Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Meet Nick DeWolf

Seven... seven... seven...

They say there is power in numbers. I don't know who says it or what they are talking about but I do feel like there is some kind of power here at work. Maybe it's the power of seven highly intelligent writers, specializing in horror or perhaps, how to pull off the perfect crime. I don't know. I think a part of me fears what these seven minds are capable of when locked in a brewery together. Add a portal to hell and a taker of souls?! What were we thinking?!! Well, what's done is done. Books, Brews & Boos is only a few days away. Might as well learn as much as we can about these authors in hopes of finding a weakness... some way to destroy them... before they destroy us.

Seven. Lucky number seven. Do you think you can handle all seven? Only one remains. I believe in you. You lover of horror! You ain't scared! YOU want to find new books to read and cherish! Let's do this! Alright, great pep talk... It's time to learn his weakness understand the mind of the big!... the bad! Nick DeWolf!!!

Sure, he may not look scary now but he's a writer! You can't let your guard down around them. Not to be trusted. Mr. DeWolf is no exception. His debut novel through Fey publishing is FRIGHTFULLY EVER AFTER. If that's not a subliminal warning, I don't know what is... but I'm intrigued. Let's be honest, we all like being scared! Lets learn more:

Tell us about your brand spanking new book.

"Frightfully Ever After" is my debut novel and is available from from Fey Publishing.  It's a bizarre mix up of classic fairy tale tropes and a slow burn crime novel.  Though things start out bubbly and sweet, as the gears begin to turn, the darkness inside the characters slips and in things go from bad to worse to completely horrific.  It's a new spin on urban fantasy that's filled with guns, blood, sex, and monsters.  People get hurt.  People get killed.  People get eaten.  And only the toughest get to live Happily Ever After.

Who would you say has most influenced or inspired your writing?

 My father, Henry Allen, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for over 40 years, who sometimes crafts similes so perfect they make you stop breathing.  He was one of the first writers to use journalism as a medium where one could explore the existential symbolism of humanity.  His writing was fluid and beautiful, it carried pacing and tempo the way great jazz music can.

And my stuff sounds nothing like it.Because I was also really into the Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.  Their writing wasn't flowery or symbolic, it was just straight up story telling.  And then this happened.  And then this happened.  And then this happened.  It always progressed forward and never spent time pondering over existence.  I really enjoyed their world building and the descriptiveness during action sequences.  It taught me to keep the reader's heart rate up and make their palms all sweaty.

R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike? 

Edward Gorey

What is your favorite book ... of the moment?

Homebrewing For Dummies. Surprisingly helpful.

If you were on Death Row, what would you choose as your last meal?

Spaghetti with Meatballs and marinara sauce, Cesar Salad with homemade dressing (none of that bottled junk), garlic bread, roasted eggplant Parmesan, a glass of California red wine, a craft beer aged in a cask, and Kraft brand grated Parmesan cheese.

Oh, yes! Their taste seems so... similar.

What was the first horror movie you really loved? That scared you?

The first horror movie I truly loved was "The Gate" - phenomenal practical effects and a crazy story.  Bunch of kids in a house where a gate to Hell opens up in the back yard?  Awesome.

The first that genuinely scared me was a classic - "The Exorcist".  It was not as much the actual film, but the idea that this may have actually happened.  And how personal the film gets with its characters.  "Your mother's in here, Karras" is a terrifying display of how intelligent and manipulative real evil is.

Choose your apocalypse: Zombie, alien or human?

Alien.  If I'm going out, I want it to be by disintegrator beam!

Perhaps, you won't have to wait long.
Now, I'm not saying that Nick DeWolf sounds like a nice guy and we have nothing to worry about but he sounds like a nice guy and has clearly made us drop our guard. I'm looking forward to hearing what he and the six other evil masterminds have to say on our panel at Strangeways Brewery. In fact, I am FLIPPIN' EXCITED! I'm Jessie-Spano-so-excited-and-so-scared! Sure, the authors may have secret ninja assassin mime powers but they have amazing books too! 

If you understandably can't wait, buy the book now. You can also follow Nick DeWolf on the book of many faces here and check him out on amazon

See you all in a few days! Maybe we will have more to tell you. Maybe we will tell you about that Red Vein Army and their crazy soul-stealing master, Mr. Scream Freak. Who knows. Until then, stay pretty and prepare.

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