I am so excited that my collection TUNNEL VISION AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE EDGE is included in a horror package offered by StoryBundle. Basically, you pay what you think the package is work, and get up to nine different books from different independent writers. So you’re supporting indie authors and getting a sample of work that you might never have found on your own. Plus, you can even donate part of your price to a nonprofit. It’s a win win win. Now, usually, I write comedic things, but there is a darker side to me. It’s reflected in Tunnel Vision if you’ve read it. 1930s. Insane Asylum. Baby born in the tunnels and raised by the inmantes there.
And I love a good ghost story.
Here’s some information about another writer whose work is included in the StoryBundle package. Meet Jack Wallen…and check out both of our books in this bundle by clicking HERE. You have only 20 days to grab the deal!
INTERVIEW WITH JACK WALLEN
1) Your book is included in StoryBundle’s horror collection. What draws you to horror?
I was originally drawn to horror as a young boy. A local horror show, Nightmare Theater with Sammy Terry, drew me in and never spat me out. Watching that campy horror host not only made horror fun, but made it cool.
As an adult, I believe horror is one of the most cathartic genres of fiction you can read. In the safety of your own home, under the covers in your bedroom, you can open up a book of horror and dive into fear without worrying for your life. Your heart races, you might break out into a sweat, and you might wind up having nightmares...but in the end, you wake up alive.
2) Tell me a little bit about the book in the collection.
This book came from a rather dark place in my career as a writer. I wrote the novel as a reaction to some of what I saw in the publishing industry. The story centers around a has-been writer desperate to gain back the fame that once filled his boudoir with prostitutes and his nose with cocaine. In the process he winds up in league with The Nameless – a demon from Hell who has a very different path set out for our anti-hero.
This book has been one of my proudest achievements, as it was compared to the early works of my idol, Clive Barker.
3) Do you have anything else published?
Yes. In fact, my goal for the end of this year is to have more than twenty books published. The current list includes the following series (listed in series – if applicable):
The Fringe Killer Series
A Blade Away
The I Zombie Series
I Zombie I
My Zombie My
Die Zombie Die
Lie Zombie Lie
Cry Zombie Cry (due August 21st, 2014)
The Last Caskset
The Shero Series
Shero II: Zombie A GoGo
Shero III: Death by Cosplay
The Nameless Saga
The Nails of Calvary (due October, 2014)
Among You (due out Sept, 2014)
The last three novels are currently stand-alone (in the case of Among You – yet to be released). I plan on writing the second book in the Klockwerk Kabaret series near the end of the year. It was my first steampunk novel and it made me fall in love with the genre.
As you can tell, I try not to pigeonhole myself into one genre (well, sub-genre...as most of what I write is rather dark). My biggest selling books are my zombie novels – and that is clearly my first love – but I tend to write what I feel at the moment. I also prefer not to write two novels from the same series or genre in a row. This has worked out well for me because it ensures, when I set out to write a new book in a series, I am completely thrilled to be back with that particular story.
4) What really scares you?
Failure. The idea of failing is ever present in me...it has been since I was a young boy. Of course, failure encompasses so much (financial, social, professional, personal). I’ve never been afraid of the usual suspects (spiders, snakes, tornadoes, horror...). To this end I do everything I can to always stay ahead of the game – be it my skills, network, etc.
5) What’s your writing process like?
I absolutely adore the process of writing. My wife once asked me a question: “If you couldn’t make a living as a writer, would you still do it?” I answered without hesitation...yes. The act of creating is so important to my existence (I was a professional actor for twenty years).
I generally take about two months to write my first drafts. After that I go back through the manuscript to catch anything I missed. Once that is complete, I send the draft to beta readers. I differ with most authors in that I prefer betas to see the early version so they can not only get a feel of the story in its rawest form, but make suggestions that I can then either accept or reject before the manuscript goes off to my editor. After me and my editor go back and forth, the manuscript is then sent to a proof reader. During this process I work on designing a cover and marketing material for the book.
6) Many of your books are about Zombies. What is it about zombies that pulls at you?
First and foremost, zombies are such a wonderful metaphor for humanity. We are all so very close to becoming drones in the corporate world – our lives on autopilot for the majority of our waking hours. I also love the fact that the zombie has yet to be confiscated and ruined by Hollywood. You’ll never find sparkling zombies (unless you count the strippers in Zombies Vs. Strippers). Finally, the zombie is the one creature that elicits end of the world scenarios and imagery. That’s powerful stuff there. Humanity may well be just a madman away from the apocalypse, so the genre can be very visceral and immediate for readers. The apocalypse is something that could happen – the veil between fiction and non-fiction grows very thin.
7) Do you watch The Walking Dead? Side question: have you perfected a zombie walk of your own to blend in if the apocalypse comes?
I do and I have. I straddle the fence on The Walking Dead. On one side I love the show and how so often they focus on the simple act of survival. On the other hand, I worry they spend a bit too much time on the romance aspect. I’m not one hundred percent sure the apocalypse is the best time for booty calls and hookups. But then...we’ll all need those reminders that we are still human. But lovers of zombies and apocalyptic fiction would rather see less lovin’ and more survivin’.
My zombie walk? I don’t necessarily think all zombies will drag one of their legs behind them (unless they spiraled into the zombie abyss with a broken leg). My take on the zombie walk is to imagine your brain having just enough power to remember how to put one foot in front of the other. Stand outside of any given bar at closing time and you’ll see the zombie walk to perfection.
8) Where can people find out more about you or see more of your work?
You can check out my web site http://www.jackwallen.comBlog September 2013 through 2014.docx and get information on all of my books (as well as my blog). You can also visit the following:
I also host a weekly podcast (a character from my I Zombie series) called Zombie Radio: http://www.zombieradio.org
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