Dana Hammer is the author of several short stories which have been published in various magazines, journals and anthologies. She has never used a lawnmower.
1.) How old were you when you first discovered horror?
So young I can’t remember the age. I used to stay up late watching Tales from the Darkside and Tales from the Crypt. My family and I used to tell stories about Betsy the Child-Killing Doll. I was like, five at the time. It’s always been a pretty big part of my life, which is a good thing.
2.) What author has influenced you most?
I don’t know. I like to think I have my own style.
3.) What inspired you to write your piece, “Mow-Bot?”
My husband is very in to automation. I am not. He purchased a robot vacuum cleaner, and it was bad news. It kept trying to get my feet with its little flippers. Sometimes it ate electrical cords. Sometimes it didn’t obey me at all. It had an “accident” and now it is gone from my life forever, thank god.
A robotic lawn mower is the logical extension of these kinds of terrifying home automation appliances.
4.) How much control do you exert over your characters? Do they have free will?
Of course, they don’t have free will, they’re fictional characters, who I created. I can make them do whatever I want.
5.) Do you listen to music when you write? Who do you listen to?
No, music is too distracting. I like it silent when I write. I do like to create playlists that I listen to BEFORE I write, to get me in the mood.
6.) Where do you find inspiration?
Same place everyone does.
7.) What is your favorite horror novel?
That’s a hard one! It, The Hole, The Stand, Hannibal.
8.) Favorite horror movie?
Again, so hard to pick! The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, Get Out, The Bad Seed.
9.) Favorite horror television show?
Tales from the Crypt!
10.) What does the future hold for you? What do we have to look forward to?
Right now I’m working on screenplays. My short story, “Spider” was optioned, and turned into a short film, which should be released in October of this year. My screenplay, Red Wings won the Vancouver Badass Film Festival Best Screenplay award, so I’m trying to get that produced. My novels, Dead Viking Rehab and Pazuzu Versus the Fucking Fairies are now available for purchase, so you should purchase them.