It was an honor to talk to Heather Wixson for DAILY DEAD. I could talk about vampires, 80s horror, and Van Halen all day! Here’s a peek at our interview, click the link below for the full feature.
As someone who is a sucker for summer horror and vampires, Glenn Rolfe’s Until Summer Comes Around sank its fangs right into me and didn’t let go until the very end of the story. Rolfe has written a bunch of different genre books over the years (and has more coming later this year and beyond), so I thought it would be fun to chat with him about this most recent work of his, and we discussed everything from favorite vampire stories to our shared love of Van Halen’s 5150 and more.
What was the inspiration behind the story you created in Until Summer Comes Around?
Glenn Rolfe: I’m a huge fan of coming-of-age stories. I’m also, like you, a major fan of The Lost Boys. My older brother introduced me to that movie in 1988, I think, and I’ve watched it so damn much over the years. It’s just fucking perfect. Here in Maine, my favorite place to go in the summer is Old Orchard Beach. It has that Santa Clara vibe, for sure. We don’t have a sexy dude in yoga pants blowing on a sax and singing from the depths of his soul, but we do have a boardwalk of sorts, a Ferris wheel, and an amazing collection of tourists in the summer. I felt like what would happen if a boy saw the girl of his dreams on the beach and found out she was, well, a monster. As for all the ’80s stuff in the book, I was eight in 1986, so I had this vicarious way of living through my older brother and cousin. They went to all the shows I wished I could go to. They saw Ozzy, Mötley Crüe, Bullet Boys, White Lion, and so many other great bands from that era. I saw all this stuff and wished I could hang with them. This was my way of going back to that time and living a summer as one of them, except, you know, if I fell in love with a vampire.
How different was the writing process for this book versus the others you’ve written?
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