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Today we’re going to share an interview we recently conducted with ZACH GREEN (producer, editor and all round horror fan) you may remember him from our feature on the horror short FAMILIAR… If not click here for a refresher.

Hope you enjoy.

Tell us more about the festivals FAMILIAR has been screened at

Familiar had its World Premiere in Toronto via FANGORIAÕS FRIGHT NIGHTS on March 2nd. The film played before the very controversial Japanese Film, Battle Royale. Later in March, it went on to screen at A NIGHT OF HORROR in Australia. It also went on at ChicagoFearFest April 13-14 where Familiar won BEST SHORT FILM, Texas Frightmare Weekend May 4, 5, 6, Dark Brides Film Festival May 3rd-6th, and Fantaspoa International Film Festival, Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival, Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival,  Fright Night Film Festival, RoundCon Film Festival.

There will be many more as the days come. Please check www.FatalPictures.com for all upcoming screening dates.

What is it about horror that you find so compelling?

I really love the emotion fear. I feel your most alive when you fear for your life, or if you are just really terrified. Ive gained a really big appreciation and love for the genre over the years.

Can you describe the auditioning process of your movies and how you ultimately choose the right actor to portray your protagonist?

Well myself and Richard will audition actors we think would be able to portray what we are trying to depict, and have them one by one come in and audition for the part, most likely we will video tape all the auditions, so we can go back and watch them over and over and ultimately decide who we feel is best.

Your popularity is constantly on the rise with more people becoming aware of your company and projects, but how hard was it to get where you are now?

Well thank you very much for those kind words. I dont really know where i am now, i just know im lucky enough to be a part of Fatal Pictures and to bring the world these great films myself and Richard create.

We recently reviewed your horror short Familiar, tell us, how is the feedback thus far?

The film is really getting some good praise by top critics and getting into great film festivals thus far, so i cant complain to much. I think its getting some great responses and feedback all around.

Tell us about the project you are currently working on?

I am currently still working on promoting Familiar and really getting it into the world. But the next film from Fatal Pictures will be our feature film debut. “WORM”.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far?

Some of the most rewarding parts to me are when im on set seeing the film starting to take form and starting to become a film, and also once the film is finished, being able to watch the film with an audience and seeing how they react to it, as well as of course watching it do very well weather its getting into film festivals or getting a great review.

Where can people find out more about Fatal Pictures and what you’re up too?

The Fatal Pictures Official Website (www.FatalPictures.com) to get all the up to date news and content regarding Fatal Pictures as well as  please follow us on Twitter @FatalPictures

Any filmmakers that inspired you to get into the business?

I wouldn’t really say any one filmmaker/producer inspires me to do what I do, I just love the medium and love creating art for the rest of the world to see. There are many filmmakers and producers i think are awesome and do great work of course. I think Richards stories/scripts need to be told and produced.

And finally, who is your favourite horror icon?

Leatherface: From the Original Texas Chainsaw Massacre ‘1974. I think the character Leatherface is really terrifying and real. What to me makes him extremely scary is the fact he’s a real person.

There’s been a bit of confusion amongst some of our followers recently about which of us are on Twitter, which are posting updates and that sort of thing. I replied to the few messages we received, but then it dawned on me; we’ve been making changes that you’re not necessarily aware about.

So anyway I decided to put together this post to give you a bit more info about the team, including our roles in making Erebus Horror what it is.

Erebus – This is the guy who started it all off. I don’t really know much about him (despite the fact I’ve known him for several years from an online POV) But he is the creator of this site and the organisation. . He is not really in the picture anymore, but as many of you will know he is working on something big that will launch Erebus Horror further than we’ve ever gone.

Richard  – Erebus found me a couple of years ago ranting on a forum about how the Horror industry is in decline. Most people were telling me Twilight was great and that Horror was still very much part of our society (these were snot-nosed teenagers I imagine) Anyway he was the only one who agreed with me and we got talking from there. I can vouch for his Horror knowledge – It is IMMENSE. He has taught me so much over the past two years. Anyway last October I joined Erebus Horror as a blogger and took over from the man himself as he battled demons, conquered warlocks and generally saved the world…

Phil – He’s a good friend of mine who I drafted in to help out with the constant flow of emails, messages, Twitter follows, Facebook requests and everything else we were getting. He is another horror aficionado who has had his finger in just about every horror pie going! He’s a semi-professional musician, amateur SFX artist (mentored by the great Zoe Humphries who we interviewed a few months back) and owns the most extensive collection of horror movies I’ve ever seen!

We’re also in talks with others wishing to join so we’ll updates this page if that works out.

Hope this clears up any misconceptions you guys might have

Remember, if you want to join us – click here for further info

There’s been a bit of confusion amongst some of our followers recently about which of us are on Twitter, which are posting updates and that sort of thing. I replied to the few messages we received, but then it dawned on me; we’ve been making changes that you’re not necessarily aware about.

So anyway I decided to put together this post to give you a bit more info about the team, including our roles in making Erebus Horror what it is.

Erebus – This is the guy who started it all off. I don’t really know much about him (despite the fact I’ve known him for several years from an online POV) But he is the creator of this site and the organisation. . He is not really in the picture anymore, but as many of you will know he is working on something big that will launch Erebus Horror further than we’ve ever gone.

Richard  – Erebus found me a couple of years ago ranting on a forum about how the Horror industry is in decline. Most people were telling me Twilight was great and that Horror was still very much part of our society (these were snot-nosed teenagers I imagine) Anyway he was the only one who agreed with me and we got talking from there. I can vouch for his Horror knowledge – It is IMMENSE. He has taught me so much over the past two years. Anyway last October I joined Erebus Horror as a blogger and took over from the man himself as he battled demons, conquered warlocks and generally saved the world…

Phil – He’s a good friend of mine who I drafted in to help out with the constant flow of emails, messages, Twitter follows, Facebook requests and everything else we were getting. He is another horror aficionado who has had his finger in just about every horror pie going! He’s a semi-professional musician, amateur SFX artist (mentored by the great Zoe Humphries who we interviewed a few months back) and owns the most extensive collection of horror movies I’ve ever seen!

We’re also in talks with others wishing to join so we’ll updates this page if that works out.

Hope this clears up any misconceptions you guys might have

Remember, if you want to join us – click here for further info

Well we’ve featured quite a lot of independent movies recently so how about a change of pace? Today we’re going to tell you about a new, up and coming author who goes by the name of WD Lady.

WD’s debut novel is called Nightmarish Reality. Now although it isn’t necessarily horror (although there were a few horror elements) the series itself is horror-related and will definitely appeal to the majority of you hardcore readers.

So here’s a bit about the book:

IMAGINE EVERY NIGHT YOU WISH NEVER TO FALL ASLEEP… for once you close your eyes the unthinkable horrors plague your mind, your sanity. Eighteen-year-old Zander Russell suffers from constant nightmares. He doesn’t know what is causing them and why his nightmares seem so real, resulting in cuts and bruises all over his body. Seemingly an average student, Zander goes to a typical high school where he’s constantly bullied and teased.  The nightmares occur more frequently in the day, blurring the lines between reality and mere illusions. When Zander meets and befriends a stranger, he begins to realize how truly different he is. It’s only a matter of time before the dark demons of the past suddenly begin to reveal themselves.   Armed with a pen and a notebook, Zander records what is happening to him as he tries to put back the missing pieces of the puzzle. He must stop the nightmares before they start to take on a life of their own. Is it too late for Zander to control what he’s unleashed into the world?

Sounds awesome right? Well I thought so too, so I went online and bought a copy! (Links below) Now I could write a few sentences about what makes it a good book and why you guys ought to buy it, but instead I’m going to tell you what happened on the first morning I started reading it.

It was a typical Thursday morning; I was late for work. Fortunately, so was my train and when I arrived at the station I managed to hop aboard with a bunch of disgruntled passengers all complaining about the delay. So I found a seat and decided to make a start on WD’s book. Well it only took a few minutes before I was submerged into her world. Her character portrayal is flawless, the plot is well thought out and the book itself is constructed in a way that keeps you on your toes. (dancing back and forth in time) In all literal terms, I couldn’t put it down. I had no idea what was going on around me – the train could have been on fire and I wouldn’t have known!

I’m sure you know what happens next…

I MISSED MY BLOODY STOP!

The train ground to a halt and sat motionless for a few minutes whilst I was sat like a zombie drooling over these virtual pages. Luckily I came to a natural end in the book and just happened to look up… Not before the train started to set off again though…

You should have seen me – I was like an Olympic sprinter. I sprung out of my seat and raced down to the doors (stumbling over a briefcase some idiot left in the aisle) I pulled the emergency stop just before the train had left the platform. Well as you can guess I wasn’t the most popular person after that. Following a stern talking to by the train guy and listening to the yells and obscenities of my fellow passengers, I was allowed to leave and head to work ten minutes late.

So my dear readers. I think it’s safe to say that this book should come with a disclaimer – WARNING! READ RESPONSIBLY. USE ONLY WHEN MOTIONLESS AND WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD FEW HOURS ON YOUR HANDS…

I know many of you like a good book to read, and if you’re going to pick up anything new this summer – I’d recommend Nightmarish Reality. It’s definitely the start of great things to come.

Want to know about WD Lady? Well we are lucky enough to have conducted her FIRST interview! You can read exclusively at Erebus Horror here

So what are you all waiting for?

Let’s support Horror!!!

Here’s the links to go buy her book. Take your pick!

Buy the paperback novel on Createspace here

And Amazon here

Buy the e-book on Amazon here

and Amazon UK here

If you want to read up more on WD Lady, here’s a link to her blog

http://wdlady.wordpress.com/

 

Today’s interview is with WD Lady, author of the breakthrough novel Nightmarish Reality.

Now this is a special interview because it is WD Lady’s FIRST interview and you’re reading it exclusively here at Erebus Horror

Here we go!

What made you choose horror as your primary genre?

I actually don’t think horror is my primary genre.  However, I am pretty opened minded and have read a lot of different genres in my life.  I constantly experiment with my writing styles, and one day I decided to do a horror story for a change.  The majority of my stories are lighthearted comedies or fantasy/adventure.  But I wanted to challenge myself and take on a new serious project.  Horror was a genre that I never took on before, until now.  Even though I have written some dark stories…they weren’t generally horror, so horror is in fact not my primary genre.

 

What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I really didn’t think much about becoming a writer, until I was in a screenplay writing class, back in high school. I had written a thirty page script once, and my teacher read it and told me he loved it.  He said I should write more, so I took his advice.  After that class, I decided for sure that I wanted to be a screenplay writer.  All I did was write scripts and screenplays.  However, writing a novel was still new to me.  I still didn’t think I was good enough to be a writer and publish a book.  If it wasn’t for some of my teachers and friends throughout high school and college, I probably wouldn’t be here.  They were the ones who encouraged me to keep at it and practice. They saw the potential in my work, even when I didn’t believe it.

 

You’re a published author now; how hard was it to get to where you are?

I would have to say it was extremely difficult to get where I am today.  At the time I started writing, I didn’t have much of a support system besides a few teachers and friends.  Sometimes, I would throw away stories, because I couldn’t bear to look at them anymore.  Not only that, but I’m still a perfectionist and I would rewrite a story over and over again till I felt that it sounded right.  It took me nearly eleven years to finally accept that my stories will never be completely perfect and I had to train myself everyday to stop throwing away old drafts.  I even had to discipline myself to take breaks and to write a little bit everyday, so I wouldn’t overdo it as well.  It was hard enough for me to just focus on one story at a time, because I wouldn’t get anything done if I was working on multiple stories.

 

‘Nightmarish Reality’ is the first book in the Nightmarish Reality series. Can you give us more details as to what it’s about? 

In simple terms, the series is about a boy who suffers from constant nightmares.  He doesn’t know exactly what’s causing them and why they seem so real, which is why he has a hard time determining what is reality and what is just an illusion. He seems like an average student; however, he’s constantly picked on by school bullies. It isn’t until he meets a stranger that he begins to question his life and realize how very different he truly is.  So, it’s only a matter of time before the dark demons of his past suddenly begin to reveal themselves. He does have a journal where he records what’s happening to him. If he can put back the missing pieces of the puzzle, he may be able to stop the nightmares before they start to take on a life of their own.  You will have to find out if it’s too late for him to control what he’s already unleashed into the world…

 

What about the next books in the Nightmarish Reality series? What direction will they be going in? 

The following books in my series will be much darker as the story progresses into a completely unique direction, revealing new characters and plot twists.  I don’t want to give too much away, but readers will find themselves going back to the first novel to find the little bread crumbs I left behind, for I speed on straight ahead with the plot, so people’s heads may turn as they go further down the rabbit hole. When it comes down to the final conclusion, I’m hoping that it will not only leave readers speechless, but also breathless.

 

Do you have any plans to write a completely different novel from scratch?

Yes, I do.  I already made plans to write several novels from scratch.  If things do go well with this first series, I’ve been thinking about and planning for an alternative version that is separate in it’s own right, but has many of the same characters from the original story.  Not to mention, I have other projects aside from this that have been simmering in my brain for over a decade now that I’m just dying to write it all out.

 

When you’re not writing or working, what are you generally doing?

I’ll be watching films, drawing, blogging, editing, or reading.  I try to spend my time wisely on anything that’s constructive.

   

If you were to set a goal for your future what would it be?

Hopefully, in the next five to ten years, I’ll have a lot more books published by then.  Also, I hope to be a film director, making scripts out of my books, so they can come to life on the big screen.

 

And finally who is your favourite horror icon?

I actually have three in fact. Stephen King, R.L. Stine, and Dean Koontz. If I had to pick one to save my life, I’d have to say that I read Stephen King’s books before anyone else. The first real horror book I read was IT.