What first attracted you to horror writing?
I don’t consider myself a horror writer, but I do like to provide moments that I hope will frighten my readers. I hate roller coasters and other overt ways people try to frighten themselves, but I do love frightening books.
What is your most notable work?
That’s very hard to say, since I’ve had a long career. My internal pride-o-meter goes up when I think about the Lily Bard books though.
I’m working on the editorial changes in Deadlocked, and I’m about to do my section of the forthcoming graphic novel Chris Golden and I are co-authoring, Cemetery Girl.
Who do you admire in the horror world?
I think some of Stephen King is very scary, and I thought Dean Koontz’s Intensity was one of the most goose-pimple-inducing things I’d ever read – as are parts of Cronin’s The Passage. I always like a well-written zombie novel – it’s sure to get my adrenaline going. But Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House always takes the prize as far as I’m concerned.
Do you prefer all out gore or psychological chills?
Depends. If I’m reading, either one. If I’m watching a movie, psychological. I dislike slasher porn.
Why should people read your work?
A lot of people seem to find my books great escapist literature, with a message.
Recommend a book.
Sure. Try Those Across The River by Christopher Buehlman.