampire tale. She has also edited and compiled a collection of psychological horror from the best new talent in the world of horror writing "Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds". Carmilla Voiez is a name to watch.
Jared Sandman was born in Canton, Ohio, in 1985. He began selling his first stories professionally while in high school and wrote his first novel upon graduation. (That book, BLOOD MONEY, sits in a desk drawer where it will never see the light of day.)
LEVIATHAN was his second attempt at the long form, which he wrote two years later. This was followed up by THE WILD HUNT, DREAMLAND and THE SHADOW WOLVES. His next novel, BLACKSTONE, will be released in 2012. He's currently working on his seventh book.
Jared lives in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and can be reached through his website, www.jaredsandman.com, where he keeps a blog. Follow him on Twitter @JaredSandman.
Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
His short stories "Skull of Snakes", "Jackie Boy", and "In the Basement of the Amazing Alex Cucumber", were published in 2013. Also, his essay, "The Rooster", appeared in BLEED, an anthology to fight children's cancer from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.
His novellas, Abram's Bridge, and Boom Town, will be published by Samhain Publishing in 2015.
Pick up a copy of his debut novel, The Haunted Halls, available now from James Ward Kirk Publishing.
Hi Kasey, thank you for agreeing to do this interview. How are things with you?
JIM! Things are great, hectic and busy just how I like it!
What three words would you use to best describe yourself?
Outgoing, Optimistic, Loud
Knitting? That’s not something I’d associate with a country music star? How many mittens for kittens have you made?
It’s not something I am very good at, but it is relaxing. Getting a jump on my crazy cat lady status!
You were born and raised in Nacogdoches Texas, how the hell do you pronounce that? And does the name mean anything?
Nac-uh-doh-chez. It’s the oldest town in Texas. When you are a kid, they tell you it was the name of an Indian and his brother Natchitoches who each walked their separate ways and stopped. One in Texas one in Louisiana. It isn’t true, but it’s a cool story.
Texas is a state that has a lot of misconceptions, what would you say is the one misconception about Texas that really annoys you?
Texas is my home, and I love it for so many reasons. SO MANY. You will not meet kinder, more genuine people. But I think sadly that gets overshadowed sometimes because the news focuses on certain aspects that don’t represent the entire population at all. Also, when you have a state that big, there’s just going to be more things to talk about cause there are more people and more space. But no, not everyone carries a gun, rides a horse, or has an ultra conservative mindest. Those things certainly exist, but you can’t take it for granted by any means. What I am greeted with on a regular basis is hardworking people who care about their heritage and land and want better things for those in their community.
Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher.
Four years at the UW-Madison wasn't enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients.
She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.
Derek Gunn was born in Ireland in 1964. He is married with three children and lives in Dublin Ireland. He is the author of five thriller novels - VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE: A WORLD TORN ASUNDER (2006), VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE: DESCENT INTO CHAOS (2008), VAMPIRE APOCALYPSE: FALLOUT 2009,THE ESTUARY (2009) and GEMINI (2011). He has also written two novellas (THE DIABOLICAL PLAN and THE ISLAND) in his Historical Naval Horror series SENTINELS OF THE SEA. Short fiction by Derek has appeared in many anthologies.
He grew up in Dublin, Ireland and graduated from the College of Marketing in 1986 and The Marketing Institute in 1989. Most of his working life has been in the IT/Telecommunications industry and he currently works for a major global telco as a specialist consultant designing communications networks and solutions for businesses - a job he thoroughly enjoys doing!. His interest in writing fiction came about from being a young voracious reader of great storytellers such as Alastair McClean and Edgar Rice Burroughs. As a young teenager he discovered Stephen King, James Herbert, Graham Masterton and many more great modern genre writers and became totally hooked on horror and adventure stories
In his mid-teens he began writing short stories. College, career, marriage and a young family took all his energy and focus but, around 8 years ago, he took pen in hand, once again and writes in his spare time. What little spare time is left is dedicated to walking Ben and Gerry, his two faithful foot beagles and playing electric guitar with his band.
Visit him at www.derekgunn.com
Rich Hawkins is a horror writer from Salisbury, England. He has several short stories published in various anthologies, and his debut novel ‘The Last Plague’ will be released in summer 2014.
Robert Essig is the author of People of the Ethereal Realm and Through the In Between, Hell Awaits. He has published over fifty short stories and two novellas. He is currently a member of the Horror Writers Association. Robert lives in Southern California with his wife, son and dog.