Meet author W.J. Renehan @wjrenehanauthor #HorrorLounge

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Tell us about your latest book

My latest book is Shades and Divinations (Vol. 2), the follow-up to my first short fiction collection. Before that I published a study, The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction, and my debut vampire novella, Night's Harbor.

 

First memory of reading horror

In fifth grade a teacher of mine read Poe's “The Cask of Amontillado” to our class for Halloween. It inspired me to write my own stories.

 

Which 3 horror books do you keep returning to?

Clive Barker's The Books of Blood, The Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, and Knost's Writers Workshop of Horror.

 

For readers new to horror which 3 books would you recommend?

Stephen King's Night Shift, Peter Straub's Ghost Story, and Clive Barker's The Damnation Game.

 

Who do you consider the King and Queen of horror fiction?

Clive Barker and Joyce Carol Oates.

 

Greatest horror film (adapted from a book) & why?

John Carpenter's The Thing, adapted from Who Goes There? By John W. Campbell. It's a true fear of the unknown story.

 

Horror book that you’d like to see adapted to film & why?

At the Mountains of Madness – Lovecraft's work should be made more accessible, and film is a way to address that.

 

Best horror TV?

Stephen King's IT miniseries. Nothing beats Tim Curry.

 

Did you write in other genres or straight to horror?

I've experimented with political satire in my book Pink Elephants.

 

Tell us briefly about your route to being published

My books have been self published thus far, but I'm looking to change that with my upcoming sci-fi/horror novella and my next short story collection.

 

Tell us about your fans

Wonderful people. I'm happy to be read by anyone. Their responses are worth more to me than any amount of money.

 

Do you think horror is ready for a renaissance?

We are in an upswing currently – there are more horror authors publishing than ever before.

 

Tips for new writers of horror fiction.

Write something every day, even if it's just a paragraph or two. It adds up.

 

Do you believe in evil?

I do. I try to capture/depict it every day.

 

What scares you?

The unknown.

 

Do you celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is a month-long event for me.

 

Where can readers find you?  

Website

Twitter


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