Please enjoy this Q&A regarding my first book, Hell of the Dead!

Q: What’s the origin behind Hell of the Dead ?
A: I read a news article about a group of police/soldiers who were attacked in the mountains by some rock and branch-wielding people. Sticks and stones versus guns. And sticks and stones won. What could cause such a seemingly impossible scene? And thus, Hell of the Dead . . . .

Q: Other than that news article, what were some other inspirations?
A: Italian zombie movies from the late 1970s/1980s. The grittier, the better.

Q: So the zombies in this book are invincible?
A: Absolutely. They’re of supernatural origin so why not? I wanted them to be an unstoppable force of nature, making a crappy situation even crappier.

Q: Why? Haven’t you put those poor characters through enough?
A: Nah. They deserve it?

Q: Even the priest?
A: Especially the priest.

Q: Care to elaborate?
A: I’d rather the book do the explaining. Nolan is out of his depth. And he pays for it.

Q: But he was trying to help people?
A: Some people can’t be helped.

Q: Is that the book’s theme?
A: That and ‘be nice.’

Q: Going back to the zombies’ invincibility, can they be stopped?
A: Maybe, but this book isn’t about that.

Q: Sequels are popular today. Any follow-ups to this story?
A: I have two sequels rolling around in my head. I have a ton of original books to write before I can even tackle those.

Q: Can you give us a tease of those?
A: Haha. No.

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Get to know me with this Q&A!

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: All my life. When I was a teenager, I wrote songs that I hoped to record someday, but that never happened. In college, I wanted to make movies so I wrote screenplays, but that went nowhere. And here I am.

Q: What made you start writing?
A: The need for a better life. I can write and there’s money, not a lot, but some in writing and if I can make enough so I can quit my horrible day job, then all of this is worth it.

Q: Any advice on just writing? What do you to get inspired to write?
A: I have to be excited about an idea first. Then I have to plot the story in my head. If I’m still excited about it, I’ll start writing.

Q: Throughout most of your career, what is it that you have relief of and what is it that you regret?
A: Relief: Finding an audience. Regret: I regret that I didn’t get serious with my writing in my 20s.

Q: Who are your personal heroes?
A: My wife and dog.

Q: Who do you draw inspiration from?
A: John Carpenter. Or rather his movies.

Q: Do you base your characters on people in your life?
A: There are a few characters inspired by people I know. They’re usually the horrible ones who get killed. (Names changed, of course.)

Q: Are there any recurring characters that we see or hear about in your other books?
A: Off the top of my head . . . . Characters in Hell of the Dead and dRain share the same names. Rose Miller from She Never Dies. She may or may not be the same Rose Miller who appears in Dead Pool and Rot House.

Q: Do you have a YouTube channel?

Erik Handy

I grew up on a steady diet of professional wrestling, bad horror movies that went straight to video, and comic books. There were also a lot of video games thrown in the mix.

I currently absorb silence and fish tacos. In my spare time, I work a full-time job I hate. Buy my books. Spread the word. Thanks.

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