Jerry J. Davis writes quirky science fiction and fantasy stories often involving gods and goddesses, the true nature of reality, and more often than not, beer.
1.) How old were you when you first discovered horror?
I’m more of a sci-fi horror or comedy-horror person, so I’d have to say to me, when I was a young kid, Godzilla and The War of the Worlds movies were horror. I used to have nightmares where I’d hide in the closet from the aliens who were looking for me. Or maybe those were real childhood experiences and I have repressed abductee memories? Hmm. No wonder I drink.
2.) What author has influenced you most?
Philip K. Dick, Tim Powers, and Chuck Palahniuk are my biggest influences. Fight Club and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk especially.
3.) What inspired you to write your piece, “Travels?”
The original inspiration was from MTV back when it first came out–when it was 24 hours of non-stop music videos–because it had a very weird and strong hypnotic effect on everyone around me. I could literally walk into a room full of people, do just about anything I wanted, and walk out, and no one would even realize I had been there.
4.) How much control do you exert over your characters? Do they have free will?
I give my characters goals, and let them loose. It’s like I wind up a bunch of spring-powered toys, aim them, and let them bounce off one another to see where they end up.
5.) Do you listen to music when you write? Who do you listen to?
I listen to psychedelic music with either no lyrics or lyrics in languages I don’t understand, so that it sets the mood but doesn’t interfere with my internal dialog.
6.) Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere. I have a brain wired for story. Sometimes it’s more a curse than a gift. I also can’t spend an hour in a day without imagining some catastrophe or horrible thing happening.
7.) What is your favorite horror novel?
The Stand by Stephen King.
8.) Favorite horror movie?
Favorite horror movie by far is Army of Darkness, followed closely by Alien and Aliens.
9.) Favorite horror television show?
I don’t really watch TV, but I have seen a couple seasons of American Horror Story. My favorite one was about the witch coven and having Stevie Nicks playing herself as the great white witch. That was brilliant.
10.) What does the future hold for you? What do we have to look forward to?
The future is a horror story unfolding before our eyes. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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