Getting personal with Billy Chizmar

Billy Chizmar, much like his father, excels in everything he does. He works hard and plays hard and it shows! This up-and-coming writer/screenwriter is clearly one to watch. I have had the honor of reading his stories and reviewing the book he wrote with his dad. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was completely thrilled reading Widow’s Point. To say it’s good is putting it mildly. It’s brilliant. His writing and Richards mesh perfectly and it was impossible to tell where one stopped and the other began. If you missed reading works by Billy Chizmar I highly suggest you change that immediately. You will love it! Billy is also a very skilled lacrosse player and played in high school and now in college. He is smart and funny and adores his little brother Noah. I’m very proud to know him and to have him write for my first anthology and now the Ketchum anthology. Thank you Billy. You inspire me and give me faith in the next generation of horror writers! Good luck in all you do!


Please welcome Billy Chizmar to Roadie Notes…………… 




1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I’ve been writing stories ever since I could hold a crayon. We regularly find old stories from my toddler years hidden around the house.


2. How many stories have you written?


I’ve had several stories published in various anthologies and have co-written a novella with my dad.

3. Anything you won’t write about?


I’ll never write about a bad dog, because there’s no such thing.


4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…


I’m 19 and will start my second year at Colby College this fall, where I play lacrosse and am majoring in psychology.

5. What’s your favorite story you have written?


Probably “Widow’s Point” because it was so much fun to trade ideas and drafts back and forth with my dad.


6. Who or what inspired you to write?


My father, for sure. He surrounded me with books from an young age and really instilled my love for the craft. I grew up with heroes like King and Poe, as opposed to athletes or actors.


7. What do you like to do for fun?


Fishing and crabbing are my go to past times.


8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I immediately send an email to my dad with the subject line “can you read this?” every time.


9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?


I write wherever, preferably outside. Music is a must.


10. Anything you would change about your writing?


I’d like to be a more patient writer. I get ahead of myself pretty frequently which causes me to jump forward in the plot without allowing it to develop properly. I’m working on it!


11. What is your dream? Famous writer?


If I could end up anywhere in the writing or film industry, I’d be a happy man.


12. Where do you live?


Bel Air, Maryland – born and raised.


13. Pets?


I’ve got three dogs! Boo and Zoeyy are Shepard/Poodle mixes. We’re not sure what our little, fluffy white dog’s breed is, but we’ve ironically named her Cujo.


14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?


The process of creating a story, a world, is like nothing else. It’s gratifying and terrifying all at once.

15. What is coming next for you? 

I’m currently working on expanding a short story I recently finished into a novella or novel. I’ll also be on set of the Widow’s Point film adaptation for most of August!


16. Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere I can. Sitting on a bench on the boardwalk of Ocean City, MD often results in witnessing some pretty inspiring (yet strange) interactions!



You can connect with Billy Chizmar here: 

Twitter: @BillyChizmar

Facebook: Billy Chizmar



Some of Billy Chizmar’s books:

Getting personal with Stanley Wiater



Stanley Wiater is one of those people who for me has had the dream job. Getting to rub elbows with the who’s who of horror. Writing interviews and meeting some of the biggest and best in this industry. He is very smart, humble and has an amazing sense of humor. I first met him when he was on The Panic Room Radio Show. I couldn’t hear enough. I had to know more about this man and his life. So I begged for an interview. Fortunate for me he decided to let this star struck girl do just that and I even got to speak to him on the phone. For me, it was another dream interview! What follows is just part of what we spoke about. I can’t say thank you for this opportunity enough! You are incredible!!!

Anyone that has been around horror for very long has heard of Stanley Wiater. He is well-known for Dark Dreamers and for his fabulous interviews. He has written about Stephen King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, Robert Bloch, Wes Craven, Edward Lee and so many more amazing and talented people in our genre. He told me that he loved doing the interviews and went in person to meet and talk with them. Talk about a dream job! The earliest interview I found was from 1982 with Robert Bloch and I spent hours reading them until I was cross-eyed. He asks some hard questions and really makes them think. I might need to change-up my questions on interviews. Watch out!! He has written everything from poems, essays, been in anthologies, short fiction, non-fiction and of course his interviews. One of the things I loved the most about him is his heart and passion for what he does. He told me funny stories about meeting some people and getting to walk through their homes. How it wasn’t just a job to him but his heart and soul. He is humble and didn’t think he was interesting enough for me to interview but he is so wrong. This has been one of my favorite interviews to date. Not only has he done interview with other people but he has also been interviewed by some really amazing folks. If you have not had a chance to read anything he has written you must change that immediately.

Rue Morgue magazine has hailed him as “the top horror journalist in North America for the past twenty-five years.” He has also won the Bram Stoker award 3 times and been nominated for the International Horror Guild, Hugo, Rondo, Eisner, Harvey, Locus, and Readercon awards, among other nominations. His literal biographies have been translated into many languages though out the years. There are so many amazing things this man has done that I just can not list them all. So please forgive me if I leave something out. My favorite line he has written to date is…. “are you a Dark Dreamer?” The answer to that is yes, yes I am. There are many ways to connect with him and to read his work. I will list a few because you will be engrossed. I know I sure was. I could have talked to him for days and only learned a little of what his amazing mind knows. To say he is a diamond is putting it mildly.

Stanley Wiater has been referred to as “the world’s leading authority on horror filmmakers and authors” (Radio/TV Interview Report), “the master journalist of the dark genres” (World of Fandom), and “the top horror journalist in North America for the past twenty-five years” (Rue Morgue). His award-winning books – and more than 700 interviews, articles, short stories, profiles, comic book scripts, reviews, and essays – have been translated into at least 10 languages by my count. He has taught College courses at the University of Massachusetts on writing and has gladly helped many young fledgling writers along the way. He is a 3 time winner of the Bram Stroker Award. His first award was given for his book Dark Dreamers: Conversations with the Masters of Horror. 

If you haven’t read or heard anthing that Stanley Wiater has done then you must change this immediately. For anyone that is a true fan of horror he is a must! I can not say enough how much I appreciate and respect everything he has done for me. He is truly an amazing man. Take some time and do yourself a favor and get to know him. You won’t be sorry that you did.


Just some of the amazing things he has done: 


Anthology Series




Short Fiction

Poem Series


Essay Series



Interviews by This Author

Interviews with This Author


You can read more about Stanley Wiater here:



Stanley Wiater,

Thank you so much for the privilege and honor of this interview. It has been an amazing experience and I learned so much! You sir are truly incredible!!


Some of Stanley Wiater’s books: 



Getting Personal with Patrick James Ryan


My next victim is Patrick James Ryan. He is a super nice man and a really great author. He is very skilled in martial-arts and loves Bruce Lee! He has a great sense of humor and always makes me laugh. His books are amazing and if you have not picked one up you must!! Recently I read Blood Verse and totally loved it. Until I read that I didn’t realize that he is also a talented dark poet. There is a story then a poem then story in this book. I really enjoyed that about it and in fact I begged him to send in several submissions for Hellbound’s Poetry anthology. I’m proud to say that he did!

First, let me offer some thanks to you, Becky for this great opportunity to be interviewed by you for your blog! You are awesome! ~ Patrick  



Please welcome Patrick James Ryan to Roadie Notes…….



1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was 24 years old when I first wrote “Road Kill,” one of the short stories in my collection titled ~ BLOOD VERSE. We then had three children and writing took a major step to the back burner in life, with sports and activities taking precedence as we lived somewhat vicariously through the kids. It was resurrected again back in 2007 when I lost my father and I began to write again in earnest.


2. How many books have you written?

I have three published works at present: BLOOD VERSE, THE NIGHT IT GOT OUT, & THE MAGGOTS UNDERNEATH THE PORCH. A second short story collection will come out in 2018, and I am working on four books at present.


3. Anything you won’t write about?

I struggle at times writing sex, especially if it is graphic and gratuitous. While I am certainly not a prude, I’d much rather write a suspenseful scene that grips and shocks the reader, making them want to flip the pages to see what happens next!


4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I don’t mind. I am forty-six and try very hard to keep myself in shape. I am married and we have three wonderful children. I work in the Financial Services industry by day as my primary income, hoping to make it big in the publishing/screenwriting/movie industry a-la John Grisham and others who have transitioned successfully from their day jobs to full-time writing.


5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

I have received the most commercial success and accolades over THE NIGHT IT GOT OUT, but it was the short story & poemcollection, BLOOD VERSE that first caught the eye of a publishing house and opened the opportunities I have now. I wrote that collection with tremendous drive and passion, and I would love to think readers view the stories not only as thrilling, but very original.



6. Who or what inspired you to write?

My Father was a huge believer in my writing, and I am often driven to succeed in the industry as a tribute to him! I also have a former English Professor who loves my writing and is now committed to assisting with editing, a highly valued commodity in this business as we make our own worst proof readers as writers! I have also been highly inspired by the works of Stephen King, John D. MacDonald, Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Lee Child, John Grisham, and many other wonderful authors.



7. What do you like to do for fun?

I have been in martial arts since I was a kid and hold a Second Degree Black Belt in a 5 Animal System of Kung Fu. I am a HUGE Bruce Lee fan! I obviously love to read, listen to Rock music, love College Football and spending fun time with the family!


8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

None at present, but I love the idea. It makes me think of the fictitious character in Stephen King’s book, MISERY, who always smoked a cigar upon completion of a book!


9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

We have a small little spare bedroom where I’ve got the computer set up along with tons of family and inspirational pictures. I  BLAST rock music when I write. Bands from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Kansas/Journey/Foreigner/Styx/Motley Crue to Guns n Roses, and at times even some light rock.


10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Probably more character development in THE NIGHT IT GOT OUT and having the self-awareness of a great editor much earlier in my career.


11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

Of course the standard dream of any author would be: Best selling author with books being a conduit to the Silver Screen! But, it goes deeper than that ~  the most rewarding thing for me is when I am told a person has enjoyed reading a story. It is very rewarding to know that you created something that impacted someone and allowed them to have a few hours out of their life that they enjoyed from your contribution as a writer. Income is good and no one works for free, but you cannot put a monetary amount on the ability to please and provide enjoyment to another human being!


12. Where do you live?

I am in Columbus, Ohio.


13. Pets?

Other than the kids (LOL!), yes we have two cats ~ Daisy and Darby. Daisy is a Tortie while Darby is a grey Tiger. Darby follows me around incessantly, everywhere as if I am hermother. She cries for attention for me. Licks my arms and always has to be by my side! She greatly diminishes my macho martial art image! LOL!


14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Like athletics, when I am really cruising with ideas and words itis like when athletes say they are “in the zone.” The autonomy and opportunity to be creative and craft something from scratch is awesome!  


15. What is coming next for you?

In addition to the nextshort story collection coming out this year, I am currently working on four more books. One is a martial arts fiction thriller. The second is a homicide detective thriller geared for a huge mainstream audience. The third is the first in a series of novels about a warrior who battles evil things, and last but not least in response to huge fan demand, I am going to write a sequel to THE NIGHT IT GOT OUT.



16. Where do you get your ideas?

Anywhere and everywhere! Driving in the car sometimes on business. Watching a TV commercial or show. Here is an example: One night I was watching THE EXORCIST on cable and commercial after commercial was a relentless stream of erectile dysfunction medication ads. I got so sick and tired of watching them. I mean, seriously, if you took one of those pills why would you and your special person be in separate tubs if you’re ready to get it on? LOL! Anyway, it hit me to write the story, LITTLE SWIMMERS in BLOOD VERSE.   If I say any more, I will spoil the story, but once you have read it, you will remember the answer to this question and probably laugh!


Anything else you would like to include?

For anyone seeking to be a writer, I would offer this advice: Write with passion. Believe in yourself. Be committed to working hard. Don’t pay attention to naysayers and harsh critics. However, do listen to sound advice as we all have blind sides and sometimes constructive criticism can be a great learning tool to help you continue to hone your craft. I personally believe school is never out in this industry, and I am always open to input, feedback, and opinions from both readers and fellow authors.



You can connect with Patrick James Ryan here:


Some of Patrick James Ryan’s books: 


A Better Life by Kyle M. Scott. Review by:Mandy Tyra

The Savvy Scotsman scribes again!!
FINALLY, it has been too damn long since I have had the pleasure of Mr. Scott’s company to keep me warm at night.
Not my choice, it’s been over a year since his last release, The Club; an unhinged and animalistic ~ goretastic and orgylicious ~ story about innocence lost, inhibitions shed, and overindulgence embraced to the extents of which would make the tour guides at Sodom and Gomorrah blush.
It was crude and lewd and one hell of a delightfully down and dirty read!

This book, A Better Life, is much more reserved, subtle in it’s horrificness yet still horrific indeed.
It’s more of an atmospheric slow-burn, a character driven tale with an age-old ethical dilemma at its core.

For those not familiar with Scott’s work and who like their horror a little less on the extreme side, A Better Life would be a fabulous introduction for you.
OH and the supernaturally charged Where The Dead Ones Play also pops in mind. That book is one of the few, that after reaching the last page, I flipped back to the first and began again.
I wasn’t prepared for such a deep and profound emotional journey, I was just expecting an awesome fun read and felt I cheated myself with the bigger picture.
So, after getting a signed permission slip for the feel trip, I dove head first back in and that’s when I really started noting all the brilliant foreshadowing, somber symbolisms, and hidden/double/missing meanings that Kyle laced his spooky story with.
Nothing short of pure brilliance.
It’s critically acclaimed for a reason, yea…occasionally those critics get it right. hahaha

Ok so, I got a little sidetracked ~it happens~ now back to thisreview, there are only 5 characters in this book, just 5, and the entire thing is set at a remote location out in the Nevada desert.
Sounds simple enough, right?
Well, the story may not be complicated but the characters sure suffer some….complications.

Theses are often my favorite types of books and movies. A handful of characters set at a fixed location.

~ We got the young and madly in love married couple, Curt and Jess. He’ll do anything for her which is what has brought them to this desperate point in their lives. They have suffered a few ordeals in their time together and could really use a fresh start, a one way ticket outta the trailer park.
Greed is not their motivation, they just deserve a better life.
~ And then there is Peter, he works as a mechanic at Curt’s shop. He’s a foul-mouthed ex-con boozer whose idea of staying on the straight and narrow is swinging from the short and curlies like some sort of belligerent Tarzan. An avid idiot who is the antithesis of good-intended. Truly a vile character but let’s be honest, those are usually the best ones and I dooo notice in my reviews that I tend to go on and on and on about them, way more than the line or two I devote to the pure-at-hearts.
That may say a lot about me but it don’t mean nothing, well…it don’t!! Lol
~ We also meet the jovial and sassy Lisa, she’s very maternal and enjoys taking care of the people she cares about, she doesn’t mince words and makes a mean sandwich. She’s a mama bear and her involvement is wholly altruistic.
~ And lastly, we have little Miss Emily, a beautiful and oddly aloof 8-year-old girl. Jess takes a real shine to her even though she is a bit unnerved by her stoic nature. She seems to be taking all of this a bit too well.
But everybody’s nerves are on edge and young Emily just must be lost in a sort of shock, she assumes.

It was supposed to be so easy, go off without a hitch. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
E V E R Y T H I N G.
The set-up was simple. The follow-through was anything but.
Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!! Well, unless equations factor in because:
Best Laid Plans + Murphy’s Law = Chaos Theory

So just what constitutes a better life anyway…. Wealth? Health? Happiness? Freedom?

At the root, it’s a morality tale that teeter totters that ambiguous line of immorality.
Maybe some sort of catch-22 form of immortality too….
Intrigued? You bet your sweet ass.
There ain’t no sweet in that bitter though, just pure bitter…but a bit of sour too.

Kyle really takes us to some dark places in this story. He plays on (and with) a genuine fear
everybody has. Sin. Just how much sin does it take to overshadow virtue?
Is there a past-the-point-of redemption?
And who decides this….
This book really brings up some moralistic questions.

Remember when I mentioned the vile characters and how much fun they were, well that’s only if the writer is cunning enough to create them multi-textured and with a bit of depth. The last thing I wanna read is some color by numbers, over the top, caricature antagonists.
That just takes me right out of the story.
And I never fear cause Kyle writes them ALL so well ~ the good, the bad, and the fugly.

Another skill I applaud in a writer, what separates the good writers from the great writers, is when they know when to show restraint. I especially admire how in this one scene, this one shocking scene, he wrote it happening ‘off screen’, only audible for another character.
I know it must be hard for extreme authors to practice that kind of self-discipline, to have the foresight and be intuitive enough to know when to hold back and just let the scene sell itself.
It really can be far more impactful and cringe-inducing that way.
Of course I also love it when they go all out bat-shit/buck-wild explicitly crazy on our asses too, which is what Kyle is known for, and excels at.

Aaaand that’s it!!! If you think I’m gonna tell you more, think again.
This ain’t that kind of book and I ain’t that kind of girl!
Well….I am, but this isn’t.
I do wish I could go on but I can’t, I sequester myself with all of my Kyle reviews and yes, I know my silence it’s awfully…disquieting.
That’s the point.
You have to experience The Kyle Style for yourself.
He’s a real write-outside-the-box kind of author.
Smooth as silk, tough as nails, and as real as the 5th dimension.

My only complaint ~ and it is a biggie ~ is that he does not write new stuff nearly enough.
But I guess that’s the perfectionist in him, a writing force to be reckoned with.
I can’t wait for his next tour de force.
It’s supposed to be The Infernal about a rapturous-like apocalypse (…rap-poc) and it’s due to come out in July-ish
BUT, our Mr. Scott does not abide by our repressive Gregorian calendar, he soars the scenic route, transversing along his own celestial course, like a natural-born star ~ a writer rock star.
Sooo….we’ll get it when we get it and it will be worth it. I guarantee it.

If any of you actually made it this far in my review, WOW, I’m impressed or maybe you’re just still on the toilet.
No matters. Preciate Ya either way!
Yea, I used to try to watch the word count but attempting to cut-the-fat always made them bloat more.
So I surrendered and learned to just let my red freak flag fly freely in my reviews, or…little articles.
They’ll end when they’re good and ready.
The End.
Cheers!! 😉

Getting personal with Nicholas Catron

Nicholas Catron is a Washington state resident born and raised. He is 36 years old and is married with 3 children. He is a devoted husband and father. He works as an electrician during the day and writes in the evening. His passion is writing and he is working hard to make that dream come true. In his spare time he enjoyed video games, hiking in the mountains, reading and smoking a good cigar. Not only does he write stories but also poetry. He says my muse comes and demands my hands and I write.

His favorite author is Alexandre Dumas but he at this point in time his writing is influenced by William Gibson. He loves to read and will pick up most anything lying around and will read three books at once. He also enjoys researching obscure topics just for the heck of it and draws a little.


Please welcome Nicholas Catron to Roadie Notes………


1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I’m pretty sure, throughout grade school, I was forced to write a story or two that I don’t remember. Wasn’t exactly into writing back then. I think the first story I wrote was back in like 2010. It was a flash fiction piece about a demon sent to scout out a battlefield when an angel destroys his world and reminds him of who he used to be. I was inspired by the Tool song Right InTwo, which the story is aptly titled.



2. How many books have you written?

I’ve written quite a few short stories but as far as full-length novels, three. Two are collecting dust in a computer folder somewhere, never to see the light of day again.



3. Anything you won’t write about?

Pedophilia or anything along those lines.



4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

36 years old, three kids (two boys and girl), married for almost three years and I work as an electrician. I used to work in the graphic design field and cooked in a few restaurants as well.



5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

My most recent, Apostate. It’s the only novel I’ve written that survived the editing and revision process. Each one before, taught me how to write. I basically had to start from scratch since I didn’t go to college.



6. Who or what inspired you to write?

I’m a talker. I talk a lot. I’ve always told stories, just never wrote them down. One day, it just clicked in my brain: I’m supposed to write. So, I started and now here I am, wondering just how far I can take this.



7. What do you like to do for fun?

Depends on the mood. Read. Definitely read. Play video games, go exploring, watch movies, engage in intellectually stimulating conversations, talk to random strangers at bars (rarely happens these days). The list could go on and on. Write, obviously.



8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

Talk about it, a lot. To anyone who will listen. Fret and worry that it is horrible.​​


9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I usually write in my room with the door closed. Depending on the part of the process, it’s either quiet or I put my headphones on and listen to one song on repeat. Tool is helpful, so are the Deftones. I like Gwar for fight scenes but Gang Gang Dance’s Lotus is excellent for tuning the world out and letting my creativity flow.



10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Well, I would like to be better. To understand how to weave conflict, emotion and controversy seamlessly.



11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

My dream, what I think about daily, what I practically obsess about, is to be able to make my living as a writer. To make more money than I do now, writing. To be able to transition from working construction to writing from home.



12. Where do you live?

Washington state, on the eastside of the westside. Not Seattle but close enough.



13. Pets?

Nope. I’m allergic to animals.



14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My poetry is definitely cathartic for me. Helps me let out whatever is hiding inside. As far as my stories, they’re what I want to read. I love the fact that the worlds and people I dream up on the inside, come to life on the page and take a life of their own.



15. What is coming next for you?

I’m currently outlining my next novel, a cyberpunk dystopian tale of redemption and revenge. So damn excited about it!


16. Where do you get your ideas?

That, I couldn’t say. They just flit in and out of my brain like butterflies through a garden. Almost as if some creature is typing away and saves them to my brain. When I sit down to write, or take notes, the words come out on their own, I’m just the conduit.



You can connect with Nicholas Catron here: 

Instagram – @nickcwrites

Twitter – @nickcwrites

Website –

Facebook –


Nicholas Catron has work so to be released in Blood Puddles: Silent Screams in Liquid Darkness and has poems published on a blog called Vita Brevis Literature.


You can read some of his poems here:


Blank 88

It’s this empty that spreads,
deep through the veins of our lives.
And they end. Disappear.
Like shadows in a moonless night.
What words could console a whisper,
when shouting is the cry that we keep?
Only then, when we’ve lost everything,
could we see.
Could we hope to change our direction.
Could we ever wake to our gruesome truth:
We are Death incarnate,
devils in humanity’s skin.
Cannibal wolves that carve up the lambs,
only to prey on the pack.
Should we not cut out our cancer?
Cut out ourselves?
Or continue on, spreading the decay,
feeding the worms.
Our glass eyes see only the lie.


Anima Lost

And it’s that, which we have left behind,
the slumbering silence of moonlight,
calling out to our faltering name.
The essence of our long-standing footprint,
washed away by devouring tides,
lost to the sands of some memory,
leaving this ache in the folds of our mind.
I’d wait for the fire to foster,
a conflagration of life inside skin,
but concrete, plastic and violence,
has left me slowly dying from within.

Getting personal with Brandon Scott

Brandon Scott is an amazing man. He has a great sense of humor that I adore. He is smart and very passionate about his writing. He writes poetry and stories that will just blow your mind. Having read some of his work in progress I can tell you that he has immense talent and you definitely will want to read his writing. He is one of the most driven writers I have met in a long time with a fire that burns brightly. He is one to watch. He is definitely going places. So buckle up and enjoy the ride and make sure you read his stories you won’t be sorry.


Please welcome Brandon Scott to Roadie Notes…….


1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?

I was 14 when I wrote my first story. It was a 35,000 word novella about a girl trapped in her dreams.


2. How many books have you written?

I’ve written 3 novels and nearly 24 short stories.


3. Anything you won’t write about?

I try to keep religion to a minimum and politics…I hate any political rhetoric.


4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…

I’m 32, single, with no kids, and I am member of the Product Service Group for Lowe’s Hardware where I have worked for the last 15 years.


5. What’s your favorite book you have written?

A book that doesn’t exist anymore called ‘Serum’. It was gigantic with a large scope and 18 characters. I started it in 2008 and by 2016 the overall concept was cliché or so I was alerted to. So I split it down into short stories.


6. Who or what inspired you to write?

Let’s see growing up reading Koontz and Dan Simmons gave me a desire to do it when I was around 11 or 12. What put my into hyperdrive was reading a bad novel that I won’t name, but it made me believe I could do better.


7. What do you like to do for fun?

I play guitar and work on them as well as work on cars …particularly my Wrangler. I love at the edge of the Linville Gorge so I hike quite a bit and up until this summer I coached middle school baseball.


8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?

I drink lots of vodka ….no… I finish the last page up at a place called Wiseman’s View overlooking the Gorge.

9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?

I have a nook set up and sometimes I blare loud 90’s alternative rock and sometimes it’s dead silent with nothing but the sound of keys clicking.


10. Anything you would change about your writing?

Learn proper comma use. I’m terrible with commas !


11. What is your dream? Famous writer?

For writing to be my full-time job in a cabin by the lake. Full on hermit style of life.


12. Where do you live?

Nebo, a town in the upper foothill of North Carolina.


13. Pets?

Two labs named Archer and Trajin


14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Being hypnotized at the keyboard. I go somewhere else in my mind where the characters are real and I like to go there as often as possible.


15. What is coming next for you?

A redraft on a long novel called ‘The Storms of June’  a haunted house story masking a metaphor of being abandoned and neglected.

16. Where do you get your ideas?

They start with random one liners that turn into “what ifs” and I talk to myself a lot !



You can connect with Brandon Scott here:


Some of Brandon Scott’s books:



Getting personal with S.C. Burke

“  I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had a youth shrouded in perpetual 80s themes, cartoons, toys, comic books, and most importantly- film. I studied film well into my 20’s, hoping to have a career writing or directing. However, my attention kept fall to writing, mainly experimental prose, something that slowly seeped into everything I did. So, it was then that I decided to devote myself entirely to the art of words.  This was the birth of NihilismRevised – an independent literary collective of underground writers, all coming together to create books in basements, then distributing our labors at live readings and street corners. After several years, the collective went their own ways in life, and I decided to take NihilismRevised out to the world to see if we could publish collectively on the world’s platform.”
Please welcome SC Burke to Roadie Notes………
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I feel like I’ve been creating stories my whole life – but I distinctly remember around age 10, I set out to create a comic-book character – by the name of Milton – and the first thing I would do before drawing the panels was create a small plot for each adventure. I’m pretty sure the inspiration was Bart Simpson, as all I ever did with the character of Miltonwe’re acts of deviance. He was nothing more than a social misfit.
2. How many books have you written?
Officially, I have 2 book lurking amongst us. Most recently The Weird: A Strange Novella, and id Cancer, both being transgressive/experimental stories.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Ultimately, no. Absolutely not. There are no limitations in the art we create – it’s why we do what we do. Though, I tend to find anything that spreads the ignorance and idiocy of hatred to be incredibly disposable – like a human without a soul, it has no point or place.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I am 32 years old. Not married, though I can safely say my soul is spoken for. One child, my son: Vincent Hadrian. I do art/design, as well as directing the publishing label NihilismRevised with my partner-in-crime Zak A. Ferguson.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
As far as favorites for my own personal works, I’d have to say the favorite lies with a book called 1985: A Neon-Drenched Novel. I have yet to publish the book at this point, though it is currently my main focus, and I’m hoping to have it out in 2018. The story is without a doubt my most personaland precious piece.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
While inspiration is something I take from almost anywhere and everywhere, there are two that have impacted my psyche with an imprint that’ll never disappear. The first being the book Helter Sketler, a true-crime novel documenting the Manson family murders. I went through a phase in my youth where reading was the last thing I wanted to be doing, and it was reflecting. So, I spent about 3 hours in a Barnes and Noble bookstore, browsing, my mom surging with stress to the point it was tearing up in her eyes. Once the struggle was over, I read the book for an English class report. The paper had received a great grade – an A, though it also earned me a suspension from school, due to its content. This moment taught me the power of words, and even more the power of fear towards intellectualized horrors. The second biggest influence comes in the form of William S. Burroughs, a writer that will never stop educating. This is where I learned there are no limitations to art or creativity – the literary structure, like any other, is meant to be torn down and rebuilt upon. And most importantly – “Exterminate all rational thought.”
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Sex. Film. Music. In no particular order. Just as long as they’re constant while not in the throes of creating and living like a regular human-being.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?


Smoke something sweet and serenading to the soul, while listening to Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures and Closer albums back-to-back. Always.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I’ve grown used to writing anywhere I can set up my laptop and just GO. Though I am absolutely incapable of writing in the presence of others. It’s something I must do entirely alone. Music is always key as well – practically required. I can only listen to instrumental tunes, as I find voices and vocals to be rather intrusive.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Absolutely everything, always. Writing is a never-ending process of evolution – of the mind, the soul, and existence as an artist. I think it’s safe to say all writers live in pursuit of that one perfect sentence.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I don’t really think it’s my position to dream in the face of fame. I’m not that big, nor will I ever care about anything that it comes with. As a kid, it was my dream to be big enough to make art that affects the soul absolutely – it’s a dream I’ll die without achieving, and that’s profoundly perfect, as nobody should ever truly achieve their dreams. Without them, what is the point of existence?
12. Where do you live?

 Salt Lake City, Utah is where I currently call home.

13. Pets?
My friend Krieger. A miniature pincher.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Society and the human-psyche, or the lack of. Documenting decadence and degradation. Our existence in the Cosmos, amongst the Stars and the Universe.
15. What is coming next for you?
Firstly, I am working alongside a full line-up of insanely talented writers to make an anthology called Strange Behaviors: An Anthology of Absolute Luridity. After that, I am hoping to settle all loose ends on the aforementioned book 1985: A Neon-Drenched Novel, and get it released to the world.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
Waiting. Watching. Being an audience member to this fucked-up wonder we call Earth.


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