Horror Bookworm Spotlights Robert Essig

Robert Essig sat down with the Horror Bookworm for a 5 question one on one interview. Enjoy the results.
HB: Being a prolific staple in the horror community by consistently creating Novels, Novellas, Short Stories, Editing and so on, do you have a personal preference for one over the other?

RE: These days I enjoy writing novellas. It has been said that the novella is the best vessel for a horror story, and I tend to agree. I used to enjoy writing short stories the most, but it seems my ideas are larger in scale now. Really, I like to write a story and see where it goes, regardless of length.
HB: Do positive responses from readers and peers impact or change the nuts and bolts of your writing style?

RE: Positive responses are great, but I like to think I’m going to write what I want to write and how I want to write regardless of positive or negative responses. If anything, I sometimes get caught up in wanting to follow some of the trends. I had wanted to get away from extreme horror, for instance, but there seems to be an explosion of that particular sub-genre, so I ‘ve been writing some more books in that vein. I think I would have anyway, though.

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HB: Your new book Broth House is centered around, let’s just say a delicious “gourmet” that requires a particular taste for the macabre. What is the most exotic food you have eaten or prepared yourself?

RE: I’m not the most adventurous eater, though I do enjoy gourmet food, and I enjoy cooking. I was at a German deli in Big Bear, California (or was it Mammoth?), when the man who owned the place offered me something to taste, but wouldn’t tell me what it was. Turned out it was headcheese, and it tasted really good. Headcheese is probably the strangest thing I’ve eaten, mostly because I think of that scene in Texas Chainsaw Massacre when the hitchhiker is telling everyone how they make headcheese.

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HB: Recognized within the horror/extreme/splatter genre, has there ever been a time when scripting a story you felt you had crossed the line and second guessed including it?

RE: No, I haven’t. With certain stories I try to write the most screwed up things I can muster, and still it doesn’t hold a candle to the masters of gross. I mean, a good story isn’t just about how nasty the gore is, but that’s one of the fun parts about writing this stuff. People get bent about the dog dying, so I decided to write a book called Baby Fights. I mean, I find the stuff in Baby Fights far more offensive than a damn dog dying, but who knows. Baby Fights will be out in a few months.

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HB: As a music lover, let us readers know… What are some bands you are currently listening to? What would you say are your top three live bands you have seen? What was your very first music purchase that you can remember?

RB: Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Mastodon, Gojira, Queens of the Stone Age, Anthrax, and Cypress Hill. Top three live bands are Ghost, Mercyful Fate, and . . . the third is hard, because I’ve seen a lot of great bands. Probably Motley Crue. Vince Niel sounded great, despite some of the videos that show how bad his vocals have become. I guess we got lucky that night! The first time I bought cassette tapes I remember getting Metallica’s …And Justice For All and Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits. Before that I had always been given tapes and I was a little thief, stealing plenty of them from Tower Records until I got caught.
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