If you want to trace my love of horror back to the beginning, it would have to start with the Haunted Mansion at Disney World when I was four years old. That became my favorite place in the whole park, and then I came to realize that Halloween was the time of year when everybody sort of plays along. Naturally, that became my favorite holiday. It was my discovery of Lovecraft in high school, however, that kindled a desire to write horror stories of my own. I can still remember thinking of my very first short story idea while shoveling my grandmother’s driveway.
The specific incidents that inspired the articles I wrote here are fairly well documented in each of them, but more broadly, they both touch upon subjects dear to my heart. One presents a philosophical look at music and horror. I’ve been a fan of Heavy Metal since I was sixteen, and when you get down to it, the horror element in the music was always a big part of what I appreciated, from Black Sabbath to Mercyful Fate.
The other concerns the intersection of history and horror, and that is another natural fit for me. I am a lifelong student of history (and hold an M.A. from IU-Bloomington) and it remains a major avocation. Anyone who has read my stories, including “Miroir de Vaugnac” in Dark Divinations, will notice this.
Ancient Egypt is one of my earliest fascinations, and I’ve written several stories involving it. As a matter of fact, the first of them has seen publication this year, in Unbreakable Ink Vol. 2. “The Seeker and the Queen of Ghouls” brings an acolyte of Aleister Crowley together with the legendary Queen Nitokris in 1923.
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