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Autoren-Interviews

Tim Curran Der Autor
Tim Curran lebt mit seiner Frau und drei Kindern in Escanaba/Michigan, USA. Er ist einer der begabtesten neuen Horrorautoren. Sein Werk zeichnet sich durch eine morbide Faszination am Verfall und Tod aus. (Quelle: Festa Verlag)
Introduce yourself to the readers
My name is Tim Curran and Iím a horror writer from the United States. Iím the author of Dead Sea, The Devil Next Door (Zerfleischt), and Biohazard (Verseucht) among others. My stories have been appearing since 1995 and my novels since 2001.
When do you have the best ideas?
I seem to have a lot of good ideas just before I fall asleep at night. Something happens in that gray area between being awake and asleep. I think you connect up with your subconscious fears more easily when your conscious mind is in the process of shutting down. Youíre relaxed and your mind can identify phobias much easier with your guard down.
What inspires you while writing a book?
I think what inspires me the most is the story itself. I do very little planning or plotting when I write something beyond a few character notes and some plot points, so Iím never quite sure where the story will lead. On those rare occasions when I have planned things in more detail, the story always goes where it wants to go. Itís always in charge and it leads me rather than me leading it. So Iím always intrigued as to how things might end.
Do people or incidents of your own life appear in your books?
Oh yes! I have a day job. I work in a factory and many of the people there are very odd and I often use their personalities. My novel Long Black Coffin for example is very autobiographical other than the supernatural and weird aspects. Most of those people I knew and many of the situations in there I lived.
What is your book "Dead Sea" about?
Dead Sea concerns a freighter that gets lost at sea and is drawn through a time/matter vortex into another dimension, a place much like the Shipís Graveyard of lore. A misty, haunted world of ghost ships, sea monsters, creeping weeds, aliens, and other weird things that has itís own godlike entity, the Fog Devil, a Lovecraftian sort of extra-dimensional entity.
Are there any advantages or disadvantages in the life of an author?
Certainly. I think horror writers in general are better adjusted than most people in that we daily face our fears and phobias and anxieties by putting them down on paper and bringing them to a logical resolution of sorts. The main disadvantage is that itís a solo occupation and you spend a lot of time at it, so you have absolutely no social life.
Do your books deliver a certain message?
If thereís any message at all itís that you canít hide from the darkness. It enters all our lives in one form or another. The only way to come to terms with it is to face it. The more you cringe from the bad things in life, the stronger they get and the weaker you get.
How much time passes between an idea and the completion of a book?
Everyone is different. Sometimes ideas gestate for years, gathering wool, before you actually start putting them down on paper. Other times, a situation jumps into mind and I sketch it out for a week or two, then I start writing it. Within a month or two itís completed.
Do you have a certain model? (Do you take somebody as an example?)
No, not really. I admire many, many writers, but the only one I can count to get the job done is me. So there are no real guiding lights for me. I just trust in my instincts and learn to trust in my judgment and never second guess myself.
Which is your best book (or favourite) of all you have written?
My particular favorite is The Corpse King which was published in Germany by Atlantis. Itís a historical novella of grave robbers looting tombs for cadavers to sell for dissection at medical schools in the 19th century. My two grave robbers come into conflict with an ancient entity, the Corpse King.
Are there moments where you have no more ideas?
Never. New ones pop up every day. I never run out. More ideas than time!
Is there a certain object which always has to be present while you are writing?
No, not really, though I couldnít imagine writing without my crowded bookshelves being nearby. I like the feeling of being enclosed by books and the many thoughts of people living and dead.
How do you handle negative reviews or opinions?
I donít read a lot of my reviews. I used to, but sometimes bad reviews would depress me and great reviews would bloat my ego. If a book sells and Iím happy with it, I really donít care what reviewers have to say. The funny thing was, just a few years ago on Amazon bad reviews would kill a book, now really bad reviews mean sales! Itís weird, but it just shows that most people like to disagree with reviewers anyway.
Can you imagine to publish a book of a different genre?
Well, Iíve written westerns and one crime novel, but what Iíd like to do is maybe write a childrenís book, something people of all ages could enjoy.
Will there be a reading in germany?
My daughter actually lives in Sweden. So at some point when I visit her I plan on coming to Germany. A wonderful country with a very rich history that dates back to antiquity. Iíd like to write a horror novel set in Germany. I have lots of ideas for one.
Describe yourself in 5 words
Iím a very ordinary person.