Irish Horror Writers Month – An Interview with Sean Murray
Hello, my name is Sean Murray and I am from New York.
What is your connection to Irish Heritage?
My family is from Cork. I live far away in the US. I haven’t visited yet, but I plan on it!
How and when did you start writing?
I started writing at the age of 14, short stories and lyrics. The themes usually leaned heavily toward the macabre. After writing many songs for bands such as HERSISTER and Black Cat Sessions, I switched gears and began writing screenplays.
Why write Horror?
I’ve been a fan of the genre since I was a kid. In all forms: movies, books, magazines and beyond. I write other stuff as well, but horror is my usual output. I’ve always been drawn to explore the darkness.
What inspires you to write?
Ideas flow through my head all the time, I’m not sure what it is that makes me write, but just being alive is inspiring. I don’t know why I feel the need to write stuff out, I just do it.
Does being Irish inspire any part of your writing?
I feel that is connected in ways that are really hard to explain, but yeah. Certain characters and settings are based on my personal cultural experiences.
What scares you?
What scares me most is the fragility of life. How any one of us can go at any given time. Life can change in the course of a second, and to me that is terrifying.
Who is your favorite author?
Mary Shelley. Frankenstein was emotionally brutal. For me that’s where horror works best-when it’s emotionally driven.
What is your creative process like? What happens before you sit down to write?
I write everyday, usually at night. I get ideas all the time, and I let them spin throughout my mind over the course of the day. When I hit the keyboard in the evening, I refine those ideas. For me the process is pretty smooth, as I’ve already worked the idea out in my head.
Tell us about your current projects.
Unto Decease – currently filming.
What have you written and where can our readers find it?
Interment , which will be released in April, 2019. This is a horror film which was produced by MDMN Films. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt865664
Sean Murray is an actor/writer-director from upstate NY. Early roles in horror films such as “Sociopathia”, and When Blackbirds Fly” led to a desire to work behind the camera as well as in front of it. After serving as assistant director on the films “A Line Between All Things”, and “Crush”, Sean focused on directing. The feature film “Interment” is Sean’s directorial debut, and will be released later this year!