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Buch-Cover The Dead 1: Todeszellen
Adam Millard
Als Häftling eines der schlimmsten Gefängnisse das man sich vorstellen kann, denkt Shane Bridge, dass er bereits alles gesehen hat. Umgeben von Mördern, Vergewaltigern, Gangstern und Pädophilen, hat Shane drei Jahre lang überlebt. Mit der Aussicht auf seine baldige vorzeitige Entlassung, steckt er große Hoffnung in seine Zukunft zusammen mit seiner Frau und seiner Tochter, die ihn zu Hause bereits sehnsüchtig erwarten. Doch als ein neuer Häftling ankommt, der einen tödlichen Virus mit sich trägt, erkennt Shane schon bald, dass er seine Pläne zu überdenken hat und er von nun an um sein Überleben kämpfen muss. Kaum hat sich der Virus ausgebreitet, verwandeln sich sowohl die Wachen, als auch die Insassen zu fleischfressenden Monstern. Nur wenige haben überlebt, zusammen überlegen sie, wie sie hier herauskommen … … und wie sie am Leben bleiben können.
Verlag: Voodoo Press
ISBN: 978-3902802828
Jessi's Bewertung: starstarstarstarstar

Adam Millard Der Autor
Adam Millard ist der Autor von fünfzehn Romane, sechs Novellen, und mehr als hundert Kurzgeschichten, die in verschiedenen Sammlungen und Anthologien zu finden sind.
Introduce yourself to the readers
My name is Adam Millard and I’m a horror/bizarro/fantasy writer from England. I’m the author of twenty novels, ten novellas, and two hundred short stories, which can be found in various anthologies and collections. I have a colourful Mohawk and more than sixty tattoos. My middle name is Leigh and I don’t like Peanut Butter.
When do you have the best ideas?
Usually when I’m asleep, which is an absolute pain as I’m not clever enough to keep a notepad and pen on the bedside table. Ideas hit me at all times of the day. It could be something simple, like noticing a strange person walking through town, or seeing a news story online. I work ridiculously long hours – which is my own fault, as I’m self-employed – so I have more ideas for stories than I’ll ever get the opportunity to set down on paper. It’s a matter of picking the ones I think would work best as a short story, novella, or novel and getting to work.
What inspires you while writing a book?
I like to surround myself with the things I enjoy. I have a caravan which has been converted into an office, which means I get to head outside and sit on the driveway, away from the myriad distractions of the house. My office is filled with horror memorabilia (figures, posters, props), because those are the things I love most (apart from my wife and son, but don’t forget they’re still in the house along with the other distractions). I like to listen to music when I write; preferably something without lyrics. That’s where bands like Apocalyptica and Animals as Leaders come in. Lyrics are distracting. If you don’t believe me, try composing an intricate email whilst listening to Sikth.
Do people or incidents of your own life appear in your books?
A recurring trait of my protagonists is alcoholism. As a recovering alcoholic, I know exactly what it’s like to be in that situation; to hide bottles, to lie to those who love you the most, to slowly wither away until you one day realise that it’s going to kill you if you don’t do something about it. To a certain extent, the “write what you know” thing can work, but I try not to use every facet of my life in my work. There’s plenty of time for that if I ever get famous enough to put out an autobiography. If I do, it will be called MILLARD: NOT FAMOUS ENOUGH TO PUT OUT AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
What is your book "LARRY" about?
Larry is my homage to the slasher films of the late 70s and early 80s. It’s a comedy-horror about a once-successful killer up at Camp Diamond Creek who realises it’s time to call it a day in 1978, only to return for a second shot at glory in 2014. The trouble is, his best years are behind him. I wanted this guy to still have the passion and drive to kill all these teenagers, but lack the necessary functions to make it happen. The book is consciously filled with all the clichés we know and love, and I had a great time parodying the common tropes of the films I grew up watching. Inevitably, there will be a sequel to Larry out next year.
Are there any advantages or disadvantages in the life of an author?
I don’t see any disadvantages, personally. I get to write for a living. Some days I don’t even wear pants. Other days I’ll wear pants and nothing else. You can’t do that working in Starbucks. I’m extremely grateful that I get to do something I enjoy so much for a living. I spend a lot of time with my son (he’s three, so he’s at that age where he needs constant entertainment, otherwise he’ll just bite your kneecaps) and I get to travel around the UK, signing books and reading to audiences that sometimes forget to turn up. I wouldn’t change a thing about my life…except perhaps weaning my son off the kneecaps.
Do your books deliver a certain message?
There are no hidden messages in my books; I’m not Dan Brown or James Frey. Except for the message in my bizarro novella, Hamsterdamned!, which is never to feed your hamster a bad batch of weed, lest they become giant human-devouring mutants.
How much time passes between an idea and the completion of a book?
I often get the idea for the next book when writing the current one, which means I seldom have time to pause. I like to write between two- and four-thousand words a day, which means a seventy-thousand word novel can be completed in as little as a month. Then I throw it in a drawer and get to work on the next book. I’ll come back to it after a few weeks, approaching the second draft with fresh eyes. I work through as many drafts as it takes to get it how I want it, and only then will the publisher see it. Then, of course, they ask me to change the whole thing, and I spend the rest of the day sobbing in my caravan.
Do you have a certain model? (Do you take somebody as an example?)
People like Chuck Wendig and Laird Barron inspire me. They’re both great writers and when they have something to say they don’t sugar-coat it. Wendig’s views on writing are always useful and often hilarious, and he’s worked his ass off to get to where he is now. I admire people who give every little thing they do their all. There’s nothing creepier than a person without a passion for something…anything.
Which is your best book (or favourite) of all you have written?
Ah, I wondered how long it would be before the old, “Which is your favourite? Your wife or your kid?” question came out. This is such a tough question, because I hate all of my books equally. In all honesty, I’m pleased with how each of my books turned out. I think there’s a visible improvement between my first and last books, which is good to see. It would be slightly concerning if, ten years after my first book came out, I was still churning out Laymon-esque guff. That gradual maturing of my prose is out there for all to see, which I think is a good thing. To use a hackneyed idiom, though, my favourite book will be the next one I write.
Are there moments where you have no more ideas?
I’m fortunate, or I have been thus far, inasmuch as I have an abundance of ideas. Granted, some of them are terrible, but at least they’re there. I’ve never suffered from writer’s block, and I don’t know what I would do if I sat down at my computer only to find out that I was impotent. I keep a document on my computer for ideas, for possible stories and novels, and I just keep adding to it. If the government ever got hold of my computer and found that file, they’d probably arrest me on general principle.
Is there a certain object which always has to be present while you are writing?
Coffee. As I said earlier, I no longer drink alcohol, but that doesn’t mean I’m without my vices, and coffee is my compulsory object when writing. Oh, and it helps if I have my laptop, too. The amount of times I’ve sat down and started typing on my knees…
How do you handle negative reviews or opinions?
I take them without rebuttal or emotion. I hate to see authors ripping into reviewers for offering their own personal opinion of a book. It’s their opinion, and if they didn’t like the damn thing, then they didn’t like it. Should they lie to avoid hurting your feelings? No, of course not. You’re never going to please everyone, no matter how good you think your work is. It’s all very subjective, and those authors that can’t take the rough with the smooth are in the wrong game.
Can you imagine to publish a book of a different genre?
I have written horror, fantasy, science-fiction, bizarro, YA, and a picturebook for 4-7 year-olds, so I have no problem switching genres. I could never write, say, a Regency romance novel, though. All those corsets, operas, and marriages-of-convenience would drive me up the proverbial wall.
Will there be a reading in Germany?
I would love for that to happen. Let’s get Christmas out of the way and we’ll see what we can do.
Describe yourself in 5 words
Ruggedly handsome and extremely modest.
Adam, many thanks for the interview. I'm particularly glad about the personal post which has got a place of honour in my bookshelf :)