We will conduct 3 new author interviews per month.
Interviews with a Vampire!
Lilith is our Author Interviewer at SNM Horror Magazine. She is an aspiring writer and poet and has been published in Poetry.com and was also the editor for her high school newspaper. Her passion for journalism and art of literary writing has earned her a position as Author Interviewer. Having a dark passion for vampires and the horror genre, she has added a real distinctiveness to SNM's staff. Lilith, a Native American, lives in the very hot state of Arizona. *You can visit her on her Myspace site for further details. NOTE: Lilith is NOT accepting author's interviews directly, only those scheduled by the editors' monthly selections, and those by invite only. Thanks for your understanding! Thank you, Lilith, SNM Horror Mag darkly embraces you.
NOTE: Lilith is NOT accepting author's interviews directly, only those scheduled by the editors' monthly selections, and those by invite only. Thanks for your understanding!
Thank you, Lilith, SNM Horror Mag darkly embraces you.
Darkest Greetings My Dears,
Welcome to the Interview section of SNM Horror Mag. Last month it was "Hotter than Hell" and now we bring to you "September to Dismember" -- in all its blood and gory, *Howls* This month we follow the works of 4 SNM writers whom have successfully interpreted horror in a most eerie and unique way. Cleverness in the Twilight-zonish setting story brought to you by Jason Brock (The Underground); a visit to the shrink with Daniel Fabiani (Sanctity of Passion) and travel to Hell with your tour guide, Ken Goldman. Last but not least is a video interview with SNM Queen of horror, Elizadeth Hetherington, the only 6X published SNM author, making her long-awaited return to the throne with her new story, "Black Ice."
Although horror has been on the market for a while, it never ceases to amaze me how fun it is to examine varities of work that deliever that extra spiciness in that lustful need for terror. The feedback from last month was off the charts! Thank you for checking out our site and leaving all your markings in our guestbook. We aim to continue bringing more authors that will key your interest! In the next months to come, stay tuned as we will be bringing you some more surprise author interviews -- as well as our gorgeous beauties who are crowned as SNM Goth Covergirls.
Can't wait to see what's in store for our Halloween issue, the horror holiday of the year! For now, there is plenty to sink your teeth into, so without further ado, we give you a look into the lives of our featured SNM authors.
Until next month, muah!
Tender Vampire Bites,
SNM Author Interviews
Any author interviews book/story reviews originally featured in SNM Horror Magazine may not be featured on other magazine venues without our prior permission. However, all authors may post book reviews or interviews and self-promote themselves on Myspace or their own website without written permission...
Jason V. Brock
Elizadeth Hetherington/Video Interview
Pen Name: Jason V. Brock
29 year old Jason V. Brock is pretty much the jack of all trades in the literature world. A friend to Ray Bradbury, Dan O' Bannon and Richard Matheson, Mr. Brock is the Director and Managing Editor for Dark Discoveries Magazine. He's also an award-winning writer, talented filmmaker, a composer and an artist. He is originally from Charlotte, NC, and now resides in Southern California and Vancouver, WA. with his kids and wonderful wife, Sunni, who he has a production studio with. His highs in life are writing visual arts, "veganism," traveling, film, music and reading and anything that involved creativity.
LILITH: Hi Jason, you have quite a resume of work that you've either done yourself or been involved with, it is quite impressive. Can you give the readers a little "teaser" about the story you sent us?
JVB: I feel it is a Twilight Zone type of tale with some humor thrown in. I also see it as a bit of social commentary about accepting and being accepted.
LILITH: How do you find the energy to write, compose and be an artist doing filmmaking work?
JVB: Good question: I guess vitamins, vegetarianism and getting enough sleep! Seriously, I think that if you truly are driven to create -- and have something to say about the world, that is in itself a kind of ‘continuous feedback loop’.
The form the artistic impulse takes varies, so the approach to convey my intentions must also convey. I am not compelled by financial gain. It’s nice of course, but I want to do works that are interesting, well-realized, and are high-quality.
Financial success and recognition will come in time if I just keep at it and continue to up my game at every juncture. I am getting good critical reception now. I want to inform and be informed, and leave the world a better, kinder place than I found it. I think that the arts have that power...the power to touch and transcend the everyday, much more than politics or religion, both of which I find chafing and anti-intellectual.
LILITH: Please share with us your first time having your work published and seeing yourself featured in an article.
JVB: I was published a good deal as a teenager, both in art and writing. My dad was an artist and editor/writer (quite good, actually) and he gave me my first chances to do some things. It was a blast (and still is, in fact) to see my name in a magazine, or to be interviewed on TV or in print.
LILITH: If you could time travel back in time for 1 day, what year would you return to and why?
JVB: It would be the day my father died: I would have liked to have been there; I am sure that he would be alive today if that had been the case. We were quite close.
LILITH: What is something that would shock people about you?
JVB: I think the thing that always shocks people about me is my intensity. I have been called the most intense person that most people have ever met; not sure what that means as I have always been this way!
LILITH: What is your favorite color and why?
JVB: Purple: it’s flattering and has many gradations from lavender to royal. I like that versatility and richness. (And my wife, Sunni, loves it, too.)
LILITH: What type of films have you been involved with? Are you working on any new film projects?
JVB: Well I’ve been involved in several low-budget affairs (special effects and acting) as well as some documentary shorts for a university in North Carolina.
My first feature documentary, Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man (Featuring William Shatner, S.T. Joshi, George Clayton Johnson and more) is about to drop. That will be followed promptly next year by The AckerMonster Chronicles with John Landis, Joe Dante, Dan O’Bannon and many more.
Following that, we will be releasing our film about Fantastic Art Image, Reflection, Shadow: Artists of the Fantastic. It features some incredible images and art-in-progress by Ernst Fuchs, H.R. Giger, Robert Williams, Peter Gric, J.K. Potter, Roger Dean and dozens more, along with some extensive interviews. We may do a sequel as we have so much footage.
Then we are planning some features. I’m working on scripts now with Dan O’Bannon (Alien).
LILITH: So tell us about some of your composer and artist work...
JVB: I have been drawing since I can remember: music came later, but it came strong! I was having some gallery shows in Charlotte by the time I was in my late teens-early twenties. I had already been a commercial illustrator and graphic designer for a while, doing various band posters and catalog work for a big costume company (Morris Costumes).
I began playing classical guitar in my early teens and had a band for five years (ChiaroscurO which later became Graft). The material varied from avant-garde to jazz improv to pop. I love all art, film, music, literature. We really tried to infuse all our ‘enthusiasms’ into one sound and I feel that we did, though the line-up was protene… Since the dissolution of the band, I do soundtrack work, songs and so on.
LILITH: What do you do to stay grounded when times get tough?
JVB: I just go back to basics and reclaim the good-from-hard situations. But the most annoying obstacles are small-minded people without vision, lack of funds, and no time! Things do have a way of working themselves out, though: everything gets done eventually.
LILITH: Out of all the places you've visited or lived, what is your favorite and why?
JVB: That would be difficult to say: probably a three-way tie between Florence, Italy, Prague in the Czech Republic, or Paris. My wife and I loved all of them; they all had a unique vibe. The food was very good, people were open and friendly, and the art/architecture was mind-blowing. The weather was great, too; that is also important… I do also love living in Vancouver, WA, and growing up in Charlotte, NC was fun (too hot, but fun).
LILITH: Is there anything you haven't done before that you'd like to try? If so what?
JVB: Well, I’ve had bands and have played live, been a model and a professional actor, raised reptiles and am a long-time vegetarian/health nut… I really have done most of the things that I set out to do: the main consideration is to continue doing the things that I love and to expand on them (especially art, writing and film). Plus staying healthy and on the leading edge of science: I think that I would have enjoyed (and been very good at) being a virologist, crime scene investigator, profiler or neurosurgeon (all early and continual fields of interest for me).
LILITH: How are things going being the Art Director and Managing Editor for Dark Discoveries Mag?
JVB: Honestly, it’s stressful at times: money and deadlines. However, it is rewarding because I do have the opportunity to discover and nurture talent, as well as promote things that I enjoy – old or new – and have made an outlet for my own creativity. Dark Discoveries is doing well: readership and store orders are way up (we’ll have quadrupled the print run to nearly 4000 by the end of the year and we are now in Germany, the U.K., Canada, nationally within the U.S. at over 250 Hastings and Barnes & Noble locations as well as in other, smaller outlets, such as comic book and bookstores).
It has led to some good things: we are about to release our newest anthology: The Bleeding Edge: Dark Barriers, Dark Frontiers which features some great new and/or unpublished works from icons Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson, as well work from stalwarts John Shirley and Joe R. Lansdale. New writers, such as Cody Goodfellow, myself and a host of others are also in the mix. I am the co-editor with William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run). We plan a follow-up next year (The Devil’s Coattails). I’ll have a novella out from Bad Moon Books later next year and a collection of my short fiction, after that came(Grotteschi). My poetry collection, Totems and Taboos is out now on Amazon. Mr. Nolan and I are going to do another Logan novel as well.
LILITH: Where can fans find you online?
JVB: My website is http://www.JaSunni.com . Be sure to look for the new comic books from Bluewater Productions that I am working on with living legend William F. Nolan, creator of Logan’s Run: Lastday; Sam Space: Far Out and Dark Universe. Logan will be out in November.
LILITH: It has been a pleasure to interview you and thank you for taking the time to let our SNM readers "darkly discover" more about you.
JVB: Thanks for having me, love your site: cool stuff there!
LILITH: Thanks! You're quite welcome, Mr. Brock.
Pen Name: Daniel Fabiani
SNM Horror Magazine welcomes 22 year old Daniel Fabiani, who not only made his debut here but has delighted us with his New Orleans story about absinythe. New York City born-and- raised and of Italian descent, Mr. Fabiani loves all things horror related and is an active reader. Published (as of late) twice in SNM and once in microhorror.com, you will find him usually jotting things on sticky pads. He has quoted: said it best, "I make things up and write them down." You will be seeing more from this very talented wordsmith in the future.
LILITH: In case our readers missed your debut story published here on SNM Mag, could you give them a little background on it?
DF: If you are referring to "Grave Offerings" than you must know that it has to do with...well, graves. I have always been fascinated with cemeteries, especially after the death of my grandmother 4 years ago. The story entails two siblings and lovers who make their life by the way of pawning items "lifted" from graveyards, mausoleums, etc. They travel away from their home in Queens, NY to discover the lovely, decadent culture of New Orleans, only to find themselves back once again. A big surprise awaits them!
LILITH: What do you think other people would say when describing you?
DF: Loud and obnoxious with heavy New York accent and did I say loud?
LILITH: What are your favorite hobbies and why?
DF: Reading, reading, reading. I love fiction too much I think. Without it I am not whole. I credit my glory days when I used to lose myself in Barnes and Noble for 7 hours. By the end of the day, my grandmother, who always would buy me a book and sign an inscription for me, would shoo me off to read. I can safely say my taste has changed over the years though. I went from reading poetry, to goosebumps, to...well I must say "The Lawnmower Man" in Stephen King's NIGHTSHIFT changed my perspectives on horror more than any other thing I was readig at that time (probably around age 14).
Another hobby of mine I would say is worrying. HAHA. Yes, it is just something that I do. Watching old school horror is also something I enjoy. Oh and I am always looking at something on wikipedia. Who the hell knows why...
LILITH: Movies: Who are you rooting for and whom would you chose to join, zombies or humans? Why?
DF: I am a zombie by all means. Who wouldn't want the flesh of the innocent? I believe flesh tastes better after the human has shaken like a leaf. It's like beating chicken with the mallet before cooking it. The end product is tender :::licks lips:::
LILITH: Give us the scoop on this novel your working on, what is it about?
DF: Serial Killers, serial killers, serial killers. I just love them. Yes, I know, you have heard it all before. Today the culture of serial killers in fiction is rather cliched, but I hope to find a unique way through my notoriously heavy prose (which has gotten me more turn downs than anything else) and childhood intrigue of them to fix that. I love being within the mind of my characters. It allows me to justify things that would be viewed as highly illegal to a contemporary soceity. No it is not a crime, mystery, or thriller type of book. It is straight up existential horror. "Reader beware, you are in for a scare." -RL Stein.
LILITH: If you could temporarily trade places with a celebrity, who would you be and what would you do?
DF: Do writers or musicians count? I really don't envy your typical celebrity. If I had my choice, I'd want to trade spaces with Neil Gaiman just to hope to comprehend his seemingly forever intellect. I also love that the guy is selfless (met him at least 4 times). If he was doing a reading and then a signing after, he'd be there until the last fan got to meet him. I really, really respect humbleness. But let's not forget how much of a brilliant writer he is!
Musician wise I'd love to be Maynard James Keenan (TOOL, A Perfect Circle). He is definitley a muse of mine who is a serious lyricist, wino and philanthropist (I am an aspiring wino as well). He is just plain awesome. Tis why he is tattooed on my wrist. Well, A Perfect Circle is on my wrist, but MJK had tons to do with it. If readers here have not listened to anything pertaining to Maynard James Keenan, they are missing out! Go listen!
LILITH: What are your major goals for next year?
DF: Next year my novel shall be complete. I will probably edit the damn thing for a good 3 months, knowing myself, more. Unfortuantely I'm a slow writer because I do not force thoughts from my head. If I am not somewhat inspired, I do not write. The high for me is working with inspiration, not trying to dig catch phrases out of my head, or "squeeze them for blood like a healing wound" -PZB. Forced writing always winds up terrible.
By summer of 2010 I want it to be at least be finished. As for other things I would like to see my other short stories in other magazines (although SNM will be number one in my heart always). If I can get around to it, I'd like to get to Boston!
LILITH: You are currently on your B.A. in Journalism and creative writing, how is that working out for you so far?
DF: Feels slow. Community college took me what seems like forever to leave. But where I am at now I truly cannot be any happier. I have made it into the most competitive CUNY college and am proud on that basis alone. Acheiving a BA degree from them is very credible. My school's newspaper is also recognized nationwide and has won many, many scholastic awards. I can't wait to put my own stamp on it.
LILITH: Did you have a favorite super hero as a kid and if so who?
DF: If you take a look at my comic books, you will be surprised in finding the most ubiquitous character there is Catwoman. She's just a God damn tough bitch and I love that. No one can control her. But I;m not so sure that she count as a super hero.
LILITH: Where did you hear about SNM Horror Mag?
DF: I heard about SNM horror from google.com. I was sick and tired of being rejected, sending out buttloads of my work to only be...you guessed it, rejected. So I typed something like "horry short story contest" and I got a bunch of crap, but within all tha crap I found a little gem called SNM. I have to admit I was nervous for months about submitting, but finally found the courage in June, only to be rejected, but came back with a vengeance in July!
LILITH: Have you been featured in any other mags or the newspaper?
DF: I have since been published in microhorror.com. I like that site. Who knew micro fiction could be so addicting? I was also the vice president and a contributing editor and writer for my community college newspaper. So I have also been featured in that newspaper, so to speak. I never knew that I would enjoy journalism, but I honestly do. I make mine more creative of course, but you always have to play by the rules...which I hate.
LILITH: What do you think is important to know as a writer and why?
DF: Know that what you write is your baby and you should nourish it in anyway possible. Don't give up on it. If you feel down from rejection, just write the next best thing. Here is an example: I subbed to my now GREAT friend, Steve Marshall, in June who turned me down. I became so flustered that I started to pull out what I had meant to be a zombie story from my head, but wound up to be "Grave Offerings." It won 2nd place in the July issue. That certainly sparked a new beginning for myself as a writer. Not only was it my first published work and a piece that I loved dearly, and had a ball writing it, but it took 2nd place! I was so humbly excited I told pretty much nobody. But when I saw it up on the site, I blabbed to the world!
The second thing I would say is read, read, read. You can not be a successful, witty, or endearing writer without the basic tool of language. Maintaining a good flow with interesting and unique writing can only be extracted through reading. End. Of. Story.
LILITH: Is there anything you'd like to mention about what your working on now or give a shout out to?
DF: I am working on my novel and myriad short works, as well as trying to figure out why this chronic neck pain persists like a son of a bitch. Pain doctor anyone? Or perhaps a new computer chair?
As for a shout out? HI MEMA! (my awesome granny!)
LILITH: What websites can SNM Horror readers find you at online?
DF: The lovely face book of course. Twitter as well:
LILITH: Thank you, Daniel for taking the time to have this interview with me. I wish you my best and hope to see you publish many of your stories in the future.
DF: Thank you for interviewing me! I hope your PC is okay!
LILITH: You're welcome! The PC lived to tell another tale and had babies. Long story everyone...
Pen Name: Ken Goldman
Ken Goldman teaches English and Film Studies at George Washington High School until 1999 when he left to pursue a writing career, fortune and fame (so far he has managed to achieve the first of those 3 goals). His stories have appeared in over 500 publications in the U.S., Australia, The U.K., Ireland, and Canada. Many of them have received honorable mentions in Ellen Datlow's and Terry Windling’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (7th, 9th, 16th, and 17th Annual Collections) and in Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant’s 20th and 21st editions. He comes to SNM a seasoned veteran of the trade, and hails from the shores of South Jersey.
LILITH: Greetings Ken, it's nice to meet you. Can you introduce us to the story you sent our way and give us some insight as to where you came up with the idea?
KG: The story is “Purgatory, Lakeside” and it’s one of the few stories that actually was inspired by the contradictory title, which I created first. I wanted to write a story about Hell since so many writers have tried to show their interpretations of that place, whether it’s the "Dante’s Inferno" fire-and-brimstone version or the Jean-Paul Sartre ‘anything goes’ one. I wanted to go as off-the-wall as I could by presenting the Goldman version as a vacation resort. Of course, the very fact that it’s such a great place demands an explanation just as off-the-wall while it challenges the nature of good and evil. Heavy stuff, huh?
LILITH: I'll say! How long have you been a writer?
KG: I was a writer before I could actually even write. Before I entered elementary school I used to draw pictures that depicted stories and that translated into trying my hand at cartoon and comic book writing which I did until college. But I soon realized I was no artist – in fact, my drawings pretty much sucked. So I focused more on my writing, although I didn’t try to publish my short stories until 1992, and by then I was already middle-aged. (Keep that to yourself, okay?)
LILITH: You may have to submit us your ID to make sure you are of legal age to be featured on SNM. Lol. So what "keyed" your interest in writing?
KG: Okay, get out your hankies here. As a child I stuttered, so writing was my way of communicating just like everyone else. I don’t stutter ay more, but what the hell—I get a kick seeing my bylines.
LILITH: Do you speak any other languages and if so, what?
KG: Does Pig Latin count? No, sorry—English is my primary language and my only language. Unless you want to include the language of love. But I’ll keep this PG-13 rated, so I won’t go there.
LILITH: No rated R Superstar? Aw shucks. How much of the day would you say you're connected to the net?
KG: This is embarrassing because I like to think I have a life. So I’ll confess to about an hour a day.
LILITH: What is your favorite time of year and why?
KG: Summer, hands down. I have a condo on the beach on the South Jersey shore. I've always loved the ocean and I'm big on going biking.
LILITH: If you could swap places with a well-known star, who would you be and what would you do?
KG: Hugh Hefner? ...No, wait. How about -- Stephen King? What I would do is add his name to the byline of all my stories because then I know they would sell and make me millions. (I've had some success writing under the Pen Name of Laura K. Hamilton, which is my best kept secret, so don't go blabbing!)
LILITH: What are your goals for next year?
KG: With any luck, Precision Pictures (Australia based) will be filming my short story, “The Keeper.” They contracted it about a year ago and told me that films take a long time between the contract and actually getting the cameras rolling. So I’m hoping that 2010 will see those cameras rolling.
LILITH: Can you tell us about "The Keeper"?
KG: It’s a horror tale about a sociopathic lighthouse keeper who abducts women from local shore towns and takes them to this deserted lighthouse to...well, if I tell you more, I’ll have to kill you!
LILITH: (I didn't realize you were on to me!) On your next book tour, whom do you plan to take with you?
KG: Whomever the Playmate of the Month happens to be at that time. Or maybe my wife and kids, if I decide to get married and have a family. Or maybe I’ll just go stag.
LILITH: Ha-ha. So...what do you think of yourself?
KG: Oh, wow, a trick question! Okay, here goes...I’m a pretty decent writer but I’m still learning. So that means I’m a really humble and modest guy, right?
LILITH: With a boyish charm! Is there anything you'd like to say to our readers about any upcoming projects your working on or any other big news?
KG: Okay, shameless plug time. I have stories coming out in Tales of The Talisman, Necrotic Tissue, Midnight Street, Night to Dawn and Aoiffe’s Kiss; and in a few anthologies, OMG! The Book of Totally Awesome Stuff, The Devil’s Food, Time in a Bottle Anthology, Assassin’s Creed and Dead Souls. Also, my book of short stories published by Sam’s Dot Publishers, “You Had Me At ARRGH!!” has been on The Genre Mall’s all-time top-ten Bestsellers list since its publication in October 2007 and can be purchased there.
LILITH: Where can our SNM Horror Mag readers find you online?
KG: I know this will make me sound like a Neanderthal, but I don’t have a website. I do have a Facebook page, though. I’m also part of Masters of Horror and The Horror Café.
LILITH: Thank you for talking with me, Mr. Goldman. I'm looking forward to one day interviewing you again and getting the scoop on what exciting updates you'll have for us here at SNM Horror Mag.
KG: My guilty pleasure! Keep up the good work! And thanks to everyone for checking out this month's author interviews. See Elizadeth Hetherington's video interview below conducted by JFK and find out more about the SNM Queen of Horror!
That concludes September's written author interviews