Ginger Nuts of Horror
Most days at Ginger Nut Towers are good ones, however every now and then the good days turn into fantastic days. And this folks is one of those fantastic days, it's not everyday where you get the chance to interview a horror icon. Let alone a horror icon from the first film that you snuck into the cinema to watch.
So it is with a great sense of joy and honour to welcome Nicholas Vince, the man who played The Chattering Cenobite to my humble corner of the internet.
Today's guest on the 5 Minutes with series is Toby Tate. Toby's latest novel Lilith, has just been published by Dark Fuse. Lilith is a brilliant mix of action, horror, and science fiction. Toby Tate has been a writer since about the age of 12, when he first began writing short stories and publishing his own movie monster magazine. He is a freelance journalist and writer with dozens of pieces published on sites like eHow.com as well as in The Pedestal Magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Scary Monsters Magazine and more.
An Air Force brat who never lived in one place more than two years, Toby joined the U.S. Navy soon after high school and ended up on the east coast. Toby has since worked as a cab driver, a pizza delivery man, a phone solicitor, a shipyard technician, a government contractor, a retail music salesman, a bookseller, a cell phone salesman, a recording studio engineer, a graphic designer and a newspaper reporter.
Toby's first novel, DIABLERO, a supernatural thriller, was published by Nightbird Publishing in Oct. 2010. A songwriter and musician, Toby lives near the Great Dismal Swamp in northeastern North Carolina.
Today's special guest is Thomas Erb. Thomas A. Erb is a a writer of genre fiction and artist of dark images and comic book style works His writing ranges widely from horror, urban fantasy, high fantasy to weird western, dystopian/apocalyptic/space opera to high-paced military/espionage thrillers. Thomas explores both the Middle-Grade/Reluctant Readers to the in-your-face adult reading market. He is currently focusing heavily on the novella/novel and novel series genres. His work in progress is a YA novel about thirteen year olds trying to unravel a dark mystery in their small upstate New Town, where pets, farm animals and even people are mysteriously disappearing.
Today's guest is the great Ray Garton. Ray really is one of the masters of the genre. He has written over sixty novels, novellas, short story collections, movie novelizations and TV tie-ins. His 1987 erotic vampire novel Live Girls was called "artful" by the New York Times and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. His thriller-comedy Sex and Violence In Hollywood is in development as a motion picture. In 2006 was presented with the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award.
Today's guest is Hunter Shea. Hunter Shea is the author of the horror novels Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal, both published by Samhain Horror. His stories have appeared in magazines like Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, Tabard Inn, The Harrow, and Ethereal Tales, just to name a few
Today's guest is JG Faherty. A lifelong resident of New York's highly haunted Hudson Valley region, JG Faherty grew up amid Revolutionary War graveyards, haunted roads, and woods filled with ghostly apparitions. His varied professional career includes working as a resume writer, laboratory manager, accident scene photographer, zoo keeper, scientist, and salesman. He began writing fiction in 2001, and his short stories, poetry, and articles- have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.
Today's guest is Tim Marquitz. Raised on a diet of Heavy Metal and bad intentions, Tim Marquitz has always been interested in writing, but it wasn't until about 1995 the urge became a compulsion. However, it would be many years later before the ability matched the interest. Fortunately, the two have reconciled...mostly.
Writing a mix of the dark perverse, the horrific, and the tragic, tinged with sarcasm and biting humor, he looks to leave a gaping wound in the memories of his readers.
A former grave digger, bouncer, and dedicated metalhead, Tim is a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts, and fighting in general. Involved in the Live Action Role Playing organization, Amtgard, since he was fifteen, he derives great pleasure from bashing people into submission.
Barry Napier is the victim of the day. Barry Napier is the author of The Everything Theory series, The Hollows, The Masks of Our Fathers, and several other novels. He has had more than 40 short stories and poems published in print and online.He attempts to blend all genres (with a preference for the paranormal) while also bringing faith into the mix. He consumes too much coffee and enjoys obscure electronic music.
Today it is the turn of Nicole Cushing. Nicole Cushing is an author of dark, weird fiction. The Black Dog & Leventhal anthology Werewolves & Shapeshifters: Encounters With The Beast Within includes Nicole’s short fiction (alongside stories by Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Charlaine Harris, and Chuck Palahniuk). Her work also appears in the Cemetery Dance anthology In Laymon’s Terms . Several of her stories have been (or are currently being) adapted for audio presentation on podcasts such as Tales to Terrify, Pseudopod, and Cast Macabre.
In March of 2013, DarkFuse will publish Nicole’s first novella, Children of No One in both signed, limited hardcover and ebook editions.
Please welcome Peter Giglio.
Pushcart Prize nominee and an active member of the Horror Writers Association, Peter Giglio is the author of four novels, three novellas, and he edits a successful line of books for Evil Jester Press. His works of short fiction can be found in a number of notable volumes, including two comprehensive genre anthologies edited by New York Times Bestselling author John Skipp. With Scott Bradley, Peter wrote the author-approved screen adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's "The Night They Missed the Horror Show," and an established screenwriting team in Los Angeles holds the film option on Giglio's Sunfall Manor. He resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he stays out of trouble.
Website: www.petergiglio.com. Blog: http://petergiglioauthor.blogspot.com/.
And please stay tuned for a much more in-depth interview with Peter.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
A Pushcart Prize nominee and an active member of the Horror Writers Association, Peter Giglio is the author of five novels, three novellas, and he edits a successful line of books for Evil Jester Press. His works of short fiction can be found in a number of notable volumes, including two comprehensive genre anthologies edited by New York Times Bestselling author John Skipp. With Scott Bradley, Peter wrote the author-approved screen adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's "The Night They Missed the Horror Show," and an established screenwriting team in Los Angeles holds the film option on Giglio's novella Sunfall Manor. He resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he stays out of trouble.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
When genre labels aren’t limiting the potential audience of a work, they tend to create an unfair expectation with certain readers. I’m concerned when readers are locked into one type of storytelling, because my range as a writer, I like to think, is broad. I guess I prefer the “Dark Fiction” brand. Everything I write is dark, but not everything fits easily into the current definition of “Horror.”
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Philip K. Dick, William Goldman, Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, John Farris, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub.
What are you reading now?
I’m rereading Little Brothers by Rick Hautala, preparing a pitch for a production company. Fingers and toes crossed that I can get a studio interested so that Scott Bradley (my frequent writing partner) and I can write the screenplay. I’ve owned the film option for a little over a year.
Also, I just finished reading NOS4A2 by Joe Hill and was blown away, and Snow by Ronald Malfi, which is a really tasty horror novel that I highly recommend.
Which book do you wish you had written?
The book I envy the most is Ubik by Philip K. Dick.
If you could use any other author’s creation in your own work, who or what would you use?
That’s a tough question. Some of my works have been influenced by other writers—my forthcoming novel from DarkFuse, Lesser Creatures, was certainly inspired by Philip K. Dick. But I didn’t use any of his creations in the book, nor did I want to. If I could be hired to write any kind of a tie-in to an existing franchise, I wouldn’t mind writing a Firefly novel—that’d be fun, and I would relish the job. That said, you’re not going to see any fan fiction from me. If someone wants to hire me to write a novelization, however, here I am! That’s good work if you can get it.
Describe typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think I have any habits at all. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. I find that every book is a different beast than the last, and so I approach each project differently. Sometimes a project is just dying to get out, causing me to wake up early and stay up late, writing my ass off for hours at a time--Lesser Creatures and Stealing Night were like that. My current project isn’t like that. Though I outlined it, I find myself constantly going in different directions, and I’m happy with where my muse is taking me, even if the process is slower this time around. I’m also a managing editor with a lot on my plate, and a screenwriter with a couple irons in the fire, so time is frequently not on my side. When I write a book, I try to block out a month in advance, clearing my schedule of anything that isn’t writing. I wasn’t able to do that with the book I’m working on now; we’ll see how that works out. As it stands, each day is new adventure, and I like that.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
I’d say it’s a tie between Stealing Night and Lesser Creatures.
What is the hardest lesson you have learned with regards to your writing?
The hardest lessons are the ones we don’t learn.
What do you like to do to relax?
I like to read and travel.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
The most recent book I completed was Lesser Creatures. It’s a dark science fiction novel that will be released in a limited edition hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook, by DarkFuse in December. This is what Joe McKinney had to say about it:
“What does it mean to be human? I thought, after reading my way through Philip K. Dick, that we had counted the ways in total. But Peter Giglio has shown me a new way, one that is closely allied with Dick’s many countings of consciousness, and yet something completely new. Part magic, part love, part fan love of everything that is great and awe-inspiring about genre fiction and rock and roll and that inner rage that just won’t die no matter how old we get, Lesser Creature Love Song is simply beautiful. I read this book with impatience, turning pages as fast as I could, yet regretting every single one that had gone by, for this is Peter Giglio at his best. This is a triumph. This is what the zombie had the promise to be all along. I loved every word of this book. It fed me when I was looking for inspiration.”
The book I’m writing now is titled When We Fall Down. It’s a paranormal coming-of-age tale set in mid-1980s that revolves around death, guilt, and Super 8 movies.
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