"Towards the end of the collection we see the intensity being increased until it explodes into the final story in the book, a story which i found a particularly uncomfortable read - And trust me, I do not scare easily!
Hell Awaits by Feind Gottes - a story that just about nailed my entire worst fears in the most horrible way possible."
Welcome Scribbler horror fans! A few months ago I did my very first interview with Dark Chapter Press for, at the time, the upcoming release of Kill For A Copy but there was something along with it that had this Scribbler as happy as a pig in you know what!
I apologize for sharing this a little late, the interview I did with Dark Chapter Press posted in the middle of Hump Day Metal Day and I’m now having a few computer issues but that will all be resolved at some point soon (by Monday afternoon at the latest), such is life. Anyway, I answered these interview questions back in late April or May, sorry I really can’t remember exactly, so a few things have changed but my thoughts on writing and such have not. Since I answered these questions I moved across country and I’m now fully settled in, and very happy I might add, here in sunny Tucson, AZ. Also unfortunately since that time the girlfriend I speak of in the interview and I have parted ways. My sentiments remain the same though. I honestly hate sharing this kind of thing as it seems a bit self-aggrandizing and the truth is my ego isn’t that big. However, what I saw along with my interview being posted by DCP really made my day when, at the time, I was exhausted with a lot still to do for the day. As an intro to my Q&A there were a few kind words that had me feeling pretty good and then at the bottom of the interview there is a link to the page for Kill For A Copy on Goodreads and this is where my day drastically improved. Now KFAC is a collection of 17 awesome horror tales by 17 fantastic writers (well at least 16, I’m not that conceited) so it’s unlikely to find a review where someone is going to break down each tale just from a time perspective. What really made my day though were a few kind words from a complete stranger in the comments on Goodreads. Now perhaps this person didn’t really mean it as that much of a compliment but as a horror writer these are the thoughts I only hope for when someone reads one of my stories. So Mark Hickman whoever and wherever you are, Thank You! And You're Welcome! Your words made me one happy Scribbler with a desire to do my worst to maintain that same level of despicableness! Here is Mr Hickman’s simple comment:
I do hope you find my interview at least interesting and remember it was my first one. I find that I left out some key information in regard to my tale, Hell Awaits, in Kill For A Copy. My thought in writing this tale was to write the nastiest tale I had written to date. Even though I’ve posted several of my short stories here the bulk of all I’ve written has only been read by a small handful of people so I don’t know what anyone will find any more nasty than anything else. With Hell Awaits I wanted to write a possession story like none you may have ever read before and make it just absolutely horrible. Whether I succeeded is up to you the reader not myself. Hell Awaits being my first published tale is also slightly ironically appropriate. You fellow metalheads out there may (should!) recognize that title comes from the infamous Slayer song and album. The only thing that could possibly have been more appropriate to have as my first published work would have been something named after something by Metallica since I was a giant mega-fan as a teenager. We won’t speak of my thoughts on Metallica today but up through the Black Album I’m proud to say I am and was a huge fan. But to have Slayer, who have been such a huge inspiration on me personally and as a writer, be the inspiration for the nastiest tale I’ve ever written and my first published one is beyond ironic and oh so fitting. Slayer are also the inspiration for the novel I’m working on which if you think Hell Awaits is nasty then you’ll crap your pants over the novel I’m working on. Seriously, I think for me personally it takes nasty to a whole other level but I still need to finish that, all in good time.
The Inspiration... RIP Jeff Hanneman
For now I hope you have your copy of Kill For A Copy and if not it’s not too late pick it up today at S Mart! Hopefully you find my interview interesting and all I can really say is that I had fun doing it. If you liked my tale you can look forward to another little slice of my nastiness in the anthology KIDS coming soon from Dark Chapter Press and I just submitted another gruesome tale for another anthology they are putting together called Under The Knife but I’ll share more details on that if my tale is accepted for it. In the meantime I’m waiting to see if either Cult or I won the DCP August Flash Fiction Contest as we both have entries in. For our writer friends if you missed that one, fret not, this is a monthly contest and you can still enter in the September contest. All you have to do is create something awful in a 1000 words or less based on the picture DCP provides. Submission is beyond easy so give it a try. To let you know how much I struggle with short works like this, my August submission ended at 1500 words and I spent hours chopping it down to size finally getting it a whooping three words under! If neither Cult nor I win we will post those tales here for your reading pleasure. I will also be posting an excerpt from Hell Awaits soon to encourage any of you who haven’t yet to pick up your copy or if you feel bold you can show up at my doorstep and try to kill for yours. I wouldn’t advise it though!
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