13 Questions’ Most Horrifically Fun Interviews

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Alright Horror Addicts, do I have a special treat for you? Well, let me put it this way…would any woman make a deal with a crossroads demon to spend a night with the boys of Supernatural?  If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you my ex-friend are in the WRONG place 😉

In honor of our upcoming 100th episode of Horror Addicts, I have wadded through the years of 13 Questions to bring you MY Top 10 favorite interviews!

Whether it be their insane sense of humor, their demonically seductive personalities, or just their undying passion for what they do…Below you will find the 10 Masters and Mistresses Wickeds that have left a mark on me; (Thankfully it wasn’t the black spot! Phheeewww!) as well as my favorite snippet from their interview.

Each author’s name will be a link to the real goodies (a.k.a. their original interview). Now, let’s get this hauntingly exciting review kimberlysteelestarted!!!

10. Kimberly Steele-

[“I feel that my pathetic, obsessive lurking around Emerian’s fabulous site and community becomes slightly more legitimized because I’ve been asked to interview twice.”

You may have heard the rumors going around that Emerian and Kimberly hate each other. After you read what Steele had to say about the rumors you’ll see what’s going on. “She’s my sister by a different mister, I love that chica. Emerian and I share Criss Angel. We get at each other, but it’s really Criss is to blame. He’s a slut.”]

shaunessyscaredshitless9. Shaunessy Ashdown-

[Shaunessy prefers the “monsters” that are “closest to reality.” “Serial killers, jilted lovers that fly off the handle, the sort of badies you find in thrillers like “Psycho” or “Fatal Attraction.” It’s fascinating to explore what turns a person evil…though in the supernatural realm, witches and ghosts really capture my imagination, maybe because they are the most real to me.”]

8. Patricia Santos-  patricia santos

[Excitingly enough the “short” Patricia will be sharing with us an excerpt of her novel The Weeping Woman. Not wanting to give away too much information, all I could get out of Patricia was a small description about the excerpt. “It’s what I call my Mexican exorcism scene. A healer is removing a curse from a young girl. Pretty creepy. You’ll never look at a snake the same way.”]

7. Crystal Connor-

crystal connor[My writing affects everything else. I write at night, so I really don’t have that much of a social life; everyone I love lives normal lives and sleep during the night. The way you’re supposed to haha. But the transition from punching a clock and being financially secure, to trying to carve out a life on the earnings of book sales has really shown me who my friends are. And luckily for me everyone who was around when I was spending money like there was no tomorrow are still with me today.]

 

6. Rick Kitagawa-

[“Hands down, my favorite monster is probably the Creature from the Black Lagoon and other aquatic-based rick_kitagawacreatures.  While the Gill Man is not the strongest or most terrifying of the bunch, he just looks so frickin’ awesome.  Actually, I’m working on (yet) another comic project that focuses on the Creature and other monsters, but puts them in day jobs and awkward social situations with each other.  It’s actually completely not scary at all (much more slice of life/emo stuff), but that just goes to show how much I like the Gill Man. I’m even willing to do a comic that’s not even remotely creepy because I like him so much.”]

5. Jennifer Rahn-

Jennifer Rahn[“I am a scientist, currently researching brain tumors. I did a stint in the biotech industry after my Msc (sic) in Pharmacology and then did my PhD in breast cancer, so I’ve got quite a wide range of experiences that I could use to build up a story environment. I think it all gave me a lot of background fodder for the first novel, and I have an idea for a scifi whodunit, so it probably will provide me with background again, but the nice thing about writing fantasy is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be scientifically accurate!”]

4. Joshua Heinrich-  joshua_heinrich_2009

[Josh’s relaxed nature took hold and he began to joke around while explaining his story The Basement to me. “It’s a bit over 1700 words.  Originally written in Times New Roman.  12 pt, I believe.  In English.  There’s a basement involved.  Okay, okay.  I’ll stop.  It’s a story I actually wrote a few years back.  It sort of jumps into the story of a woman locked in a pitch black basement, sort of following her actions and inner narrative as things come into focus.  I’m not sure I really want to give any more away before your listeners experience the story.  I guess that’s the problem with promoting stories with twists or that evolve into something else as the narrative goes along…it’s hard give a summary without spoiling the whole thing.”]

3. Shana Abé- 

shanaabe[I watched hawks a lot. Eventually I could identify entire families. They’re graceful and deadly, and one afternoon I was watching them slice through the air when I thought, “Dragons! Aha!” Because although hawks are cool, dragons are even cooler. You can say whatever you want about dragons, create any mythology you want for them. They are purely products of our deepest, darkest imagination.

In fact, there’s a scene in The Deepest Night in which Lora and Armand are discussing why they–their species–are so feared by humans. Armand says: “Because dragons are the most formidable creatures of all. Because we exist at the fringes of their imaginations, nefarious and bloodcurdling and never quite fully defined. We can be shaped however they wish, assigned any horrific trait they dare to invoke. We’re the accumulation of all that they fear, most of all themselves.”]

2. Wicked Women Writers/Masters of Macabre-

There really isn’t a specific WWW or MMM that I enjoyed interviewing over the other. In fact, I found that it was the experience of doing a group interview of so many extraordinary authors that makes my WWW and MMM interviews some of my favorite!

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And my favorite interview of all time is…dun…Dun…DUUUNNNNNNNNN

1. Emerian Rich-

[As the Horror Hostess that she is, I had to ask what actually got Emerian into the horror genre in the first place? “Horror and darkeemmzz beauty inspire me to create, to live, to be. It sounds like a rather strange thing to say, that things usually involving death or terror inspire you, but I think it is the key to horror culture that outsiders will never really understand. I think it is a true test of the soul when someone is tortured or brought to the brink or death. There is a beauty when a character decides to accept the darkside or when they conquer it through personal strength. I am not a fan of mass murder or child abuse or terrorism in our real lives. However, I am a fan of the child or wife or soldier who battles through and shows that our human spirits can endure pain and still prevail.”]

13 Questions with Jennifer Rahn

In an interesting turn of events our newest featured author for Horror Addicts hasn’t been on HA before…but she has interviewed Emerian. http://magnix.blogspot.com/2010/03/big-heart-big-smile-big-voice-interview.html

“I’m loving it! I love interacting with other creative people, regardless of their form of expression, and I’ve always been drawn to gothic art, music and books.”

Jennifer Rahn’s theme for Horror Addicts episode 50 is Outer Space. The story she has written for this episode is titled Fallen. Jennifer told me “[she] took some liberties with the subject, so it ended up being more science fiction than space opera.”

Want a little peek into her story? Well here you go: “It’s told from the perspective of an alien, Tharn, who finds himself cast into the company of a psychotic human, who decides he needs part of Tharn’s body. Tharn comes up with some pretty creative notions of how he might exact revenge . . .”

If you have read The Longevity Thesis, then you’re familiar with Rahn’s work. Jennifer shared with me that, “[the] tag line is “Apprenticed to the Graduate Supervisor from Hell”, which amuses my friends who have also gone through graduate school. It’s about a new medical doctor who decides he wants to write a graduate thesis on longevity. He unwittingly ends up the student of a *very* old professor, whose methods of prolonging life are rather unethical. It also has multiple subplots woven into it, which deal with racism, political machinations, the devastating impacts of low self esteem, and the power of interpersonal connections.”

Another novel of Jennifer’s is Wicked Initiations, which in fact is the prequel to The Longevity Thesis. This particular novel is very special to Rahn…

“It’s all about love, but presented as a rather twisted and non-traditional vampire story, where death is no impediment to being manipulated and controlled. As it is dark *fantasy*, there is a king, who bears a curse, and must fight against a mysterious priest who controls a supernatural army. What determines the success or failure of the characters, is their ability to understand life energy, and how to use it to balance personal power. There are, of course, all sorts of magic users and undead running around and causing trouble everywhere they go. It’s release has been delayed due to my publisher’s server crashing with the book on the harddrive, but I’m happy to report that it has been reconstructed and should be heading out to the printers very soon.”

The inspiration for these novels is something I think almost everyone can relate to. “The first one (The Longevity Thesis) was inspired by my need to purge my own negative emotions and examine them thoroughly. It might seem like it’s a story about grad school, but it really isn’t. It’s about growing up and accepting that life will never be fair, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find our place in it.”
“The second one (Wicked Initiations) was just pure creative expression. I suppose it was inspired by the first novel, since it is a prequel, but the only driving motivation I had in writing it was the joy of putting together a really great, multi-leveled story.”

In Rahn’s opinion, the hardest thing about being a writer it “rejection letters and bad reviews. Especially when the reviewer didn’t “get” it. I try to still take something from what they say, because the fact that someone didn’t understand the point I was trying to make, means that I did not write effectively. However, I get so hyped and excited about what I’ve written that it really hurts to hear that someone hated it.”

Return readers will notice that I like to find out what our authors day jobs are. It’s always interesting to see that just your everyday, average Joe can be an author. You just have to put your heart into it. But, before I get off track let me just tell you…Jennifer has one of the most interesting day jobs out there.

“I am a scientist, currently researching brain tumors. I did a stint in the biotech industry after my Msc (sic) in Pharmacology and then did my PhD in breast cancer, so I’ve got quite a wide range of experiences that I could use to build up a story environment. I think it all gave me a lot of background fodder for the first novel, and I have an idea for a scifi whodunit, so it probably will provide me with background again, but the nice thing about writing fantasy is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be scientifically accurate!”

And on a scientific note, little known fact about Rahn: she carries “a blonde gene.”

Fans of Jennifer need to be on the look out for her future work. “I’ve got a short story coming out in the Strange Worlds Anthology, and I’ve been stuck about halfway through a werewolf novel for over a year. However, after talking and listening to writers at ConVersion26, I am now unstuck. I know how to fix it and make it really good.”

For more information on Jennifer Rahn be sure to check out these websites:

http://www.longevitythesis.ca
http://www.myspace.com/jjrahn
http://magnix.blogspot.com/

http://spaceshipsandsorcery.mevio.com/
http://jjrahn.mevio.com/