Daniel R. Robichaud lives and writes in east Texas. His work can be found in Hookman and Friends, The Other Side, and Sick Cruising anthologies. His short fiction has been collected in Hauntings & Happenstances, They Shot Zombies, Didn’t They? and Gathered Flowers, Stones, and Bones.
His story, “With Red Eyes Gleaming,” appears in Haunts & Hellions: A Gothic Romance Anthology.
NTK: How did you become interested in Gothic Literature?
DR: From a young age. I got exposure to the stories of Edgar Allan Poe and other gothic works thanks to parents who enjoyed the stuff.
NTK: How do you define “romance”?
DR: Romance is a fickle thing, a style of fiction that centers on a relationship between characters as much as it does a traditional plot.
NTK: What is your favorite Gothic horror story?
DR: There are so many to choose from! Right now, I think I’ll have to answer The Witch of Ravensworth, an 1808 gothic horror novel from George Brewer, which I bought on a lark and was truly taken with. It introduced me to the Valancourt Books publisher, as well, and I’ve enjoyed reading their works ever since.
NTK: Do you have a favorite Gothic horror movie? What attracted you to this film?
DR: The Whip and the Body from Mario Bava is a terrific film that blends ghostly chills with sexuality in strange ways. A delirious thing that is gorgeously shot (also with a great performance by Christopher Lee).
I found this movie back in the days of DVD, when I was just discovering Mario Bava’s films. It’s beautiful, disturbing, and achingly romantic.
NTK: Are your characters based on real people?
DR: My characters are originals, though that means they are inspired by the films, fictions, and authentic folks I have known and read about.
NTK: Do you use an outline to write? Or do you write by the seat of your pants?
DR: For this story, I had a single scene of a woman descending into a strange subterranean location. From that, I wrote into the dark without any outline. This is not always the case, but it is the way I work on a majority of my stories.
NTK: Do your characters have free will? Or do you decide their fate?
DR: They always have free will. For short fiction, however, their options are far more limited than they might be in a novel.
NTK: What are you most afraid of?
DR: I am afraid of loss of my mind, my sense of self.
NTK: What is your favorite romance?
DR: I love, love, love Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of Seven Gables: A Romance, Clive Barker’s Galilee: A Romance, and Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.
NTK: Who is your favorite horror author?
DR: I’d probably have to go with Caitlin R. Kiernan at the moment. They write exquisitely disturbing fiction of the highest caliber.
NTK: What does the future hold for you? What books, short stories, or works do Horror Addicts have to look forward to?
DR: I’ve always got a few irons in the fire. My story, “Hodag Hootenanny” just appeared in Cryptid Chronicles. I’m also working on a novel about supernatural possession.