>Innterview :- Steven Shrewsbury
Hi Steven how are things at your end?
Oh, I have my healthy, if not my singing voice, so it’s a push.
Could you tell us what projects we can expect from you in the near future?
Currently available for pre-order at Horror-Mall, collab novel with Nate Southard calledBAD MAGICK, hitting streets in November, about the same time as my fantasy epic THRALL from SEVENTH STAR PRESS. Danged proud of that novel and release via trade pb, hardback edition, kindle and eBook formats. Anyone who enjoyed Karl Edward Wagner or David Gemmell might enjoy it. Think Clive barker meets Wagner and crashes into THE SHOOTEST.
Next spring look for collab novel by Peter Welmerink and myself called BEDLAM UNLEASHED about a Norse Berserker after Clontarf.
Plus I have short stories coming in BLACKNESS WITHIN from Apex (Secrets of Fatima),
AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FLESH (Rogan tale) will appear in Ancient Shadows antho from Elder Signs press (one can pre order now on Amazon);
BOSTON CORBET: CASTRATO GUNFIGHTER will be in the weird western antho from Bandersnatch Books later this year.
Who has been the greatest influence on your writing?
Without a doubt Robert E. Howard. The books of his short tales were some of the first ones I ever read and his tales continue to inspire me. It’s a basic storytelling thing most modern folks seem to have lost. Probably Edgar Rice Burroughs, Harlan Ellison and Kurt Vonnegut all for different reasons.
Do you have any rituals that you like to go through when writing.
Not specially. I heard of a guy who hangs a sword on his back when he writes fantasy. He needs to get out more. I don’t put on Viking horns for S&S tales nor wear a leather thong when writing saucy scenes. I’m usually pounding out a tale of violence and adventure as my kids watch TV…so my background music is THREE STOOGES and iCarly, which explains much. I’m usually drinking black coffee, strong.
You have a close knit group of pre readers, how easy was it to find a group of people that liked your writing, but that weren’t too fan boyish
I have a couple fellas I know that can be brutally honest with me and I will accept what they say. They are good fellas I don’t agree with everything in life on, but guys gotta brawl at times. They are the goods. Frankly, it wasn’t easy, but ya pick up folks along the way in life.
If you could take another authors creation and put your twist on it, who and why?
Howard’s BRAN MAK MORN because i think there is an obvious modern tale to be told of it. I’ve love to writer a tale of Wagner’s KANE as well. Oh yeah, and DOCTOR WHO.
There are a lot of folks out there who call themselves writers, when they really haven’t published anything, at what stage did you if you
have felt comfortable using the term writer?
Any will debate the merits of being an author over being a writer. However, I’ve been writing tales since I was a kid. I still get ’em wrong at times, but keep at it. I think I called myself a writer more after GODFORSAKEN, my first real novel got published. I always knew that’s what I was…
Your most recent publication is Bad Magick, written with Nate Southard, can you give us some
insight on how you went about collaborating with him?
We sat at HORRORFIND 06 eating breakfast, contemplating how to charge it to Paul Puglisi’s room, and talked of the Crowley bio I just had read. I mentioned Crowley’s stop over in El Paso and what that must’ve been like…Nate said, “That’d make a helluva novel.” It has. I slammed out roughs, Nate cleaned them up and accented things. It’s a damn good work.
Is there anyone else out there you would like to collaborate with?
Peter Welmerink again (that will happen) but Bob Freeman is at the top of my list. How we’ve kept from writing together so far is beyond me.
There are a few others…
Your novels can be best described as hard core, is there a line you wouldn’t cross?
The last piece that I read of yours was The Widow Makers Apprentice, I really thought this was a stunning piece. I hadn’t read a piece of fantasy this good since David Gemmell passed away. What would it take to get more stories set in this world?
Which of your novels are you the most proud of?
Published, I really had fun writing HAWG. I wish it could see a larger audience. It was like rock & roll. The forthcoming THRALL as well, because I enjoyed the character of Gorias so much.
Yes Hawg is a personal favourite of mine. Stronger Than Death to me anyway, seemed a more personal story. How did you feel when writing the character of Joel Stuart?
Is there any chance of a reprint in paper or digital form of your hard to find early novels, short stories?
Gawd I hope not (laughs) but I may be revising the Dack Shannon catalogue at some point.So what’s the deal with Mr Gowran, how many times has he been killed in your stories?
Some folks are just askin’ for it. He dies in BAD MAGICK, too. I dunno, just kinda did that as a lark in one book, then he kept showing up as big Irish cop kinda guys. He is a big red headed sheriff in BAD MAGICK, down to the tats. Bryan Smith offed him as well, so it must be a fun thing. In the last few I’ve written (unpubbed so far) Kent doesn’t die, but I emasculated Joe Howe once, so that should count as a positive achievement.
Dorchester good, bad or just meh?
A shame when horror novels from a company won’t be as easily accessible, but, that’s the biz. I don’t think it’s the end of the genre as some are wailing that it is, bah. Life goes on. I have some friends that scored mass market deals and were better known because it was due to Dorchester, so, I hope that they carry on. In the end, the cream will rise and all that.
How much has the area in which you grew up in influenced your writing?