We here at GLAHW have met so many amazing and talented people out in the big wide world (you know, OFF the internets) and thought it was high-time we introduced them to you. Who knows? You may end up discovering a favorite new artist, photographer, writer, or all-around awesome human. This time around, we will be talking to Clark Roberts.
GLAHW: How long have you been writing? When did you get started?
After graduating college, I picked WRITING up. Eventually I landed a teaching career and WRITING wasn’t just pushed to the backseat, but was actually booted out of the car. WRITING went tumbling right into the ditch. Twenty years later I saw WRITING hitchhiking along a back road, and my heart went out to him. At this point, WRITING looked extremely disheveled with wild hair and torn clothes, but being the good dude that I am decided to give him another chance. When I picked WRITING up this second time he smelled like trash, and the first thing he did was change my radio station without permission. I had to lay some ground rules down and we’ve gotten along since.
GLAHW: Why did you choose the horror genre?
Freddy Krueger made quite an impression on me when I was younger.
GLAHW: Were you inspired by a person or event to begin your writing career?
Parents, teachers, other writers, but also the birth of my daughter inspired me to get some shit done.
GLAHW: Are you a Plotter or Pantser?
I rarely plot, but I’ve also never been able to finish a novel. Maybe I should give it a try.
GLAHW: Have you ever had an encounter with the supernatural?
No. Although as a kid my friends and I used to tell each other lies about the supernatural.
GLAHW: Are you superstitious? Why or why not?
I am not superstitious. I have no reason to be superstitious. I know that’s a boring answer.
GLAHW: What do you do for a living, outside of writing?
Middle school teacher
GLAHW: Do you keep a journal every day?
GLAHW: What do you prefer to write – short stories, poetry, novels, scripts, etc.?
Short stories are my game. I’d prefer novels that become wildly popular and provide me with an abundance of wealth, but hey, hey what can I do?
GLAHW: What truly scares you?
Fishing at night, the idea I might fail at parenting, but country music is the most terrifying thing in the world to me.
GLAHW: What sort of hobbies are you into?
Hunting, fishing, sports in general.
GLAHW: Do you read outside of the horror genre? If so, what else have you read?
Not very much, although I am a fan of Jack London.
GLAHW: What’s your favorite genre to write?
GLAHW: Do you use a pseudonym?
Yes, Clark Roberts is my pseudonym. It combines my parents’ middle names.
GLAHW: What do you think makes a good story?
I know a lot of writers say it’s all about plot, but my favorite stories always have intriguing characters.
GLAHW: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Be a professional baseball player and write successful novels on the side. I came so close to the professional baseball career, but the money in the education field just pulled me away J
GLAHW: Are you spiritual?
GLAHW: What are your influences?
Stephen King, Bentley Little, Peter Straub, Clive Barker, and Laird Barron. In fact, my newly published collection pays homage to all of these writers.
GLAHW: What are you reading right now?
Odd Birds by Joel Reeves for the second time (this collection of short stories is absolutely amazing; I highly, HIGHLY recommend it to fans of The Twilight Zone) and Shadows in the Witching Glass by Thomas Gunther. Thomas Gunther has a writing voice unlike any other.
GLAHW: What else do you want your readers to know?
I’m a good dude. Also, readers should pick up a copy of my collection Led By Beasts. Paying homage to the most powerful voices in horror from the last 50 years Led by Beasts is a terrifying collection and features the DEADMAN’S TOME contest winning story “Craftsmanship for Food.” Clark Roberts draws you near the campfire and spins the darkest tales.
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