Check out this very well-done interview with Jason V Brock by Henry Chamberlain over at Comics Grinder.
Check out this very well-done interview with Jason V Brock by Henry Chamberlain over at Comics Grinder.
The Lockbox is happy to have a guest today. You may remember Stephanie Wytovich. I interviewed her last summer. Well, she’s back, and she’s going to talk about her forthcoming book of horror poetry, HYSTERIA.
Without further ado, here she is.
-So…talk to us about HYSTERIA. What’s it about?
The easy answer is that HYSTERIA is about madness, but to me, it’s always been about acceptance. When I sat down and decided to start writing it, I essentially decided to go a little mad myself. There was nothing easy about writing this collection: no fun nights composing next to the moon, no clever evenings spent making up metaphors and bringing characters to life.
It was hard.
And it was painful.
I read a lot of abnormal psychology, studied the diseases of the brain, and traveled across the states to visit different asylums and feel the air and the charge of what it meant to be locked up in solitary. I sat in the isolation rooms of West Virginia’s State Penitentiary, and spent the night at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
And then I met her.
Most of the pieces came to me late at night, crazed and racked by insomnia, and when they did, they were fluent and clear, as if I were talking to the characters one-on-one. I wrote down their voices, shaped the faces that I saw in my nightmares, and looking back, it’s no wonder I didn’t sleep. The patients that readers will meet in this collection are vicious, cruel, and more often than not, completely insane.
Although there are a few innocents.
But who out there is really walking around with a clean conscience?
-What inspired you to put the book together?
When I was an undergraduate at Seton Hill University, I had to start a blog for my Intro. To Literary Study course. I heard everyone talking about blogs and their importance, but to me, it just seemed like another chore that I had to maintain when all I wanted to do was write poetry and study art. But, I created one…quite sarcastically at that.
“Join me in the madhouse,” I said.
Blogging drove me insane, and I hated doing it. And then one day, I hated it a little less, and then even lesser than that. The crazy part about it was that I soon started doing it for fun. I played with the madhouse theme, reviewing psychological films and critiquing books under the veil of psychoanalytic criticism. I read a lot of Freud—probably too much Freud—and paid special attention to his ideas on sexuality and the uncanny.
I saw madness—erotic, uncanny madness—everywhere I went.
The thick, black sludge of the mind’s breaking point.
And when I realized that madness broods inside us all—whether we choose to accept it or not—I knew that I had to explore it, dissect it, rip it apart with a scalpel and study it.
And so I did.
-Is there anything in there that shocked even you?
The entire collection was/is quite shocking to me. Yes, I realize that probably sounds odd considering I write horror, but I don’t think I’ve ever created something so dark, so angry before. There are pieces in there that I look at and think who/what wrote that?
But that’s what I wanted.
I wanted the voice that not only sits in the shadows, but is the shadows. I wanted darkness, blackness, and madness all wrapped up in a straightjacket and ready to go.
And then I wanted to release it and watch the asylum burn.
-Do you ever see yourself writing anything but horror?
Horror is what I do—what I love to do—and I can’t imagine doing anything else, because let’s face it… horror is in everything. What’s scarier than exploring space and meeting aliens? What’s more frightening than meeting creatures that exist only in your wildest dreams? And what’s more horrifying than falling in love?
Fear is in everything.
It doesn’t matter what genre I’m writing in.
I’m going to strangle it and take it down.
-Name a book/tv show/movie you like that would surprise people.
Something that would surprise people, eh?
I’ve seen every episode of Spongebob to date.
And I was there opening day to see the movie when it came out.
That crazy, yellow sponge cracks me up.
Preorder your copy of HYSTERIA here.
She’s also on Goodreads. Enter the giveaway to win a free copy of HYSTERIA!
“Also, I’ll be reading from Hysteria at Kafe Kerouac on August 2 from 7-9 p.m. alongside fellow poets John Edward Lawson and Michael A. Arnzen to kick off DogCon2. There will be comedy, madness, and amputated prose, not to mention a whiskey tasting to follow! We’d love to see you there!”
Stephanie M. Wytovich is an Alum of Seton Hill University where she was a double major in English Literature and Art History. Wytovich is published in over 40 literary magazines and HYSTERIA is her first collection. She is currently attending graduate school to pursue her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, and is working on a novel. She is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press and a book reviewer for S.T. Joshi, Jason V. Brock and William F. Nolan’s Nameless Magazine. She plans to continue in academia to get her doctorate in Gothic Literature.
Check out my previous interview of Stephanie here.
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The Best of The Horror Society 2013, edited by Carson Buckingham, The Horror Society/CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Info: createspace.com.
“A central coast trip that leads to devastating consequences for wine collectors. An adjoining hotel room that isn’t what it seems. A long bus trip with a stopover in an eerie little town. You’ll visit these places and more in this volume. Or how about the old woman with the strange plant? Or the odd little boy selling lemonade? Perhaps the sideshow lady who just smells so good? You’ll meet them all at the turn of a page and they will remain with you long after the book is closed. The Best of the Horror Society 2013 is an anthology of the weird, the wonderful, and the downright wicked. Within you will discover not only the best of emerging horror writers but seasoned pros whose names you will no doubt recognize as well. So turn out the lights, pull up a chair beside the nearest roaring fireplace and enjoy the ride.”
FOREWORD – Scott M. Goriscak
INTRODUCTION – Carson Buckingham
CEREMONY – William F. Nolan
TENDRILS NEVER LIE – Kevin A. Ranson
THE MASK – Lisamarie Lamb
LEMMINAID – Carson Buckingham
THE CENTRAL COAST – Jason V. Brock
WHITE HELL, WISCONSIN – Weldon Burge
VICTIMIZED – Richard Thomas
NORMAL IS RELATIVE – Dan Dillard
THE PROCEDURE – Doug Lamoreux
THE LITTLE CHURCH OF SAFE CROSSING – Joe McKinney
MADELEINE – Julianne Snow
IT HAS TEETH – Christian A. Larsen
MASQUERADE – Dave Jeffery
BLACK BIRD – Rose Blackthorn
ADJOINING ROOMS – Scott M. Goriscak
THE INSPIRATION & HORROR OF GEORGE & HUGH – Nicholas Grabowsky
THE CLOWN – Henry Snider
MOVING DAY – Mark Onspaugh
ELLEN – Lee Pletzers
DADDY – Aaron Warwick Dries
SOFT LIKE HER – Charles Colyott
VENUS – L.L. Soares
THE LUMINOUS VEIL – Ian Rogers
BEER & WORMS – T.E. Grau
BLACK MARY – Mercedes M. Yardley
THE BOY IN THE ELEVATOR – Robert S. Wilson
WEIRD – Dean M. Drinkel
HOTTIES – Mort Castle
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Novembre 17 2013
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Assembles 18 stories of cosmic mayhem and terror, by Jason V Brock, Rick Dakan, Jason C Eckhardt, Brian Evenson, Tom Fletcher, Richard Gavin, Caitlin R Kiernan, John Langan, Nick Mamatas, Nicholas Royle, Darrell Schweitzer, John Shirley, Melanie Tem, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jonathan Thomas, Donald Tyson, Don Webb, and Chet Williamson.
Weird Fiction Review #4, November 2013, edited by S.T. Joshi, Centipede Press, 2014. Cover art by Bob Eggleton, info and previews: centipedepress.com.
“The Weird Fiction Review is an annual periodical devoted to the study of weird and supernatural fiction. It is edited by S.T. Joshi. This fourth issue contains fiction, poetry, and reviews from leading writers and promising newcomers. It features original stories and essays by J. C. Hemphill, Donald Tyson, Mark Fuller Dillon, Ann K. Schwader, Michael Washburn, James Goho; a lengthy interview with Patrick McGrath; an 8-page full-color gallery of art by Bob Eggleton; regular columns by Danel Olson and John Pelan and much more.”
Rare Breeds, Short fiction by J.C. Hemphill
Lunguistica Obscura, Short fiction by Lynne Jamneck
HPL and WHH: Ships in the Night, Essay by Sam Gafford
Stranger On a Bus, Short fiction by Donald Tyson
The Pukey, Classic short story by Nigel Dennis
The Twilight Zone: American Alien-Nation, Article by Christopher Cappelluti
The Vast Impatience of the Night, Fiction by Mark Fuller Dilon
Halsey and the Padre: A Fourteen-Year Old’s Perspective on Henry S. Whitehead, Article by David Goudsward
Wales and the Weird Tale, Article by Mark Howard Jones
Heh, Heh, It’s Jack Davis, A look at the classic E.C. Illustrator by John Butler
This Red Night, Fiction by Michael Kelly
The Tell-Tale Offal, Fiction by Clint Smith
The Haunted Wood: Algernon Blackwood’s Canadian Stories, Article by James Goho
Artist Portfolio, Eight pages of stunning full-color works by Bob Eggleton
The New Monster Magazines, Article by John Butler
Forrest J Ackerman: Fan Zero, Article by Jason V. Brock
An Offer You Can’t Refuse, Fiction by Michael Washburn
Dennis Etchison’s The Dark Country: After Bradbury, Article by Simon MacCulloch
Through Haunted Minds: An Interview with Patrick McGrath by Danel Olson
Casket Letters, The Gothic Year in Review by Daniel Olson
Forgotten Masters of thr Weird Tale, John Pelan talks about Edmund Snell
Notes on Contributors
Philip A. Ellis
Angelee Sailer Anderson
Ann K. Schwader
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Febbraio 4 2014
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In a very rudimentary sense
simulacrum, derived from Latin, means likeness or similarity, a representation
or image. One thinks of the mirror image of one’s self it is true in form
however reversed but lacks the actual substance of the original that casts the
reflection, i.e. the human form standing before the mirror. What is dark
fiction, horror, but visceral writings of the gut that inevitably represent the
deeper truth of what and who we are and what our nature is truly about. These
genres reveal through a vial all that human kind represses, true to form, but
lacking enough to be a story, and dream, or a nightmare.
Jason V Brock (without the
period) is a visceral writer. As we can see from this delightful anthology of
his works, he can rip to the gut and have you attempting
desperately to stuff your entrails back inside before it’s too late.
In the forward written by the
legendary William F. Nolan, the writer remarks “He (Jason) is a deep thinking
individual, even a provocateur, and his work is sometimes extreme, dark and
gruesome…he uses it to expose some flaw or weakness in a character.”
My own experience with Jason
and his writing tells me that there will always be those that exclaim the man
is too controversial. The problem with those views is that it is all too
revealing of the gainsayers that are most likely thick with denial. People,
critical examiners really, that just don’t want to hear the truth. The fact is,
if they don’t want to hear about their own unlovely nature, then they really
need to get out of the horror industry all together because they are doing no
justice there. If there is one thing that Jason’s stories tell us about, it’s
about our lives, our nature, our truth, our self. And through a representation
of that visceral truth, we can see clear to original that lies beyond in the
land of reality.
The collection kicks off with
“What the Dead Eyes Behold.” An image of
that very moment when you look into your significant other’s eyes and are
overwhelmed with the very deepest feelings of love so much that you want to
preserve the moment forever, and ever… and ever!
Next up “The Central Coast,” a
story previously published in Dark Discoveries magazine, starts us off in the
middle trauma and shock. Social gatherings can be horrific enough, without even
coming close to this event. Brock displays the same expertise in setting up the
reader in this story as any Stephen King has written. He enthralls the reader
with terribly vivid scene irresistible to our curious nature only to bring that
shocking and terrible discovery you’d wished you’d never come upon. One thing
is for sure, if you are a wine connoisseur, you might think twice about that
rare estate reserve you’ve had eyes on. It may be more expensive than you
It’s impossible to describe in
a review the depth experienced in reading anything Brock has penned.
Descriptions are as the title suggests only a representation of the actual
experience of reading his work. There are many stories in this collection,
fifteen plus his new novella “Milton’s Children,” but I find it irresistible
not to spoil some delight in each of them. Therefore I’ll leave the rest for
your own experience, an experience that comes highly regarded and suggested.
— Review by Cyrus Wraith Walker
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