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Hello there! I’m Dave Burnham the head honcho of The Haunted Pen website.
It’s often said and written that writers hear voices in their heads. I have a voice in my head and it never shuts up, I like to believe it’s my muse. He calls himself “Snaggletooth.”
Well, right now Snaggletooth thinks it’s a good idea to interview me so that you good folks know a little more about Dave Burnham and The Haunted Pen.
Snaggletooth – Okay, stop pretending you’re writing and pay attention. Tell us about yourself and be interesting or your wife’s Barbie collectibles turn into angry freakin’ zombies.
I’m Dave Burnham – a.k.a. The Haunted Pen.
We know that already, Einstein. Get on with it before I get bored.
I was born at an early age, back in the days before color TV in Rugby, England. I now live in New England with my wonderful wife, Kathy, and we have several color TVs. After more than 25 years as a freelance journalist and editor, I began writing the kind of stories I that enjoy reading – horror and dark fiction. I have a huge pile of unread books and several large notebooks full of story ideas. I still keep my hand in where editing is concerned, though. I’ve recently been working with Jacqueline LeMaster, “The Mistress of Erotica”, editing some of her titles.
Okay, so now we’ve established you have a plethora of TVs, why do you write?
Why do I write? Because the right words are better than 1,000 pictures…There isn’t one definitive answer. I write for many reasons.
Oh whoopee. I’ll get comfy. This is gonna take a while.
I enjoy reading and watching anything creepy, scary, spooky and weird, but that’s more than enough about the Kardashians. I love stories about places or people that trigger my imagination and start a thought process that can lead to a story idea. I love creating characters, characters traits and plots. I love other people’s reactions when they read the finished story. I get a buzz out of being proud of something I really care about. Most of all I write because I love it!
I love creating characters, characters traits and plots. I love other people’s reactions when they read the finished story. I get a buzz out of being proud of something I really care about. Most of all I write because I love it!
Who are your favorite authors?
I’m a big fan of Stephen King, Jonathan Maberry, Joe Hill, Paul Tremblay, Lee Child, Gregg Hurwitz and Dean Koontz. I also enjoy the work of Tarn Richardson, J.H. Moncrieff, C.J. Tudor, Riley Sager, Tammy Kaelher, Isaac Thorne, Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin. That being said, there’s a whole host of other authors I enjoy who are not listed.
Anything you don’t like?
I have a major dislike of clowns but loved the IT and Stitches movies. I do admit to having a few ideas floating around in my notebook for a horror story or two featuring the face-painted freaks (and chainsaws) though.
Something else that gets my pulse racing is knives. I can watch stabbing or slashing scenes in movies, the sight of blood doesn’t bother me. However, run a knife slowly over flesh in a movie and I’m the guy cringing in the corner, closing his eyes and tightening his sphincter to Olympic levels.
What about movies?
I’m a sucker for good horror movies (and the really bad ones). I enjoy the Rob Zombie’s movies and music. I love Cockneys vs Zombies, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and World War Z. And if I see a James Bond movie on TV, I always watch it.
Do you listen to music when you write?
I don’t always listen to music when I write, but when I do, it’s Motörhead.
Thanks, I’d like to say that was fun but I’d hate to tell a lie. Now get back to writing something decent, you slacker. Got any beer?
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