Dean M Drinkel Interview

GNOH – Hi Dean, how are you doing?
Yes – not too bad, you?
GNOH – Not too bad, can’t sleep but not too bad 
I had a quiet Christmas and NewYear, took some “me” time but have been working solidly ever since – so manyprojects on the go.  2012 is shaping upvery nicely.
GNOH – First I have to say a big thank you to you Ade, and Greg forshowing me around some of London’s finest drinking spots.  I had a ball. For a minute I thought thatidiot was going to kick off in that vampire pub.
Anytime you’re down in the smoke– you’re more than welcome to join us. It was a brilliant day – from dragging that Danish dentist into things,to drinking in my friend’s shop (Year Zero – Beak Street) to yes, Garlic &Shots.  What was weird about it, is thatguy was slagging me off one minute and then was my best mate – that’s alcoholfor you!!!  I guess I’d better not sayanymore had I – what happens on tour, stays on tour but is Greg still bannedfrom there?!
GNOH – I take it they are trying to be ironic by selling garlic shots?

Ha no, it’s a Scandinaviandelicacy apparently.  I’ve been toGothenburg a couple of times and they sure love their shots over there – assoon as you walk into a pub there’s people giving you shots – well, the ones Iwent too anyway!  They love aniseed whichI really don’t like but you have to accept their hospitality don’t you, it’d berude not too.
GNOH – And never in a million years would I have dreamt I would end anevening of drinking in a private members club. 
Only the best places for myfriends!!!  At the recent Phobophobiasigning we ended up in another members club and had an amazing time.  There was a famous musician DJing which wascool until he started playing his own tunes and a couple of other fairly knownactors were partying at the next table – welcome to my world LOL!
GNOH – That was the first time I in London.   And whenever I watch the Apprentice and they show shots of London, I get withdrawalsymptoms.  I’m a country boy  at heart, but I did love the buzz ofLondon.   The Clash’s White Man In Hammersmith Palais play in my headthe whole time i was there.  What song continuallyplays in yours?
Good question – depends what moodI’m in.  Recently I went to see theThrowing Muses (Indie Rock Band from the States) – there’s a couple of theirtracks that I really love.  I guess alsoRobbie Robertson, U2, bit of Madonna. There’s also some brilliant French bands that I love and actually aFrench Hip-Hop act called SoulKast….I’ll be honest my music taste is quiteeccentric.  I love Mozart, Opera andFrench Baroque….oh, and Bryan Ferry. And A-Ha….better stop there hadn’t I?
GNOH – Dean why are you sohard to track down on the internet?
Ha yes, I’ve noticed that myself– not sure, am I a niche all to myself? Am I a best kept secret – maybe?! Also,I think I’ve had lots of stuff published but by smaller presses that don’texist anymore or perhaps don’t post stuff on the net.  From a film point of view, I’m not yet onIMDB but I am on a European one called Cinando. I’m members of the Writers’ Guild and Directors’ Guild but what doesthat mean in the great scheme of things?
Actually, it’s getting a bitbetter now and I’ve even set up a new blog which is getting loads of hits (  – I’ve kept myself a bit to myself but it’sall changing from here-on-in – 2012 is going to be my year – lots of stuff happening!  Watch this space – people are going to besick of me soon!!  And naturally, thisinterview is going to help me spread the word.
Not that the internet iseverything of course word of mouth is far better!!!!!
GNOH – So for those who don’t know you describe in five words Dean M.Drinkel.
Passionate.  Eccentric. Loyal.  Creative.  Francophile.
GNOH – Am I correct in thinking you have a famous footballer brother?
Kevin Drinkell is a relation yes– he was a great footballer.  Won thetreble with Rangers.  I’m a Spurssupporter and at one stage we were going to sign him – I’ve still got the backpage of the Sun that said “Drinkell for Spurs”. I’ve seen our family tree recently and we share a common ancestor, alsoit’s there that my side lost the second “l” on Drinkel.
My second cousin (though wheneverI see him I always call him “Uncle”) is Keith Drinkel.  He’s been in Dr Who, Coronation Street, thefilm Ghandi – lots of theatre work too – does a great one man show of DorianGrey and recently a MR James piece.  Idirected him in a short play a couple of years ago.  Would love to do more with him.
GNOH – Did you ever considering taking up the game?
I didn’t start playing footballuntil I was about 15 / 16.  I was agoalkeeper, not bad actually – I could never kick a ball straight (my dadalways called me flapper) but I could score from very weird angles.  Hockey was my game though and I sometimeswish I’d taken it more seriously as I was bloody good!!!!  I represented my school, turned up at Universitywith my hockey stick over my shoulder about to set the world alight and thensomeone knocked on my door and said “fancy going for a drink?”  And that was that!!!!  Also – I played American Football when I wasyounger and I had a strong desire to take that further – either playing orcoaching.
GNOH – are you a fan of the horror genre, and if so why?
Yep and I always blame (LOL)Clive Barker and Ridley Scott for that. When I was a kid I saw the first Alien film on video and couldn’tbelieve my eyes.  Then when I sawHellraiser it was like a wall came down in my head and I suddenly went “ah, nowI get it”.  I rushed to the shop andstarted devouring his work – I couldn’t get enough (and still can’t).  I was honoured when I was able to directClive’s play “Frankenstein in Love” in London and then did a specialperformance at Fantasycon.
Recently I’m really digging thehorror movies coming out of France such as “Frontiers”, “Switchblade Romance”,“Martyrs” – they may be billed ‘Torture Porn’ but they’re missing the point –more often or not they are very very clever films with lots of twists and turnswith the main protagonist being a woman!!
GNOH – And what do you hate about the genre?
That it’s not takenseriously.  I’ve been at big film or bookparties and as soon as you mention you write / direct horror you can just seethe eyes glaze over.  I personally feelthat when it’s done right there’s nothing better but I guess you have to becreative if you don’t have a big budget and yes, sometimes it doesn’twork.  But if you look at films such asEvil Dead, Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity to name three you can see that itdoes work if you think outside of the box. I remember when Silence of the Lambs won the Oscars and they weren’tallowed to call it a horror movie!!!
GNOH  – I first came across yourwriting with M is For Monster, by Dark Continents Publishing?  You choose to write about Yahweh, big fan ofcontroversy are you?
I don’t mean to be honestly, butI do think I have a little devil in me that likes pushing boundaries.  I love when I show some of my more extremework to people and they start reading and you can see the look on theirfaces.  I’m not entirely sure why but Ido seem to have a problem with authority figures and whenever they crop up inmy stories, you know their bad people!!!
GNOH – What are you favourite and least favourite monsters?
I like human monsters the best –the beasts that lurk within.  You canhave some real fun with them.  TheCenobites naturally and I really used to dig vampires but Twilight etc hasmeant a real overkill and I can see the same happening for Zombies (if ithasn’t already!).  For some of my morecomedy plays (though still horror based) I love making people laugh with themain characters being cannibals / serial killers and the trials andtribulations they have to face such as where to hide dead bodies so that thelocal vicar doesn’t see them.  Normal runof the mill stuff, I’m sure you agree.
GNOH – You’re now working with them again, this time as editor of theanthology Phobophobia.  How did this comeabout?
This was a great gig for me.  When we were working on Monster, I just hadthis idea, pitched it and they let me run with it.  It was a great honour.
GNOH – And how has the experience been?
Tough.  But brilliant.  I’d do it again (well, I am!) anytime.
GNOH – How did you go about selecting the stories for theanthology?  Was it an open door, or didyou go the invite route?
It was invite only.  I went through the Monster stories andcontacted the writers I thought would be able to do a good job.  I’ll be honest, I’m not always a fan of shortstories but working on Monster and subsequently Phobophobia has re-introducedme to the art-form, I’m getting there.  Ithen contacted other writers I also knew would do something special (such asPaul Kane, Marie O’Regan, Steve Savile) – everyone I asked, said yes.  Everyone submitted their best work.  And then to have Cenobite Barbie Wildeinvolved.  At the signing recently, wehad Doug Bradley and Nick Vince attend – the other writers couldn’t believetheir eyes and when Doug came over to me and said “Hi Dean how’s the filmsgoing?”…
GNOH – So How on Earth did you get Doug Bradley involved? 
Oddly I had met Doug a couple ofyears back, we spoke, had a few drinks and I then started bombarding him withscripts.  As he reminded me in December,they were brilliant (his words) but we just needed the cash to get the done –it didn’t work out at the time but I still have them and when ready, I can dustthem down and we’ll get on with them – they deserve it.  I’ve always promised myself that I would makea film with Doug but I have to be careful I don’t end up being Ed Wood and he,Bela Lugosi.
GNOH – Did you ever get him to say “Your suffering will belegendary, even in hell.”
It’s terrible but I did writesomething like that in the book I signed for Doug – he did laugh but lookingback at it now perhaps I shouldn’t have done it?!!!  Sod it, why not?!!!!!  Though my favourite line from the first 
Hellraiser is actually “Jesus Wept!”. It’s a good job that Kenneth Cranham didn’t come because I know all hislines from Hellbound and knowing me I would have started quoting them athim.  I’ve been known, after a few drinksto start quoting lines from films over and over again, I just can’t stop –Flash Gordon, Jaws, Hellraiser, Smokey and the Bandit, Starsky andHutch…..I’m laughing right now thinking about it.
GNOH – Where there any diva moments from authors who got storiesrejected, without naming names of course?
I didn’t find myself in thatposition luckily.  But there were a fewrough moments!!! I’d better not say anymore but safe to say, I was very happywhen we had the book in our hands and did the signing at Forbidden Planet inLondon, in December.  That was an amazingexperience, all the other crap was forgotten. But it couldn’t have been too bad could it, because I’m currentlycompiling / editing another antho for them and I’m really hoping we can do afollow up to Phobophobia!  I’ll beforever grateful to Dave, Adrian and John of DCP who gave me that shot.
GNOH – What lessons did you learn from it?
Not to do it again!  No seriously, I guess it’s just keeping on atthe contributors making sure that everything’s going to plan.  Contact is the key.  The good thing with this one is that therewas a large scope for writer’s to “play” with their phobia – you could come upwith relatively anything as long as it was phobia related.  When I re-read the antho over Christmas, Iwas reminded just how diverse the writers had been but also how bloody talentedwe / they all are – no two stories are the same and are so diverse….they area credit to their profession.   
Also though thinking about, fromthe sometimes pain and misery (!) good things come and during the process Idiscovered a young French writer who people are beginning to rave about.  The story he did for me was his first inEnglish and it literally blows you away. I’ve signed him up for a couple of other projects I’m working on – bigthings heading his way.
GNOH – I’m not going to ask you what your phobias are, far tooclichéd.  However, are you in anywayruled by your phobias?  Or do you ruleyour phobias?  Personally, my phobiasrule me with an iron fist to gut.  If youever want a laugh, just point me in the direction of a nun. 
I’m having to face a couple of myphobias as we speak.  My little brotheris getting married in Kenya in a couple of months, which means I have to haveinjections and I have to fly.  I’ve beenlucky that I’ve seen a lot of the world, lived abroad etc etc but I just don’tlike flying anymore.  I did take thebullet a couple of years back and went back to New York – how I did that I justdon’t know (okay, I was drunk both ways!) and when I go to Sweden, I havetoo….but everywhere else, I use the train or boat- not that I mind thatall!  I visit France quite a lot and Ilove travelling through the countryside – and of course the trains have bars –so you know what that means…..
GNOH – Since we starteddoing the interview the launch party for Phobophobia has been and gone.  How did it go?

Yes,it was brilliant – we did a signing at Forbidden Planet followed by a launch atthe BFS Open Night.  I’ll be honest I hada film meeting / lunch prior to the signing so was a little rosy-cheeked to saythe least (if you get my drift!) and I was taken aback when we walked into FP’soffice and there were a load of pre-sold books waiting there for us tosign.  I think FP also were surprised butloving every minute.  And then, justloads of people came and bought books – everyone was happy and left with massivegrins on their faces.
Wethen took a couple of boxes full of books to the BFS night – it was held in apub over by London Bridge – a great venue but the layout isn’t brilliant so Iseem to remember we missed our own launch!!! Not to worry though because wesold what we took with us so again, all good.
GNOH – Was there ahighlight of the evening for you?   Thehighlight for me was the startled rabbit look G. R. Yeats had for the entirevideo.

Youwant to see all the footage – it gets worse. At one stage I totally lost the plot, couldn’t remember what I wassaying or talking about.  At the signinga man climbed behind us while we were signing because he wanted to look at thebooks behind us – it was chaos.  But Ihave to say, Kenny (the cameraman) and Ben (the interviewer) did an amazingjob.
GNOH-How has theresponse to the book been?
It’sbeen brilliant – loads of people are really digging it.  The cover too (by James Powell) isoutstanding, a real selling point.  Whatwe need though is a few more reviews to get it out there, to get the book morewidely seen.  Something I’ve reallynoticed this past month is how bloody hard it is not just to write somethingbut how much effort goes into “pimping” it. We’re getting there and we just need those who have read it (and lovedit) to get those reviews out there.

GNOH – I’ll be starting my real time review of it very soon. 
GNOH – This week hasalso seen the release of your short story collection Through A Forest Dark. Can you tell us about the book?
Yes,Dark Continents contacted me just as we were completing Phobophobia and askedme whether I had something suitable for their Darkness and Dismay E-bookSeries.  I was really up for it but hadso many projects on that I didn’t know whether I could fit it in but then anidea hit me and well, there you have it.
Thefinished collection is four stories (2 connected, 2 separate) based inParis.  They are very dark, quite violentwith a good smattering of sex.  They arenot for the faint-hearted.
GNOH- Were the storiesspecially written for it?
Indeedthey were.  There was also a fifth, butwe decided it was a little too…sexually violent for the purposes of what DCPwere trying to do with this series.  Asit was connected to two of the other stories, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted totake it out but I re-read without and I think we get away with it.  The story is called “The Rape of Emmanuelle”and it will appear at some stage in the future – perhaps as a bonus story orsomething.  Yes it is violent and yes ithas a great deal of sexual imagery but I think it’s a clever story and nothingis as it seems.
Iwould recommend the Darkness and Dismay series to your readers and they canfind out more at– there are some great writers there including Dave Jeffery, whom I believe youknow.  The books are something like £2and are well worth the money.
GNOH – What would beyour circles of Hell?
Letme think, I’ll come back to you.
GNOH – Are the storiesin it personal to you?
Iwould say that everything I write is personal to some extent.  I do put things in my stories that meanthings, perhaps only little things but they do bring a smile to my face when Ire-visit them later on.  My dad died lastDecember and as much as I try not to, there are little references to him / hischaracter / his “funny ways” that creep in there.  Also, as I think I’ve intimated elsewhere,the city of Paris is becoming more and more influential to me and lots of theplaces I mention are places I visit.
GNOH – You also havewritten some poetry, what do you prefer to write?
Poetryto me is something that creeps up on me. I wasn’t particularly interested in it as an art form but I’ve reallystarted to dig it and I think I’m getting comfortable with it – I had someearly stuff published in the States, put out my own collection on Kindle andsince then I’ve contributed to two other collections which are coming out in2012 – so I must be doing something write. One of my other projects I’ve got going on is a brand new collectionwhich I hope to have some artwork by James Powell in it as well – but that’s atan early stage – I guess watch this space but I hope it sees the light of dayand hopefully through Dark Continents, they know how to look after their writers/ editors.
GNOH – How would youdescribe your poetry?
I’mvery influenced by Rimbaud and Rupert Brooke – probably very different poetsbut I like them very much.  I fitsomewhere in between I guess and I think I have my own style – as I say, peopleare liking them but I know it’s a niche market but you never know, when I’vegone they might be discovered and then taught in schools!!! Now that would befunny.  Strangely, Rimbaud gave upwriting poetry when he was young (supposedly anyway) and I didn’t take it upuntil I was older…
GNOH – Let’s talk aboutyour muse.  Is your muse a faithfulservant that is always waiting for you, or is it like a wild animal, that youhave to hunt and tame?
Mainly– my muse is a pain in the arse.  I can’tget rid of her / him.  I didn’t startwriting properly until I was at University. I know the exact moment when it happened – we had been playing football,we hit the showers and as I was washing my hair these words popped into my headand they wouldn’t stop coming.  I had tofinish up, rush to my room and sat down and wrote a story called “Weird” –which it bloody was.  Anyway, from thereI ended up having something like fifteen, sixteen stories published in the Unimag.  Everytime I went out, I had to takea pad with me because I could be just sitting there enjoying a drink and thenit would start again.  People thought Iwas round the bend!!!!
AsI got older I learnt to tame it a bit and I guess as “life” took over it wassometimes difficult to find her / him but don’t worry, it’s back again and I’mon it all the time.  I’m sure it will bethe death of me at some stage or I’ll be in some institution but for now, wework side by side.  It can be odd thoughwhen I see something that sparks it off – I start to see things / hear thingsand then off we go.  Perhaps some peoplewould call it madness, I prefer to call it creative!
GNOH- As well as anauthor you are also a bit of a theatre impresario. What is the appeal of thetheatre for you?
Again,this was something that came to me later than everything else.  I couldn’t be bothered with the theatre as Ithought it was full of pretentious tossers and something I would do best tostay well clear off.  However, anopportunity presented itself and when I sat there in the audience watching mypiece being presented and I saw their immediate reaction I thought I could havea piece of that.
I’llbe totally honest, there is nothing better for a creative person than to createsomething, present it in front of a group of people and just watch theirfaces.  One of the best laughs I haveever had was to watch my family laugh at something I had written anddirected.  Yes, the actors were amazingand did the job brilliantly but having my family quote back lines to me was outof this world.  My family are harshcritics!  Though, also when completestrangers come up and say they’ve seen something of mine and how it made themlaugh or whatever, that too is an honour.
Ialso like the rawness of the theatre.  Ifsomething goes wrong then the actors have to think on their feet with thecharacters that I have created.  If youmake a mistake in a story then you can go back, erase and start again.  In a film, when you edit, nothing is wastedbut what you show on the screen is “false” as it could have taken 10 takes toget that performance or what you see is taken from 6 or 7 different takes shoton different days etc – what you see in the theatre is real.  I want to do more theatre but again, it’s aquestion of cost – it doesn’t come cheap to put on a play.
GNOH – Clive BarkersFrankenstein. Tell me everything about it. And I mean everything?
Bloody hell, you don’t want much doyou?!!!
Okay – as we know, I love Clive andhis work. It was my birthday, a friend bought me a collection of Clive’s playsfor a present – I didn’t even know he did plays at that stage.  At the beginning of the collection it saidthat you could stage the play as long as it was “not for profit” which suitedme down to the ground!!!
By this time I’d done a couple oflittle plays and had a core group of actors working with me.  We’d gone out for a drink (naturally!) and Iwas asked what my next project was – before I’d given it much thought I turnedaround and said Frankenstein.
Of course, everyone was intrigued andup for it – we then did a casting call for the other roles.  I like working with a big cast (why doanything easy?) and we eventually had twelve or thirteen actors in it – with anolder gentleman playing Dr Frankenstein.
We staged it in a small theatre inWest London, at the Barons Court.  A veryintimate space set up in an old cellar. When I had seen it a couple of years back, I knew it would be the rightplace for a horror play and Christ was I right. It was very atmospheric.  Quitescary at times.
The rehearsal period was quite longand when I look back at it, quite difficult to juggle all those actors, scenesetc.  We had a great make up girl whocreated the monsters, everyone did a good job.
Again, the whole project wasn’t easy(actors, darling, actors) but I keep in touch with most of them still – so thatmust say something.
From the run we had in London, we thendid a “performed reading” at Fantasycon in Nottingham – Clive was there as well– I was told he popped in, took a look, smiled and left.
GNOH– Why did you decide on this play?
Of the ones I could do, it seemed the“easiest” and wasn’t going to be too creatively difficult to produce – ofcourse I was wrong but at that time I was young, niave!!!
GNOH- Did you get to meet the man himself?
I’vebeen lucky to meet Clive a few times – great man, great man.  And as I’ve said previously, I now knowBarbie quite well as well as Dough and have met Nick Vince (Chatterer) quite afew times.
GNOH- Did you becomemuch of a luvvie?
Haven’tyou seen me after a glass of red wine?  Ipretend not too but yes, I tend to be a bit luvvie.  It’s just the nature of the beast – yes, Ifind it quite pretentious, especially all that kissing the air but you knowwhat, I do find it funny now and astounds me that even when you meet “AListers” they are just as bad!!!!
GNOH – And on that note,what sort of director were you?
AsI tell my actors, there are no egos only mine and that’s big enough for all ofus!!! I like to think I’m a caring, listening director and mainly I let theactors play and guide them where I can. On the whole I direct my own work and am not always precious about mywords and they are there to be changed if the scene demands it or if the actorcomes up with something better (unlikely!). I can be known to be a bit dictatorial if required and will get up andin the middle of the actors moving them about and stuff.  I am also known for throwing curveballs outthere and telling them mad stories or anecdotes.  They listen and I can see them wondering“what the hell is he on about?!” but it makes sense to me, so that’s all thatmatters isn’t it?  After all isn’t film adirector’s sandpit?
Iwant to make more films though and that’s what I want to be doing in thefuture.  I’ve got a great script of PaulKane’s called “The Torturer” which I’ve had for a little while – which wesimply must do and then there’s all my French scripts….
GNOH-How well was theplay received?
Audienceloved it – we had walkouts (due to some bloody scenes) and screams.

Critics hated it – one guy came from the major press who seemed quite put outthat it wasn’t Rocky Horror Show or that I wouldn’t go for a drink withhim.  We then got attacked because theywanted to attack Clive for some reason. The more horror-based press said we dida really good job.  Phil and Sarah Stokes(who run Clive’s official website) loved it and I believe some of our photosare going in their upcoming book about Clive and his plays.
GNOH-Would you do it allover again, and if so what play would you choose to stage?
Iwould definitely do it again and I really want to do it as a film.  I’d better not say too much about that fornow (I got into trouble before) but watch this space.
IfI get the time I’d like to do a play about Napoleon in 2012 – but again, thereis a serious time issue and it’s only January!
GNOH-You also have a filmproduction company.  Can you tell usabout it?
Yep – I run a small production companycalled El Lupo Films.  I make my filmsthrough this – we’ve made a number of shorts – several of which have screenedin Cannes and one screened in New York. I have a fellow producer / editor Justin Miles and we’re working onsomething now for Cannes.
One of my aims in 2012 / 2013 is totake El Lupo to the next level ie producing features and we have a couple ofprojects on the go as I write this but again, sorry, I’d better not say toomuch as I don’t want to jinx it but I’ll tell you what – you’ll be the first toknow.
GNOH– What  is the significance of the name?
Ha ha – it’s Mexican for “thewolf”.  When I was a kid I was very hairyand I used to get called Teen Wolf- I read an article about a Mexicanfootballer who they called El Lupo and it kind of stuck.
GNOH– Can you tell us about some of your projects?
In a roundabout way let’s say this –we have a number of horror based projects on the go at various stages ofdevelopment.  Some are based in thiscountry, one in the States and a couple in France.  On my slate I also have several “personalprojects” based in France, one of which is called “The Magdalene” which is anurban fantasy / love story set in the suburbs. I hope to be pimping this one over the next couple of months andparticularly in Cannes.
GNOH– How hard is it for a production company of your size to get noticed?
Too bloody hard!!!!
What we really need is a tie up with abigger company (perhaps French / European) to pump in some development moneyand then we can fly with it.  I’mspending more and more time in France so let’s see how the next couple ofmonths pan out.
GNOH– And how did you get yourself and your films over to Cannes?
Man, I love Cannes.
I’ve been going for a couple of yearsand it’s so funny how it all started – a couple of friends saw the Festival onTV and said, wouldn’t it be a laugh to go and then a couple of weeks later wefound ourselves down there “rocking and rolling”.  I’ve been going for a while and each yearbrings something unique – I could write a book about that all on its own –perhaps I need too! It would make for some interesting reading, which leads meonto….
GNOH– I’ll take the liberty and make the assumption that you got yourself invitedto a number of parties.  Which was yourfavourite?
Yes I have!!!!!! I’m going to be veryvery careful here as I don’t want you / me being sued but there was that timethat me, an American A List Actor and a couple of….no, said too much HAHA!!!!! I’ll tell you the story when I see you…
….a couple of years back we hookedup with Quentin Tarantino and had a few drinks – cool guy.  Faye Dunaway’s always good for a laughtoo.  
GNOH– How successful was the trip?
Very but we’re still following up theleads from last year so again, come back to me in a couple of months!
GNOH –  I see  from the back of M is for Monster, that you were nominated for a Sir Peter Ustinovaward.  In fact you were the runner upfor it.  How important are awards likethis to you?   Do you get a greater senseof satisfaction from the more mainstream community, than say getting a bunch ofgreat reviews from within the horror genre?
Iwas very honoured when I got the nomination – especially as it was handed outat the International Emmy Awards in New York but 911 put paid to all that and Inever got to go out there in the end.  Itmeant a lot because it was suddenly “Dean you’ve arrived” sort of thing –strangely though, as we do this interview, I’ve found out that Phobophobia isup for antho of 2011 and was nominated by someone who read it and is voted bythe public.  We’ve entered thecompetition late but already we’re top five – which is bloody brilliant.  Both these nominations mean a lot but for differentreasons.
Anyway,who doesn’t love award ceremonies and the opportunity to “hob nob”?!!
GNOH-Out of everything youhave done, what gives you the greatest sense of achievement?
Idon’t want to sit on the fence by everything I have done gives me a great senseof achievement.  The first time I saw myname in print meant so much, the first time I was able to “direct” and thenwhen I put on my first play – again, for different reasons they all mean somuch.  More recently the Monster storygot so many great reviews / comments that I realised that people “got me” andthe comparisons to Clive Barker were out of this world.  Then came the Phobophobia signing – such ablast to hold the book in my hand and to think that almost a year’s hard workhad gone into creating that special, special book.  I’m dying to direct my first feature film andI know I will feel that buzz there too!!!
GNOH – What does thefuture hold for you?
2012is shaping up well and I hope it doesn’t end in December!!!  I’ve got a “Titanic” antho with DCP, another(Cities of Death) with Static Movement and I’m currently talking to two otherpublishers about doing something for them. As well as my new poetry collection there’s the re-issue of my firstbook and that’s even before we talk films / plays.  There’s a few other things in the pipeline –so I need to keep my head down and get on with them.
GNOH – And what are youdoing the first two weeks in April. I’m coming down south for a week.
Jim– whenever you’re down – give us a call – you just know we’ll have ablast!!!!!!!
Oh and that answer to the hellquestion:
It would be easy to quote Sartre(“Hello is other people”) but I would say, hell for me would be to have nopeople – can you imagine that, to be totally and utterly alone for the rest ofeternity….doesn’t bare thinking about does it?

You Can Purchase Dean’s Books by clicking the links below 


50 poems about…life, death, heaven, hell, angels, devils, beauty, ugliness, truth, lies, freedom, restraint, pleasure, pain, flesh, bones, men, women, boys, girls, you, me, all of us: the Twisted Souls


There is nothing to fear but fear itself…

Twenty six original tales of horror by established masters of terror and talented new voices lie within this Lexicon of Fear.


Short story book of Monsters – 26 authors bringing 26 unique monsters to life that corresponds with each letter of the Alphabet.

Through A Forest Dark

A gathering of short stories inspired by the layers of hell from within Dante’s Inferno. Bradley – a man consumed by by the beautiful and mysterious Emmanuelle. Several murders in Paris. A husband who believes his wife’s ghost still haunts the home they shared. Will this collection of tragic lovers be able to maintain their humanity in a world awash in chaos and blood? Or is their fate already decided within the pages of an ancient book reputed to be written on human skin?


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