Glen R. Krisch

Commitment  by Glen R KrischWhat first attracted you to horror writing?

To me, horror is all about strong emotion, usually of the dark variety. Something in that speaks to me, to my very core.

What is your most notable work?

Of my novels, Where Darkness Dwells has been most noted for its originality, strong characters, and emotional depth. I guess I hit the mark on that one.

What are you working on now?

I’m finally tackling a post-apocalyptic trilogy that I’ve had in the works for about eight years. I’ve been compiling notes for this project, but with the exception of a couple of short stories set in this fictional world, I haven’t felt ready to tackle such an ambitious project. My success and feedback with my first novels has made it clear that I’m up for the challenge. 

Who do you admire in the horror world?

Stephen King, for his narrative voice, Joe Lansdale, for his ability to pull me into just about any scenario, Dan Simmons, for his ability to write just about anything and to the highest standards.  There are plenty more, and the list always changes, but those guys hold the top spots and have for decades.

Where Darkness Dwells by Glen R KrischDo you prefer all out gore or psychological chills?

Gore is so hard to do well. I don’t mind gore, but if it’s poorly written, it’s just about the most insulting detail a reader can come across. You can almost hear the author screaming at you as you read, trying to show off as if he’s a participant in a gross-out contest. I prefer talented writers who can write across the spectrum. Gore, chills, emotionally wrenching. It’s all good.

Why should people read your work?

I recently had a reviewer contact me in a personal email in which she mentioned that even though she had read a lot of indie books, Where Darkness Dwells was the first indie book that read like “a real book.”  I’m not here to play writer – I am a writer. So many indies are putting out their trunk novels that have been rejected a dozen times over, and rejected for good reason. I wouldn’t have taken the plunge into self-publishing if I didn’t think my work stands up to anything put out by traditional publishing. That may sound arrogant, but I’m really a rather insecure person. For proof of what I’m saying, just look at my reviews.

The Nightmare Within by Glen R KrischRecommend a book.

The Thief of Broken Toys by Tim Lebbon is probably the best novel (long novella) I’ve read in the last year. I would definitely track down that title if I were you.

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4 responses

15 12 2011
Chris McCaffrey

I cannot overstate my recommendation of Glen Kirsch’s work. Where Darkness Dwells is a very dark, yet ultimately heroic and redemptive novel that escapes the nihilism that tales of this type often fall prey to. It is clear that the darkness of which Krisch writes has many dwelling places, including the human heart. Beneath the surface of Coal Hollow there lie two undergrounds. One is the Underground Railroad which transported slaves to freedom. The other Underground leads to eternal imprisonment and damnation while giving a mockery of paradise and eternal life. While there is tension, and truly shocking scenes that will stay with you long after you have read this book, the term “dark fiction” is more appropriate to this novel than “horror” as Kirsch’s fiction is unsettling on a much deeper level.

16 12 2011
Lee Thompson

Great interview, gentlemen! Looking forward to checking out Glen’s work soon. Just have a few other books to finish up first.

16 12 2011

Thanks reading and commenting, Chris and Lee!
I look forward to more Division tales, Lee. You’re a talented dude.

17 12 2011
Lee Thompson

Thanks! I appreciate the support, bud!

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