Pacione speaks about the new story in Insomnia Magazine and a publication coming soon of Flying Cigars. Some of the author notes.
Well, it's been a long time since I actually did an article on AuthorsDen but I am pleased to say some of you who are in the U.K. will see a print exclusive short story titled Ghosts In The Tornado, and those of you who are stateside will see a science fiction story being published on the website, http://www.specficworld.com titled Flying Cigars. I won't talk about the UFO short story here, but I want to talk more about the story that is going to be featured in Insomnia Magazine.
Namely because of the reasons I wrote the story, and the inspiration for the story came about from co-editing the anthology I did with Ms. Wuesthoff. The concept for doing a supernatural horror story with science fiction elements were there a long time ever since I was comparing notes with some of the authors on the Temple of Dagon Roster, so it was time to do one and do it in a way that doesn't compromise the approach I did with the older stories.
Don't get me wrong -- I love doing a House of Spiders, but I needed a new challenge and do it by writing characters that I can really relate too in the sense of the subcultures my room mates are active with and somewhat I was contributing to when I started out doing horror fiction. For the longest time I didn't write with Goth characters or did to a small extent but everything I did was tagged Gothic horror. So I wanted to do a story that lives up to that Gothic horror reputation that I made for myself. Then at the same time combining the new science fiction touches that I was doing more so with the later stories including Flying Cigars. So with that being said, the story came to be inside of three days and about the same length as the first two House of Spiders stories too to boot.
As it does carry the length of the first two stories in the House of Spiders series, I wanted to do something that showed why I was coined what I am with natural disasters. Example of this will be in the short story Utica, Illinois. I wrote this story more or less as a shorter story for Insomnia Magazine to run because the story I wrote originally was much too long and now will be slated to be published in The Temple of Dagon's anthology. The new story is in the style of my colaborator on House of Spiders 3, and this one will be one of the second fastest stories of my catalog meaning -- The Storms of Armageddon and UTICA are the two fastest as far as the build up comes and it will carry elements of the series Tales from the Dark Side. I did this kind of story because I was telling the readers that I am not getting any younger and won't pull off another story like A Cemetery Dream or The Blood Covenant.
I was suprised that I had another House of Spiders in me, or The Drive By Ghost. The actual story was written as a challenge by a fellow author who is featured with me in RAGE MACHINE MAGAZINE. So here I am approaching the editor about a story -- he said he would run anything I would write so I sent him The Drive By Ghost, he told me he had problem with the length. Instead of him breaking the story up in two issues, I wrote the story that will say is the most creative work I've done in years -- the speed behind it especially and the set up for the plot. I came a long way from being the writer that they first seen on AuthorsDen but already back then I knew what I was doing.
The new story is a mix between the old Nickolaus Pacione from 1997, and the new of 2006. Everything about me that made Writings From The Grave what it was in the late part of the 1990s. Everything about the works in The Temple of Dagon and The House of Pain from me will show the readers what I am capable of in the beginning -- that I started out as a Cthulhu Mythos writer but became something more than that in my late 20s.
Everything I wrote in Collectives In A Forsaken Landscape came from the time frame of the age of 23-28 years old in the writing sense, but from the artwork sense was everything I did in 2002. I made my entire career as a writer from writing stories that had no sexual content, and I am planning to continue that route. I explored my own dark side with Collectives In A Forsaken Landscape and included a few stories from that period in the new collection titled The Writings Collected. There are not many Lovecraftian horror stories in that one but they have a lot of character fiction that is more my newer style including THE STATUE and Life Inheritance. Collectives was more personal than this one, this one isn't so semi-autobiographical but I am writing a dark autobiography that goes with Collectives as its companion book.
Being a kid in the 1980s I do remember the old horror series, and remember the new Twilight Zone. So I wanted to do a story that captured both the elements of these eerie shows, and being a teen when the show Are You Afraid Of The Dark came on, it helped shape what I wanted to do with horror fiction. So when I wrote this story, I do use a lot of vulgarity but there is one constant -- there is no sexual content in the story. The way I see it with these stories -- who knows, someone who is in Hollyweird might read the magazine and pick up on the short story or even the story that got published in Dark of Night. I always wanted to do screen plays as some of the reviewers suggested when they read the second in the House of Spiders series on here -- and I thank those reviewers on here to encourage me to take it one step further. What George Romero did with zombies I want to do for natural disasters, giving them a monsterous personality as they are already monsters in the eyes of human kind -- and that is something H.P. Lovecraft can even begin to imagine when he thought of Cthulhu.
So with that comes to mind, why do I write horror? I will answer this question -- it is supposed to scare people and the stories in the genre are about ordinary people in extrodinary circumstances. The more frightening it is and the older the style the writer uses, the better -- especially if the writer knows how the forefathers done the genre. Then they apply those techniques to their own stories, adopting the old storytelling with modern creatures and creating their own horrors that will stand the test of time. Anyone can do a vampire story or a zombie story these days, but it is that little contribution that the writer adds to the genre stands out. Example here will be the books Terry Vinson writes in the horror genre, he knows how to get into the head of the reader and scare the crap out of them. The whole thing, "I won't flinch but I will make you flinch" is the mindset that he has when he writes the short fiction and his novels.
Horror as a genre is a game who can one up the next guy, either in the sense who can come up with the most grotesque death or how they can kill off a character in a story. I am one of those authors who does play around with high fatality counts -- House of Spider 3 has the highest of any of my work or any works that Marjanovic penned by herself. In the realms of Science Fiction, the only story where I really use a high fatality count is The Storms Of Armageddon. Taboo content is abundant in horror, In Sacrifice -- there are a lot of kid deaths and human sacrifices, one of the most original books on the subject I read too and highly recommend it to people who are looking for horror that delivers horror. Macey is a rising star of the newer generation of horror authors, and so is Terry Vinson so if you want some of his work check out Bone Chills and Half Past The Witching Hour. Stephen Lodge is the master of bug horror too so if you want something of his check out the movie, Kingdom of the Spiders. Without Stephen Lodge's work, there wouldn't of been a House of Spiders or a Bite of the Spider, therefore an INSECT for that matter.
Writers such as Rod Serling and H.P. Lovecraft made their careers as writing horror from an angry young man's perspective, and here I am doing stories from a similar point of view. Combining science, religion, and a blue collar voice to the mix, some of the characters are blue collar and others are Right Wing Conservatives. I try to keep the politics out of horror, but when writing science fiction there is more leeway to do stories where political views are instrumental in writing the story. I was inspired by a lot of the horror shows such as The X-Files, Millennium, and The Twilight Zone. Meaning in turn I was inspired by the same author who inspired Mr. Chris Carter to create The X-Files. That being Mr. Richard B. Matheson, and he's one of the most haunting authors I've came across in the written word for a long time -- I strive to do the things he does, write stories that are timeless in the approach of horror and science fiction.
I get a lot of the "Wait you can't write that because of you're a born again Christian," and yes this is a very common thing I get a lot when I was in my early twenties. I wasn't alienating that crowd by writing it, just more so because I am doing things similar to 144,000. This is the story that will make some inspiration in the sense of content wise with the new story in Insomnia Magazine. One of those stories I didn't think I had the balls to write until I wrote it. Horror is a genre of nerves and sometimes there are things that will work on the last nerve of readers and writers alike. What I see in books like Sacrifice, Bone Chills, and Half Past The Witching Hour are a voice that are modern but at the same time lends a bow to the older authors such as Robert Bloch, H.P. Lovecraft, Washington Irving, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Some say their education with Gothic Fiction began with Horace Wapole or Oscar Wilde, some it wasn't that at all -- this is the case with me. Those authors were never in my book cases or ever will, so you're going to see a lot of Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, and Stephen King. My room mates can actually vouch for this one because they've seen all the books that are on the bookshelves coming into the apartment in Justice, Illinois. My wanting to do more ghost stories too also comes from living across the street from the most haunted cemetery in Illinois.
I will use a lot of 19th century descriptive horror elements with late 20th Century English. Being an author in the 21st Century there is more leeway to write Science Fiction too at the same time as writing horror; but also looking back at the authors lifetime it will give new and younger readers a look at the things they never really got to see in the early 1980s and early 1990s, so being a writer who graduated high school in 1994. There is a lot of set up for stories being set in the mid-to-late 1990s from the author's point of view especially if an author or reader is my age since a few my age actually went on to become frontmen of supergroups or helm anthologies of their own. It can be said that a writer in the vein of Lovecraft or an Edgar Allen Poe comes around once every fourty-five years. No one can say what that writer will look like or the question would be if Edgar Allan Poe was alive in the 1990s, how would he dress?