Welcome Jake Bannerman to my blog today. Just in time for Halloween a spooky take to send shivers down your spine.
Today as well, Jake is giving one lucky reader who comments an e-copy of his new book. All you need to do is comment-say hi, ask a question, leave a comment, etc- and you are entered in to win his new book, just in time for Halloween. Make sure to leave your email address in your comment message or we can’t contact you if you won.
WHATT GENRE DO YOU WRITE AND FOR WHAT PUBLISHER?
I write extreme horror, and I self-publish through the Goat Franchise.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING RELEASE,WHAT INSPIRED IT?
My latest release, ‘The Pitchfork Diaries Volume 1’ is a collection of short stories and what I call ‘terror bursts’ – some people might term it poetry. The Diaries are inspired by mankind and the sickness that has pervaded society.
The most frightening facet of the Diaries is, in my opinion, which everything you read about could have happened and can happen in the future. Unlike other horror books, there are no impossible scenarios; every story is something that will catch you off guard and shock you, and they all have a meaning and a purpose.
One of my greatest fears is that people will brush it off as trash or garbage because it is so very extreme, but from the reviews that have come in so far, readers understand the Diaries, and that is a relief.
A new volume of the Pitchfork Diaries will be released between each full-length novel. I already have six stories ready for Volume Two.
HOW DO YOU BUILD CHARACTERS AND THEIR PERSONALITIES AND LOOKS?
I write in a very unusual way. Everything I write starts with a title. There is more than one person who finds this unappealing, because the titles at times have no relation to the eventual story that forms from them. It is a shame to me when titles match the story, because it causes people to judge the story before they have even read it.
For example – one of the books in Volume One is called ‘The Guts of Christ’. This immediately conjures up thoughts of blasphemy and anti-religion, but it is in fact about a conspiracy that relates to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
As far as development goes, large portions of my stories leave abundant room for the reader to form their own images, and many of my stories are open-ended. The true ending is up to the reader’s imaginations, so each ending is different for each reader, and I love that.
TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR HEROES/HEROINES
My biggest hero in life is my father. He taught me to question everything; when my father said ‘do the dishes’ he expected and wanted an argument. He wanted us to learn to think – granted, you never won the argument! However, it taught us to have a passion for reason and healthy debate. My siblings and I can debate your ass off, battling until we find the viewpoint never found before!
I want people to think and not just lazily accept their place in a herd of uneducated people. I often use Britney Spears as an example; she is absolutely terrible, for she sells a gazillion CDs because she lives off of the insecurities of teenage girls. We all know it, yet still with that knowledge hordes of people continue to buy her music.
I attack the obvious and put it in front of you to re-examine, and that pisses people off because then they feel stupid. I want nobody to feel stupid – I want them to know that they have the opportunity to question everything without prosecution. You do not even have to be public in your opinions; I, though, choose to be very public!
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE MUSE DECIDES TO TAKE A HOLIDAY OR BECOME VERY DIFFICULT HOW DO YOU COAX THEM BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD?
My writing demands full attention because it is very chaotic. We call it ‘vomiting’ because it’s a hot, steaming mess when it hits the paper! By the grace of God, though, I have amazing editors and a ghost writer who knows exactly how I think, so there’s always someone at hand to back me up.
If something is misunderstood or my editors don’t know where I’m going, they are awesome about just shooting me an email or asking me in Google Docs – which, by the way, is an amazing tool for writers! That is why I am so lucky; if you are involved with my writing, you have to be all in or not in at all, and I have four little miracles who are in!
DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC THINGS OR RITUALS THAT HELP YOU WRITE?
I write in bars and pubs because I like a vibrant environment. I cannot stand being in a silent room looking at the walls and trying to create whilst everything is so sterile. I also smoke cigarettes, so I like to smoke whilst I write.
Other than that, there’s nothing in particular – I do like to have my iPhone with me, though. I have always wanted to try and write whilst getting a blowjob…maybe one day!
IF THE WORLD WERE TO END TOMORROW WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
1. Dig up Mae West and f**k the s**t out of her.
2. Play onstage with Motley Crue
3. Moon President Obama
Ask me again tomorrow, though, and I’d have three new ideas entirely…
ARE THERE ANY AUTHORS WHO INFLUENCE YOUR WRITING?
This could be a long-winded answer, so I’ll make it short and simply say ‘no’.
IF ONE OF YOUR BOOKS WERE TO BECOME A MOVIE WHAT CELEBRITY WHO YOU LIKE TO STAR AS THE MAIN CHARACTERS?
I would absolutely demand that the girls who run the behind the scenes world of Jake Bannerman be in the movie; they are all beautiful and talented women, and they deserve the attention! To me, they are stars.
It’s hard to say really, I would want people who aren’t the obvious choices. I’d say Paul Giamanti, Scarlett Johansson and Judd Nelson, to name a few.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE COMING NEXT, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO TELL US?
Next up is ‘Family of Dog: The Harvest’ which comes out on Christmas Day. It is a story of a group of individuals who have sold their soul to Satan, and are unhappy with the results so they sue Satan himself through the courts. I think the best way to describe the consequences is that Satan literally raises Hell.
It’s a crazy ride, and it will have you questioning everything you have ever been told about religion.
As for the second part of the question, it is very important for me to say this in all interviews – consider it a disclaimer, if you will. My writing WILL make you feel angry – no ‘might’ about it – it will anger you, shock you, and make you feel dirty and gritty. It pushes every button that you have, and even some buttons that you never knew you had!
It is violent, extreme and graphic. It is hate-fuelled, and intended for readers with a strong mind, and I have no problem in saying that. I write under a pen name for the safety of those who I love and the people who work with me. But let me assure you, I am not scared for one second for my own safety, because it is only a narrow-minded, uneducated fool who would come after me, and that is the sad reality; some people will want to hate me for forcing them to think for themselves.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INTERVIEW! I HOPE YOUR READERS ENJOY IT AND CHECK OUT MY WRITING.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE HORNS,
Goodreads link – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12507686-the-pitchfork-diaries
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Book Blurb: The Pitchfork Diaries is a collection of short stories and prose unlike anything you have ever read before. Even the darkest and most violent imaginings of your mind cannot come close to matching the horrors contained within.
J.S. Bannerman, a new name in the horror genre, has skillfully woven a collection of tales that will inescapably work their way into your psyche, take up residence and relentlessly haunt you. Prepare yourself to be confronted by words that will threaten to shake the foundation of everything you thought you knew; no truth is too
uncomfortable, no thought too gruesome to share.
All are invited to read The Pitchfork Diaries. Many will never be the same.
BIO: Born and raised in the church, J.S. Bannerman has taken the dangerous stance to question events that have been spoon fed to him as the truth since his childhood. He continually pushes
boundaries as a purveyor of terror and often strives to find that disquietude that exists inside each one of us.
He is a nomad, calling no one place home; choosing the life of a traveler while on the mission of writing the Family of Dog
series. As a result you may find him in your town, writing at your local pub, crafting tales of horror so terrifyingly depraved and heartbreakingly cruel that you would never believe that they come from a mind as normal as his. Just beware, because within each tale is a message; it’s just up to you to figure out what it means.
Early Praise for The Pitchfork Diaries:
“It’s refreshing to find a multifaceted storyteller that can tie together a multitude of different genres. J.S. Bannerman leaves no stone unturned and attacks any subject that his mind lays purchase to. He weaves a brilliant story each and every time that pulls you in and keeps you engaged.”
Author of Days with the Undead
A Sneak Peek Excerpts….
Short story title: Born of the Flickering
EXCERPT 1: The back room was rarely used these days. Once, it had been the room where the sisters performed the ritual of baptising the infants. The old bird bath baptismal font now stood abandoned and forgotten in the corner of the room, wispy cobwebs covering it beneath the patched and faded purple sheets that had been draped over the top, hiding the once sacred tool of Mother Mary.
The room itself, with its dirty stone walls, a once luxurious deep red carpet and elegantly stained glass windows was six steps down from the main building itself, almost like a basement. It was reminiscent of a room that you might imagine finding in an old English castle, with its thick iron chandelier and its flame shaped bulbs protruding out of the top, though they too were now neglected and covered in cobwebs. The cleanliness of the room was no longer of importance, for it had a new purpose: sacrifice.
Short story title – Juden
EXCERPT 2: And as the boy spoke, blood sprayed from his swollen lips, splattering over the bed sheets and the lap of the black man. His eyes widened, but he could not take them away from the apparition in front of him as the boy opened his mouth to speak again, despite the pain it was obviously costing him.
“Mister, you have to know! The so-called chosen people, the Jews – they’re not the chosen people at all, not in the way you all think!” he said urgently, yet more blood falling from his mouth as the gurgling noises from his throat grew louder. “The black people are the Jews; we are the punished! God marked us out at the Tower of Babel and we were put to work as slaves. He created us this way, as black people, to show we were blank – he made you to serve, sir!”