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Q & A with NYT Bestselling Horror Author CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

Welcome to another week on The Witch Haunt! Today, I host New York Times bestselling horror author of ARARAT, SNOWBLIND, SAINTS AND SHADOWS, co-host of Three Guys With Beards podcast, and winner of multiple Bram Stoker, Eisner, and British Fantasy awards. Please welcome, CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN!

WH: Hi, Christopher! Welcome to the blog. Please give us a brief introduction of your talented self:

I’ve been a full time writer since 1992. In that time I’ve written over one hundred novels, plus comics, screenplays, video games, and more. I’ve also edited a ton of anthologies. I don’t want to do the dry bio thing, so no lists of works, but most recently my novel ARARAT won the Bram Stoker Award. It was a great night. I’m always working on about a dozen things. I also co-hosts two podcasts, Defenders Dialogue and Three Guys with Beards, and I founded the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival.

WH: I was there when ARARAT won. Congrats! Would also love to attend this book festival, as my WAKE THE HOLLOW is the perfect creepy Halloween novel. What other career would you have if not writing/publishing?

Teaching. English and drama, I think.

WH: You haven’t been very secretive about your love for Stephen King which started at a young age. What is it about Stephen King novels that appeals to emergent readers?

I think it’s the way his voice envelops the reader, brings you into an intimate relationship with the characters. That helps the horrific atmosphere, but it’s not just that—it’s the humanity of his voice.

WH: True. I also think children’s issues lend themselves perfectly to horror—not fitting in and facing your fears, to name a couple. Can you tell us a little bit about your creative process?

It really depends on the individual project. Some stories and novels just pop into my head. Other times I’ll read something that will create a synaptic jump with something else I’ve been toying with, an article on my desk, a fragment of an idea in my idea file. So many times I have an idea that I really love but that doesn’t drive me to write it, and that nearly always turns out to be because it doesn’t feel whole until one of these synaptic jumps occurs. Then I know I have something worthwhile. As for the actual writing…I hate to say it, but I have some author friends who love the process every day. For me, at least ninety percent of the time it is real work, frustrating, full of pressure. As others have said, I don’t always love writing, but I love having written.

WH: That’s exactly how I feel. I hate, hate drafting. I want to see it done, laid out. So, as we said, ARARAT won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel and has been said to echo John Carpenter’s The Thing. What inspired you to write it?

Funnily enough, it was one of those fragments I mentioned. I had an article on my desk for many years about Arkologists and the search for Noah’s ark. I knew I wanted to do something with it, but it was only when I had the spark of the idea…I knew the pre-Biblical stories about Noah encountering demons, and I wondered what would happen if one of those demons had stowed away on the ark…and the Arkologists ended up finding the ark thousands of years later.

WH: Love it. Thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and if anyone out there hasn’t read it yet, you need to correct that ASAP. Christopher, if you could interview any horror author, gone or alive, who would it be?

Alive it would be King, obviously. But it couldn’t be a ten-minute thing. I’d want hours to really get into all the questions I’d have. Of those who are gone, it would be Rick Hautala. He was one of my closest friends, and if I had that sort of genie wish, I’d use it to spend time with him. I miss him fiercely.

WH: Aww, damn. So sorry. Good use of your genie wish. How have you changed as a person from your early life until now?

That’s a good question, but I think it’s a better question for my wife. Our first date was on my 20th birthday and I just turned 51, so she’d be more capable of answering it than I am. I’d like to think I’ve improved as a human being, but who am I to judge?

WH: I think you know, but okay, I’ll email your wife. :) How do you like your coffee? Do you have a favorite dessert?

I drink tea or hot chocolate, but I’ve never liked coffee. I like the smell, and I’ve tried it many times, but I just don’t enjoy it at all. As for desserts…that’s a different story. JIce cream. Brownies. Chocolate chip cookies. Strawberry shortcake. That’s about it.

WH: It’s amazing how many people love the smell of coffee but don’t like drinking it. You’re a kid-at-heart dessert kind of guy. Now, you’re one of the hosts of the Three Guys with Beards Podcast. What’s the funniest or craziest conversation you’ve ever had with your co-hosts, Jonathan Maberry and James A. Moore?

The funniest and craziest conversations I have during a podcast are with Brian Keene on our show Defenders Dialogue. On Three Guys with Beards, Jim and Jonathan and I really enjoy talking about the publishing business, about horror and comics and the things we love, but as much fun as we have, we tend to be more serious about the topics. The actually funny and crazy conversations we have tend to NOT be on the podcast. They’re on the phone or at the bar at a convention. Nobody gets to listen to those. :)

WH: Dang it! Fly on a wall… Besides your own novels, you’ve written books for young adults, media tie-ins such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars: Choose Your Own Adventure, Hellboy (to name a few), and you’ve co-created your own comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. Which format do you enjoy writing most?

I love it all, but I’m a novelist at heart. Spreading out inside the world of a novel, exploring characters, building plot…as much as I complain about the work, it’s the most rewarding.

WH: What’s your favorite Halloween tradition?

My kids are too old now for me to take them trick-or-treating, but I do love carving a jack o’ lantern. I love the way the air smells on Halloween night, the glow from the pumpkins, and watching something scary. It’s my absolute favorite holiday.

WH: And it’s almost here! Ahh…scents of cinnamon, pumpkins, and rotting leaves. :) What is the witchiest thing about you (we’re all a little witchy)?

If I could throw hexes, I absolutely would. There’s a bit of mischief in me for sure, and though I don’t have a lot of grudges to hold, when I get one, it sticks.

WH: I can show you how to hex someone if you want. ;) Who would be your favorite Addams Family character?

Morticia, for sure.

WH: Nuff said. Sexy, maternal, the emotional rock of the family. You’ve often said you love the concept of monsters and mythology. What else do you feel a horror story needs in order to be scary?

Intimacy. Human frailty. Something to lose. Otherwise there’s no fear.

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

Just yesterday I delivered my new novel THE PANDORA ROOM to my editor at St. Martin’s Press. That will be out in April, so keep your eyes peeled!

YES! So excited for it. Well, thanks so much for chatting with me today, Christopher. Hope you have a great Halloween season! If you’d like to follow Christopher Golden, visit the links below:

* Website: www.christophergolden.com

* Amazon Author page:

* Latest release: ARARAT

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

* Twitter: @ChristophGolden

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Timesbestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of such novels as Ararat, Snowblind, Of Saints and Shadows,and Tin Men. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two cult favorite comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. His graphic novel trilogy collaboration with Charlaine Harris, Cemetery Girl, reached #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, Dark Cities, and The New Dead, among others, and he has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. Golden co-hosts the podcasts Three Guys with Beards and Defenders Dialogue. In 2015 he founded the popular Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His work has been nominated for the British Fantasy Award, the Eisner Award, and multiple Shirley Jackson Awards. For the Bram Stoker Awards, Golden has been nominated eight times in eight different categories. His original novels have been published in more than fifteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com

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