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What are you working on, who influences you, and what are you currently reading?

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Hey! I'm working on a short story called 'the silent supper' which has supernatural overtones. Who influences me? Mostly obvious and obligatory people - Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ramsay Campbell, James Herbert, Joe Hill, Simon Clark, Mark Morris, Robert R McCammon, Christopher Fowler, Joe Hill.

Recently read 'Cold Mirrors' by CJ Lines - a short story collection that I really liked.

What's your answer to your own question?



I'm finishing up a collection called Glass Skeletons. I'm influenced by Ambrose Bierce, Clive Barker, William S. Burroughs, H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Bret Easton Ellis, and Joe R. Lansdale.

I'm currently reading One Rainy Night by Richard Laymon.

If you like Lovecraft you've probably read some early Ramsay Campbell? I loved American Psycho when I was younger. I have literally just finished re-reading 'Horns' by Joe Hill. That was a damn fine book. I like the title 'Glass Skeletons'.

Horror is the genre for short fiction and we'll not let anyone tell us otherwise eh?!

I look forward to reading your stuff.

Yes, short horror tales are like no other.

I have not read Ramsey Campbell, I must admit. I sort of spread myself thin because I read a little of everything--fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novels and contemporary stuff, classic literature, pulp etc.

But he's on my list.

I highly recommend Joe Lansdale, by the way.

Yeah - I've read a few but should read more. Also Chet Williamson. I read a lot beyond the genre too. I loved 'Carter Beats the Devil' by Glen David Gold (sounds like it should be genre though!) and I read a lot of UK stuff. I don't mind admitting a fondness for Tony Parsons who writes the male equivalent of 'chick-lit' I guess.

I am reading a weird little book about a weather machine (more on that another time), but I tend to write mainly horror and speculative fiction.

I am working on typing and editing my last novella. 

I am influenced by many varied people -- Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Mitch Albom, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rob Zombie, (really his music and movie writing) and Edward Lee.

I am currently reading the entire "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" collection. All the singles short stories and the compilations of short stories put into chronological order. It's free in the ibooks bookstore, and GREAT reading.

On a side note, I would like to say that the title, Glass Skeletons, is a good one also.  It really demands intrigue for sure.

I'm working on some horror shorts I plan to self-publish. I haven't read many horror novels that haven't involved werewolves, and I spread myself pretty thin in reading as well, but I've read many anthologies. Most have various writers but my favorite may always be Stephen King's NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES. That book has its own pillow.

I've just finished reading Joe Hill's HEART-SHAPED BOX and I'll be reading NOS4A2 soon (Can. Not. Wait). I also like works by Joe Konrath.

My works are inspired by theirs, but I also take inspiration from psychology books, biographies on serial killers and cultists, fairy tales (the originals) and nursery rhymes, Dennis Lehane, Koushun Takami's BATTLE ROYALE (english novel translation), and a manga called GOTH by Otsuichi.

My only fear is that I will not do these sources justice. Especially being this is my first book.

Currently writing a longer horror piece called "Our War with Molly Nayfack."

My favorite horror authors include Ray Bradbury, Lovecraft, and Harlan Ellison.  I've got to say, some of the scariest stuff I've read is nestled in the archives of the reality bending SCP-Foundation.  Their style is uniformed, minimalist, and doggedly enforced without mercy - leaving nothing for the reader but conceptual terror.  It's bleak, but after reading a few hundred of them I found myself hooked.  I love well crafted reality benders, so I'd be interested in hearing recommendations.

Also, I'm finally reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

Hey Angie_Fayre, Is Heart Shaped Box good?  I have read a lot about it, and I'm thinking it may be my next book.  I was just curious about your thoughts on it.  It sounds very good.

No love for Richard Matheson?

I've never read any of his stuff to my knowledge. So it would be unfair for me to say one way or another

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