Adam Nevill Interview: Part II

12 12 2011

Adam Nevill in the woodsAdam Nevill – author of Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16 and The Ritual – speaks on The Ritual, book deals, Paranormal Activity and more in part two of our three part interview.

Adam Nevill Interview: Part II


The Jack Ketchum Interview

24 11 2011
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Fans of horror and suspense should need little introduction to the man Stephen King dubbed “the scariest guy in America”. Jack Ketchum has picked up numerous Bram Stoker Awards over the years and was recognised with the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award this year. He was tutored by and corresponded with the great Robert Bloch, and has released numerous novels and short story collections that demonstrate the versatility and spectrum of horror, weird and suspense fiction. Amongst his most famous works are The Girl Next Door, Offspring and Red. Each of these were made into thought-provoking films. Most recently he collaborated with Lucky McKee on both the book and film version of The Woman.

We are very humbled here at Read Horror to present – to you – an interview with one of the great masters of horror, Jack Ketchum.

Interview: Jack Ketchum

Adam Nevill Interview: Part One

15 11 2011

Over the past seven years Adam Nevill has established himself as an authoritative voice of supernatural horror. His modern MR James inspired approach is instilled into three successful novels and a handful of short stories, including offerings in both Solaris’ The End of the Line and more recently, House of Fear. His latest novel, The Ritual, is a literary amalgamation of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Blair Witch Project.

In what is perhaps the nicest pub in the Notting Hill area, we had the opportunity to sit down with Adam, quaff a few real ales and speak about his terrifying great outdoors tome, the black metal scene, his current work-in-progress and the writing craft.

Read Adam Nevill Interview: Part I

Jonathan Oliver Interview Part II

9 11 2011

Jonathan Oliver, Editor-in-Chief for Abaddon, is back with us on Read Horror, for part two of his interview.

Read Jonathan Oliver Interview Part II

Gary McMahon on The Art of the Short Story

3 06 2011

Gary McMahon is one of the most recognisable names in British horror today. Having penned the novels Pretty Little Dead Things, The Concrete Grove et al he has also made waves in the short story world. Recently he provided the fantastic The Ghost of Rain in Dark Minds and the short What They Hear In The Dark for Spectral Press. I decided to catch up with Gary to see if he could impart some of his short story wisdom my way.

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BC Furtney on Censorship

24 05 2011

If you haven’t managed to sit down with a copy of BC Furtney’s print debut Scarla then write 1 August into your diaries for the paperback release. Those who have had the opportunity to indulge will know that this pulp-horror-erotica hybrid is not for those of a nervous disposition or weak stomach. BC Furtney doesn’t hold back in this literary mind rape.  I decided to catch up with BC and discuss censorship.

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Shaun Jeffrey on Serial Killers

5 04 2011

Our first subject specific interview sees Shaun Jeffrey speaking about serial killers. Sit back and enjoy this intimate discussion with Shaun Jeffrey.

Having written a serial killer novel so successful, in the shape of The Kult, that it’s been optioned for a film and with a follow up in progress, Shaun Jeffrey is becoming somewhat of an authority on serial killers in fiction. It was for this reason that I thought it was high time I caught up with Jeffrey to speak exclusively about serial killing.

Jeffrey is quick to cite the likes of Ed Gein, Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer as the initial attraction to writing about serial killers, in essence he points out that we’re dealing with, “average, attractive, successful people with one thing in common. They kill for the sake of killing. Love them (and believe me, some people do) or hate them, serial killers hold a deep fascination. They have embraced their dark side. Of course not all serial killers are the same, but they seem to have scant regard for human life. Their only aim is to kill and to keep killing. These people are not make-believe beings. They are not vampires or zombies. These are real people. People that blend into society like chameleons. Your friends. Your neighbours.” Musing on his attraction further, “I think that’s what attracted me to writing about them. To all intents and purposes, they are people like you or I, people we could know, except they don’t function within people’s accepted boundaries. They don’t abide by the rules. And to me, that makes them the ultimate monsters.”

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