Paul Collins–Tell us about your background. Who you are? Where you are from?
I am an author who first emerged on the internet when I was just 20 years old, and started as a manuscript trader along with Gary Morton a horror author who runs Fright Library Toronto.
I write a wide range of horror, creature science fiction, and some cyberpunk then dark creative nonfiction. I am originally from Roselle, Illinois, and my teenage home was Glendale Heights, Illinois.
What themes does your book explore and what do you hope the readers will take away from the experience? Is there a particular feeling or experience that you hope to evoke for the reader?
My work ranges from a wide array of dark emotions. In the first book I wrote, I took the reader into my very nightmares, that being Collectives In A Forsaken Landscape.
The memoir titled An Eye In Shadows takes the reader into my background before I became an author and talks about the industry bullying comparing it to high school politics.
Since I don’t write with erotic content I draw from a brave new world of subject matter. GAME OVER was a study of two rival publishers going at it to a horrific extreme.
What prompted you to be an author and did you have a specific inspiration in mind? Were you influenced by a certain person, artist, or genre?
I wanted to be a full-time author after reading the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Author J.M. Barlog almost published me when I was 20 years old but I didn’t have enough material at the time. Richard Matheson inspired a lot of my later works of horror when I started doing a Twilight Zone delivery from writing Lovecraftian Horror. I was always rooted in horror, but my specialty as a horror writer is Gothic Horror.
If you could compare your book to any other existing works, which ones would it be and why?
The anthologies – Tabloid Purposes IV is compared to New England Ghosts, and its contemporary Coach’s Midnight Diner: Jesus Vs. Cthulhu Edition. Nickolaus Albert Pacione Delivers came about because I wanted to show everyone in the business my roots in the horror genre and what inspired me to take the horror to frightening new concepts and levels.
The story in More From A Library Of Unknown Horrors I wrote and the sequel to The Fandom Writer draws comparisons to Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. My memoir when I wrote it drew a comparison to The Chocolate War because it dealt with intense bullying and giving it a dark delivery.
Tell us about your latest work and what inspired you.
I started my second novel which is a nod to the father and son writers in the business set in the publishing industry too, I can’t give many liberties to talk about the book right now because it is a work in progress. I am also writing up my Christian testimony and it is quite raw and brutal, it came about from reading the final contributor’s testimony who is a very good friend of mine from middle school.
His testimony inspired me to open up with a stabbing that happened to me in Iowa, and that is in the pages of the collection I compiled called Dirty Black Winter.
Where can readers obtain a copy of your book for them to enjoy? How can they contact you with any thoughts or questions?
They can buy my books at a few places. GAME OVER is on Amazon.com, my third collection and the memoir is on lulu.com. Here’s my official website.