Ginger Nuts of Horror
Ginger Nuts of Horror is honoured to bring you an interview with Jack Ketchum, one of the true giants of the genre, a man who has been an inspiration and an influence on countless writers. The landscape of horror would not be in the same shape without the contributions of this great writer.
Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk -- a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His short story The Box won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story Gone won again in 2000 -- and in 2003 he won Stokers for both best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time. He has written eleven novels, the latest of which are Red, Ladies' Night, and The Lost. His stories are collected in The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard, Broken on the Wheel of Sex, and Peaceable Kingdom. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards.
MJ Gardner is a web developer by day, who lays in bed at night and wonders, what if....? The result is fantasy, horror and science fiction stories that are mostly (but not all) dark.
MJ currently lives in Windsor, ON, Canada with her partner of 14 years, two cats, and her son.
"Your garden variety noir anti-hero will quite often have a murky and troubled past, but I wanted to give my protagonist something a little further afield to allow the curtain to rise from noir to dark fantasy"
Following the release of ‘The Rib From Which I Remake The World’ (reviewed by us over here) , Ed kindly agreed to talk to us about the writing of this extraordinary novel.
Ed Kurtz is the author of The Rib From Which I remake the World, Nausea, Angels of The Abyss, The Forty-Two, and A Wind of Knives, as well as numerous short stories. His work has appeared in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, Shotgun Honey, Thuglit, and several anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2014. Ed resides in Minnesota.
Visit Ed Kurtz online at edkurtzbooks.com.
Benjamin Wilkins worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles for over a decade and even managed to write, direct and produce a little no-budget indie feature film entitled Pretty Dead hailed by Dread Central as “The movie Paranormal Activity should have been: Intelligent, unique and completely enthralling.”
Then he had a kid and more or less turned his back on the Hollywood scene. He now works with the David Lynch MFA Film Program at the Maharishi University of Management and writes in Fairfield, Iowa with his wife, son and their two pugs.
Chronicles from the Long Apocalypse: Transcendence is his first published novel.
by Paul Heath
Nicolas, you co-wrote the script and came up with the original idea. I just wanted to chat about the origins of The Neon Demon?
NWR: I wanted to make a film about beauty. So I thought what if I made it into a teenage horror film. But then I wanted to do it as a comedy as well and add a lot of camp, because I love camp and vulgarity. Then it also had to have a little bit of science fiction and a bit of melodrama.
How does it all start for you? There quite a vivid image right at the beginning of the film of Elle Fanning's character on a couch with her throat cut and her eyes wide open - which really sticks in your memory....
Bill Kieffer is from the east coast of the states, in a small tourist town that swells up in the summer and then is a creepy shut-in community for the rest of the year. He's writer of comics books Billy Joe VanHelsing: Redneck Vampire Hunter and Great Morons of History: The Dan Quayle Story. He has also dabbled in interviews, short stories, and porn. Recent short stories appear in Roar 7, Wolf Watchers III, and a science fiction horror anthology the publisher keeps renaming.
Kieffer is also a Furry known online as Greyflank, the Typing Horse. Make of that what you will; he certainly will.
His book, The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim, is now available from Red Ferret Press, a dark urban fantasy flirting with the label of horror erotica. BDSM without all those annoying rules. The Goat recently earned the title of Pitch Perfect Pick at the Underground Book Review (https://www.undergroundbookreviews.org/book/the-goat/).
Jasper Bark has been a busy boy. Fresh off the back of a string of releases (Novellas Run To Ground and Bed of Crimson Joy, as well as novel The Final Cut) all of which were well received around these parts, he’s also run a successful Indiegogo campaign to produce a Lovecraft inspired horror comic, and become an integral part of Crystal Lake publishing’s Patreon campaign. We decided a catch up was long past due.
Steven Ramirez began writing seriously as a sophomore in high school, concentrating on that time-honored vehicle of teen outrage and simmering hormones—poetry. Each week, he created these verses and “borrowed” the school’s copier equipment, which allowed him to distribute his work to the unsuspecting world. He still owes the high school twenty-eight bucks for supplies, so please don’t tell anyone.
Eventually, Steven began writing screenplays, mostly because everyone else in LA is writing a screenplay. It’s the law—look it up. If you are not at least “working” on a screenplay, they banish you to South Orange County, where you can take up surfing. Come to think of it, they might have rewritten that law, but you wouldn’t know it visiting Starbucks. What set him apart, though, is that for a while he had an agent. He still didn’t sell anything, though. Agents are like lawyers. Unless there are crisp, new thousand dollar bills nailed to your forehead, they tend not to return your calls.
Then came a fateful meeting with the Davids—David Rimawi and David Latt of The Asylum, the prolific studio responsible for ‘Sharknado.’ These fine gentlemen read Steven’s work and decided to take a chance. The result was the horror-thriller film ‘Killers.’ It was funny, bloody and action-filled, and featured a young Paul Logan, who has gone on to enjoy a nice movie career while Steven became old, embittered and … Wait, that’s somebody else’s life.
Tired of hawking screenplays, Steven returned to short stories. Though over the years he had written several novels—none of which were published—he decided to try again and in 2013 published Tell Me When I’m Dead, a zombie thriller. In 2014, he followed up with the sequel, Dead Is All You Get, and is hard at work on the last book of THE DEAD SERIES trilogy.
In addition to writing, Steven is a pretend musician, having written songs and played in bands since high school. He started on the accordion long before it was popular, then graduated to the piano. Thankfully, he decided to give up music and focus on writing.
Joseph Schwartz is a St. Louis native who writes exclusively about the Gateway City.He prefers the style of fiction deemed transgressive fiction, where his stories' protagonists generally find a solution to their problems through either illicit or illegal means. He personally prefers stories told through a criminal's point-of-view. It is never the crime that fascinates him so much as the motivation to do it and the terrible, almost predictable outcomes to such actions. Just as he has an expectation of writing to be read he believes that it is as important, if not more so, that you as a reader should have the expectation of being entertained as you read. Anything less is such a disappointment.
Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife and children where he works as a medical language specialist. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene including articles, reviews, and artwork. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs. He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, and Scream magazines and is a regular contributor to Horror Novel Reviews, Halloweenforevermore, and Heavy Planet. You can find his published work here.
You can also find him lurking around the following websites:
Facebook Author page
Amazon Author page