Please tell us about your upcoming books and their production schedule.
Hey, MommaCat, thanks for letting me yak away on your blog. Demon with a Comb-Over has just been released (it’d been out earlier, but the publisher went under) with a new prequel along for the ride. It’s a (pseudo-autobiographical) tale about a crappy stand-up comedian (that part is true; well, I at least bombed on open-mic night) who ticks off a demon with a comb-over (that part’s not so true).
Dread and Breakfast was released last month. It’s a terrifying (oddly amusing) tale about a bunch of people stranded at the world’s worst bed & breakfast during a Midwest winter storm. It plays heavily on my fear of guys named “Kevin” who constantly shove muffins at you at such places. And it proves the old axiom: fear antiquing.
I’m wrapping up a horror short story collection, starting a new thriller called “Chili Run,” and will soon dig into my third Zak and Zora mystery (the series about a vapid male stripper and his very put upon, no-nonsense detective sister).
Who are the authors that have influenced your writing the most?
Depends on what day you ask me, MommaCat. Hmm. Dick and Jane books. Elmore Leonard. Dr. Seuss. Chuck Dickens. Stephen King. Donald Westlake. John Farris.
Who would you like to have drinks with?
The above-mentioned writers would be a hoot-and-a-half to tie one on with at a round table drinkathon.
Maybe Trump. So I could get him liquored up, ruffle his awful hair and say, “Okay, Don…what’s REALLY going on? You’re joking, right?”
If you could live in (or just visit) any world, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?
I’d say Willy Wonka’s factory. But now we’re being lead by an orange Oompa-Loompa, so that’s not fantastical enough. I definitely want to avoid Katniss’s world. My life expectancy kinda’ plummets there. Perhaps I’d like to live in Stars Hollow. Yeah. Everything there is cute and whimsical.
Most authors have held many many jobs on their way to becoming successful. What are some of the jobs you have had?
I did have a devastating, very short run as a stand-up comedian. But I euthanized that deal and everyone owes me a huge thanks for it.
For several years, I worked at a public relations firm where my duties included driving Whizzo the clown around town while he chain-smoked and hawked loogies out the window (he couldn’t drive because of his huge clown feet). I also got to see Dr. Joyce Brothers in her underwear (public relations is a dangerous and ugly job at times).
If you were able to trade bodies with one person for one day who would it be and why?
Again, I’ve gotta’ pull the Trump card. I’d call a press conference, say “Just kidding” and grab the nearest person to me and declare him/her president.
What are the next three books you’re planning to read?
Sorry, MommaCat, I never plan ahead. On anything. Writing or reading.
If you won a billion dollar Powerball all by yourself, what would you do after the check cleared? Would you say screw the bills and buy a solid gold kazoo? Or something else?
First, I’d buy a new house with certain requirements: swimming pool, Jacuzzi tub and theatre room. Then I’d toss some to charity and all that crap.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?
I love to watch terrible movies from the ‘60’s through the ‘80’s. The golden age of awful.
What five people living or dead would you invite to a dinner party?
Easy! Andy Kaufman, Adolf Hitler, Salvadore Dali, Charlie Sheen and Phyllis Diller.
How do you want the world to remember you?
With clean underwear please.
Stuart R. West Blog: Twisted Tales from Tornado Alley
I read DEMON WITH A COMBOVER way back in the wayback when it was published by Samhain. You can find my review by clicking on the Random Reviews link on the right hand side of the page. I probably should have asked Stuart for an interview then, but, nooo. I had to wait for them to go out of business! All of his books are well written, and combine horror and humor. That’s really hard to do. But, when it works what you get is a fun read. Sometimes we want gore and scares, but sometimes it’s good to sit back and relax a laugh a little. Stuart is a sure thing if that’s what you’re looking for. Check out his books and see what you think.