L.L. Soares is a Bram Stoker-nominated writer, working mostly in the horror field. He is a film critic (as well as the editor and publisher) at cinemaknifefight.com, a movie review site that focuses mainly on genre films. He has dozens of stories in magazines and anthologies. His first story collection (with Laura Cooney), IN SICKNESS, was released by Skullvines Press in October 2010, and features solo stories by Soares and Cooney, as well as the title novella, which they wrote together. His first novel, LIFE RAGE, was released in September 2012 from Nightscape Press. His second novel, ROCK 'N' ROLL, is now available, published by Gallows Press. Watch this page....there is a lot more to come.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I am a two-time Stoker nominated author. I’ve written a couple of dozen short stories, some of which are in the collection IN SICKNESS (a collection I share with my wife, author Laura Cooney, that came out from Skullvines Press), as well as the novels LIFE RAGE (2012, Nightscape Press), ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (2013, Gallows Press) and the upcoming mainstream novel, HARD. I’ve also been writing the movie review column Cinema Knife Fight with Michael Arruda for about ten years now.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
Any of these is fine, although I do tend to refer to myself as a horror writer, for the most part. Even though I don’t just write horror.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
My tastes are pretty varied. In the genre, some of my favorites would be Jack Ketchum, T.E.D. Klein, David J. Schow, Karl Edward Wagner, Clive Barker, Skipp and Spector, and I’m a Fritz Leiber fan from way back. But some of my biggest influences are outside of horror. Writers like Henry Miller, Charles Bukowksi, J.G. Ballard, William S. Burroughs, and Harry Crews. I’m also heavily into noir writers like Jim Thompson and Charles Willeford.
What are you reading now?
I’m on one of my excursions into crime fiction, so I’ve been reading people like John D. MacDonald and Dan J. Marlowe. But I also just read Cannibal Fat Farm by Mark Scioneaux and David Hayes, which was pretty funny, so I’m all over the place.
Which book do you wish you had written?
I think THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jack Ketchum is amazing. A really powerful gut punch of a book. Either that or Jim Thompson’s THE KILLER INSIDE ME.
If you could use any other author’s creation in your own work, who or what would you use?
I would love to put William S. Burroughs’ character, Dr. Benway, in the role of Dr. Frankenstein. Just think of the creature he’d come up with!
Describe typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My habits are rather chaotic. I tend to do my best writing late at night. I’m definitely nocturnal, when I’m allowed to be. But basically it’s whenever I can find the time, and that varies from week to week.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
For short stories, I’ve always really liked my story “Second Chances,” which introduces my fictional city of Blue Clay, Massachusetts. I am actually working on a new novel now that takes place there. And I’m really happy with how my novels have turned out so far. I think I prefer writing novels to just about anything else. I like having the room to stretch out in.
What do you like to do to relax?
I’m heavily into stuff like movies and music, and books, of course.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
My last book that came out earlier this year was called ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. It was a novel about a guy who goes into a trance, rolls around on the floor, and makes the people around him have the most intense orgasms of their lives. Until things go sour. Several people have been surprised by how original an idea it, is, and originality is a big thing to me. I’m not really interested in following traditional formulas, if I can help it.
The newest book I am working on is called BURIED IN BLUE CLAY and goes deep into some of the mysteries surrounding my fictional city of Blue Clay. It’s coming out pretty well so far, and I think it’s going to be one of my best works. But I’ve been focusing a lot on revising other book to submit to publishers, so I’m not doing as much new writing as I’d like.