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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Men in Horror: DAVID BERNSTEIN
Ahhhh David. Now here is a person that put together a phrase and knock it out of the park. I do believe David and I share DEAD HARVEST by Mark Parker together, and his was one of the standouts among the 50 stories. Quite the feat in a 3 pound book! Do not I believe I have read anything else by David....yet. But I will. This guy is talented.
1.When did you start writing
I wrote my first horror story when I was in
Kindergarten. It was a two-sided, hand-written (some letters backwards) haunted
house story. I still have it today. Of course, my mom saved it.
you written in any other genre?
I wrote a non-horror story about a kid getting
bullied in high school. Other than that, Sci Fi. But not Star Trek like sci fi,
more Alien like scifi. I have written mostly horror, but I like to mix it up,
like Sci Fi /horror and even fantasy horror. My novel Tears of No Return is a
sci-fi, supernatural, action, urban fantasy horror novel. A totally mixed bag. It's
very different than my other stuff. Machines of the Dead is an action zombie
horror series, but sci fi based.
makes you uncomfortable?
Talking in front of a large crowd. That's true
your family read your work?
Yes. My parents read all my stuff. But there
was one book I didn't give my mother to read. She loves horror, but not
extreme. However, I gave her The Unhinged anyway, which is my most extreme horror
novel)If she can get through it, I
might just give her Jackpot.
your writing make you uneasy?
Not at all. I used to draw cartoons of people
getting cut up and mauled when I was younger. Lots of blood, chainsaws and
machetes in action. My friends loved it. Now I do the same, just in the written
would you say you write like?
I'm not sure. I do know that I have to be
careful about what I read when I'm writing. Sometimes if I'm really into a
book, it can affect the way I write. I find myself adapting to the style a bit.
Or if I'm reading a present tense book, I sometimes find present tense in my
writing, which I never do. At least I haven't yet.
are your favourite authors?
to name. But a few are King, Scott Smith (wish he'd write more), Jack Ketchum, Sarah
Langan, Ray Garton, Edward Lee, Graham Masterton, Lee Child, Raymond Carver,
Dixon, and more.
influences you as a writer?
I think my above mentioned favorite authors.
Also, movies. I see a great movie and it makes me want to write.
9. Do you remember what your first horror book
was that you read?
If I remember correctly, it was The Gunslinger.
But is that REALLY horror? If not, then it's probably King's It.
old were you?
Twelve. Not sure. So long ago! I originally
bought The Gunslinger because I liked the cover. Had it in my room for some
time, then I went on a vacation with my family and brought it along and read it.
I read “It” in ninth grade. I hated school and hated reading. Then a friend of
mine gave me “It” and I couldn't believe how great it was. Of course, it didn't help
me get my school work done, if anything, it made schoolwork worse because I'd
rather being reading. The Talisman was next!
there any subject you will not touch as an author?
Anything's game I think.
was the best advice you were given as a writer?
To write. It's that simple. Just write. Get it
out and don't stop. Write when you want to write and when you don't want to
write. You go to work when you don't want to and when you aren't feeling your
best. Writing is no different.
you had to start all over again, what would you do different?
Pay attention in school, especially English
many books do you read a year?
Anywhere from 1 to 3 books a month. More if
they are novellas. Reading is key to writing. I don't understand how people say
they want to write but don't have time to read or don't want to read. How the
hell else are you going to grow and stay fresh at the craft? Read shitty stuff
too, it'll show you things, amazing things!
you write every day?
I try to write 5 days a week for at least 3
hours a day. More if I can. If I stop writing for a few days I find it harder
and harder to get back into it.
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