I guess I gave myself quite an introduction. I'm not particularly shy. Truth is, I do write horror. Yes, I augment my writing with other genres, but horror is my first love.
This will be a different sort of interview, something I saw on Smashwords and really like. I will be interviewing myself.
Here we go. I hope you find some interesting tid-bits about me here.
1. Why are you doing this interview?
This is part of sharing of myself with the horror community.
2. Who are you?
Blaze McRob, writer of over seventy legacy published horror novels. I was a ghostwriter long before anyone had an idea we were lurking about. Through my adventures in the craft I, or my author alter-egos, have won virtually every award to be won. But awards mean little, don’t they? It is the reader we wish to enthrall, and our souls to purge. So now it is time for Blaze to write as Blaze, and time for previous recipients of my tales to write more of their own material. In addition to my dark novels, I write horror shorts, flash fiction, and poetry. Ah, the sweet rhymes of iambic pentameter intermixed with glorious free-style.
I am married to Terri DelCampo, a fellow horror author. Together we have created Blazing Owl Press, a place where we publish only our own tales of horror.
3.What is your motto?
Mediocrity sucks. Let us all do the best we can to avoid it.
4. How do we do that?
Always strive to do your best in whatever you chose to do. If you write, write the best damned story that's ever been written. Believe in yourself. No one can write your story better than you.
5. You gave a brief description of why you write horror above. Tell me the real reason.
As I explained in a post for Nina D'Arcangela a while back, I write about the Dark because it is the truth. Open your eyes and you will see that the spinning rock we live on is inhabited by some nasty creatures who have the nerve to call themselves humans. It’s my job to tell my readers about it, not by writing mamby-pamby puke pieces that make you gag, but by presenting true horror tales where the truth is spread around. No preaching. Simply good stories (I hope) with a message. Not everyone will get the message – I don’t beat anyone over the head with it – but it’s there. Some folks just enjoy the tales. Hey, that’s okay too. Escapism is a great thing. People have it tough in these times.
By writing about the Dark, and expelling it from my soul, I enable myself to leave more room there for good things. That's if any are floating around at the moment. Okay, so that's a negative, pessimistic comment. I'm a pessimistic guy. I root for the under-dog, but she/he don't always win.
6. So, do you believe in God?
None of your business! Blaze McRob does not write stories you discuss in a church book group. My vision of the hereafter belongs to me and me alone. While I discuss God and Satan, as makes complete sense because they are the consummate embodiments of Good and Evil, in my stories, God does not always win. Neither does the Dark Angel.
7. What about Heaven and Hell?
You are a sneaky bastard, aren't you? I wrote a tale called The Enforcer a while back. This is a past lives trip where the protagonist gets closer to perfection with each incarnation. The problem? With perfection comes a lack of empathy for humanity. Selchor, my hero, refuses to go along with what the High Council decrees and tries to help out humans. In this story, when humans die, they go to Heaven if they believe they are worthy, or they suffer in a Hell of their own making if they know they are evil. Maybe that's what I believe. Notice again, I said maybe.
8. You write often about death and rising again from the ashes. Why is this?
My work on Earth is not finished. I have many tales to get out yet. My health sucks, so that is a thought running around in the gray matter all the time. I refuse to roll over and take the easy way out. I'm even trying to figure out a way to get back into running somehow. I walk a lot but want to at least try a walk-hobble trot-walk routine. I miss the old days when I was an animal at the long races I ran.
So, in a way, you could say I am exploring alternatives within my stories which will allow me to continue writing after I kiss off. That would make me a real ghostwriter. My science background also tells me that the energy within a person is never lost. If you die, it doesn't matter. The power still remains. And before you ask me again, this does not say if I believe in Heaven or Hell. Maybe . . . just maybe, Heaven would bore the crap out of me.
9. What is your latest novel '68 Buick about?
Here is a short and longer description of my story:
How does a dead, immortal reaper transport souls to Hell and still wage a battle for good? Read ’68 Buick and find out.
Robert Anderson, a man plagued by a demon trying to get inside his head, is attacked and killed by this evil entity. But is he really? Satan and God are waging a battle for his soul. God loses when Robert kills himself.
Yet, not is all what it seems. A Reaper actually kills Robert, but the Reaper turns out to be Robert himself. Thus, he is doomed to roam in a limbo fashioned by the hand of the Dark Angel, unable to go to Heaven but too good to go to Hell.
This marks the beginning of his new career: bringing the most despicable souls to the portals of Hell in a ’68 black Buick rag top with red interior, dice, and flames on the front panels. This immortal, dead Grim Reaper does what needs to be done through the power of his mind.
’68 Buick has a lesson to teach all of us: it is never too late to do what is right.
Even from beyond the grave.
10. Sounds like a different sort of Grim Reaper tale to me.
That it is. I rather like it. Just saying ahead of time that it has tons of action from start to finish. As you can see, there is a lesson contained within, but I don't attack you with it. My readers are smart people. They don't need a high-pressure attack.
11. Some people say you don't use as much description as other authors.
I do that for a reason. Everything that needs to be described is, but over description bores the living shit out of me and I'm sure it does to many readers. I believe my readers want to become a part of the tales I write, and what better way than to allow them to have their own visual perception of what is happening. Maybe they can put themselves in a room I'm in and can drink a beer as they watch me in action. If I leave out one of the senses, maybe they can find a particular revolting moldy odor that they hate. Like I said above, my readers are smart people.
12. So what's on your agenda?
Plenty. I’m starting to publish some of the hundreds of short stories I’ve written over the years. Terri and I have co-authored a number of collections this last year and we have more on the way. I have some of my own collections being published as well. I want these out so I can get more novels out. Mists Of Papoose Pond, an end days, Zombie, action, giant leeches, and more story, came out October, 2015. I want to get a sequel out for it. Ghost No More, another end days novel where the heroes are autistic children, came out in February,2016, and will need a sequel written. Quarter Moon Haunts, Terri's favorite story of mine because I'm a snarky bastard, is about ghosts, death, evil ways of the mob, crooked cops, and the Four Horsemen as you've never seen them portrayed before, came out in May, 2016 and will get a sequel. It has to: Terri will beat me with a whip if I don't. My Ghoul novella Destiny Changed could see an additional sequel. Also, Club Blaze, an extreme horror tale that Zack Kullis and I are co-authoring for Arcane Whispers Press will be out soon.
All this and a lot more are coming your way!
13. Quite an aggressive schedule.
Like I said, mediocrity sucks. The time for action is now.
14. What do you think of all the political happenings last year?
Let me see. Did they merely suck, or did they suck a lot? They actually sucked more than a lot. I see no candidate for any office that I think is worth a damn. They're all out for taking our money. That goes for both parties. Our representatives only care for themselves. The worse part about all of this is the people will suffer. However, we are the ones who elected these bozo's into office and who will put more in. It's our fault. Look at yourselves in the mirror, folks, and say,"I fucked up." I think we need to get rid of the two major parties and start out fresh. We need to stop arguing about the color of a person's skin, gender association, and stupid crap like who uses what bathroom. Let's fix the important things. Take religion out of politics. It doesn't belong there. Outlaw lobbyists: they're nothing more than bribing thieves.
15. Anything else on your mind?
Only that I hope everyone reads a bunch of great books. While I'm kind of partial to Terri's and my books, there are many others out there. I post about many of them on my website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.