Get Your Torch For This Is Where Darkness Dwells, an Interview With Glen Krisch
Today I’d like to give you and interview with Glen Krisch, author of Where Darkness Dwells, and The Nightmare Within. And Don’t say I’m not good to you folks, read on for some freebies
I’m doing great, Ginger Nuts, thanks for having me. As a thank you to your readers, I would like to extend an offer of a free copy of either one of my novels, The Nightmare Within, or Where Darkness Dwells. Details can be found at the end of this interview.
GNOH – Could you give the readers some background information on yourself?
I live and breathe writing, and that’s no cliché. I’ve always spent a lot of my time in my head, and when I’m there, I’m dreaming up new plots, characters and conflicts. I would still write even I never had another story published. It’s who I am.
GNOH – So why horror?
That’s a tough question to answer. It’s like trying to describe why you like a particular color. You just know it speaks to you. Most of my stories have no intended genre during the conception stage, but by the time I type “the end” there’s usually a fairly strong dark element involved.
GNOH – What type of horror do you prefer to write?
Most of my horror has been of the supernatural variety. Instead of gore propelling the plot, I like to use thriller elements to advance the story. For me, it’s all about conflict and putting your characters through the wringer.
I find describing my novels more difficult than the actual writing of them, so here’s the Amazon description:
Maury is gathering dreams for display at Lucidity, the soon-to-open Museum of Dreams. From a boy named Kevin, he removes Mr. Freakshow, a nightmare feeding on the trauma of Kevin having recently witnessed his father’s murder.
As Maury falls in love with a dream-woman named Joy, he realizes how wrong it is to enclose the dreams. During the Lucidity’s Grand Opening, Mr. Freakshow escapes. To create a diversion, Mr. Freakshow frees the other dreams. The Nightmares, The Erotic Dreams, The Serenity Dreams–all of the dreams–invade the city.
Mr. Freakshow knows the rules that govern the dreams:
1. A dream-person achieves immortality by killing its dreamer.
2. If a dreamer dies for any other reason, the embodied dream disappears forever.
At first Maury seeks out Mr. Freakshow in order to stop him, only to realize there is only one way to accomplish this; he must find Kevin first, killing him before the nightmare has its way.
Kevin will do whatever it takes to be free of his nightmare, once and for all.
Maury will do whatever it takes to protect the love of his life.
Mr. Freakshow will do whatever it takes to realize his immortality.
Will Kevin survive his nightmare?”
I wanted to write a story about a kid in peril. That kind of story works really well with horror. I decided to have the boy, Kevin, witness his father’s murder and then suffer from horrible nightmares. Once I came up with that part, I decided to twist the idea, to have his nightmare come to life, to have the nightmare man, Mr. Freakshow, terrorize him during his waking hours as well.
the novel. I haven’t stopped since.
GNOH – So what has been your worst nightmare?
On a couple of occasions, I’ve suffered from sleep paralysis. It’s a condition when you are stuck between waking and dreaming. Your eyes are open, but you can’t move. Your body protects itself during sleep by basically paralyzing itself. It’s the reason you don’t act out what you are experiencing in your sleep. When you suffer from sleep paralysis, it’s the worst possible feeling. You can’t move, you can’t wake up, but your eyes are open and you’re feeling the fear of a nightmare. Scary stuff.
GNOH – What made you decide to go the self publishing route?
A small press originally agreed to publish The Nightmare Within, but then the bottom fell out of the economy. The publisher decided to pull out of publishing it, not wanting to commit to the financial risk of publishing a new author during unpredictable times. The whole process from my original submission until he cut ties with the book took almost three years. I wasn’t up for another potential multi-year wait, and after seeing how other writers had successfully self-published, I decided to give it a try. I knew I had a good book, and that it was as polished as you would find with a New York publisher. I figured if I presented my work to the public in a professional manner, it would find an audience.
GNOH – How well has it been received?
The one thing I’m missing is the reputation that comes with being a traditionally published author. Before I decided to self-publish, I’d had short stories published for close to a decade. Even so, I’m still basically a nobody. There’s no critical mass of people clamoring for my work based on my previous efforts. That’s why I’m pursuing both a traditional publisher as well as planning on releasing additional indie releases. I have more than enough ideas to follow both paths. For me, it’s not an either/or proposition.
GNOH – Where Darkness Dwells is your latest novel, did you find this easier to write, based on the experiences of writing The Nightmare Within?
I once read that writing is the only skill that doesn’t get easier the more you practice. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve become a better writer over the years, but that doesn’t mean the effort has gotten any easier.
GNOH – Do you have any rituals when you write?
Just, sit down and write. It’s simple, but I guess it would still qualify.
GNOH – How has your New Year resolution held up so far?
I used to set resolutions and they would always be unrealistic, and I would ultimately fail. This year, I resolved to put in as much writing time as I could manage per day. After working my outside job, I have four days off a week. If I can make steady progress during my days off, the pages really start to add up.
GNOH – So what do you think makes a good book?
For fiction, I love believable characters, both good and evil. I like conflict that builds throughout the book.
GNOH – So what does the future hold for you?
In the last couple of months I’ve:
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