Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Kev Harrison. Kev jumped on board the interview train immediately, and I am so excited to include him in the Creator series.
FOF: First and foremost, tell us about yourself.
KH: I’m a writer of dark fiction and English teacher from the UK, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. I lived in England for my whole life until I was 30, when I changed career to teaching and moved abroad. First I lived in Turkey, then Poland and now Portugal where I am rooted and intend to stay.
FOF: What do you do? And why do you like it?
KH: I write horror fiction. It sounds cheesy, but I do think that writing in some sense chooses you. Even in the periods of my life where I haven’t been writing, I’ve always enjoyed inventing stories, and in my work as a teacher, that really comes to the fore.
FOF: Explain a little bit of your process? Where do you find your inspiration?
KH: I find inspiration in my own life, through travelling, observation of places, people, even animals. I also, of course find inspiration in others’ work, be that fiction, film or otherwise. I particularly enjoy picking apart folklore for use in my stories.
FOF: What drew you to horror in the first place?
KH: When I was a kid, I raided my dad’s horror library on a fairly regular basis. Then my uncle lived with us for a bit and he was a Stephen King fanatic so that just drew me in further still.
FOF: What is your favorite horror work? (Movie, Show, Art, Book, whatever you want)
KH: This is such an impossibly difficult question, and my answer could change from one week to the next. In film, I’m really enjoying what Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are doing. I loved Spring, though I know that one is divisive, and I really think The Endless is a masterpiece. In fiction, I find Adam Nevill and Jon Padgett write the stuff that scares me more than anyone else. I also enjoy reading weird, quiet horror, for which I look no further than Michael Griffin. Others who seemingly produce nothing that is less than excellent include Betty Rocksteady, Nadia Bulkin, Chad Lutzke, Michael Wehunt, Gemma Files, Victor LaValle. I could go on.
FOF: What has been your favorite thing you have gotten to work on doing this?
KH: I guess the thing I was proudest to be a part of, to date, was the Lost Films anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. My story in that was written purposely for the anthology and it was one of those ideas that was telegraphed into my brain the moment I sat down to write. From scenario, to characters to the full plot, it was just there, as if by magic. That was also the first time that I shared pages with people who, to me, are heroes of the genre.
FOF: What role do you think your specific style of art plays in the community overall?
KH: I’m still very new to writing horror. I started taking my writing seriously at the very end of 2016, so I’m coming up to 3 years of calling myself a writer now. The community has been enormously supportive, both on social media and at the convention I managed to attend this year. I think all voices have a place in the horror genre and, I hope that what I have to say has value and can speak, at least to some readers.
FOF: Anything you are working on that you want to highlight? (Commissions, flash sales, new project?)
KH: I’m usually working on a long form piece and a short story at any given time and now is no different. The short I’m working on is a quiet horror piece about ghostly music. I’m also doing my first edit pass of a horror novel set in a collapsed gold mine. As well as these, I’m piecing together a plan for my NaNoWriMo project, which is a horror comedy I’ve been mulling over for many years.
FOF: If you could do anything with any horror franchise, what would it be?
KH: I’d love to write a screenplay, be that something fresh, or adapting one of my stories. My imagination is very visual so I’d love to see some of my art in visual format.
FOF: Anything else you’d like to say?
KH: Just that I’m always keen for people to reach out to me on social media and to look out for my books. Cinders of a Blind Man Who Could See is out now from Demain Publishing and The Balance is coming around the turn of the year from Lycan Valley Press and I’m immensely proud of both.
I want to thank Kev for reaching out and joining our ever expanding list of Creators, and we will be sure to keep up with his writing moving forward!
You can follow Kev at his website, www.kevharrisonfiction.com
Keep it tuned to Features of Fright for more as we delve further into the 31 Nights of Fright!