Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Day One: Blaze McRob Takes Us For A Ride
Happy October. Month of Halloween, or as I like to say, Samhain. I have fifteen great indie authors for you this month. All spanning the various levels and tastes of horror and fantasy. It's going to be spectacular. There might even be some secret prizes hidden along the way, so make sure to check in daily. You will find interviews, guest posts, excerpts, and short stories. You will find things that leave you looking under your bed at night I'm sure!
We kick the month off with the incomparable Blaze McRob as he tells us about his upcoming novel 68'Buick. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Happy Haunting ............
I guess I gave myself quite an introduction. I'm not particularly shy. Truth is, I do write horror. Yes, I augment my writing with other genres, but horror is my first love.
This will be a different sort of interview, something I saw on Smashwords and really like. I will be interviewing myself.
Here we go. I hope you find some interesting tid-bits about me here.
1. Why are you doing this interview?
This is part of Rebecca Boucher's month long event
2. Who are you?
Blaze McRob, writer of over seventy legacy published horror novels. I was a ghostwriter long before anyone had an idea we were lurking about. Through my adventures in the craft, I-or my author alter egos-have won virtually every award to be won. But awards mean little, don’t they? It is the reader we wish to enthrall, and our souls to purge. So now it is time for Blaze to write as Blaze, and time for previous recipients of my tales to write more of their own material. In addition to my dark novels, I write horror shorts, flash fiction, and poetry. Ah, the sweet rhymes of iambic pentameter intermixed with glorious free-style.
I am single and have eight children, my youngest only six years old. They are my life and the reason I fight the demons and the pain.
3.What is your motto?
Mediocrity sucks. Let us all do the best we can to avoid it.
4. How do we do that?
Always strive to do your best in whatever you chose to do. If you write, write the best damned story that's ever been written. Believe in yourself. No one can write your story better than you.
5. You gave a brief description of why you write horror above. Tell me the real reason.
As I explained in a post for Nina D'Arcangela a while back, I write about the Dark because it is the truth. Open your eyes and you will see that the spinning rock we live on is inhabited by some nasty creatures who have the nerve to call themselves humans. It’s my job to tell my readers about it, not by writing mamby-pamby puke pieces that make you gag, but by presenting true horror tales where the truth is spread around. No preaching. Simply good stories (I hope) with a message. Not everyone will get the message – I don’t beat anyone over the head with it – but it’s there. Some folks just enjoy the tales. Hey, that’s okay too. Escapism is a great thing. People have it tough in these times.
By writing about the Dark, and expelling it from my soul, I enable myself to leave more room there for good things. That's if any are floating around at the moment. Okay, so that's a negative, pessimistic comment. I'm a pessimistic guy. I root for the under-dog, but she/he don't always win.
6. So, do you believe in God?
None of your business! Blaze McRob does not write stories you discuss in a church book group. My vision of the hereafter belongs to me and me alone. While I discuss God and Satan, as makes complete sense because they are the consummate embodiments of Good and Evil, in my stories, God does not always win. Neither does the Dark Angel.
7. What about Heaven and Hell?
You are a sneaky bastard, aren't you? I wrote a tale called The Enforcer a while back. This is a past lives trip where the protagonist gets closer to perfection with each incarnation. The problem? With perfection comes a lack of empathy for humanity. Selchor, my hero, refuses to go along with what the High Council decrees and tries to help out humans. In this story, when humans die, they go to Heaven if they believe they are worthy, or they suffer in a Hell of their own making if they know they are evil. Maybe that's what I believe. Notice again, I said maybe.
8. You write often about death and rising again from the ashes. Why is this?
My work on Earth is not finished. I have many tales to get out yet. My health sucks, so that is a thought running around in the gray matter all the time. I refuse to roll over and take the easy way out. I'm even trying to figure out a way to get back into running somehow. I walk a lot but want to at least try a walk-hobble trot-walk routine. I miss the old days when I was an animal at the long races I ran.
So, in a way, you could say I am exploring alternatives within my stories which will allow me to continue writing after I kiss off. That would make me a real ghostwriter. My science background also tells me that the energy within a person is never lost. If you die, it doesn't matter. The power still remains. And before you ask me again, this does not say if I believe in Heaven or Hell. Maybe . . . just maybe, Heaven would bore the crap out of me.
9. What is your upcoming novel '68 Buick about?
Here is a short and longer description of my story which I hope comes out in October:
How does a dead, immortal reaper transport souls to Hell and still wage a battle for good? Read ’68 Buick and find out.
Cover for '68 Buick. Artwork by Sue MidlockRobert Anderson, a man plagued by a demon trying to get inside his head, is attacked and killed by this evil entity. But is he really? Satan and God are waging a battle for his soul. God loses when Robert kills himself.
Yet, not is all what it seems. A Reaper actually kills Robert, but the Reaper turns out to be Robert himself. Thus, he is doomed to roam in a limbo fashioned by the hand of the Dark Angel, unable to go to Heaven but too good to go to Hell.
This marks the beginning of his new career: bringing the most despicable souls to the portals of Hell in a ’68 black Buick rag top with red interior, dice, and flames on the front panels. This immortal, dead Grim Reaper does what needs to be done through the power of his mind.
’68 Buick has a lesson to teach all of us: it is never too late to do what is right.
Even from beyond the grave.
10. Sounds like a different sort of Grim Reaper tale to me.
That it is. I rather like it. Just saying ahead of time that it has tons of action from start to finish. As you can see, there is a lesson contained within, but I don't attack you with it. My readers are smart people. They don't need a high-pressure attack.
11. Some people say you don't use as much description as other authors.
I do that for a reason. Everything that needs to be described is, but over description bores the living shit out of me and I'm sure it does to many readers. I believe my readers want to become a part of the tales I write, and what better way than to allow them to have their own visual perception of what is happening. Maybe they can put themselves in a room I'm in and can drink a beer as they watch me in action. If I leave out one of the senses, maybe they can find a particular revolting moldy odor that they hate. Like I said above, my readers are smart people.
12. So what's on your agenda?
Plenty. I’m starting to publish some of the hundreds of short stories I’ve written over the years. Some will be stand alones, but others will be bundled into short and large collections. This is mainly to prepare the way for the 47 novels I have written which merely need editing. ’68 Buick, my Grim Reaper novel, comes out in October, I hope; Mists Of Papoose Pond, an end days, Zombie, action, giant leeches, and more story, will come out in late November; Ghost No More,to be published in March, is another end days novel where the heroes are Autistic children called The Chosen Ones, and all the money goes to Autism Research for children; Quarter Moon Haunts, scheduled for release in May, is about ghosts, death, the evil ways of the mob and crooked cops, how to continue living though one is dead, and The Four Horsemen portrayed like you’ve never seen them before. Plus sequels to all of them.
13. Quite an aggressive schedule.
Like I said, mediocrity sucks. The time for action is now.
14. I have heard that you never keep any of the money from any of your novels or short stories. That has to have been quite a bunch of loot after all your ghostwritten tales and all. Why do you do this?
I'm low maintenance. I have no exorbitant wants or needs. There are many people in this world who are suffering. I try to help as many as I can.
One cause that is new to me, but which is very important is Domestic Abuse. I am starting up a Safe House. I want everyone to know that this is not a message for folks to send me money or anything. It is merely my saying that all of the proceeds from two of my novels will go to the Blaze McRob Safe House For Abused Women And Children. More down the line. I am having an artist working on a logo now. Obviously, Safe Houses are not advertised as to location. We want the women and children to be safe, not advertised. I am also excited that another Publisher wants to jump on the bandwagon. I will allow that Press to make that statement when they are ready.
So, here is what I have in mind in the short term:
1. All the proceeds from my novels '68 Buick and Mists Of Papoose Pond will go to the Blaze McRob Safe House For Abused Women and Children.
2. All the proceeds from my novel Ghost No More will go to the fight for Autism Research.
3. All the proceeds from my novel Quarter Moon Haunts will go to St. Jude, as well as my royalties from State Of Horror: New Jersey. Jerry Benns, the owner of Charon Coin Press, which publishes this great anthology, is matching my donation. Thank you, Jerry.
4. All the proceeds from my short stories Snow Of Blood, Beware The Mold, and more to come, will go to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
5. One of my Halloween shorts and other stories will go to No Child Hungry.
6. The proceeds from more of my novels to come, I have 47 written and just needing editing, will go to a very special friend of mine whose husband has been diagnosed with a very nasty cancer. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag as to who these wonderful people are, but they will certainly need some help for sure.
15. So it seems as if you have no intention of stopping giving your money away.
I'm not giving it away. It's a mutual sharing of ourselves. I get more than I give. This is my way to get some light in my soul. There is no other way this could come about.
I want to thank Rebecca Boucher, my friend, and co-editor on many projects, for allowing me to take up a bunch of space with my words. I also wish to thank so many people who are fighting the good fight every day. You know who you are. You deserve many blessings.
Also, I wish to thank all the great people who read my stories. You enable me to do what I must.
October is a month of Halloween, Horror, and great reading. This could be your month to find a new favorite author. There are many around. Follow Rebecca's website, mine, and many others that I will try to let you know about.
Happy reading, my friends!