Daniel I. Russell is the author of Entertaining Demons, Samhane, Retard, Come Into Darkness, Critique, The Collector Book 1: Mana Leak, Mother's Boys and the huge collection Tricks, Mischief and Mayhem. Daniel is a HWA active member and represented by the Tobias Literary Agency, NYC. Daniel has also been the vice-president of the Australian Horror Writers' Association, special guest editor of Midnight Echo, associate and technical editor for Necrotic Tissue, and Shadow Awards judge.
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Sunday, December 02, 2012Next Big Thing
Due to the madness of real life (getting a new job the week before I would a. Have to prostitute myself, b. Have to sell my body to science, C. have to prostitute myself to scientists or D. Sell my kidneys to a hooker), and THEN getting sick and THEN getting really lazy and sitting around in my pants playing Xbox and shitting said pants by playing Condemned, I finally did it.
I answered my next big thing questions. Although this has been going on for a while, so maybe I’m classed as the something that may happen way, way off in the future, if he’s bloody lucky…erm…thing.
I was hit by many requests to be tagged, but the crafty Lee Battersby got me first. First come, first served. Plus, the man’s LEGO ability scares the crap outta me. I could be killed and replaced with no one noticing, what with the accurate facial rendering via flat one’rs and two’rs.
I went a bit lady’s man with my tags, but that will come at the end.
And without further ado:
1) What is the working title of your next book?
The title of my next novel to be released is Mother’s Boys.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Back when I lived in Ormskirk, UK after university, my gym regime was very short lived, but a chance meeting gave me the seed for the growth of the idea. I had finished work in the late Autumn and was heading over to the gym. To do this I had to cross Ormskirk’s notorious one way system! I was waiting for the lights to change at a crossing (at the car park near McDonald’s if you’re local), and so was another man across the road. He looked a bit vagranty (new word) and had this hideously striped multi-coloured jumper, like something a 70s kids’ show host would wear. As we crossed, he gave me the strangest stare and whistled an odd little tune, so I hurried on. I reached the edge of the park and looked back over my shoulder. There he was, over the road, watching me with this big sinister grin on his face. The weird tune drifted eerily all the way between us. Hmm. So I quickly crossed the dark park and got to the leisure centre. I turned again and he was still there, hadn’t moved an inch, and had that fixed grin remaining on his face.
And I could still hear that whistle.
I had to use him, the way Wes Craven used his homeless man as the image for Freddy Kruger. I have no idea where the rest of the story came from. I think I wanted to write something more like an adventure but with my particular brand of horror.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Well, adventure horror. Weren't you listening? Honestly…
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I have absolutely no idea, as my favourite actors tend to be older, and Mother’s Boys has a lot of characters in their early twenties. The only one that springs to mind is a side character, Monique. Her and her husband are Jamaican and run a bar, The Fourth Dimension, that features heavily. That voodoo woman from Pirates of the Caribbean would do a good job, I guess.
And Sir Ian McKellen to play Alcazar. Why? Because he’s SIR Ian FUCKING McKellan!
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Think you like being different? Think again. (Okay that’s two, but they’re short.)
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither. It will be released in early 2013 from Blood Bound Books.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
This is my third – scratch that, I wrote a novella I just remembered. I meant fourth – book written back in 2005-2006. I can’t remember how long it took, but probably round about 8-10 months. I changed jobs in that time, so I expect real life took its toll!
88) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I suppose Laymon’s Endless Night rings a bell as it concerns a group of males into certain…activities trying to catch a girl. But then this is a bit more varied. I can compare it to movies easily enough: a mash up of I Spit on your Grave, The Hills Have Eyes and The Goonies. If that won’t make you want to read it, nothing will.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Apart from the weirdo at the crossing, I don’t know. It just…occurred.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
This book has had a couple of editors, each with interesting stories to tell. My former boss (head editor of Necrotic Tissue magazine) was the first to have a bash and give a general impression. He said something I never thought ANYONE would say about my work:
MAKE IT NASTIER!
And nastier it became! I don’t think it’s gore for gore’s sake, but things certainly became a bit more visceral.
When Blood Bound Books signed for this one, editor/actor/film maker supreme David Hayes read it and wanted the job. David has been one of the best editors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. We worked on the main characters’ motivations and really fleshed out the novel. I’d love to work with David again. The man has done so many awesome things.
Did I mention I Spit on your Grave, The Hills Have Eyes and The Goonies? Eh? Eh?
There. All done. Over to you good buddies, the gentlemen Pete Kempshall and Matthew Tait, and the lovely ladies Rebecca Besser, Jeanna Tendean and Emma Audsley. Sorry, that was a bit sexist.
Pete and Matt are far from gentlemen.
Well, Pete is…a bit. I have doubts about Tait.
Coming soon: more blog posts! (Obviously)