Jake Anderson is a writer/filmmaker with a passion for subversive themes, fringe ideas, and satirical comedy. His genres of trade are science fiction, horror and comedy. He also runs the popular paranormal/horror blog theghostdiaries.com.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I've spent the last few years studying fringe subjects and have a genuine interest in anything head-scratching. I'm obsessed with outer space, the immensity and incomprehensible grandeur of the universe. I also spend a lot of time thinking about serial killers, death, and conspiracy theories.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
I suppose, if pressed, I'd have to say 'dark fiction,' though speculative is a good word too. Sometimes I don't if something's creepy or not. I think snakes are the scariest thing on Earth. If you gave me a choice between occupying a room with a serial killer or a snake, I'd pick the serial killer. So it's all subjective.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester, China Mieville, Franz Kafka, Harlan Ellison, Stephen King
Which fictional character would be you perfect neighbour, and who would be your nightmare neighbour?
Perfect: Mad Hatter, Nightmare: Regan from the Exorcist
What do you think of the current state of the genre?
It's in good shape, though personally I would prefer more horror/scifi blends.
What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that disappointed you?
The Resurrectionist – haven't been disappointed recently
How would you describe your writing style?
Style treading lightly around content.
Are there any reviews of your work, positive or negative that have stayed with you?
Haven't had any reviews yet!
What’s your favourite food?
Who would be on the soundtrack to your life story?
The soundtrack to Donnie Darko mixed with the soundtrack to Maniac.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?
Writing is rewriting.
What aspects of writing to do you find the most difficult?
Describing characters' physical appearances.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I used to focus way too much on style. Now I just want to tell a story in the most effective manner possible.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
“Novellas don't sell,” said Gregory Benford to me.
Who is your favourite character from your book and why?
They're virtually all despicable in terms of morality, but personality-wise I like the unnerving wisdom of Jim in “Carbon Offset”.
How about your least favourite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
The chainsaw killer in “Tonight at 10!” has a serious attitude problem.
Fame, fortune, or respect?
Whichever one gets me in a cabin out in the woods of Oregon....so I guess fortune.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
Scifi story I wrote called “Harold the House”.
And are there any pieces that you would like to forget about?
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
Last book is an illustrated collection of scifi stories called “Epic Robot Fail”. Next I'm working on a horror movie and a young adult scifi novel.
What's the one question you wish you would get asked but never do?
Who killed Kennedy?
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A video game enthusiast loses his mind over a gruesomeless glitch. A revolutionary writes to her son during the 2nd American Revolution. A bleeding heart environmentalist fights for the Earth. An FBI agent investigates a mysterious electromagnetic pulse. An augmented reality expert acquires a precious artifact. What do they all have in common? They're deranged serial killers.
This book is a collection of five horror stories, each one weird, gruesome and ironic in its own way. The first story, "Tonight at 10!", is about an actress auditioning for a role in a TV show that could be the future of horror/news entertainment. The second story is "Chopper," a near-future look at a 'hacktivist' assassin writing to her son after her final kill of the 2nd American Revolution. "Carbon Offset," a novella, presents a door-to-door environmental activist who turns to the dark side. The fourth story, "The Brazen Bull," takes us inside the minds of an FBI agent investigating a mysterious electromagnetic pulse and a schizophrenic cannibal who has one final secret. The fifth and final story, "The Birthmark Plug-in," presents a techno-dystopia in which a deranged killer has a variety of apps and tools at his disposal.
The title comes from a Charles Manson drawing that illustrates how to make spiders in five steps.
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