Today I am introducing you to King Joseph Albert and his genre crossing book, No Sympathy For The wicked. No Sympathy is a mix of crime drama, meets noir, meets horror, and it never ceases to surprise you at the depths it takes. As King explains in his interview below, No Sympathy pushes the boundaries, and that's what makes King one hell of an authentic writer. When I read it earlier this year I was struck by it's grittiness and honesty, there is nothing King will shy away from. And for him it works. Take a look at the description, read the interview, and hop on over to Amazon .
There’s a reason they call Las Vegas “Sin City”. There’s a reason tourists are reassured “what happens here, stays here.” Dark places and shadows are the natural counterpart to bright lights and boundless sunshine. Las Vegas has plenty of both.
Wherever there are shadows there is the potential for shadowy figures and shady dealings. No Sympathy for the Wicked shines a light on a side of life where seduction, betrayal, death and damage are business as usual. Step into the shadows if you wish but remember to always watch your back.
Me: How did you get interested in writing in the paranormal/horror genre? And who was your biggest influence.
King: I honestly wrote a crime drama with brutal enough death scenes that the only publisher that picked it up was Visionary press collaborative, my influence is real life - in reality death is inevitable and I find that fact most fascinating.
Me: Tell us about your current protect/projects.
King: Right now I am working on a story based on true events dealing with drug cartels.
Me: Have you ever had a character just take over? Like have they invaded your mind so much you can’t stop thinking about them.
King: As writers we tend to live through the characters on the pages, so I would say not just one, but whole casts of characters encompass my thoughts.
Me: Characters you would like to go back and explore more. Who and why.
King: Lulu from No Sympathy for the Wicked, I feel like she has more of a story to tell.
Me: How far would you go for a scare? Is there anything that’s off limits to you? (Like I make it a personal rule to not write about kids or animals being harmed. Anything else is fair game.)
King: My intentions are not to scare, but to offer the audience shock and awe, and well one of my characters shot an infant point blank so I am sure my characters can reach higher levels of depravity.
Me: Scariest movie you ever saw. If one did scare you….
King: Movies have never really scared me even as a child, I was more grossed out by them than scared, I have deep roots in studying religions and especially the occult so it gives me a different perspective on the horror genre. In fact people hate watching scary movies with me because I tend to laugh at the scary parts and cheer for the monster, usually offering a tear at their demise.
Me: Favorite classic horror story…
King: One might call me a psycho, but I find real stories like, Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, or H.H. Holmes more influential, reality is often more scary than fiction due to the fact one can't escape from it by turning of a movie or closing a book. My writing is often gritty and real and I believe it explores the regions of humanity most try to shelter themselves from.
As you can see, horror doesn't have to be the stuff of make believe. It can be us exploring that which confounds us or scares us. Or, being willing to tackle the hard stuff others won't touch.
King Joseph Albert lives in Denver Colorado. In addition to writing great stories to scare you, he writes and plays amazing music, and creates gorgeous paintings. You can find him here:
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