I have a confession to make. I love Halloween more than any grown person should. In fact, I love anything macabre or supernatural, and the darker or more twisted the better. My personal vision of Heaven looks like Halloween Town and sounds like Type O Negative. Yeah, that’s right. I’m a Type O Negative fan. Don’t judge.
When Halloween fell on a Monday this year I knew I had to feature someone who’d bring the same level of passion for the holiday as I would. Someone who isn’t just a fan of the horror genre, but a writer of it as well. So for today’s SPaM I am pleased to bring you:
THIRTEEN QUESTIONS WITH KAT FROM GRAFIKLIT!
**** 1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When my art career never took off. I had been working on a comic book that I had created, but I was never satisfied with the artwork. So I figured I’d concentrate on just the writing; I’ve always made up stories in my head. I just had to learn how to do the grammar good.
**** 2. What attracted you to the horror genre?
Good question. I have no answer. I just . . . like it. As a kid, I was fascinated by Bigfoot. That led to Mothman, haunted houses, werewolves, serial killers. Dark stuff. I know the names of more serial killers and porn stars than I do contemporary celebrities. I get some weird looks. Jeffrey Dahmer and Stephen St. Croix, by the way. Serial killer and porn star, respectively.
**** 3. Do you have a favorite supernatural or spectral entity?
Werewolves! Also James Dean’s ghost.
**** 4. Anyone who loves the darker side of life the way we do has friend who shares that passion. Who is your closest “fright friend?”
This question makes me sad. I have no “fright friend”. I work alone, like Kolchak the Night Stalker. You know what, that sucks. Even Mulder had Scully.
**** 5. Do you have a Halloween tradition?
Nah. My family isn’t big into traditions. One year, we made a pork roast for Thanksgiving instead of turkey. Mistake, by the way. Watching the Dallas Cowboys while eating pork roast and elbow macaroni–wrong.
**** 6. Do your parents share your love of horror?
My dad’s more into science fiction, although he does have a collection of vintage Eerie and Creepy magazines. My mom introduced me to Stephen King and Anne Rice, but that’s as far as her horror tastes go. I am an abnormality. I’m also the only left-hander in my family; perhaps that has something to do with it.
**** 7. What was your favorite Halloween costume as a kid?
My homemade werewolf costume. Rubber werewolf mask, with fake fur that my mom sewed into one of my dad’s old work shirts, so it looked like the fur had busted through the seams.
**** 8. What book and movie scared you the most?
It, for the book. Movie . . . Jaws. That music. And the idea of something unseen just grabbing you and dragging you under the water, eating you while you’re still alive . . . oh my god, I just freaked myself out.
**** 9. Have you ever had a real life encounter with the supernatural?
Nope. My husband and I once drove down what we thought was the haunted Bragg Road in Saratoga, Texas, chasing what we thought was a ghostly blob of light. It turned out to be a frickin’ porch light.
**** 10. Your second blog, IS MY LENS CAP ON? showcases your photography. What inspires you to snap a photo?
Lately, I’ve been big on candid shots. If I see someone just hanging out, buying gas or talking to someone, I’ll snap their picture. I photograph stuff that interests me . . . I have like 6 different shots of this growth on a tree. For some reason, that bumpy growth fascinated me.
**** 11. Have you ever taken a snap shot of something you couldn’t explain?
My cat, Mackerel, when she was a kitten. So sweet, so innocent then. So bloodthirsty, so predatory now. I don’t know what happened.
**** 12. What do you see in your future for your photography and novels?
Big-ass dollars. Just kidding. Photography . . . I don’t know, it’s a hobby. I don’t know if I have the passion to take it any further. My novels . . . okay, a TV series would be great, as would action figures, but right now I’d settle for getting published. To be optimistic, I do see getting published in the near future. I’d like for my novel, Bulletproof Werewolf, to take off enough so that it could become the ongoing series I had planned.
**** 13. What is the one thing that scares you most?
Have to rip off Stephen King for this one. He once said that he’d be okay as long as the words came. He said he was scared that one day the words would stop coming. Long-term writer’s block, I guess. So, not being able to write scares me. Also, those “reborn baby dolls”. Have you seen those? Brrrrr.
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