Ginger Nuts of Horror
Today's Five Minutes with interview is with RD Teun. RD is a horror author and avid reader.Who strives for a fantastical metaphor for the complexity of how we experience the world
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
My name is R.D. Teun and I confess I have a penchant for the macabre…
I write all sorts. I have written of Vampires and Zombies (with my own distinct twist), but being an almost Dr Frankenstein kind of writer I want to create my own monsters. I have been a reader of horror and fantasy since I was young and the desire to follow in those same steps haunted me since. I am due to appear in an anthology later in the year with Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterton and a few other great names in horror.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
Dark fiction. I do not think I like the idea of every one thinking that I awake each morning with the sole purpose of scaring people. Which is strange when you consider what I do…
Who are some of your favourite authors?
James Herbert, Graham Masterton, Clive Barker and finally Stephen King. They all have their distinct voices and they all bring something different to the table of horror.
What are you reading now?
Ash – James Herbert. I have had it two days and it seems glued to my hand. Love books like that.
Which book do you wish you had written?
It – Stephen King. That follows not only a moment in a characters life, but their entire lives and each of them so richly drawn. I love that book. It is like being in the company of friends.
If you could use any other author’s creation in your own work, who or what would you use?
Like me, I think most horror writers already have. If you have written about a vampire or zombies or perhaps the werewolf, then we have already used another’s creation. Aside from that, I don’t think I could or not even want to. To me, that would be stealing another’s baby.
Describe typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Generally, I write all day, but when it comes to my attitude to writing Dark fiction, I often feel that this passage from one of my books sums it up best…
Would people honestly believe that he was treading the boards of this haunted house? The stalker of nightmares, the awakener of horrors, sitting there behind an antique desk tapping away at a steel beast of a typewriter with missing keys typing away horrors people dare not imagine with his filth encrusted fingernails. That he awoke each morning with the sole purpose of scaring people. If only they knew the banality of it all. The way he sometimes stared at his computer screen vacantly with a slack jaw as the little black line blinked on a blank page teasing him for not finding the right words, if any.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
The one I am currently working on. Because it is cut purely from the cloth of my imagination and not a view on a currently existing archetype or beast or monster.
What is the hardest lesson you have learned with regards to your writing?
Learning that not every word I type is not gold! When you first begin, you doubt your work. After a little while, you get confident, sometimes more than you should… (Yep, suffered from that one, but I cured myself). I looked back after a spell and thought…shit…I can do a lot better. I have had to cut away several chapters because I became a little self-indulgent. Still have to if the truth be known, but then I have to weigh up and think what is best for the story and sometimes that means cutting away some of the good stuff.
What do you like to do to relax?
Read. I am not a fan of television. I also love to interact with fans of my work
(On www.facebook.com/R.D.TEUN) and I even encourage them to read other writers than myself, because I am also a reader as well as a writer.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
My last book was my take on zombies…I hope to shake the genre up a little and give it some fresh blood. I concentrated more on the people than on the zombies. Because in my mind, there are monsters within humanity and I wanted to how the reader would react to this…it came in two part with me working on the second part as we speak. The other book I am working on now is about a painting of the devil when he was banished from heaven…the painting opens doors to worlds we never thought could exist….