By Jordan Gerdes
Today, we have author R.F. Blackstone, author of the wonderful “Book of Spite” that just released this month.
FoF: First and foremost, tell us about yourself.
RF: Firstly, thanks for having me on the show! I’m R.F. Blackstone, a purveyor of what I like to call Extreme Cosmic Horror stories. I got started writing movie scripts in Australia then immigrated to Mexico where I transitioned to writing prose. So far, I’ve got 3 novels, 4 short stories and 1 collection out. But don’t let that fool you, I’m actually a wonderful guy once you get pass the blood and guts!
FoF: What do you do? And why do you like it?
RF: Well, as I’ve already said, I write horror stories that mix Extreme Horror with Cosmic Horror. Originally I started with a Zombie Apocalypse tale then a Kaiju feature before finding my voice with the Extreme Cosmic Horror. I love writing this because…honestly…it is just so much fucking fun! Being able to push my imagination to the limit and then seeing how my readers react to it feels me with glee.
FoF: Explain a little bit of your process? Where do you find your inspiration?
RF: Shit! That’s gotta be one of the hardest questions for any creative to answer. I think for me it comes from the blood sacrifices I make under the Full Blood Moon. I’m not proud to say it, but after each Virgin’s throat is sliced open the Dark Ones come to me and in a fervor I transcribe everything they whisper into my ears…Not buying it? Damn! To be honest it can come from anywhere. A song title. A movie scene. Even just talking to someone. But once I have a kernel of an idea I start playing around with it. Trying out various outlines and such. Once I have an outline I’m happy with I start writing. And then I send it to my Betas and finally it escapes into the world.
FoF: What drew you to horror in the first place?
RF: Living in Australia, everything there can kill you. So naturally us Aussies are drawn to things that frighten us. But as a kid, I remember watching The Witches, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Hocus Pocus and just loving being scared. But it wasn’t until I saw It (the miniseries) and John Carpenter’s The Thing that I got really into the scene. After those two I haven’t turned back and honestly, I love a good old fashioned bloodbath: Evil Dead, Martyrs, High Tension, things like that.
FoF: What is your favorite horror work? (Movie, Show, Art, Book, whatever you want)
RF: I have more than one is that okay? Well, if it isn’t tough! Definitely John Carpenter’s The Thing, Brian Keene’s The Complex and Evil Dead 2. There are more, but I think we don’t have enough time to mention them all.
FoF: What has been your favorite thing you have gotten to work on doing this?
RF: Definitely The Book of Spite! Plus just meeting other Horror Creators and spreading the word about them and helping however I can.
FoF: What role do you think your specific style of art plays in the community overall?
RF: Honestly, fucked if I know. I write what I want to read and if others like it, then fantastic! If it happens to start a new sub-genre or whatever then even better. But to be frank, I’m not out to create art. Just to have fun and give my readers a good fright.
FoF: Anything you are working on that you want to highlight? (Commissions, flash sales, new project?)
RF: Since releasing The Book of Spite, the reception to it has got me writing more of the same style. I’m planning to release next year an Extreme Cosmic Horror retelling of Dracula. After that, maybe the other classic monsters. Also, there will be more set in the world of Ch’ait, plus a few other surprises coming out.
FoF: If you could do anything with any horror franchise, what would it be?
RF: I would love to remake An American Werewolf In London! Right now that story is perfect for a reboot, you can go all out with the horror and social-political message. Plus, we haven’t had a good werewolf movie in a while.
FoF: Anything else you’d like to say?
RF: Drugs, not hugs! Never eat a place called Ma’s. Never play cards with a guy called Pop. And most importantly, stay spooky Boils & Ghouls!
Stay tuned for a review of The Book of Spite soon, but trust me, it’s fucking good.