Terry M. West is a well known author, filmmaker and actor. He has written several books in the young adult field (most notably the graphic novel series, Confessions of a Teenage Vampire) and he has also authored several horror stories as well as the novel, Dreg. His short horror work has appeared in FrightNet, Scream Factory, Agony In Black, Lacunae, Jackhammer, House of Pain, Dark Muse and Moonletters. He was a finalist for the 1997 International Horror Guild Award for a short story (The Night Out) and he made the 1999 Bram Stoker Awardpreliminary ballot for a piece of long fiction (Hair and Blood Machine). He was also mentioned on the 1997 TV Guide Sci-Fi Hot List. His film works include his debut film Blood for the Muse (based on his comic book of the same name which was a finalist for the 1998 International Horror Guild Award for a comic) and Flesh for the Beast. He has acted in the filmsThe Blood Shed and Gallery of Fear (both directed by Alan Rowe Kelly) and had a starring role in Joseph M. Monks debut film, The Bunker. Upcoming projects include: a revised edition of Dreg, What Price Gory?,Fear and Lesbians in New Jersey and Dead Aware. West currently lurks in southern California with his wife Regina and son Terrence.
Could you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I am Terry M. West. I am a horror author and filmmaker. As a director, I guess I am best known for the film Flesh for the Beast. As an author, I was active in the young adult and adult horror market. My most notable YA title was Confessions of a Teenage Vampire from way back in 1997. In the adult horror market, I published some short stories. I was the founder of Dark Muse magazine and the creator of a horror comic series called Blood for the Muse (which I would eventually develop into a horror film of the same name). My debut horror novel, DREG, was published in 2003. I am currently doing a revised edition.
Do you prefer the term Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
Horror. All the way.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
Theodore Sturgeon, Rod Serling, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Jack Ketchum and I am a huge fan of Edward Levy.
What are you reading now?
Actually, I just reread THE BEAST WITHIN by Levy. It’s a great read.
How would you describe your writing style?
I had a reviewer (Lisa DuMond) once say that my prose was “spare, powerful and packs a nasty sucker punch”. I think that sums it up. I will try to experiment sometimes. My stories A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY and THE NIGHT OUT were experiments that succeeded. And I only say they succeeded based on the feedback I received for both. THE NIGHT OUT was a finalist for the 1997 International Horror Guild Award for a short story and A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY was accepted into an anthology that, sadly, never materialized.
Describe a typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Well, I have to separate the days into actual writing and promoting myself and my work. I have only recently gotten back into the game. It has been nearly a decade since I offered my work. It’s a challenge to find the audience I had before and bring them back and cultivate a new one. It’s a daunting task, but I love it.
What’s your favourite food?
Hot dogs. I have always been a fan.
What’s your favourite album?
The one that spoke to me the most was PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL.
What’s the most important lesson you have learned about writing?
That it takes a HUGE amount of time to perfect a work, and it never really feels completed. You can walk away from a project for a long time but you’ll eventually look at it again, with more wisdom and talent, and cringe.
Fame and fortune, or respect?
Well, I would love all of the above, but for the sake of my family, I would have to take fortune.
What piece of your own work are you most proud of?
My son, Terrence M. West. A close second would be my recent collection, A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY, but more for sentimental reasons that the actual work. It’s the first thing I have offered in a long time and it’s the perfect starter course for anyone who hasn’t read my work.
Can you tell us about your last book, and can you tell us about what you are working on next?
A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY is a collection of my fiction that focuses on psychopaths, serial killers and lost souls. It includes two never before seen stories, A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY and MORSEL, as well as THE NIGHT OUT, WAITING FOR THE THUNDER, TRAITEUR and my expanded novelette, HAIR AND BLOOD MACHINE. A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY is on Amazon Kindle right now, with a print version on the way. I am currently working on a revised edition of my novel DREG. I have another collection of stories on the way. That one is called WHAT PRICE GORY?. There’s more, and you can keep track of it at www.terrymwest.com
"This book is a read that will never be forgotten. It’s a true exploration of mental, and physical torture, with an element of bounteous apprehensions..."... Wesley Thomas, Horror Novel Reviews