Eric S. Brown talks Halloween, horrorLocal author coming to Blue Ridge Books Oct. 29
Few people know Halloween inside and out like local author Eric S. Brown. He doesn’t really dress up any more — and he doesn’t need to. He’s living and breathing the Halloween spirit all year long, penning dark, gory pieces that his fans can’t seem to read fast enough. You can meet the Haywood County king of horror at 6:30 p.m. this coming Monday, Oct. 29, at Blue Ridge Books. Brown will be signing and discusses his newest work, a novelization of the cult horror flick, “Boggy Creek: The Legend is True.”
Brown recently spoke to The Guide about this latest work and Halloween in general. Needless to say, for Brown, the upcoming holiday is about far more than just candy.
Below are excerpts from the conversation.
Stina Sieg: What’s the importance of Halloween for people who don’t happen to be, you know, 7 anymore?
Eric S. Brown: Wow, I think it’s a time to celebrate kind of the darker things, to admit we’re afraid of things, and have fun with our fears.
Stina: Is this Halloween special, because it feels like you’ve got a couple of big things that are either in the works or have recently taken place?
Eric: Well, this Halloween has seen my first novelization, which is a cool thing. I adapted Studio 3 Entertainment’s new “Boggy Creek” into being a book, and it came out this month, and I’ll be signing for it for Halloween quite a bit. It’s the first time I’ve ever been sent a screenplay and hired to turn it into a book, which is kind of fun. And right on the heels of it, Great Lake Films hired me to adapt their book, “The Bloody Rage of Bigfoot,” into a book, as well. So it’s kind of like I just saw my first novelization come out and just got hired to do my second one. It’s kind of like, wow, I’m getting hired to turn movies into books all of a sudden. That’s kind of a cool job.
Stina: Getting that kind of recognition, does it change the way you work, I mean, knowing that people eat it up that much? When you sit down to write a novel or a story, does it still feel the same as when you were just starting out?
Eric: Ah, in doing novelizations, you kind of have to follow the script to a degree and stay at least respectful to the movie, if not dead on. I tend to stay more respectful than dead on and add my own quirks to the plot line. Like in terms of the “Boggy Creek” movie, one of the things critics said about it is it was a good movie, it was really well done, but it didn’t have a lot of action. And being who I am, I of course added, like, a whole subplot of Big Foot hunters and lots of action and guns to the novelization of the movie, which I hope was an improvement. But for the most part, writing is my day job, it’s my business. I definitely think more in marketability now than I did when I was first starting out. But when it really comes down to it, I’m still the horror/fanboy/comic book geek that I always was, and I tend to take a lot of chances with my writing and do crazy, bizarre things.
Stina: I know that a lot of your writing is pretty graphic and pretty intense.
Eric: Yes and no. I’m a Christian, so it doesn’t really have a lot of cursing or sex scenes in it, but the gore and action, as you said, is pretty intense because I love that kind of stuff. I grew up reading military science fiction and loved war movies, so you can definitely see a heavy influence in my horror. I have a new book that just came out last month called “Crypto-Squad,” and it’s sort of like Mothman foresaw the zombie apocalypse and put together a team in coordination with our government, that’s kind of a black ops thing, that has, like, Sasquatch, the Lockness Monster, the Jersey Devil, the Chucacabra and several other crypto-zoological creatures united into a strike team to stop the zombie apocalypse from happening. Like I said, kind of crazy and bizarre stuff.
Stina: Do you think that there’s something about Halloween that we kind of — even as adults — need, like an outlet?
Eric: I think it’s just fun. It’s a good way to go out there, dress up, do some crazy stuff, watch some really gory movies, and just have a blast. And kind of relish in the anthropic side of human nature … I think it’s just a way to admit we have a darker side and celebrate it a little and just have fun. And that’s kind of important, too. You can’t just be good all the time, and you can’t just go, “Oh yeah, I want that character to live.” There has to be one day of the year where you’re like, “Shoot him in the head.” You know?
To learn more about Eric S. Brown’s upcoming appearance at Blue Ridge Books, 152 South Main Street, call 828-456-6000.