-What is your name?
Curtis M. Lawson
-What genre do you write in?
I think I’m primarily considered a horror writer, but I run the gamut of speculative fiction, often blending genres. The threads of consistency in my work are a sense of weirdness, a dark atmosphere, and the provocation of difficult questions. My tagline is “unapologetically weird”.
-What drew you to this genre?
Just a natural inclination, I suppose. I’ve always been drawn to darker art, regardless of medium. Horror movies were a staple of my childhood, as were horror comics. I grew up listening to black metal and horror punk. The work of visual artists like Gustav Dore, H.R. Giger, and Frank Frazetta have always caught my eye and captured my imagination.
I don’t consider myself a tortured artist or troubled person, but my imagination inhabits darker spheres.
-What book(s) have you written?
I have three novels. The Devoured is a western/supernatural horror story set just after the American Civil War. It’s a Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World and To Kill an Archangel are mashups of horror, crime, and black comedy. I also have a collection of horror short stories called Black Pantheons.
Before I started writing novels I wrote comics and graphic novels. Most notable would be the dark fantasy graphic novel, Mastema.
-What is your current release?
My newest book is To Kill an Archangel – Bad World 2. It has a grindhouse, neo-noir feel, but with strong horror and occult elements. A recent review described it as a 90’s action film pulling a driveby on a post graduate dissertation on nihilism.
-How much research went into that book?
I actually had to do a lot of research for this new book. A main plot point centers around a heist in Vatican City, and I spent a lot of time studying maps, security protocols, rumors, etc… I wish I could have gone there myself to do the research, but it wasn’t in the budget.
-What was the hardest part of writing that book?
Since it is the second book in the series I was very concerned with falling into that sophomore slump. I was anxious about maintaining the tone of the first book, while expanding the story. The early reviews call it better than the first book, so that’s a good sign!
-Is this work part of a series?
Yes. It is the second book in the Bad World trilogy.
– Where can your book(s) be found?
Ebooks are exclusive to Amazon. Paperbacks can be ordered through major online retailers or directly through my website, and some select bookstores in New England have them in stock.
-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.
The Bad World series is a fast paced, darkly comedic, genre bending adventure overbrimming with a wild and weird cast of villains and anti-heroes.
My other novel, The Devoured, is a brutal mashup of historical fiction and cosmic horror told through the lens of Norse and Native American myth.