H DAVID BLALOCK INTERVIEW

Hello folks  today I would like to welcome David Blalock to Ginger Nuts central.  David has just released his latest novel Angelkiller with Seventh Star Press 

GNOH – Hi David, how are thingswith you?


Supernatural. Thanks for asking, and thanks for the opportunity to talkwith you and your readers.
GNOH – Would you mind giving thereaders a little bit of background info on yourself?

Well, I started writing over 40 years ago, but my real success atpublication began in the middle 1990s with the appearance of my short story InnerEnemies in the Monsters fromMemphis anthology by Zapizdat Publications. Since then, I have writtenshort stories, essays, commentary, novellas, and novels for print and the web.
GNOH – You describe yourself as aspeculative fiction writer, what exactly do you mean by this?

Speculative fiction is the general term encompassing science fiction,fantasy, horror, and pretty much anything fringe in literature. I have alwaysbeen fascinated by that kind of writing, the kind that stretches theimagination while entertaining. It’s the most compelling type of fiction, farmore than the mundane formula fiction that fills the shelves of most bookstores. Fiction should challenge, evoke, question, demand, wreak change in themind of the reader. That is what I try to do in my writing, and that is why Idescribe myself as a speculative fiction writer.
GNOH – How did you get into thewriting game, was it always something you wanted to do?

I wrote my first story at age seven, so I guess you could say it wasalways something I wanted to do. Unfortunately, writing, unless you can land acontract with a six-figure advance, doesn’t pay the bills. I continued writing,slowly gaining experience and developing my style, until that first sale.During the day, I worked to keep the wolf away from the door. At night and onweekends, I wrote. Not all the time, mind you.
But often enough to continue being published.
GNOH – In three words describeyour writing style?

Fun. Underpaid. Ongoing.
GNOH – Who would you say havebeen the biggest influences on your writing, and how?

It would have to be a combination of the speculative fiction writers ofthe late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Bierce, Machen, Stoker,Lovecraft, Burroughs, Howard, Ashton-Smith, etc. They designed the storystructure, defined the genre, set up the audiences. All I have to do is standon their shoulders.
GNOH – What would be your desertisland book?

How to Build and Sail Small Boats – Canoes -Punts and Rafts” edited by Tony Read. Or a book like it. Something that wouldget me off the damned island.
GNOH – This has been an excitingyear for you, signing on with Seventh Star Press (SSP), the release of Angelkiller,and the anthology Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells.  Looking back, why do you think this has beenyour breakout year?

Breakout year? Hmmm. Probably because until this year I haven’t beenassociated with anyone as energetic as Stephen Zimmer. Stephen and Seventh StarPress, aided by the articles of Deborah Smith Ford in the national Examiner.com,have pushed my work before the largest audience it has ever enjoyed. Theyare the reason for this breakout year.

GNOH – Prior to signing with SSP,had you shopped Angelkiller to many other publishing houses?


No. I have other novels with Sam’s Dot Publishing (for whom I stillhave one more due next year) and even dabbled in self-publishing before that,but Angelkiller was produced forSSP.
GNOH – What was it about SSP thatappealed to you?

The energy, the family atmosphere, and the people. I met Stephen Zimmera couple of years ago when forming the Imagicopter cooperative and met MattPerry, who illustrated Angelkiller,when I pitched the idea of a short fantasy film based on my novel Ascendant to him and Sven Granlund ofCineline Productions. Both men impressed me with their enthusiasm andconfidence. I haven’t yet personally met Amanda DeBord, who edited Angelkiller, but from ourcorrespondence I believe she fits the SSP mould well.
GNOH – Stephen at SSP is averitable force of nature when it comes to publishing and promoting.  How does it feel to have someone sopassionate backing you?

Enervating. Stephen’s enthusiasm is contagious. And, to someone my age,a little exhausting at times. In a good way, of course.
GNOH – Your debut novel with themis called Angelkiller, can you tell us what the book is about?

The book is the story of why bad things happen to good people. Thetruth is, in the war between the angels, the evil angels won. The forces ofLight didn’t give up, but they now use human agents to work directly where theycannot. Jonah Mason is one of the most experienced of those agents, havinggained the title “Angelkiller” for his efforts. In the book, Mason’s resistancecell is recruited to recover sensitive information from a Minion of TheEnemy… by a Minion of The Enemy. It gets complicated after that.
GNOH  – What was the genesis of the story?  And how did you go about writing it?

After watching the movie “Constantine” I was struck by an idea. What if“The Matrix” met “Constantine”? Voila. Angelkiller! After that, it was a matterof researching computers and putting the years of study in comparative religionand magic I had thought would go to waste forever to good use.
GNOH – Would it be fair to callit an urban fantasy?

I really don’t know. Call it what you like. Categories were never mystrong point. I just like to think of it as a good story.
GNOH – Are you a fan of UrbanFantasy, and if you had to pick one Urban Fantasy book as your favourite whatwould it be?

I am a fan of good writing, no matter what genre it might be. I haven’tread a lot of what is called 
urban fantasy, though, so I really can’t say.
GNOH – The Urban fantasy marketis a huge and overcrowded one.  Whatwould you say sets Angelkiller apart from the rest?

I believe Angelkillerdeals with a new twist on the relationship between computers and thesupernatural. It can appeal to the Dan Brown fans while entertaining theWilliam Gibson crowd. I don’t profess to the depth of knowledge of either ofthose gentlemen on their respective subjects, but I believe Angelkiller blends them in a way  both their audiences would enjoy.
GNOH – Is there a message in Angelkiller?

Nothing deliberate. If you like, you could say Angelkiller testifies to the strength of the human spirit in theface of adversity. You could say that, if you wanted to be so trite. It wouldstill be true, nonetheless.
GNOH – Are there any sequelsplanned, and if there is can you give away any details about them?

There are three novels in the Angelkiller Triad. Angelkiller, Traitor Angel, and DoomAngel. All I can say about TA and DA is that they will further the storyarc around Jonah Mason’s personal story and that each will deal with a morepowerful foe.

GNOH –  Can you tell is about the three novels thatyou’ve published prior to Angelkiller?


There were several more than three. I self-published a six-novel serieswhich were re-written into Ascendantand Emperor for Sam’s DotPublishing. A third in that triad, entitled Deity, should appear in 2012. They were high dark fantasy aboutthe final days of Atlantis. The short film Swordbearer is based onportions of Ascendant. Sam’s Dothas also published my novella HighKings.
GNOH –Are these available ase-books?

Yes, one of them, Emperor,from Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/45092.The others are available online from Sam’s Dot Publishing’s book store (http://sdpbookstore.com/).
GNOH – Can you tell us about ClockworkSpells and Magical Bells?  This isthe Imagicopter anthology is that right?

Yes. It contains stories and artwork from several members of theImagicopter cooperative and will be published by Kerlak Publishing. The themeof the anthology is steampunk, as magic versus machine. It was lots of fun toput together and showcases some really great talent.
GNOH – And who or what isImagicopter?

Imagicopter is a cooperative of authors and artists begun in 2009. Thepurpose of the cooperative is to help promote each others’ work through booksignings, convention appearances, and such.
GNOH – How successful do youthink Imagicopter has been?

Very successful, best I can tell. We have expanded from 6 members toover 80 and have participants in six states. To date, Imagicopter has initiatedor participated in more than 40 events. We have been well received by mostevery venue we’ve approached.
GNOH –You have also written anessay on the history of vampires. What is it about vampires that inspired youto write the essay?

Vampires are actually my least favourite subject. I wrote Visum etRepertum to clear up some misunderstandings people had about the subject.It’s really more of an outline of the subject than an in-depth study, but itseems to have struck a chord. It has been extensively reprinted on the internetafter its initial appearance in Pathway to Darkness.
GNOH – How do you feel about theway vampires have been portrayed in fiction lately?

I find the depiction of the vampire as a target of romance distasteful,the recent flap of sparkling vampires even more so. That demonic, undead beingsshould be considered sexually attractive is beyond comprehension. The argumentthat vampires have always been a target of sexuality doesn’t hold up, in myopinion. I could go on, but it would take too much time to explain.
GNOH – Do you have a favouritevampire?

Not really. The closest would probably be either the original Draculaof the Stoker novel or one like the vampires in the John Carpenter movie.
GNOH – So what does the futurehold for you?

I like to joke that I intend to write two novels a year until I die, andthen one a year thereafter. I think I’ll shoot for that. I have the novels forSSP to do, two more that haven’t been pitched to a publisher yet on the drawingboard, and several short stories in the works. I suspect I’ll be busy for quitesome time.






You can purchase Angelkiller by clicking the links below 


Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the
fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm.


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