Thursday, March 12, 2015

Interview with John Everson.



Full Name:
John Everson

Do you have a nickname or what do your friends call you?
That assumes I have friends that call me!

Birthplace:
Evergreen Park, IL

Current hometown:
Naperville, IL

Favorite city and why?
I can’t pick just one because there are three cities that I’m obsessed with: San Francisco, Austin, TX and Santa Fe, NM, in roughly that order.
Why? For starters, all of them are warmer and have better scenery than Chicago!  More importantly, all of them have amazing arts scenes.  San Francisco not only has an amazing liberal music, literary and art scene going on, it also has a wild divergence of food, culture and geography.  I’ve set two of my novels north of the city.  I love that within an hour you can be in the ocean, on a mountain or in the wine country.
Austin lives by the mantra “Keep Austin Weird.”  It is, and it’s wonderful.  It has the best music scene in the country.  I used to go to SXSW all the time, and long for the day I can go back.  My son’s middle name is not Austin by accident.
Santa Fe is a quiet gem of a town set high in the hills of NM.  It’s been my writing mecca for years, since I go there on business every year.  And they have the best chili rellenos on the planet.


Birthday / Age:
March 14, 1966 / You can do the math.

How would you describe yourself physically?
Taller than a midget and shorter than a linebacker.

How would someone else describe you physically?
Is this for a police report? Because I’m not providing a DNA sample.
Thank you for not offering to provide a DNA sample.
They frown on that at the post office.


The first thing people notice about you is…
How wildly charismatic I am. Okay, maybe irreverent smartass is a more accurate evaluation.

Sexual orientation?
Yes, I am strongly sexually oriented.

Religion, if any?
Church of the Poison Mind.

Are you superstitious at all? Any phobias?
I’m afraid of people who want to send me $1 million dollars from Zimbabwe.
I don’t know who those e-mails actually work on.  I’m automatically suspicious of any unfamiliar e-mails with attachments attached.  Especially any e-mails from foreign barristers, princesses, and lotteries.
I know, right? I still get one of these silly things at least once a week! They must work on someone occasionally.



Do you smoke/drink? If so, what? Any bad habits?
I love English Ale, craft IPAs and a shot of Makers Mark bourbon on the side. If that’s a bad habit, I’m going to hell.
Well at least you’ll be in good company.  The downside?  Warm beer.
True. I wonder if they just serve British cask beer in hell?
I’ll let you know when I get there.


Current occupation / Dream job:
I pay the mortgage by managing internet offerings for a medical association.  I’d love to be able to pay the mortgage by touring in a rock band as the songwriting keyboardist “soul” of the group.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly working my way through seemingly every horror and exploitation film of the ‘70s and early ‘80s.  I have a strong penchant for euro-productions.  Oh, and, occasionally, I buckle down and write fiction.

What is your zombie outbreak survival plan?
Take all the canned goods and Tostitos to the basement, make sure the beer fridge is stocked, and get ready to enjoy re-watching all of my DVDs from Jean Rollin, Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, Jess Franco, Russ Meyer, Mario Bava, Stuart Gordon and others for the next few days.  After the power goes out, I guess I’ll donate my brain to the cause… if there are any brain cells left.
Love those directors!  I’ve had the good fortune to actually meet Rollin, Argento and Gordon.


Weapon of choice:
QWERTY keyboard.

Do you have any special skills?
I play the synthesizer and cook a mean stir fry and atomic chile con queso.

Did you go to college and, if so, what for?
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I majored in Journalism with a focus on Renaissance Literature.

If you went to college, did you manage to pay off your student loans?
Loans?  What for?  I worked my ass off in high school and college at part-time jobs to save up my tuition and dorm money and never took a loan from anyone.  Including my parents.  I never took out a student loan -- I paid for all four years of college on my own, with some academic scholarships.  My first loan was for my first car… which I bought just before I graduated, so I could continue to be a workaholic and get to my first full-time job – as a Chicago area newspaper reporter!




Any pets?   If so, what are they and what are their names?
I share my home office with a lesser sulphur cockatoo named Kiwi.  We got her as a baby 22 years ago (we actually spoon fed her the first few weeks we had her).  In the cage next to her is my 25-year-old lutino cockatiel, Lem.  Anyone who knows birds will realize that in human years, Lem’s about 110 years old!  And last fall, we went to a bird show just to see some birds and ended up coming home with a baby grey cockatiel we named Stormy.  I think she has bonded with me more than any pet I’ve ever had!  If I am home, she is on my shoulder.  We also have a 3-year-old parakeet named Boomer who keeps Stormy company in the family room when I’m not around.


What is your favorite animal?
After the prior response, I think it’s no surprise that I’m very much a bird person.

Speaking of pets, any pet peeves?
People” is probably too general of a response, huh?  Eh, too bad, I’m going with that.

Favorite / Least favorite Food:
I’m excited by any food with a healthy dose of hot peppers. Preferably chunks of the actual peppers, not powder. Spicy Thai Noodles, Cajun gumbo, Mexican salsa, Southwest Chile Rellenos… have peppers, will eat.
Won’t eat? Most fish. Not a fan of fishy things, Brussel sprouts or cauliflower (I’m convinced the latter is a deceptive product of Styrofoam makers).

What is your favorite quotation / motto / saying?
With age comes wisdom, and ironically, Alzheimer’s.”


What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
Becoming a father.

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?
I’ve been fairly lucky in life.  There have been emotional turmoils, but I’ve never broken a bone, lived on the street, or suffered a really life-shattering defeat.  My parents’ divorce when I was 14 was probably a heavy hit… but ultimately, it gave me strength and made me the person I am today.  So I’m not sure that was a “worst” thing.  It may have been a “best” thing!


Ever had your heart broken? Is there a story worth telling behind your answer?
No, honestly, I don’t think I have.

Ever broken someone’s heart? Is there a story worth telling behind your answer?
I’m not a very outwardly emotional person, so I’d guess I’ve broken every woman’s heart who ever loved me at some point, from my mother to my wife. I don’t suppose that’s a positive character trait.

What is the best thing you’ve ever done?
In college I applied and got accepted into a magazine intern program in New York City. The result was, I got on a plane, rode in a taxi from the airport, and lived out of state for the first time in my life – all at once! It was an experience that really changed my career path and outlook on life forever.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

If you could kill one person, consequence free, who would it be and why?
See previous answer.

What do you do?
I run an online medical education website for a non-profit association.

How did you get started doing what you do?
In college, I had an internship at a music magazine (Stereo Review) in NYC, and then another internship at the American Medical Association’s AMNews tabloid.  The first one got me a job at a newspaper and later a music magazine for a few years.  The second internship (later) got me a job as a news editor for a medical association… where I subsequently climbed the management ladder over the next decade.  So I have “written” my whole professional life – for newspapers, magazines, trade publications, educational websites… and for fiction magazines, anthologies and publishers on the side.


What is your advice to other people that want to get started doing what you do?
Do what you want to do. Don’t pull your punches, and don’t give up, if that’s what you really want. Don’t be a dabbler. Dive in… or go find something else that you care about enough to give your all to. If you want to succeed at fiction or music, or any of the arts, you have to be “all in”. If you’re not going to be… don’t bother.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on/finished in the past? Give us a little history if you will.
I spent the ‘90s writing and publishing short fiction in various small press magazines, which was eventually collected in my first book Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions in 2000. That was one of the first books that the famed Delirium Books produced (I think it was #6). Another short story collection followed, Vigilantes of Love, in 2003, and then finally my first novel, Covenant, came out on Delirium in 2004, about 10 years after my first short story was published. My second novel, Sacrifice, followed in 2007, along with my 3rd short fiction collection, Needles & Sins (from Necro). The following year, Covenant and Sacrifice were bought and reissued in mass market paperback by Leisure Books. I wrote three more original novels for them before Leisure folded. Then I moved to Samhain Publishing, where I’ve published three more novels – NightWhere, Violet Eyes and The Family Tree.
Along the way, I’ve also written in “other people’s worlds” which has been fun. I wrote “Witch Trapped,” a tie-in novelette for “The Vampire Diaries” that was contracted by Amazon Publishing to launch their “Kindle Worlds” storefront and I’ve written Green Hornet and Kolchak: The Night Stalker stories for Moonstone. I’ve also written two novelettes for books 1 and 3 of Jonathan Maberry’s shared world V-Wars anthologies.
Covenant and NightWhere and a short story, “Letting Go” have all been Bram Stoker Award finalists (Covenant won).


What projects are you working on now?
I’m working on the sequel to Covenant and Sacrifice. It’s a book I’ve wanted to write for eight years, so I’m having a blast.


What are you watching?
I don’t watch television shows, but every weekend I pop in a DVD or two on my big screen in the basement. Last weekend I watched Alejandro Jodorowsky’s restored transgressive 1973 masterpiece The Holy Mountain and the director’s cut of Clive Barker’s NightBreed.

What are you listening to?
At this moment? www.strangewaysradio.com. It’s what I listen to every night at my computer.

What are you reading?
E.L. James’ Fifty Shades Freed.

Favorite author / book?
Hard to pull just one.  Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game had a big impact on me, as did the early novels of Stephen King, Edward Lee and Anne Rice.

Favorite band / song?
The Cure, Psychedelic Furs and Kate Bush top my favorite musical artists list. But that list is longggggggggg. I was a music critic with a weekly newspaper column on pop music for 20 years. So my favorites include everyone from John Fogerty to Green Day to Katy Perry to Brandi Carlile.

Least favorite band / song?
I’ll be honest, I can’t fathom why anyone listens to Kanye West.

If you could do anything other than what you do now, what would you do?
I’d be writing and recording music for a living.  Music has always been my first love. I realized early on though that I was more likely to be able to earn a living and support my family writing than I was as a musician.  Plus, you don’t ever have to leave your office as a writer!


Who would you want to meet that you haven’t met? You get three choices:
Alive.  Kate Bush.
Dead.  William Shakespeare
Fictional. Lestat


What’s the best and worst job you’ve ever had?
Working as an assistant editor at the Illinois Entertainer was probably the best. I’d say my internship at Stereo Review, because I was in NYC and working for a real magazine… but I didn’t get to write much there, though I was in an amazing place that summer.
Worst job? Stocking shelves at the grocery store in high school.

Are there any questions that I didn’t ask that you wished I had asked that you would like to answer now?
Don’t you want to know my favorite color?
No.  But if you’re burning to tell us, feel free to do so.
The first-pass survey is just a tool I use to try to get to know people I don’t know so we can try to get a conversation started.
I’m a purple nut. My home office? Painted purple. My iPhone case? Purple. The “eye” (mine) that serves as the logo of Dark Arts Books? Purple. Nearly any book that I’ve signed over the past 10 years has been signed with a purple pen. It was no accident that my seventh novel was called Violet Eyes.



Anyone you recommend I interview that you can put me in touch with?
W.D. Gagliani, Brian Pinkerton, Martin Mundt, Mort Castle, Bill Breedlove? (Great writers and friends in the Chicago/Milwaukee area).
I’ve got an interview with W. D. Gagliani almost ready to post, but feel free to point anyone else in my direction.


Got any questions for me?
Has this every happened to you? You go to a wild party and wake up the next morning at home with a cooler that is filled with ice and human kidneys next to your bed? Just curious.
No, sir, I can’t say that it has.
Oh… er… nevermind then!

Thanks for letting me subject you to being interviewed!
It was fun!


Pitch parade:
Give me all of your links for things you want to promote.   All of them.
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/johneverson
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JohnEverson
Website: http://www.johneverson.com
Blog: http://www.johneverson.com/wordplay
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/John-Everson/e/B002BMHL52/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/130045.John_Everson






About the Interviewee:
John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man, all released by Dorchester/Leisure Books in paperback and by Delirium, Necro and Bad Moon Books in limited hardcover. His sixth novel, NightWhere, was a 2012 Bram Stoker Award Finalist. The Family Tree, NightWhere and Violet Eyes, his "creepy spider novel" were released from Samhain Publishing.
A wide selection of his short fiction has been collected in five short story collections - Deadly Nightlusts (Blasphemous Books, 2010), Creeptych (Delirium Books, 2010), Needles & Sins (Necro Books, 2007), Vigilantes of Love (Twilight Tales, 2003) and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions (Delirium Books, 2000).
John is also the editor of the anthologies Sins of the Sirens (Dark Arts Books, 2008) and In Delirium II (Delirium Books, 2007) and co-editor of the Spooks! ghost story anthology (Twilight Tales, 2004). In 2006, he co-founded Dark Arts Books to produce trade paperback collections spotlighting the cutting edge work of some of the best authors working in short dark fantasy fiction today.
John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker courtesy of fellow horror author Charlee Jacob, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.
For information on his fiction, art and music, visit John Everson: Dark Arts at www.johneverson.com or Facebook at www.facebook.com/johneverson.


About the Interviewer:
Scott Lefebvre can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island, and Condemned; and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
Check out his publishing imprint Burnt Offerings Books here:
http://burntofferingsbooks.blogspot.com/
Check out his electronic music here: soundcloud.com/master_control
And here: master-control.bandcamp.com
Check out his Etsy here: www.etsy.com/shop/ScottLefebvreArt
Stalk his Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheLefebvre
E-mail him at: Scott_Lefebvre@hotmail.com

Interview with W. D. Gagliani.



Full Name:
William Gagliani, but I write as W.D. Gagliani.

Do you have a nickname or what do your friends call you?
Bill (boring, I know). In my youth I was known more as Will, but that one faded.

Birthplace:
Kenosha, WI – but I grew up in the Northern Italian seaport, Genova, until I was eight years old.  Then a three-week ocean voyage brought me back to my native land.  My parents were born in Italy, though, so I grew up speaking Italian first, and have been bilingual forever.  I’ve taken some of my parents’ experiences as kids under Allied bombing and German occupation in WWII and folded it into the parallel story that runs through several of my Lupo novels.

Current hometown:
A suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Favorite city and why?
I’ve been to New York seven times, but never long enough.  I love NYC and would move there in a minute if I could afford it!  Ever since I walked 42nd Street and stood on the outdoor observation deck of the World Trade Center in the mid-70s (1975) I’ve been attracted to the city, and Manhattan especially.  Lately I’ve been fascinated by Roosevelt Island.  I love the Park, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Midtown… maybe it’s all the great 60s-70s movies that were set there.  I also have a soft spot for Key West, where I spent a week a long time ago doing the spring break thing.  I’ve never gone back, even though I’ve been to Florida a number of times.  But basically I really like Milwaukee, too.  It’s urban enough to be like a “big” city, but it’s small enough to be calm and friendly.



Birthday / Age:
In my 50s.


How would you describe yourself physically?
The result of too sedentary a life, though once I used to lift weights and play racquetball. Nowadays I have to force myself to exercise daily, and the whole time I wish I was doing something else, LOL.  Plus I’m Italian, so food and drink are part of my requirements for a normal life.
You know why Italians wear gold chains around their necks?
So they know where to stop when shaving.
Heh, well not ALL Italians wear chains. And silver is popular, except with werewolves.


How would someone else describe you physically?
On the short side, but imposing…

The first thing people notice about you is…
I still have most of my hair, and I wear it more or less like I did in the 70s (longer than is typical).  I just don’t like haircuts.  I used to wear a ponytail (in the late 90s).  It probably makes me look like one of those people who never grew out of that one style, but at least I left the leisure suit behind… Otherwise, I don’t know – the fact that I like to wear black and just solid colors for the most part.

Sexual orientation?
I like to remain mysterious.

Religion, if any?
Recovered ex-Catholic.
Fully recovered or do you still do the honorary Easter/Christmas routine?
I attend only funerals these days, and very occasionally a wedding. Paradoxically, I love churchy music – I love the pipe organ, and a Bach or Handel piece, or a great old Christmas carol will still give me (secular) shivers.  I think I’m drawn to early Genesis precisely because of Tony Banks using the organ as if he were still in a “public” school chapel, playing those great old English hymns.  The pipe organ is very moving and powerful. If anything good has come out of religion, it just might be some of the music.
I love myself some contrapuntal Bach.  I’m also a sucker for a harpsichord.
Absolutely, me too.  The very first sound I ever tried to get on a synthesizer (in the days you had to move parameters around just to get a sound) was harpsichord.  And Bach was just cool.  All of the Bachs.


Are you superstitious at all? Any phobias?
A little superstitious where the Goddess Fortuna is concerned!  I have a couple superstitions, I guess, but nothing debilitating.  My mom always told us to avoid opening an umbrella in the house, putting a hat on the bed, stuff like that.  I might cop to still following those, just because.  I’m hedging my bets.  No major phobias, but I’m no fan of insects.

Do you smoke/drink? If so, what? Any bad habits?
I do not smoke (though my parents did).  I really can’t stand to breathe in smoke of any kind – it just impedes my breathing.  But I’ve never met a good beer or a good cocktail I didn’t like.  I like craft beers and European beers, but I’ve reduced my beer drinking tremendously since college… now I stick to rum, brandy, whiskey, Campari, Vermouth, B&B, classic cocktails like Manhattans, Crimson Slippers, Negroni, rum (or gin) & tonic... an endless list, but I like to experiment a little, such as swapping brandy for the rye whiskey or bourbon in the Manhattan (brandy is a Wisconsin thing), adding Campari instead of bitters, and so on.  (In fact, my protagonist Nick Lupo takes credit for inventing what he calls the Midtown Manhattan: brandy, sweet Vermouth, a long dash of Campari, over rocks – olive or cherry optional.)  Funny, up to a year ago I hated – really hated! – gin, but I seem to have developed a taste for it now, thanks to trying the classic Negroni, so now I don’t mind a gin & tonic, either.  In wine, I like almost anything, but lately I’ve enjoyed Tuscan wines and Sicilian Nero D’Avola the best. As an Italian nearly by birth, I like good food and good wine and drink, but not to outrageous excess… still, empty calories are a (very) bad habit I really need to kick.  But who wants to?


Current occupation / Dream job:
I’m a long-time library supervisor.  But I would love to be making a living at writing novels.  I’ve had that dream since I was about 5… I’ve fulfilled the dream, at least the publication part, with seven novels under my belt, but the making a living part eludes me still…
That’s always the tough part.  As if writing books isn’t hard enough, then you have to find people to read them.
Even in this day and age of easy everything thanks to the Web, it still amazes me that some novels are found by thousands of readers during a special pricing event, while others are found by… dozens.  Heh, I leave you to figure out which are mine!


What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Reading, writing, reviewing books (not so much these days due to time constraints), watching movies and good TV, listening to progressive rock (fan), messing around with synthesizers and things like a Theremin, and weapons (I use a lot of weapons in my books, and therefore I have a strange little arsenal).
Who do you like for prog rock?  I’ve been into King Crimson for a while and lately I’ve been getting into stuff like High Tide, Hawkwind, and Goat.
You like some really niche music!  Crimson just misses my top 10, but I especially love the Larks’ Tongues and Starless era.  Sometimes they’re a bit too esoteric, but I can handle it -- I still need to hear the most recent stuff they’ve been doing on their current tour.  I’ll have to check out High Tide and Goat – I had heard of them, but never listened to them.  I do remember seeing another Swedish band, the legendary Anglagard, here in Milwaukee on one of their only one or three North American gigs ever.  Hawkwind I really liked for a while, but then I lost track of them.  Their association with Michael Moorcock tickled me in the late 70s, and I still have some on vinyl – my favorite Hawkwind is Hall of the Mountain Grill.
My own prog-rock favorites tend to lie in the “mainstream” of prog-rock: Genesis, Yes, ELP, Floyd, Crimson, and less proggy bands like Tangerine Dream, Kansas, and the Alan Parsons Project. I am a huge Steve Hackett fan and really love his resurrection of Genesis classics on the last couple tours. I like Spock’s Beard but mostly miss Neal Morse, and I’ve enjoyed Porcupine Tree/Steve Wilson. I like a lot of solo work from people in those and other bands. I also really like some venerable Italian prog bands: Goblin, PFM, Banco, etc. I’m a sucker for any band that features keyboards… Hammond organ, pipe organ, synthesizers, Mellotron, piano, Clavinet – you name it.
I do tend to listen to some niche prog-rock, but I like what I like.  It’s not like I’m going out of my way to listen to music that’s more obscure than other people listen to.  I’m just always looking for music that resonates with the hidden chord within me.  I tried to get into deep King Crimson, but wasn’t up to the challenge, although I stand by In The Court Of The Crimson King as a mandatory album for anyone’s music library.  You mentioned the theremin.  Can you actually play a theremin?
Not so’s you’d like to hear it!  But I can make noises that sound vaguely like music, yes.  Does that count?
For the purposes of this interview it does.


What is your zombie outbreak survival plan?
Drive to the North Woods and hunker down on a lake somewhere.

Weapon of choice:
I have a variety, from tiny blades all the way to a 5.56mm Ruger carbine.  A couple crossbows, a replica hand-and-a-half sword, etc.  I guess if I had to pick functional favorites, my S&W old-school Model 10 revolver would be great because it won’t jam.  For firepower, my Sig Sauer 9mm (and it also tends to live jam-free), and my Ruger Mini-14.
Recently someone knocked Rick on The Walking Dead for using a revolver, but that’s the good thing about a barrel gun.  You don’t have to worry about it jamming.
Absolutely, it’s the perfect weapon of last resort. You can reload pretty fast with speed-loaders, if you practice a little, but not if your hands shake.  I grew up watching Starsky & Hutch on TV and, despite the ridiculous nature of pretty much everything on that show, I was tuning in for Hutch’s Colt Python and to a lesser extent for Starsky’s Smith & Wesson Model 59 with the 14-round magazine, which was unusual at the time (the first, I believe, for a double-action).  In any case, revolvers don’t jam unless you bathe them in mud.


Do you have any special skills?
I speak/read/write Italian fluently, but have forgotten most of the German I ever learned.  Otherwise, besides writing and a pretty good editorial eye, I’d say I have a good knowledge of arcane library collection maintenance skills.  I’ve been complimented for my natural shooting ability (home invaders, please note).


Did you go to college and, if so, what for?
I finished with a Geology and English double BA and later an MA in English, creative writing concentration. (Long ago…)

Any pets?   If so, what are they and what are their names?
Not any more.

What is your favorite animal?
Dogs, but I also highly respect wolves.

Speaking of pets, any pet peeves?
Too long a list, but I hate typical grammar errors: it’s/its, there/their/they’re, etc.).
It’s the easy ones that are the worst.  I know that it’s easy to get tripped up with usage errors like “pedal”/“petal”/“peddle” and that most people don’t know the proper spelling of straitjacket, but when I’m reading a submission and they’re having problems with their its yours and theres, usually it means I’m not going to be able to enjoy their submission.  If you want to be a carpenter, you have to learn how to use the tools.  Writing is no different.
I hear you!  It’s off-putting to read the same minor error over and over again, especially with all the tools at our fingertips these days.  The web and the Internet seem to have made us all sloppier writers, when really we should be sharper.


Favorite / Least favorite Food:
I will always love pizza and bread (and pasta, I’m afraid).  I’m open-minded on food, but I tend to dislike anything that blends fruits and nuts with meats.  And I haven’t eaten red meat since the late 90s.  Hm, overall least favorite is probably some Thai, which is weird because I like Chinese… go figure.  Something about the flavor profiles hits me wrong, I guess.  I’m not a sushi fan, either, though I love fish and shellfish.

What is your favorite quotation / motto / saying?
Genesis: “Spring must strike again against the shield of winter.” (The last week I was thinking about this one because of the deadly cold this winter.) I’ve also been partial to the darkness of Floyd’s: “The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older, shorter of breath and one day closer to death…”


What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
Meeting a certain someone. We’re still together.
Better that than an uncertain someone.  Congratulations!
Thanks!

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?
Watching my dad die.


What is the best thing you’ve ever done?
I can’t judge.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself.

If you could kill one person, consequence free, who would it be and why?
My attorney recommends I leave this one blank.

What do you do?
I’m a library Stacks Supervisor with delusions of literary abilities.

How did you get started doing what you do?
I fell into my day job as a student and worked my way up. I love books and libraries, so it made sense.

What is your advice to other people that want to get started doing what you do?
Besides writing? What I do for a living will fade in the next couple decades, as all human knowledge migrates online and paper books become curios. What I do is a job that won’t exist then. So I have to recommend that people don’t get into my line of work.

What are some of the projects you’ve worked on/finished in the past? Give us a little history if you will.
I just turned in my 6th Nick Lupo horror-thriller, Wolf’s Blind. Sometimes I’m amazed that Wolf’s Trap, my first novel, has been in print pretty much continuously since it was first published in 2003.  Recently I co-wrote (with David Benton) stories that were accepted in the anthologies THE X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE and SNAFU: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MILITARY HORROR, among others. One I’m really proud of is the story we (as a team) had published in the final volume of the legendary HOT BLOOD series (HOT BLOOD 13: DARK PASSIONS). Pretty much anyone I’ve ever idolized had a story in one of those, so I felt we’d arrived when we made it. Stephen King never had one in there, I think, but I covered that by having my story “Icewall” appear in ROBERT BLOCH’S PSYCHOS, in which King had “Autopsy Room 4.” That anthology was also translated into Italian (appropriate!) and Japanese.

What projects are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel with my frequent collaborator, David Benton. I’m piecing together the synopsis for the 7th Lupo novel, while trying to finalize my long-delayed first Lupo novella.  I have a few other long-term projects in progress.  I like to keep a lot of pots simmering.  I usually like to say I have more burners on the stove than I can handle.



What are you watching?
Movies, of course. On TV: House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Hemlock Grove, Alpha House, NCIS, Justified, Grimm, Teen Wolf, Suits, House of Lies, American Horror Story, Orange Is the New Black, Constantine, Real Time with Bill Maher, Strike Back, Castle, Episodes, True Detective, Penny Dreadful, etc. I’ve also enjoyed some shows that have ended, such as The Sopranos, Californication, Burn Notice, Leverage, The Bridge… Also I’ve always been a Bond fan, despite the glaring flaws in some of the franchise entries. I saw my first Bond movie in 1964, Goldfinger dubbed into Italian. I was not overly thrilled with Skyfall, but I have hopes for Spectre.
I just finished watching the first two season of House Of Cards.  What an amazing experience!
I’m actually stuck in season 2 at the moment, but I’m looking forward to season 3!  I love the Machiavellian subterfuge.  I love the winking asides. I love to see characters with a well-developed evil side, although I also do like to see them getting what’s coming to them sometimes.  Not always, though – I think it’s more realistic when they get away with evil deeds.


What are you listening to?
I don’t mind a variety of things, but I listen mostly to progressive rock, electronic music (old school, such as Tangerine Dream), so-called new age, classic rock, cinema soundtrack music, classical/Renaissance. I also don’t mind jazz and fusion, blues, r&b, folk, Rat Pack and the like, etc. Lately when I write it’s been Jerry Goldsmith soundtracks (Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, The Omen, etc.) and Tangerine Dream (I have about 70 recordings… and I was recently devastated by the death of Edgar Froese).

What are you reading?
John Sandford’s latest, Lee Child’s latest, catching up on Jeffery Deaver’s Rhyme novels and Robert Crais’s Elvis Cole novels, a classic thriller by Desmond Bagley (a reread), Joe Lansdale’s Cold in July (another reread), and some friends’ upcoming novels. I tend to read a half-dozen books concurrently.

Favorite author / book?
Tim Powers: The Anubis Gates and The Stress of Her Regard (tie)

Favorite band / song?
Tie: Yes, ELP, Genesis, Tangerine Dream, Alan Parsons Project. Hard to pick one song, but maybe “Awaken” by Yes. “And You and I,” by Yes. “Firth of Fifth” by Genesis. “Old and Wise” by APP. I could keep listing songs as they occur. Favorite album is probably Tarkus, by ELP.

Least favorite band / song?
Anything too pop, too boring, too bubblegum, too simplistic.

If you could do anything other than what you do now, what would you do?
It’d be fun to direct a movie, but I think I’d be bad at it.

Who would you want to meet that you haven’t met? You get three choices:
Alive. Dead. Fictional.
Ach, I’m terrible in one on one meetings. I’ve already met many of my musician and writer idols. I guess I’d like to have a beer with Keith Emerson. Have him let me mess around with his Moog modular synthesizer.


What’s the best and worst job you’ve ever had?
I worked at UPS for a couple months a long time ago (many, many years ago) – I hated it. Best job is writing, followed by my day job: working with students and maintaining a large book collection. Probably I’d like to have worked for a publisher, maybe as editor, but only during the good old days, when midlist writers were nurtured rather than cut off at the knees for not being bestsellers.

Are there any questions that I didn’t ask that you wished I had asked that you would like to answer now?
No, but I’m glad you didn’t ask me: “Why werewolves?”
Pfft.  That’s an obvious one.  Because werewolves.
Right! LOL… You’d be surprised (maybe not) at how much I get that one.  Mind you, I don’t mind telling it again, but it’s out there in print already.  I’m also in love with thrillers, so I don’t HAVE to be a werewolf guy…

Anyone you recommend I interview that you can put me in touch with?
Not off-hand, but I may think of some. Hmm, maybe the team of Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross, a couple of friends who have new collaborative work coming soon.
Cool.  If you want to point them in my direction we’ll see where it goes.
I will.  Tamara is one of my earliest friends in the business.   An excellent writer – and a wonderful person!


Got any questions for me?
Not yet, but again thanks for having me spout off!

Thanks for letting me subject you to being interviewed!

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Blog: www.wdgagliani.com/blog.htm
Next appearances:
Barnes & Noble in Racine, WI – Saturday, April 4, 2015 (with David Benton, Chris Larsen, and others)
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2037
OdysseyCon in Madison, WI – Fri-Sun, April 10-12 (with David Benton, John Everson, Jonathan Maberry, and many others)
http://www.odysseycon.org/

 
About the Interviewee:
W.D. Gagliani is the author of the novels Wolf’s Trap (a past Bram Stoker Award nominee; Samhain), Wolf’s Gambit (47North), Wolf’s Bluff (47North), Wolf’s Edge (Samhain), Wolf’s Cut (Samhain), Wolf’s Blind (upcoming, Samhain), and Savage Nights (Tarkus Press). Since 1986 he has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies and publications such as Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Undead Tales, More Monsters From MemphisThe Midnighters Club, and many more. His book reviews and nonfiction have been included in, among others, The Milwaukee Journal SentinelChizineHorrorWorld, Cemetery Dance, HellnotesScience Fiction Chronicle, Flesh & Blood, The Scream Factory, The Writer magazine, and the books Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, They Bite, and On Writing Horror. Six of his short stories have earned Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and some are collected in the book Shadowplays. He is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the Authors Guild.
The team of W.D. Gagliani & David Benton has published fiction in venues such as (upcoming) The X-Files: Trust No One (edited by Jonathan Maberry), SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror, SNAFU: Wolves at the Door, Dark Passions: Hot Blood XIII, Zippered Flesh 2, Masters of Unreality (Germany), Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror, Splatterpunk Zine, and Dead Lines, along with the Kindle Worlds Vampire Diaries tie-in “Voracious in Vegas.” Some of their collaborations are available in the collection Mysteries & Mayhem. Together as “A.G. Kent” they have also written and published the middle grade adventure novel I Was a Seventh Grade Monster Hunter.


About the Interviewer:
Scott Lefebvre can write about whatever you want him to write about.
Mostly because when he was grounded for his outlandish behavior as a hyperactive school child, the only place he was allowed to go was the public library.
His literary tastes were forged by the works of Helen Hoke, Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and H. P. Lovecraft.
He is the author of Spooky Creepy Long Island, and Condemned; and a contributing author to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Anthology of the Living Dead, Fracas: A Collection of Short Friction, The Call of Lovecraft, and Cashiers du Cinemart.
His reviews have been published by a variety of in print and online media including Scars Magazine, Icons of Fright, Fatally Yours and Screams of Terror, and he has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue and HorrorHound Magazine.
Check out his publishing imprint Burnt Offerings Books here:
http://burntofferingsbooks.blogspot.com/
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