-What is your name?
-What genre do you write in?
Primarily Horror, Thrillers, things mostly dark and twisted with a streak of black humor.
-What drew you to this genre?
I think because I am mostly dark and twisted with a streak of black humor.
-What book(s) have you written?
The Light At The End, Fright Night (novelization), The Cleanup, The Scream, Dead Lines, The Bridge, Animals (w/John Skipp)
Editor: Book of the Dead, and Still Dead: Book of the Dead Vol. 2 (with John Skipp)
Solo: A Question of Will (aka To Bury the Dead), Underground, Turnaround.
Editor: Freedom of Screech (tbp 2019)
-What is your current release?
CRAIG SPECTOR: SO FAR – an omnibus edition of my three solo novels – A QUESTION OF WILL, UNDERGOUND, and TURNAROUND — available in ebook from Crossroad Press.
-How much research went into that book?
Quite a bit.
-What was the hardest part of writing that book?
Since the books were already written, it wasn’t that hard. But they were all their own cases of blood sweat and soul, a lot of research into everything from firefighting to nuclear reactor meltdowns and environmental apocalypse, and from heavy metal massacres with a body count of thousands to the inner workings of one single tragic murder and the effect of the legal and justice systems on a family, to the travails of Hollywood film development hell. Plus all the relationship and character stuff.
-Is this work part of a series?
Nope. But they are all part of my body of work, and as such, there are thematic through lines that trace through each. I leave it to the reader to find them.
– Where can your book(s) be found?
On amazon, because isn’t everything? For most of my books, from Crossroad Press for ebook and POD trade paperback editions, depending on the title.
-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.
I’m a NY Times bestselling author with over three million copies in print to date, and reprints in seven languages. I am also considered one of the godfathers of the extreme horror subgenre known as “Splatterpunk”, though honestly I think my work bears faint resemblance to what constitutes that name nowadays. At this juncture I am somewhat regarded as an elder statesman “O.G.” of horror. My work tends to be taut, intense, often topical, and sometimes quite funny in a sick way, but ultimately terrifying and very human. I have a lot of fans and some of my books are considered ‘modern classics’ of the genre, but your mileage may vary.
I am also a musician, homegrown but a pedigreed honor graduate from the Berklee College of Music, and have been playing and writing most all my life. In 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage Four Prostate Cancer, metastasized to my bones, which has affected my views in life, death, horror, and mortality, to a great degree. In 2017 and just recently in 2018 I have written, performed, produced, and released two solo albums, CRAIG SPECTOR: RESURRECTION ROAD, and CRAIG SPECTOR: OUTPOSTS, chronicling my emotional journeys and newfound status as a cancer warrior. They’re both out and about on amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, and wherever fine digital download is sold, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t plug them, too.
I also have a freedom of speech-themed anthology for the dark of heart titled FREEDOM OF SCREECH just wrapping up, which is slated to drop in 2019. It features stories from authors such as Norman Spinrad, Chet Williamson, Elizabeth Massie, Tom Montelone, Jessica McHugh, Matt Hayward, Mercedes Yardley, Richard Christian Matheson, and more. That promises to be great fun.