#HorrorAddictsGuide What Inspires Horror with Naching T. Kassa

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Horror Addicts Guide to Life 2 

Nachingwriterpic2019I have always been interested in the lives of other people. Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve watched interviews on television to learn more about them. One of my favorite interview shows was Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton. Lipton always had interesting questions for his subjects, always brought something fascinating out about their acting process and their work. He also used a questionnaire at the end of the show which had been created by the French journalist and interviewer Bernard Pivot. This questionnaire included such queries as, “What is your favorite curse word?” and “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you enter the pearly gates?” I’ve always enjoyed this questionnaire because it gives deeper insight into the subject’s personality. It inspires me to do the same with my interviews.

As a lover of horror, it’s been my pleasure to interview authors, musicians, and other horror personalities. These people have so much to share and such interesting minds. I love to hear about whether they plot or pants, whether they’ve given characters their own lives to live, what music they like best and what they have planned for the future. 

Some of my favorite subjects have been poets and prolifics. Poets seem to think differently than others. They love words and use them as an artist uses paint on a canvas. Each word is a different hue, a different texture. Prolifics, such as Josh Malerman, also have fascinating minds. Malerman is not only a writer, he’s also a musician. He’s always creating. I interviewed him shortly before Bird Box burst upon the scene, and he had a terrific answer to one of my questions. I asked him how his background in music affected his writing, and he said, “Every time I write, I do so with an invisible drummer in the room. I’m at the desk, hammering away, always playing to the beat of this unseen musician just out of sight. Like the Wendigo, if the Wendigo played drums. I realize how bonkers this sounds, but I really can’t seem to get away from him and I wouldn’t want to. Whether I have a record playing in the room, or a soundtrack going on YouTube or the radio…the drummer is the one giving me the beat for every story. And, I can’t help but think that, since I play a lot of rhythm guitar in the band, there’s gotta be a link there between the band and the books.” It’s awesome answers like this that inspire me as an interviewer. It’s what I search for and what I love.

So that is the inspiration behind my interviews. I really care about my subjects and I hope, that when you read them in HAGL2, you’ll care about them too.

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