Ginger Nuts of Horror
Keller Yeats has written several published articles about rock music and several unpublished short stories. He has several years’ experience working as a Probation Warden and he draws on this for his novel. In addition he is a published graphic artist and a qualified though no longer practicing jewellery maker and designer. He now lives together with his wife, a Siberian Husky, a Welsh Collie and three cats in a cottage by the sea in Anglesey.
Could you tell the readers a little about yourself?
I don’t know when to stop eating strawberries.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Listen to music.
What is your favourite food?
Tell us a dirty little secret?
I need to wash my hair more often.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut; Leon Uris; Anthony Gray; Tolkein.
What was the last great book you read, and what was the last book that disappointed you?
Fatherland; Titus Groan.
What is your all-time favourite horror novel, and film?
Christine; Jeepers Creepers 2.
If you could erase one horror cliche what would it be?
None because they make me laugh.
Which fictional character would be your perfect neighbour, and who would be your nightmare neighbour?
Stuart Redman; Le Bay.
If you could kill off any character from any other book who would you choose and how would they die?
Thomas Covenent; Ravers rip him to bits!
It you had free range what fictional character would you like to write for?
What do you think of the current state of the genre?
Too many vampires and zombies.
What do you think is the biggest problem facing horror fiction right now?
Too much is based on computer games which minimises characterisation and story telling.
Are there any reviews of your work, positive or negative that have stayed with you?
What aspects of writing do you find the most difficult?
The bits between the killings!
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author.....what is it?
Child abuse and cruelty to animals.
What do you think makes a good story?
One that is unlikely but possible so it intrigues you.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Hammer and chisel.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
‘There’s no such thing as writers block, just a paucity of ideas.”
What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?
All comments are positive.
How do you market your work?
By giving it somebody else to do.
What avenues have you found work best for your genre?
Don’t know, ask my marketing person.
Who is your favourite character from your book and why?
Nick Swann because “I feel his pain”, he,he!
How about the least favourite character?
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
Hot Flash: Review of the Grateful Dead on Tour.
Are there any that you would like to forget about?
For those who haven’t read any of your books, what book of yours do you think best represents your work and why?
“Powderfinger” because it’s groovy.
What are you working on right now?
A second Nick Swann story.
What’s the one question you wish you would get asked but never do? And what would be the answer?
Do you dream in technicolour? Answer: Sometimes
"Powderfinger" is a present day horror story set mainly on the decrepit and abandoned but soon to be redeveloped bank of an old canal between two towns, by an old tar works known as Raven's Gate. Nick Swann is a world weary mid-forties widower and Assistant Probation Warden at St .Joseph's Hostel for young male criminals, situated overlooking the canal and Raven's Gate. A woman is brutally killed on the bank opposite the Hostel on a night Nick is on duty and has granted many late passes for two 21st birthday celebrations amongst the hostel lads. The ensuing Police investigation involves the Hostel, though Nick believes his lads had nothing to do with it, consequently Nick is suspended for issuing too many late passes at once. Then another woman is killed and Nick becomes drawn into discovering the culprit. He works with DCI Findlay and DS Deacon as the murder toll increases. Together with help from his old friends Alan and Hugo, Nick's research uncovers a long series of similar murders in the same area stretching back through the centuries. "Powderfinger" as the killer is dubbed, appears to be some kind of ancient mellifluous, malevolent, murderous being that attacks anyone it considers to be disturbing its peace and quiet. Eventually, as the story climaxes, Findlay, Deacon, Nick and Alan set a trap to lure "Powderfinger" to his doom and rid the area of this beast once and for all but traps can swing both ways.