TIH 058: John C. Foster on The Rules of Writing, Writer’s Block and Full-Time Writing

John C. Foster

In this podcast John C. Foster talks about the rules of writing, writer’s block and full-time writing. 

About John C. Foster

John C. Foster was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and has been afraid of the dark for as long as he can remember. A writer of thrillers and dark fiction, Foster was raised in the wilds of southern New Hampshire (read: not wild) before hauling stakes for the ersatz glow of Los Angeles. He has since relocated to the relative sanity of New York City where he lives with his lady, Linda, and their dog Coraline. Foster is an enthusiastic amateur cook, partially to offset all the griping that results from pushing his increasingly decrepit body through the rigors of martial arts training.

Foster’s stories can be found in issue #8 of Shock Totem and Dark Visions – Volume 2 from Grey Matter Press, as well as anthologies such as the Big Book of New Short Horror, Under the Stairs, Book of Horror 2, Dead Worlds 7: Undead Stories and Book of the Dead 6: Forever Dead, among others. His first novel, Dead Men, was released in July of this year by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Show notes

  • [02:22] Interview start
  • [02:45] Journey to full-time writing
  • [11:05] Writer’s block and obstacles to writing
  • [19:55] Writing away from home
  • [27:50] Writing screenplays – help or hinderance writing prose
  • [36:40] Rules of writing and books on writing
  • [42:54] The beginnings of Dead Men 
  • [46:30] Mister White Shirley Jackson inspiration
  • [56:35] Inspiration strikes and first drafts


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