Title: Horror Business
Publication date: February 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Ryan Craig Bradford
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Top things you need to know about Horror Business
- Seven years ago—the summer after I got my undergraduate degree—I was waiting tables (poorly), wondering where my life was going. At the end of that summer, I left my waiter job (without giving notice) to attend my brother's wedding in Upstate New York. During that trip, I read Dan Simmons' The Terror and Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho—books that were hugely exhilarating due their respective story and structure. Knowing that I'd return home with to no job, I decided that I'd take the opportunity to attempt a novel. That was the impetus to write Horror Business.
- I wrote Horror Business in three months, between September and November. I haven't been able to replicate that kind of productivity since.
- Writing back then felt like a means of survival.
- Horror Business has saved me, mentally and financially, numerous times over the past seven years.
- The title Horror Business comes from the best Misfits song.
- You don't need to be a fan of horror movies to enjoy Horror Business. In fact, it might be better if you're not.
- But if you are a horror fan, there's a part in the book where I state that Evil Dead is a better movie that Evil Dead II. I know this is not a popular opinion, so come at me, horror bros.
- The main character—Jason Nightshade—is a shout-out to Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.
- Most characters are named after famous horror directors, actors or movie characters.
- "Likeable" characters in literature bore me. There is plenty to like about the characters in Horror Business, but they're not 100% likeable. There will be moments when you don't like them, but in the end, you'll root for them.
- Horror Business is very autobiographical. When I first wrote it, I wanted to write a horror story. In the years since—through editing and revision—I've realized that the horror is just a technique to tell a more personal story.
- While I was writing Horror Business, I woke up one night and thought the oscillating fan in my room was a ghost. An old-timey Colonial ghost with a powdered wig, to be exact. In retrospect, that sounds ridiculous, but at the time, it was terrifying.
- When my mom read Horror Business, she loved it, but she also said, "Do you really need to use so many bad words?"
- Yes, Mom, I do.
ABOUT RYAN CRAIG BRADFORD:
Ryan grew up in Park City, Utah. His fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Paper Darts, Vice, Monkeybicycle and [PANK]. He currently lives in San Diego where he acts as Creative Director for the nonprofit literary arts organization So Say We All. He’s the co-editor of the anthology Last Night on Earth and founder of the literary horror journal, Black Candies.
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