Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Last week, Simon McCaffery tagged me and Scott Bradley in The Next Big Thing. He was tagged by Weston Ochse. This is a daisy-chain series of blog posts in which authors answer questions about their upcoming or latest works.

Check out past posts from Simon McCafferyJohn Skipp, and Weston Ochse. And check out next week's posts from those who accepted our invitations to participate: Trent ZelaznyKate Jonez, James Grady, and Gwen Perkins.  

What is the working title of your most recent book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

It came from John Skipp. But there’s more to it than that. Scott and I actually wrote a pair of Afterwords on the subject, but neither of them made it into the book. Click here to read them.

What genre does your book fall under?

Horror. But Skipp once called it a “metaphysical thriller.” We like that. So can we say that? Yes, that’s the ticket. It’s a metaphysical thriller!

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

For the role of Ben we’d like to offer the part to John Cusack. If you’re reading this, Mr. Cusack, please call. And for the role of Claire, we’ll go with Anne Hathaway. Call us, Anne.   

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

One night in L.A., the Dark becomes sentient.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The book was published in October by Ravenous Shadows Press, under executive editor John Skipp.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

2 months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

First Blood by David Morrell, in terms of the pacing and structure. The Light at the End by John Skipp and Craig Spector, in terms of tone.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

A lot of that was answered in the pair of Afterwords we linked, buy we would like to talk a little about what influenced us to write it the way we did. Knowing that this novel would be heavy on action, we spent a couple weeks studying the works of David Morrell and John Farris, particularly the shorter novels like First Blood and The Axman Cometh. We also looked closely at films that moved the way we wanted The Dark to; most notably Steve DeJarnatt’s Miracle Mile. Our good friend Eric Shapiro’s brilliant novella It’s Only Temporary was also instructive, though the styles we employed are very different.

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

It’s packed with action and raw emotion. It’s a “one-night-only apocalypse of the soul,” according to John Skipp. Hell, we’d buy and read this book if we hadn’t written it. We hope you will, too.

Happy Holidays!

Scott & Peter

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