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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Interview with Beck Sherman, author of Revamp

FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK. News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks. They called it a blackout. The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed. It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them. They were partially right. It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed. The dark had brought us visitors.

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Read our interview with author Beck Sherman
When and how did the thought of writing a book first come to mind?
The thought of writing a horror novel was always rolling around in my head. In the end, the ideas drove me. I have so many and they’re multiplying, producing offspring. What was I meant to do? Keep them locked away forever? Ideas are like caged animals. They want out.  

How did you come up with the idea of the blackout and all that follows in the story?
It started with a bad storm and then evolved into a blackout. The idea for the blackout came, as far as I can remember, after a lot of the book had been written. When I write a book, the ideas rarely come to me in a linear fashion, but I appreciate the challenge. Once I began a book with only a great ending in mind. With Revamp, the rest of the novel was born of my love of vampires, the issue of terrorism, and the idea that people can love a country so much while others can hate it to the same degree.

In one sentence, why would readers enjoy your book?
Revamp brings the “Holy mother of God, what the f**k is that?” back to vampires. 

Which author inspires you?
Stephen King has been one of my big influences. I grew up reading his books. I hid under the covers from his monsters. Back then, true horror was Stephen King. 

What did you like to read as a child?
My grandfather used to take my brother and I up to the attic to read the Little Golden Book Up in the Attic about a boy who gets into mischief and ends up giving himself a good fright. I also loved Where the Wild Things Are, There’s a Nightmare in My Closet and anything by Dr. Seuss. As I got a little older, I read Nancy Drew, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series, and VC Andrews.

What is your favourite halloween story?
Coming from the east coast, I’d have to say The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Headless Horseman supplied many a nightmare. I remember reading a Disney version of the tale starring Mickey Mouse as Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman had a pumpkin for a head, which was a bit more PG. 

Are you currently working on anything else?
I have another book written, due out next year. Like Revamp, it’s of the New Adult Horror genre, but it’s not a vampire story. The book is about a nice guy, Cain Emmerick, who turns bad. Real bad. But you’ll feel sorry for Cain, even when he becomes a monster. There’s a certain scene - without divulging any details, I’m really interested to see how people will react to it. I also start writing my third book in t minus eight days and counting.     

Besides writing what else do you like to do?
I love photography, and a few years back, I received my master’s degree in photojournalism from The University of Westminster in London. Of course, I concentrated on the creepy, and my end-of-year project was a portrait series of people who believed that they had special powers. As a photographer, I’m also drawn to old abandoned buildings. What’s inside is anyone’s guess. I once explored the underground tunnel of an old insane asylum with only my camera flash to see what was ahead of me. I had forgotten to bring a flashlight. That actually happens in real life, too!   

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