Ginger Nuts of Horror
Terry M. West is a well known author, filmmaker and actor. He has written several books in the young adult field (most notably the graphic novel series, Confessions of a Teenage Vampire) and he has also authored several horror stories as well as the novel, Dreg. His short horror work has appeared in FrightNet, Scream Factory, Agony In Black, Lacunae, Jackhammer, House of Pain, Dark Muse and Moonletters. He was a finalist for the 1997 International Horror Guild Award for a short story (The Night Out) and he made the 1999 Bram Stoker Awardpreliminary ballot for a piece of long fiction (Hair and Blood Machine). He was also mentioned on the 1997 TV Guide Sci-Fi Hot List. His film works include his debut film Blood for the Muse (based on his comic book of the same name which was a finalist for the 1998 International Horror Guild Award for a comic) and Flesh for the Beast. He has acted in the filmsThe Blood Shed and Gallery of Fear (both directed by Alan Rowe Kelly) and had a starring role in Joseph M. Monks debut film, The Bunker. Upcoming projects include: a revised edition of Dreg, What Price Gory?,Fear and Lesbians in New Jersey and Dead Aware. West currently lurks in southern California with his wife Regina and son Terrence.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I am Terry M. West. I am a horror author and filmmaker. As a director, I guess I am best known for the film Flesh for the Beast. As an author, I was active in the young adult and adult horror market. My most notable YA title was Confessions of a Teenage Vampire from way back in 1997. In the adult horror market, I published some short stories. I was the founder of Dark Muse magazine and the creator of a horror comic series called Blood for the Muse (which I would eventually develop into a horror film of the same name). My debut horror novel, DREG, was published in 2003. I am currently doing a revised edition.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
Horror. All the way.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Theodore Sturgeon, Rod Serling, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Jack Ketchum and I am a huge fan of Edward Levy.
What are you reading now?
Actually, I just reread THE BEAST WITHIN by Levy. It’s a great read.
How would you describe your writing style?
I had a reviewer (Lisa DuMond) once say that my prose was “spare, powerful and packs a nasty sucker punch”. I think that sums it up. I will try to experiment sometimes. My stories A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY and THE NIGHT OUT were experiments that succeeded. And I only say they succeeded based on the feedback I received for both. THE NIGHT OUT was a finalist for the 1997 International Horror Guild Award for a short story and A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY was accepted into an anthology that, sadly, never materialized.
Describe a typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, I have to separate the days into actual writing and promoting myself and my work. I have only recently gotten back into the game. It has been nearly a decade since I offered my work. It’s a challenge to find the audience I had before and bring them back and cultivate a new one. It’s a daunting task, but I love it.
What’s your favourite food?
Hot dogs. I have always been a fan.
What’s your favourite album?
The one that spoke to me the most was PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?
That it takes a HUGE amount of time to perfect a work, and it never really feels completed. You can walk away from a project for a long time but you’ll eventually look at it again, with more wisdom and talent, and cringe.
Fame and fortune, or respect?
Well, I would love all of the above, but for the sake of my family, I would have to take fortune.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
My son, Terrence M. West. A close second would be my recent collection, A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY, but more for sentimental reasons that the actual work. It’s the first thing I have offered in a long time and it’s the perfect starter course for anyone who hasn’t read my work.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY is a collection of my fiction that focuses on psychopaths, serial killers and lost souls. It includes two never before seen stories, A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY and MORSEL, as well as THE NIGHT OUT, WAITING FOR THE THUNDER, TRAITEUR and my expanded novelette, HAIR AND BLOOD MACHINE. A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY is on Amazon Kindle right now, with a print version on the way. I am currently working on a revised edition of my novel DREG. I have another collection of stories on the way. That one is called WHAT PRICE GORY?. There’s more, and you can keep track of it at www.terrymwest.com
"This book is a read that will never be forgotten. It’s a true exploration of mental, and physical torture, with an element of bounteous apprehensions..."... Wesley Thomas, Horror Novel Reviews
The writer is not the infamous Stephen King antihero Mort Rainey, but the far more nefarious author of the novels Dark Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (with Elizabeth Massie), Balak, The Lebo Coven, The Nightmare Frontier, Blue Devil Island, and The Monarchs (forthcoming from Crossroad Press); five short story collections; and over 90 published works of short fiction (for a complete bibliography, click the button in the left-hand frame that says "Bibliography" and then run like hell).
Brendan Detzner lives, works, and writes in Chicago. His work has appeared in Chizine, Pseudopod, Edge of Propinquity, Ruthless Peoples, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and the Book of Dead Things anthology, as well as elsewhere. His short story collection “Scarce Resources” is available at his web site. Brendan has also been featured at the Twilight Tales and Reading Under The Influence reading series in Chicago and runs his own reading series Bad Grammar, which takes place every 2nd Friday of the month in the Chicago Arts District.
Kevin G. Bufton is a thirty-something father, husband and horror writer (in that approximate order) from Birkenhead, on the Wirral.
He has dreamed of being a full-time, professional, published writer since he was in primary school and, in January 2009, he took his first faltering steps towards making his dream a reality, when he submitted his first story, ‘In the Darkness’ for publication. It was accepted and published that same month, in the now-defunct e-zine, Micro 100 and Kevin has not looked back since.
His stories have appeared in numerous websites, magazines and anthologies, many of which are available at his Amazon Author’s Page.
Kevin also edits horror anthologies for Cruentus Libri Press.
You can also read a fantastic guest post from Kevin Here
Kenneth W. Cain is the author of the Saga of I (These Trespasses) Grave Revelations Reckoning), The Dead Civil War , and the acclaimed short story collection These Old Tales . He lives with his wife and children in Eastern Pennsylvania.
He became interested in the art of storytelling at a young age, spending hours listening to his grandfather spin tales beside the light of a barrel fire in southern Illinois. Darkness, fear, mystery, and a bit of the unknown were elements the old man wove into his stories that Kenneth relies on in his own tales.
He discovered his passion for dark fiction spending one too many graveyards shifts on-call for the local Pepperidge Farm cookie plant. He immersed himself in a world full of books, late night television, and chronic nightmarish dreams, embracing his own fears through his writing and artwork. It intrigued him enough to study creative writing in college in order to hone his skills.
Before writing, Kenneth spent more than twenty sleepless years in the graphic design industry. Kenneth remains a loyal fan of the Cardinals (baseball and football), the 76er’s and the Flyers. He also does formatting and digital conversion work for various publications, including the Lovecraft eZine.
Kenneth’s deepest wish is to share his stories, to have them read. Perhaps his tales will bring you a chill or make you think twice about locking your front door. Either way, he is grateful for his dear readers and hopes you enjoy.
Kyle Robinson has been writing for almost 11 years.His first story was published in 2012.
His most recent novella Blackout has just been published.
Blackout is the story of Jake Coreson. A man wanted nothing more than to write, it was his dream. But those dreams were shattered when he discovers a terrible secret that is locked inside him. It's a secret so staggering that people are willing to kill to find it. Jake is forced into a journey where his only options are kill or be killed. "Blackout" will be available for 2.99 on Smashwords, Amazon, Barns and Noble, and the Author Book Club, as well as other fine E-Book Retailers.
K.R. Griffiths is a former journalist and editor turned horror novelist. His bestselling debut horror novel, 'Panic' brings together two of his great loves, science fiction and horror, and was followed by a novella, 'Shock'. A sequel, 'Psychosis' is slated for release in late 2013.
David Moody has an unhealthy fascination with the end of the world. ‘People tend to just float along on the day-to-day and assume everything’s always going to stay the same,’ he says, ‘but that’s not the case. Sooner or later something’s going to happen to screw everything up. Whether it’s a plague epidemic, an asteroid hitting the planet, climate change or the meltdown of the global economy, something’s going to get us eventually!’
Right folks and folksesses, here it goes my interview with the infamous Jasper Bark, scourge of daytime TV puppets, owner of some of the finest hair in the business, and not to forget a rather good author.
Graeme Reynolds was born in England in 1971. Over the years, he has been an electronic engineer in the Royal Airforce, worked with special needs children and been a teenage mutant ninja turtle (don't ask).
He started writing in 2008, and has had over thirty short stories published in various ezines and anthologies before the publication of his first novel, High Moor, in 2011.
When he is not breaking computers for money, he hides in a remote Welsh valley and dreams up new ways to offend people with delicate sensibilities.