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The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Michael West

Posted in Last Writes with... on March 20, 2017 by Occult Detective

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Welcome to the twentieth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

mwestToday’s guest is Michael West, author of Cinema of Shadows, Spook House, The Wide Game, Skull Full of Kisses, and the critically-acclaimed Legacy of the Gods series.

A graduate of Indiana University, West earned a degree in Telecommunications and Film Theory, and since that time, he has written a multitude of short stories, articles, and reviews for various on-line and print publications.

He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.

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LAST MEAL

Seafood enchiladas. My two favorite types of food are seafood and Mexican food, so combining them would be the way to go.

LAST BOOK

Stephen King’s The Stand. This and ‘Salem’s Lot are my two favorite books of all time. I re-read them every few years, and it always seems like I find something new with each reading. I would go with The Stand because it’s a longer work, and it might give me a bit more time to live. LOL

LAST MOVIE

ALIENS. I have been a fan of the Xenomorph for nearly my entire life, and this is my all-time favorite film. Flawlessly combines Action, Horror, and Sci-fi. Character, plotting, and effects… A perfect film.

LAST SONG

Either Hotel California by The Eagles or Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. These are two of the greatest songs ever written, and I really couldn’t go wrong with either choice.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

This is a tough one. There are so many people who have left this world that I would love to meet, everyone from George Washington to Prince, but I think I would like to sit down and have a drink with Edgar Allan Poe. I think, as a Horror writer, that would be a great way to start eternity.

For more information on Michael, visit his official homepage, Amazon Author Page, or follow on twitter and facebook.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Jim McLeod

Posted in Last Writes with... on March 6, 2017 by Occult Detective

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JIM McLEOD

Welcome to the nineteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

jimToday’s guest is none other than Jim Mcleod, who, along with being the first person born on Christmas Day in 1971 in the whole of the UK, a championship winning rugby captain, and a Scottish and British kickboxing champion, just so happens to be the founder and driving force behind the UK’s largest independent website dedicated to the world of horror — Ginger Nuts of Horror.

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LAST MEAL

At the risk of sounding like a cliched kilt wearing Scotsman, it would have to Haggis neeps and tatties, and more precisely the haggis that my Nan used to make. I have fond memories of my helping my Nan make the haggis and the smell associated with grinding up sheep hearts and lungs and mixing them with her special blends of herbs and spice and oatmeal is one that brings make deep and happy memories.

Many people think that all haggis tastes the same, but haggis like a good whisky has a unique taste and you a can instantly tell if the haggis is a good one made with love over a cheap mass produced one.

Haggis for me just embodies the Scottish spirit, rough and ready, full of flavour and packing a hefty punch. Like us it’s a social thing, it’s meant for sharing with friends, and family. When you eat haggis, it gives you connection to your fellow countrymen who came before you. It can be a real spiritual experience.

LAST BOOK

At first, I thought this question would be a hard one to answer, but as soon as I thought about it, I realised that it could only ever be Ray Bradbury’s “The Halloween Tree.”

Bradbury is a master storyteller; his lyrical prose is one of the most evocative voices ever committed to paper, and “The Halloween Tree” for me is the most evocative. I love Halloween, and this book is the perfect example of the spirit of Halloween, but more importantly it is one of the best books about friendship and doing the right thing.

The bond between the boys and their love of Pip, always brings a tear to my eye. The scene where Moundshroud tells them about the deal they will have to do to save Pip is one of the most heartwarming, yet chilling scenes ever written.

And even though Pip doesn’t really feature in the book, he is such a wonderful character, so much so that i tried to bring up my children to be like him. I must have read this book at least hundred times, I have read to, and listened to my kids read it to me numerous times and seeing the light of joy in their eyes as they read it just makes me so happy. So much so I bought half a dozen copies of it to donate to Ella’s school book drive this year.

LAST MOVIE

This is a real hard one to answer, part of me wants to be all intellectual and go for for a film that has a lot of meaning, but to be honest the one film that I would want to see one last time would have to be the original Disney Jungle Book. I just love it, to me it is the perfect mix of a great story, great characters and a brilliant songs. It’s the sort of film that cannot help but lift my spirits.

LAST SONG

I grew up in Britain at the tail end of the punk movement and missed out on it by a few years. The two tone and Ska revival was my first musical movement. It was a weird time in Britain, the BNP was in full swing and the country was a dark place both socially and politically. However growing up in St Andrews meant that you were to a certain degree sheltered from the worse of it.

Politics and social relevance was something just just didn’t appear on a thirteen year old’s brain. Until the music of groups like The Special, The Selector and Madness started worming their way into your brain. These groups made you think, made you look at your sheltered life in a totally different way. I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without the influence of these groups on my young mind. For the last song it would have to The Specials’ Ghost Town, a haunting and brutal look at the state of my country in this dark time. Even now almost 40 years since it first hit the airwaves it still has the power to chill me to the bone.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

That’s and easy one to answer, it would have to be my Dad. And the first thing I would say to him be “I know you loved me, and I love you to”. Like many people I had father who ran his own business, he was a man who worked to provide for his family, a man who worked himself into an early grave. I had a strange relationship with him, because I never really saw much of him I never fully connected with him, and it is only now as a father myself that I fully appreciate just how much he loved us and how much he did for us. He may not have always been there, but he always cared. He was good man, I just wish I had more time to appreciate just how good a man he was.

For more on Jim, follow him on facebook and twitter, and be sure to visit the Ginger Nuts of Horror website.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Steven Shrewsbury

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 27, 2017 by Occult Detective

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Welcome to the eighteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

shrewsburyToday’s guest is Steven Shrewsbury, a fantasy and horror author with well over 300 tales published online or in print.

I was first introduced to Shrews via his Dack Shannon and the Majestic Universe occult detective stories.

Other works include Bad Magick (with Nate Southard), Stronger than Death, Hawg, Godforsaken, King of the Bastards (w/ Brian Keene), Bedlam Unleashed (with Peter Welmerink), Hell Billy, and many more.

Steven lives in rural Illinois with his wife and sons.

LAST MEAL

Mashed potatoes, with milk gravy…pork chops; corn on the cob; apple pie with ice cream made by the Amish

LAST BOOK

GODFATHER by Mari Puzo. love it. entertaining

LAST MOVIE

THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES

LAST SONG

Johnny Cash, GONNA SIT ON THE PORCH WITH MY OL GUITAR

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My dad. He’s waiting for me. I’ve got so much to tell him

For more information on Shrews visit his official website, Amazon Author Page, or follow him on facebook or twitter.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Tracy DeVore

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 20, 2017 by Occult Detective

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Welcome to the seventeenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

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Today’s guest is author and editor Tracy DeVore. Tracy was the founding president of the RWA Chapter, Gothic Romance Writers, Inc. (“GothRom”), and a founding member of Indiana Horror Writers (IHW).

She is the Senior Editor for Belfire Press and has edited for several small publishing companies, along with freelance editing for numerous individual authors.

Tracy lives in Indianapolis with her husband Tim and works for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

LAST MEAL

Would have to be round steak slow-cooked (on the stove, not in a crock pot) in its own gravy, the way only my mom could make it. Mashed potatoes (leave a few lumps, please), macaroni & cheese and applesauce with cinnamon sprinkled over it. Not fancy, but it comes with a warm, nostalgic feeling of love and security.

LAST BOOK

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Totally lost myself in that world and would love to do so again.

LAST MOVIE

I thought, what movie would I be sad to never see again, and the first thing that came to mind was the Man in the Iron Mask.

LAST SONG

I first wrote “Sitting” by Cat Stevens, because it’s long been a song I want played at my send-off. But something for me to just sit and listen to one last time? That’s a tough one, there are so many. I haven’t just put the old headphones on, laid back and listened to the full version of Innagadadavida. I think I’d enjoy that.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

Without a doubt, my sister, Debbie. I see no relief for my grieving in this life, I miss her so much.

To find out more about Tracy, check out her Amazon Author Page or follow her on facebook.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Charles R. Rutledge

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 13, 2017 by Occult Detective

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CHARLES R. RUTLEDGE

Welcome to the sixteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

crToday’s guest is Charles Rutledge, co-author (with James Moore) of the Griffin and Price urban fantasy series. Hailing from Georgia, Charles is a pulp fiction and comic book aficionado with a particular fondness for Burroughs, Lovecraft, and Howard, among others. The fact that he’s had a lifelong fascination for The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor wins him all kinds of points around this website for sure.

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LAST MEAL

I eat Mexican food every Wednesday night with a group of friends and have for almost 30 years. One more of those please. I usually have a combo of one burrito, one enchilada, rice and refried beans.

LAST BOOK

Tarzan at the Earth’s Core. It’s my favorite Tarzan book and the one I’ve re-read the most.

LAST MOVIE

The Maltese Falcon. I’ve seen that movie more times than any other, and would happily watch it again right now. Dashiell Hammett’s masterpiece and one of Bogart’s signature roles.

LAST SONG

A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum. It always makes me think of Karl Edward Wagner and the melody and lyrics are haunting.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My grandmother, Bess Rutledge. She was a second mother to me and I miss her every day.

To find out more about Charles, check out his Amazon Author Page or follow him on facebook and twitter.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Cullen Bunn

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 6, 2017 by Occult Detective

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CULLEN BUNN

Welcome to the fifteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

cbunnToday’s guest is comic book writer and author Cullen Bunn, best known, perhaps for work on Uncanny X-Men and Deadpool, but around here The Damned, The Sixth Gun, and Helheim get top billing.

I also have a soft spot for his short story collection, Creeping Stones & Other Stories, and my son would kill me if I didn’t acknowledge Crooked Hills.

LAST MEAL

At first, I was real quick to say I’d go for one of those “Special Dinners” you can get at a lot of Mexican restaurants, the ones that come on four plates and have a little of everything. Wash that down with a really amazing monster margarita and I’m all set.

But then I realized I would probably go with a fried chicken and barbecue combination from Parker’s Barbecue in Wilson, NC is the only way to go.

I’d still want the margarita, though.

LAST BOOK

Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon. It’s a lovely book, a wonderful exploration of childhood. It would help me to think back on my own childhood before the end.

LAST MOVIE

Big Trouble in Little China. It’s a favorite of mine. And it’s about this jackass who gets in over his head in a strange world. Seems about right. After all, I’d be a jackass getting in over my head in the hereafter.

LAST SONG

Pancho and Lefty by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Not even sure why. First thing that popped into my mind. Maybe it just feels like a good song for the end.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My dad. We have a lot of catching up to do. I can’t wait to see what kind of business scheme he’s launched in the afterlife.

For more on Cullen, check him out at his official website, Amazon Author Page, or follow him on twitter and facebook.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… @ShannaGermain

Posted in Last Writes with... on January 30, 2017 by Occult Detective

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SHANNA GERMAIN

Welcome to the fourteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

sgermainToday’s guest is the multi-talented Shanna Germain, an award-winning author and editor, and a Senior Designer for and co-owner of Monte Cook Games.

Shanna is also an outspoken advocate for freedom of speech, GLBTQ rights, positive sexuality, and the rights of people of all genders, sexualities, abilities, races, beliefs, and walks of life.

LAST MEAL

A sugar cone of Friendly’s buttercrunch ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. It reminds me of my childhood and is the one thing that I really can’t get on the west coast.

LAST BOOK

If death is coming soon, I’d have to say Monstress, because I haven’t quite finished it yet and if I die before I get to the end, I will be very, very sad. If death is patient, then I’ll say The Library at Mount Char. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, and I’d like the chance to revisit it before I go.

LAST MOVIE

This is so hard–there are so many great movies that I love with all of my heart. But I think I’ll say Children of Men. This is such a brilliant, devastating, and uplifting movie that tells great human truths. I want to remember those moments of what it means to be most human and take them with me into the afterlife (such as it is).

LAST SONG

I think I’d have to pick “Arsonist’s Lullabye” by Hozier. There’s a fantastic line that I just keep coming back to again and again, “Don’t you ever tame your demons, but always keep them on a leash.” I feel like that’s how I’ve lived most of my life; always a little wilder than I’m supposed to be, but keeping it just contained enough that people don’t freak out too much. I figure that once I’m done with this living thing, I’m just going to give my demons free range and see what happens.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My grandmother, who was a librarian, a reader, a gamer, and one of my biggest supporters. I’d like to ask her what she thinks about the world at this very moment–I think she’d have a lot of smart insight into living (or in this case) dying with kindness, humanity, and grace.

You can find out more about Shanna from her official website, Amazon Author Page, twitter, facebook, and Monte Cook Games.

 

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