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Author Interview - PAUL LUBACZEWSKI

Today on the Witch Haunt, get to know author of horror short stories, PAUL LUBACZEWSKI!

WH: Hey, Paul! Welcome to the Witch Haunt. Give us a brief introduction of your fabulous self for those of us meeting you today.

Well, I'm an author of over 50 short stories, and my first novel is coming out soon. I was born in Philadelphia, PA, but after living in 5 major cities, I discovered, I don't like cities. So now I'm perfectly happy in the mountains of Appalachia. I have a lot of hobbies and pursuits, but being a good Dad and Husband seems to cover most of my spare time. Really most of my hobbies have been changed to fit that. But if I'm not writing, I'm chasing abandoned buildings, waterfalls and caves most of the time. Hmmm, that wasn't very brief......

WH: Ha, no worries. I love abandoned buildings as well. Not the part where security guards call the cops on you, but…wait, forget I said that. :) What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?

Well, I used to be a printing press operator, and I was the lead singer for the 80s punk band, the Repressed.

WH: How cool is that? That’s two interviews in a row (Stephen H. Provost, also) where authors either used to be or longed to be rock stars. What is your writing process like?

Firstly, I need to sleep. And that involves not thinking about bills, worries, embarrassing things I may or may not have done twenty years ago, etc. So I plot stories. Usually I have two or three different things going at once, so if I stall, I can pick up on something else and keep working.

WH: Ah, yes, the never-ending worries can be a crutch. Good that you find ways around them. Which of your written works are you most proud of?

Obvious thing to say is the novel, “I Never Eat....Cheesesteak”, but I think it would probably be a piece where I got away with experimenting a bit, something like “Country Roads” from the Not Taking A Fence anthology, or “Heart of the Town” which was in “Schlock! UK.” I haven't written anything I'm sad I wrote, but most stories, well, it's like you did your job. You're an author and you wrote an entertaining story, bravo! But stories like that, I got away with pushing at the constraints of the medium a bit and wrote something an English teacher could analyze in class.

WH: If you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?

You'd think it would be Poe, since that was one of my biggest influences as a kid, but I'd probably go with Brian Lumley. He was RIGHT THERE during the period where Horror rolled from Lovecraft style pulp, to more mainstream novels, and he wrote in both styles. It would be interesting hearing his perspective on the period.

WH: How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?

Well, I was homeless for lengthy periods, came from a train wreck of a home life. Now I'm happily married with my mortgage almost paid and my son going in to his senior year of high school. In some ways it's almost more interesting what hasn't changed, my sense of humor is more or less intact, my sense of adventure is never ending, and my politics have always been tilted towards looking out for the defenseless.

WH: Congratulations on making a better life for yourself. That right there is something to be proud of. How do you like your coffee? Do you have a favorite libation? What’s your favorite dessert?

Fresh ground at home, bit of milk, and most importantly hot and brewed and waiting for me. I drink beer; we ran a nano-brewery for quite a while, just hard to get the kind of funding needed to get it up and moving. But, hipsters are not beer snots. I on the other hand am a complete and utter beer snot. I genuinely usually buy things that involve an interesting style, the more difficult to pull off the better, just because I want to see how well they did. Cheesecake, I so utterly love cheesecake. I have no idea what I would do for a Klondike bar, but I fear what I am capable of for the right cheesecake.

WH: LOL. Someone get this man a cheesecake! Hey, what’s your favorite Halloween tradition?

This goes back to my mom, and the local stations in Philly when I was a kid, every year we watch some version of Dracula. Usually Lee or Lugosi, but as long as it is SOME version of it.

WH: Can’t go wrong with a good classic. What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?

Living in Appalachia, Granny Witches are a very strong tradition here (the book I'm writing now is about....).

WH: Ooo, I would love to read about some Appalachian granny witches! Who knows what kinds of spells they conjure up and the things they put into them. Hmm. Who would be your favorite Addams Family character?

Had to think about that, but Gomez, he has all the best lines. He's like a brain damaged Groucho Mark.

WH: HA! That, he is. We’re all big Gomez fans here. What do you feel makes a horror novel scary?

If you're going to carry it for a whole novel, realizing it IS a novel. Let the book be a book for a while, and then really PUNCH the frightening parts in. There is a scene in Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix that absolutely made my skin crawl. It was so counter to everything that had happened in the book previously that it smacked you in the face.

WH: I haven’t read that but now I have to! What is the most awesome thing happening in your life right now that you’d like to share with us?

Well, there's career and then there's life. Career, finally getting the novel out, my publisher (50/50 Press) actually gets things into brick and mortars, and I have spent a lot of my life in bookstores, so seeing that will be sweet. But other than that, caving, climbing, I live in an all natural Disneyland of things to do and see provided you’re willing to sweat for it.

WH: Sounds lovely. What’s next for you? We can’t wait to see what you have coming up!

Well, my comedy-horror novel “I Never Eat....Cheesesteak” comes out in early 2019, I'm editing it's follow up (not a sequel but the same vein) “Cult of the Gator God” right now. As a prolific short story author though, I've ALWAYS got something new coming out somewhere, it's really a matter of checking my Facebook page for updates.

Can’t wait to see all these new projects, Paul! Good luck with them and let us know when the book is out. To follow Paul and see what he’s up to, follow him at:

* Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B01DQAEB1Y?redirectedFromKindleDbs=true

* Latest release: “Tres Mal” Disturbed Digest #21

· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lubaczewskiearlsonrevpaul/

· Twitter:: https://twitter.com/PaulLubaczewski

Before deciding to take writing seriously Paul Lubaczewski had done many things, printer, caving, the SCA, Brew-master, punk singer, music critic etc. Since then he has appeared in numerous science fiction, and horror magazines and anthologies. Born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, he moved to Appalachia in his 30s  for the peace and adventure that can be found there. He has three children, two who live in his native Pennsylvania, and one interrupting his writing constantly at home. Married to his lovely wife Leslie for twenty years, they live in a fairy tale town in nestled in a valley by a river.

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