The Kendall Reviews Interview
Kendall Reviews: Could you tell me a little about yourself please?
Ben Eads: I love writing dark fiction. I started at the tender age of seven. Ever since, I’ve been a die-hard reader and writer of speculative fiction. I love martial arts, especially ones that are “dead.” I love everything I.T. and have worked in the industry as a Cyber Security Analyst for ten years.
KR: What do you like to do when not writing?
BE: I get a little wonky when I’m not writing, but sometimes I need the break. It’s like I have to live and learn a little before the next big project. Aside from work, hitting the dojo, chopping stuff with Japanese swords, hanging with friends, and exploring forests. I love old, loamy earth.
KR: What is your favourite childhood book?
BE: The one that taught me how to read, which was my first book: The Treasure of the Scroll. I owe so much to that book. Sadly, I can’t track the author down.
KR: What is your favourite album, and does music play any role in your writing?
BE: Oh! That’s a hard one! It would have to be a tie between Lateralus, Fear Inoculum, The White Album, Alice in Chains, Led Zeppelin 4, and The Dark Side of the Moon.
KR: Do you have a favourite horror movie/director?
BE: My favorite horror film would be a tie between The Shining, Psycho, and Get Out. Too many directors to list, but I’m in love with what Jordan Peele is doing.
KR: What are you reading now?
BE: I’m re-reading Joe Hill’s latest short story collection Full Throttle.
KR: I’m long overdue a Joe Hill Re-read. What was the last great book you read?
BE: Josh Malerman’s Goblin.
KR: Goblin is brilliant book, ripe for a TV adaptation. E-Book, Paperback or Hardback?
KR: Who were the authors that inspired you to write?
BE: I was already writing, but the ones that really pushed me would be: Stephen King, Lovecraft, Shelley, Shirley Jackson, Clive Barker, John Steinbeck, Kathe Koja, Arthur Machen, Fran Friel, and Dalton Trumbo.
KR: Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer to just see where an idea takes you?
BE: I’m a pantser. The concept hits me like a movie trailer, so I’ve got a good grasp on the story. I can see the scenes of the story vividly. So, in a way, I guess the outline is in my head. The rest writes itself.
KR: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
BE: I’ve only had to do research for one short story and one novella. The short story, “Would You Like Fries with That?,” deals with a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet. My girlfriend at the time helped me a lot with that. My latest novella, Hollow Heart, has two main characters that served in the Marines. I have two friends who were stationed in the middle east, just like my characters, and they helped a lot.
KR: How would you describe your writing style?
BE: I’m always looking to blow the reader’s imagination away. It’s those fantastical elements I strive for, while keeping it “literary.”
KR: Describe your usual writing day?
BE: Each day is different. Once I’m rocking and rolling, I start around noon and end around midnight. Some days I can get in just a few pages before dinner.
KR: Do you have a favourite story/short that you’ve written (published or not)?
BE: My favorite long fiction story would be Hollow Heart. My favorite short story would be “Daddy’s Girl,” which appears in the Corpus Press In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future anthology.
KR: Do you read your book reviews?
BE: I used to, but not anymore.
KR: How do you think you’ve developed as an author?
BE: Like everyone, I’m a work in progress. I strive for growth so I can enjoy the process more and deliver more for the reader. I want to take readers on a journey that can’t find anywhere else.
KR: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received regarding your writing?
BE: Early on, I was told show more and tell less. That changed my fiction a lot. I actually started selling my fiction!
KR: What scares you?
BE: Since I’m between jobs… not knowing how to pay the bills. Not knowing where I’m going to find work next. No monster can be that scary. Ha!
KR: Can you tell me about your latest release please?
BE: My latest release is a horror novella titled Hollow Heart. Here’s the 411:
Harold Stoe was a proud Marine until an insurgent’s bullet relegated him to a wheelchair. Now the only things he’s proud of are quitting alcohol and raising his sixteen-year-old son, Dale.
But there is an infernal rhythm, beating like a diseased heart from the hollow behind his home. An aberration known as The Architect has finished his masterpiece: A god which slumbers beneath the hollow, hell-bent on changing the world into its own image.
As the body count rises and the neighborhood residents change into mindless, shambling horrors, Harold and his former lover, Mary, begin their harrowing journey into the world within the hollow. If they fail, the hollow will expand to infinity. Every living being will be stripped of flesh and muscle, their nerves wrapped tightly around ribcages, so The Architect can play his sick music through them loud enough to swallow what gives them life: The last vestiges of a dying star.
KR: What are you working on now?
BE: I’m working on my first novel. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m having a lot of fun! That’s a good sign.
KR: You find yourself on a desert island, which three people would you wish to be deserted with you and why?
You can choose…
a) One fictional character from your writing.
b) One fictional character from any other book.
c) One real-life person that is not a family member or friend.
BE: Ash from The Evil Dead series because of his resourcefulness and humor. Dave Chappelle, again, for the laughs. And finally, Stephen King. For the stories!
KR: Thank you very much Ben
Ben Eads’ short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies published by Corpus Press, Crystal Lake Publishing, Shroud Magazine and Seventh Star Press. His first novella, Cracked Sky, was published in 2015 by the Bram Stoker Award® Winning press Omnium Gatherum. His latest book, Hollow Heart, is now available.
Corpus Press Anthology In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future
In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future, edited by Andrew Lennon and Evans Light, and a cover by Mikio Murakami, delivers twenty-two strikingly original tales of terror from Bram Stoker Award® winners, best-selling authors, and rising talent in the genre – even a world-renowned celebrity is part of the lineup – in the third volume of its ongoing In Darkness, Delight horror anthology series.
Be warned: these are not science fiction stories with a dash of dread. These are visions of the horrifying futures that may await us all.
Fans of television’s Black Mirror are sure to enjoy Emmy winning and New York Times best-selling author Penn Jillette’s (of Penn & Teller fame) delightfully wicked short story “The Pain Doctor,” which was adapted for the Netflix hit series and is available here exclusively for the first time in book format.
Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker Award® winner, gets things off to a strong start with the chilling “Airborne,” while Max Booth III (whose film We Need to Do Something is set for theatrical release later this year) shines a light on the madness of modern technology with the ever-escalating “Noise.” Two-time Bram Stoker Award® winner Eric J. Guignard creates magic of his own with shimmering prose in the dreamlike “If I Drive Before I Wake.”
Michael Laimo, author of the bestsellers Deep in the Darkness and Lost Souls, turns the wonders of childbirth inside-out with the grotesque “Err.” Joanna Koch, Shirley Jackson Award finalist and rising star of all things bizarre, delivers the goods in their unique style with “Schroedinger’s Head.” Stories by Tim Curran and William Miekle show the genre favorites at the top of their game, and the list goes on, even including some first-publication authors so talented you won’t be able to pick them out from the more established.
These stories have been selected by the editors from over two million words worth of prose submitted from authors all over the world, enough stories to fill twenty-five volumes. These tales were specifically chosen for inclusion because, together, they offer a perfectly balanced blend of style, substance and diversity of themes. In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future is a collection you don’t want to miss.
In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future Info –
Humankind’s greatest fear is and will always be the unknown, dreading whatever gruesome horrors tomorrow may bring. The pain of the past is nothing when the worst is yet to come. The only thing that’s certain: it’s going to end badly.
In Darkness, Delight is an original anthology series revealing the many facets of modern horror —shocking and quiet, pulp and literary, cold-hearted and heart-felt, weird tales of spiraling madness alongside full-throttle thrillers. Open these pages and unleash all-new terrors that consume from without and within.
In Darkness, Delight: Fear the Future is available now (Sept 14, 2021) with worldwide release and available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover editions.
Order your copy of Fear The Future HERE
Table of Contents –
“Airborne,” by Lisa Morton
“Err,” by Michael Laimo
“Daddy’s Girl,” by Ben Eads
“Husk,” by Marshall J Moore
“We Have Names, Too,” by Michelle Muenzler
“The Haunting of Asteroid H111,” by Van Aaron Hughes
“Shoulda Read the Fine Print,” Blanche by Ben Lawrence
“Transference,” by Jenn Hopkins
“Game Over,” by Andrew Lennon
“Schroedinger’s Head,” by Joanna Koch
“Locusts,” by Dominick Cancilla
“Pain Addict,” by Penn Jillette
“The Sluggie Rebellion,” by William Meikle
“Noise,” by Max Booth III
“They Mattered,” by Evans Light
“Billy Campbell’s Bones,” by Jason Washer
“Survival is an Act of Selflessness,” by Frank Oreto
“Boxed In,” by CS Mergo
“What It Takes,” by Phil Sloman
“Neuroworm,” by Tim Curran
“And the Winner is…,” by Sheldon Higdon
“If I Drive Before I Wake,” by Eric J Guignard
About the Authors –
Max Booth III doesn’t exist. If you spot him in public, call your local authorities immediately, but let’s be honest: by then it’s probably too late.
Dominick Cancilla lives in Santa Monica, California, with author Deborah Markus, their lizards, and a deep bitterness for a universe that would allow Disneyland to be closed for so long. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of publications, and he’s very proud of his most recent novel – Tomorrow’s Journal – but right now he’s mostly just pissed off about the Disneyland thing.
Tim Curran is the author of Skin Medicine, Hive, Dead Sea, Resurrection, The Devil Next Door, Dead Sea Chronicles, Clownflesh, and Biohazard. His short stories have been collected in Bone Marrow Stew and Zombie Pulp. His novellas include The Underdwelling, The Corpse King, Puppet Graveyard, Worm, and Blackout. His fiction has been translated into German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.
Ben Eads’ short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies published by Crystal Lake Publishing, Shroud Magazine and Seventh Star Press. His first novella, Cracked Sky, was published in 2015 by the Bram Stoker Award® Winning press Omnium Gatherum. His latest book, Hollow Heart, is now available.
Eric J. Guignard is a writer and anthologist of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s twice won the Bram Stoker Award, been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award, and is a multi-nominee of the Pushcart Prize. Latest books include his novel Doorways to the Deadeye, novella Last Case at a Baggage Auction, and short story collection That Which Grows Wild (Cemetery Dance), as well as an ongoing series of author primers championing modern masters Exploring Dark Short Fiction, through his press Dark Moon Books. Visit Eric at: www.ericjguignard.com or Twitter: @ericjguignard.
With over forty publications to his name, Sheldon Higdon has been featured in publications such as Rue Morgue, The Portland Monthly, Tales from the Lake Volume 4, Anthology Year Three: Distant Dying Ember, Writers on Writing Volume 4, and the anthology Madhouse, to name a few. He is also an award-winning screenwriter for his short script “Conundrum”, which won the Best Short Screenplay category at the Eerie Horror Film Festival in 2009. In 2013, he completed his MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
Jennifer Hopkins was raised in the stormy Pacific Northwest where the clouds roll in at noon and the sun goes down at four in the afternoon, transforming everything to midnight. It’s a setting that has inspired much of her dark fantasy and horror fiction. A lover of nature and well-baked treats, Jen lives in Seattle with both the rain and her lucky black cat. She has seven magazine publications and a long-running blog. She earned an Honorary Mention by the Richard Hugo House’s Quattro Spec Fiction contest for her story “Earthbound” and by Scriptapalooza for her script “Supernatural: Green-eyed Monster”.
Van Aaron Hughes has published stories in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Writers of the Future Vol. 27, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several other magazines and anthologies. IRL he is a commercial lawyer practicing in Denver and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. His wife, his three children, and his dog are all much cooler than he is.
Penn Jillette is an American magician, actor, musician, inventor, television presenter, and author, best known for his work with fellow magician Teller as half of the team Penn & Teller. The duo has been featured in numerous stage and television shows, such as Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, and is currently headlining in Las Vegas at The Rio. Jillette has published eight books, including the New York Times Bestseller, God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales. His story in this book was adapted for the hit television series Black Mirror.
Joanna Koch (Joe) writes literary horror and surrealist trash. A Shirley Jackson Award finalist and author of The Wingspan of Severed Hands, their short fiction appears in anthologies such as Not All Monsters, The Big Book of Blasphemy, and Year’s Best Hardcore Horror 5: Going Global.
Michael Laimo is the author of seven novels and over 100 short stories, most of which have been published in four collections. His novels Deep in the Darkness and Dead Souls have been made into feature films and are currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. He is currently at work on a new novel, an erotic thriller titled Missed Connection.
In his mind, Ben Lawrence is a best-selling author ranking alongside the very best horror masters, but in truth this is his first time having a story published and he has bloody loved every moment of it. Ben wishes he wrote on a haunted old typewriter atop a wind-swept hill studded with tombstones, but he really lives in a one-bed apartment in London with his better half and their over-weight Frenchie ‘Peggy Olson’. If his work is well received, Ben intends to write more revolting shenanigans.
Andrew Lennon is the author of Every Twisted Thought along with many other novels, collections and short fiction. His work has been featured in anthologies alongside horror royalty such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Richard Chizmar and Clive Barker, and he is fast becoming a recognized name in the genre himself. Andrew is happily married, living in the Northwest of England with his wife Hazel and their children.
Evans Light lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounded by thousands of vintage horror paperbacks. He is author of Screamscapes: Tales of Terror, the upcoming I Am Halloween, and more. He is editor of Doorbells at Dusk and the In Darkness, Delight horror anthology series, and is co-creator of Bad Apples: Halloween Horrors and Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love.
C.S. Mergo writes stories about long lost pasts and broken futures.
William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over thirty novels published in the genre press and more than 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press and Severed Press and his work has appeared in a large number of professional anthologies and magazines. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he’s not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.
Marshall J. Moore is a writer, filmmaker, and martial artist who was born and raised on Kwajalein, a tiny Pacific island. He has traveled to nearly thirty countries, once sold a thousand dollars’ worth of teapots to Jackie Chan, and on one occasion was tracked down by a bounty hunter for owing $300 in overdue fees to the Los Angeles Public Library. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Megan and their two cats.
Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and prose writer whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She is a six-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award®, the author of four novels and over 150 short stories, and a world-class Halloween expert. Her most recent release is the collection Night Terrors & Other Tales; she also writes weekly new fiction for the Spine Tinglers podcast. Lisa lives in Los Angeles and online at lisamorton.com.
Michelle Muenzler, author of the weird and sometimes poet, writes words both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Check out her website for links to more of her work (and cookie recipes!), or say hello on Facebook where she often lurks.
Frank Oreto is a writer of weird fiction living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His stories have appeared or are upcoming in Unnerving, The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, and Pseudopod. When not telling stories he spends his time creating elaborate meals for his wife and many hungry children.
Phil Sloman is a writer of dark psychological fiction. His first story was published in 2014 and he has been writing ever since, with his work making regular appearances on “Year’s Best” lists. In 2017 his novella Becoming David was shortlisted for British Fantasy “Best Newcomer” Award, and was a contributor to Imposter Syndrome (Dark Minds Press) which was nominated for the British Fantasy “Best Anthology” Award in 2018. In 2020, he edited The Woods, which was also nominated for the British Fantasy “Best Anthology” Award.
Jason Washer lives in rural New Hampshire and divides his time between caring for his three young children, running a small business, and writing late into the night at his kitchen table.
About Corpus Press –
Corpus Press is a publisher of horror and weird fiction, specializing in modern pulp that emphasizes plot over gore. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the press has garnered praise from SCREAM Magazine, Cemetery Dance, Horror Novel Reviews, Hellnotes and others for its Bad Apples: Slices of Halloween Horror series, the anthology Dead Roses: Five Dark Tales of Twisted Love, and for its short story collections and novellas.
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