SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL the proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your copy of the paperback edition: HERE
I’m asking each contributing author 5 questions as part of the promotion for the book. Today, we welcome Chad Lutzke (THE PALE WHITE, OF FOSTER HOMES AND FLIES) and Bram Stoker-Nominated JG Faherty (SINS OF THE FATHER, THE CURE)
1.What inspired your story in SWM, “Culling the Pigs”?
I don’t recall the exact genesis, but a few years ago I came up with the idea of writing a book about a young boy who hides a female serial killer in his fort and feeds her. After realizing I was probably never going to write the book, I wrote this story instead, which is a bit different than my original idea.
2. What are some other causes you think deserve more attention?Homelessness and drug rehab. Addiction is a huge problem in this country, and your average rehab that is available is lackluster, either barely scratching the service or just not economically feasible. They need to be more readily available to everyone at any time, and not just a simple 2-3 week program. Ones that offer a good 12-step foundation and solid accountability. You get those, and you’ll see crime, homelessness, and depression lower significantly. These people need help with a brand new life.
3. You’ve written a bunch of great novellas, is there a full-length novel on the horizon?Thanks, Glenn. There sure is. The tentative title is PLANET CARAVAN, and I plan to seek out an agent with it in a few months. Wish me luck!
4. What are some of your favorite non-rock songs?
Oh, man. The list is LONG. Not sure I’m able to list just songs, but I can give you some artists. Sade may possibly get the most “airplay” in my house than anything. I’m a huge fan and own all her stuff. I also really dig synthwave like FM-84, Gunship, and The Midnight. I love Curtis Mayfield, Patrick O’Hearn, Sly and the Family Stone, Chvrches, Mark Dorricott, Billie Eilish, and the first few Madonna albums to name just a few. I could go on forever.
Wait! Just thought of a few specific songs. Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo, Hot in Here by …is it Nelly? And a song that when I listen to it, it has to be cranked to 11, and I usually listen to it like 3 or 4 times in a row: Call Me Maybe by Carly somebody or another. Something about the melody and its great production does it for me.
5. What are three things that make you laugh?
- Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- Watching someone else laugh really hard.
- I do this thing where I hide a dog treat in my hand while trying to pet my dogs with the same hand, and they go nuts with confusion. Every time I do it, I’m in tears.
- What inspired your story in SWM, “Street Action”?
I’d had the rough idea for “Street Action” a while ago. I rarely write zombie stories, but whenever I do, I like to do them in ways that are very atypical. In this case, I’d jotted down a couple of lines in one of my ‘idea notebooks:’ zombies are not all mindless, but they’re treated like it and often brutalized. Then, when Survive With Me came along, I thought this would be the perfect plot to flesh out as a tale of survival and revenge on the mean street.
2. What causes do you think deserve more attention?
I spend a lot of my time focused on helping animals, because they have no way to speak for themselves. I donate a lot to our local Human Society location (where we adopted our dog, Bruno), and in the past I’ve volunteered or donated to the SPCA, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and Tigers for Tomorrow. I wasn’t aware of The American Indian College Fund before Glenn brought it to my attention, but I felt it was a great cause
3. Why should a horror writer join the HWA?
Wow, there are so many reasons. You get to meet and communicate with some of the best writers in the genre. There are all sorts of educational opportunities, such as Horror University, we have special promotional and financial programs for minorities and women and LGBQT writers, we have our Library program that helps partner writers and libraries together for academic and promotional functions, we have StokerCon – the best horror convention in the world! – we have our newsletter, which provides all sorts of information important to writers, including open markets… and that’s just what I’m thinking off the top of my head while working on my first cup of coffee.
4. What’s your favorite movie that may surprise your fans?Well, people are often surprised that I’m first and foremost a fan of dumb comedies. Animal House, Vacation, Eurotrip, Harold & Kumar, Blues Brothers, Strange Brew, Beer Fest… that’s my wheelhouse. Everyone thinks I should spend all my time watching blood and guts, but that’s not me. I do enjoy horror – a lot! – but it needs to be really good horror. You’ll never see me watching torture porn or serial killer schlock movies. Saw, Hostel, Human Centipede, Wolf Creek – I think that’s all garbage; great for teenagers (I enjoyed that stuff in my teenage years, til I developed taste!) but that’s about it. Give me a real suspenseful, scary movie, though, and I’m hooked. Some of my all-time favorites are White Noise, Paranormal Activity (the first one), Blair Witch (the first one), 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Signs. I also love the classics: Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, the Hammer films of the 60s and 70s… and monster films. Anything with Godzilla or King Kong. Cloverfield. The Legend of Boggy Creek.
5. What are three things that make you feel good? Laughing, at movies or with friends and family. The first cup of coffee on a cold winter morning. Playing my guitar.