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Author Interview - D.S. BLACK

Today on the Witch Haunt, we welcome indie horror author of the Humanity's Death series, D.S. Black!

WH: Hey, D.S., thanks for being here. Please give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self:

I was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From an early age, I possessed a deep attraction to the darker sides of entertainment. The best way to know my past is to read my autobiography I, Bipolar: A Southern Man’s Memoir. These days I write horror and dark fantasy novels, or some mixture of the two.

WH: What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?

Nothing. Write or die.

WH: Great! A man who knows who he is. What is your writing process like?

Chaotic! I’ve tried to hone it down to a system involving an outline, but thus far it’s me tossing whatever madness comes out of my head. New research says that our actions are predicated on brain functions which occur before we even take the act. So, am I the one writing these stories? Where do they come from? I have no idea.

WH: I’d be curious to know which of my 155 past lives is responsible for writing all my books. JWhich of your written works are you most proud of?

Humanity's Death: The Complete Trilogy is my longest to date, and the most nuanced and complex of all my stories. But, I have a certain love for all my stories. My first published work, The Stubbs, was about a lesbian in denial who fights against a dangerous ex bf out for blood and revenge. It was pure drama, not really horror, though there are some graphic and disturbing scenes. Read all my books knowing you will run into some graphic and horrifying scenes.

WH: All life is graphic and horrifying but in a beautiful way, if you stop to think about it. If you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?

The go-to answer for me is Stephen King. I have a lot to ask him about his stories and his mental health. I would also enjoy interviewing R.L. Stine. He was a childhood favorite.

WH: People don’t consider Stephen King a middle grade author like RL Stine, but so many of King’s books feature children, pre-teen, and teen characters going through horrible situations, that kids gobble them up. How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?

I refer you to I, Bipolar: A Southern Man’s Memoir. I know that may sound lazy, but it really is the best way to know and understand me. It was published in 2014, and covers the first thirty years of my life.

WH: Will have to check it out. Sounds intriguing. How do you like your coffee? Do you have a favorite libation? What’s your favorite dessert?

I love coffee. My ex-wife said I drank too much. I like it with sugar and creamer. I love ice cream cake as dessert. I have a deep love for Little Caesars Pizza.

WH: All common guilty pleasures. What’s your favorite Halloween tradition?

Costume parties!

WH: Of course. Who can resist a party full of happy people in eerie costumes? What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?

I really enjoy studying the dark arts. I study ancient grimoires.

WH: Ancient grimoires tell us so much about who we are and how people haven’t changed much over time. Who would be your favorite Addams Family character?


WH: What do you feel makes a horror novel scary?

The only stories that really terrify me are ghost stories. Zombies I can bash or shoot. Serial killers can be shot. Jason and Michael Myers can be blown to bits (though, yes, their spirit lives on). Even Freddy can be pulled into the physical world and get his ass handed to him. But, the paranormal takes spiritual power to combat, and often knowledge of some form of witchcraft. They can be there and you never know it. They send shivers down my spine and make goosebumps on my arm. They make me read with the lights on.

WH: Same! I’m more afraid of what I know is there but I can’t see. Truly terrifying. What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?

I’m working on Zarina: Zombie Huntress. She’s a powerful witch trying to make her way back to her home village in Russia. She has a long saga to accomplish first, though. She is introduced in book three of Humanity’s Death. Zarina: Zombie Huntress picks up ten years after the end of HD.

Sounds like you’ve got a lot of wonderful creative energy on your hands. Thanks for being here on the Witch Haunt, DS, and good luck with that witch novel!

* Website: https://dsblackbooks.wordpress.com/

* Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00ITD0IPC

* Latest release: https://www.amazon.com/Humanitys-Death-Zombie-Complete-Triology-ebook/dp/B07DLT7M2Y/

* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dsblackhorror/

* Twitter: https://twitter.com/DSBlackBooks

* Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dsblackhorror/

As a child and teen, D.S. Black fell in love with horror, starting with R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, eventually graduating to the works of Stephen King, among others. He always seemed on the outskirts of normal and acceptable behavior and thinking. During his twenties he smoked a bit too much weed and dropped too much acid; but by the time he hit thirty, writing books became a passion.

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