Guy N Smith

What first attracted you to horror writing?

My Mother, E.M. Weale, was a historical novelist in the 1930s. She always encouraged me to write.

What is your most notable work?

That depends on my readers. My personal favourite is The Pony Riders.

What are you working on now?

I am a journalist with weekly deadlines. There is a new novel almost ready to go. Fiction, though, has to be written in my spare time and I don’t get much of that!

Who do you admire in the horror world?

R. Lionel Fanthorpe and several pre-war writers.

Do you prefer all out gore or psychological chills?

I like horror to be fun and to be laced with humour. I don’t like psychological horror although I have written it. Unleash the crabs and let’s all have a laugh! I always prefer short novels – 50,000 words max.

Why should people read your work?

Because it’s fun. First and foremost my policy is to entertain.

Recommend a book

The Fu- Manchu series by Sax Rohmer. They are all so good that I find it difficult to recommend any specific one out of the 13. Each one was a best seller.

Guy N Smith


One response

28 06 2011
Wayne Simmons

Wow, Guy N Smith!

Read (and reviewed) Bloodshow a while ago and enjoyed the hell out of it. As Guy says, the focus is on entertainment. Great stuff!

I’ve got Neophite on my bookshelf waiting to go. I’m told the Sabbat series is pretty ace too.

Great interview with one of the UK horror scene’s founding fathers! I salute you, sir.

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