Welcome, Craig. Thanks for stopping by. I was introduced to your writing when assigned “The Infection” and “The Killing Floor” for review. Tell us about other books you have written.
The second, THE GREAT PLANET ROBBERY, is a comedic military science fiction novel about two military veterans who decide to get rich in retirement by robbing an entire planet. The book reads like Kipling’s GUNGA DIN set in outer space. This book got a great review from PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY.
Your readers can learn about these and my other works of fiction at http://www.craigdilouie.com/, where I blog about novels, movies, short films and other media dedicated to the apocalyptic horror genre.
I described the exhilaration of “The Infection” as a book that “happens to you.” You do a tremendous job capturing the effects of PTSD on the survivors of the initial plague in present tense prose. How did this come about? Did you always know you would write the novel this way or did the idea come later?
When I was first exposed to zombie fiction, I found it extremely exciting. Here is this collection of literature in which the reader is exposed to the zeitgeist of the world ending, the excitement of survival, the catharsis of being one of the last standing—of not having to have a real job or pay taxes anymore. As I got older, however, my tastes began to change as I now have a family, and therefore much, much more to lose. Instead of writing my fantasies onto the apocalypse, I began to write my worst fears.
I want to avoid spoilers for those readers who will seek out your Infection novels as a result of this interview, but suffice to say by the end of “The Killing Floor” things are looking grim. Do you plan more sequels and what can you tell us about that?
What is your usual writing process? Do you outline or just see where a novel goes?
- David Moody for his courageous take on the undead in his AUTUMN series, his dedication to extreme realism, his incredibly original vision in HATER, and in general for his role in fathering this incredible fast-growing subgenre;
- John Ajvide Lindqvist for his original takes on vampires (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) and zombies (HANDLING THE UNDEAD);
- Conrad Williams for his almost poetic but also horrifying and dismal view of the apocalypse in ONE;
- Jeff Long for his amazing vision of a sinister underworld in THE DESCENT and DEEPER—he taught me a lot about horror and its practical boundaries;
- John Skipp for entertaining me time after time, book after book—he writes with a breathless energy, has perfect pacing and is fearless with his material; and …
Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my work, George!
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