Today I had the pleasure of talking to David. He is charming, smart and has a wicked sense of humor that I just love. His accent will drive the girls wild. His stories are full of dark and evil things and for a mature audience (I know I’m not mature😁) and will get your blood pumping.
- How old were you when you wrote your first story?
I would have been but a schoolboy. English was my favourite lesson, and the only one I did any work for, so I was constantly writing blood-thirsty tales about ghouls and terror! This was back in the 80s, when I was hooked on sleazy b-movies, killers behind masks and the latest scream queen’s tits. Hey, I was only eleven or twelve – give a lad a break.Don’t get me wrong, these stories I wrote back in the day were shockingly bad, but they were fun and imaginative, much to my teachers’ disgust. Even though they were appalled, and gave me appalling grades, they often told me I had a good imagination, so it’s not hard to see why I’m still telling yarns.
And still practicing my skill.
2. How many books have you written?
Damn, I had to sit and think about this question – mathematics was never a strong point! The only figures I’m good with, are…Never mind. I’ve written eleven. That’s including books which haven’t found publishers yes, and two that I co-wrote with the fantastic Alice J. Black and Sarah Dale. I also have two more planned to write this year, so that will take my tally up to unlucky thirteen…
3. Anything you won’t write about?
No, I don’t think so. If there is, I’ve not discovered it yet. I’m pretty numb to taboo subjects – I’ve written some shocking stuff up to this point, so I’ll continue to do so. At one time, I would have told you that I wouldn’t write about animal cruelty or the harm of children. I broke both those rules years ago! When the situation arises, I’ll pretty much put anything down on paper. Why? Because I’m a sick, perverted degenerate, who likes licking the rims of toilets; well, rims in general, to be fair.
Don’t look at me like that! I can’t help being proud of it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Age: 604. My secret, you ask? Smearing the semen of my dead enemies over my face; as you can see, it works a charm. Not married, never have been. However, I am engaged. I have one son, Gethin, who’s seven-years-old. Nicola, my fiancée, is carrying my second child. We’re told it’s a girl, so we have decided on the name Ruby Storm Leigh Hughes.
Interesting fact (which you’ll hear here first): Ruby and Storm are the main characters in my up-coming novel Man-Eating Fucks. Some very bad things happen to these girls, which I won’t go into, but I’d just like to say that the novel was written well before Nicola fell pregnant. It just so happens we like the names.
I’m sick, but I’m not THAT sick.
I have a part-time job at my local Frankie and Benny’s – I’m the cleaner. And I don’t mean I work for the mob!
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
It’s a toss up between Man-Eating Fucks and Wind-Up Toy – they are the latest novels I wrote, and so the writing, I feel, is pretty damn solid. My skill as an author has matured over time, and I think my writing is getting better by the book/short story. I still have a lot to learn, and I hope my readers stick by me as I continue to shape my talent. It’s a long road…
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Well, I have to say that growing up around horror from a very young age helped lay a solid foundation. Filmmakers such as George A. Romero, Sam Raimi, Wes Craven and Sean S. Cunningham helped influence me – they created some great monsters/stories on screen, which fuelled my imagination. I may have been heavily influenced by film, and had a huge passion for it, but I wasn’t interested in making films. I wanted to tell stories – to write them. Whereas film and filmmakers played a hand in my love for horror/writing, two other people did – Richard Laymon and Alice Cooper. Laymon for his books and Cooper for his visual horror on stage; both of these men have inspired many of my stories.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
*Giggles like a schoolgirl as he whispers ‘Sex and Masturbating.’* When I’m not pulling my back out with sex or giving myself a wrist-ache, I do like to socialise – I may visit with a friend, have a few beers or just chill with Nicola in front of the TV. I also like to go to the beach on sunny days, take in a movie at the cinema or play retro games – I’m a big fun of old games such as Final Fight, Street Fighter, Streets of Rage, etc…I have quite the collection.
Collection of severed heads, that is!
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
We’re back to masturbating again!
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I have a spare room in my house that I use as an office. It doubles as my son’s room, but he only spends the weekends with us. Definitely music. I put my CD player on in the other room and set the volume to ear-bleed!
Hey, if it’s too loud, you’re too old, right?!
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Not really, no. Obviously, I would love to be much better, but I hope that will come in time.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
To be mega famous and have to hire a hot PA! She would be kitted-out in a short skirt, stockings and high-heels…Of course, I kid. *smirks like a naughty schoolboy.* In all honesty, I think I’m currently living my dream – I’m writing and drinking tea full-time. I may not be making any form of income off my writing, but that’s not the point. I do it out of love. To want to tell stories. I just hope my words reach lots of eyes, and that they like what they see. Make ‘em stick around and look at some more of my stuff. Who knows.
12. Where do you live?
South Wales, U.K. Wales is a small country that helps make up the rest of the U.K, along with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Just the gimp.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
It means I get to stay at home and sit around in nothing but my panties all day, every day!
David has recently signed with Matt Shaw to write his newest book.
So, your new book…dark?
Man-Eating Fucks is pretty fucked up, yes. Darker than the rest of my stuff? Possibly. Everything I write tends to lean towards splatterpunk/extreme – I love it. I always try to push the line that little bit further…So yes, rest assured, Man-Eating Fucks isn’t for the faint of heart – it has more nutters, perverts and blood and guts to keep the hardcore fans happy.
What made you decide to write this book?
This book has actually been rotting on my hard drive for about four years – it took someone like Matt Shaw to see its potential, and to have the balls to go with it, I suppose. As I said above, my writing is pretty close to the bone. No subject is taboo. I just write it as I want to write it – I’m not one for making changes, either – I stick to my guns on extreme content. Without giving too much away, this book was written as a love letter to Wes Craven and one of his films…It needed to be written, just like my first novel Walled In was written out of my love and respect of George A. Romero and his Dead films.
Is this book out of the norm for you?
Definitely not. It’s couldn’t be more in the norm if it tried! This story is the type of stuff I love doing – I find it easy, and it’s so much fun, and I think people that love this kind of extreme will eat-up Man-Eating Fucks. Get it, eat-up! Okay, never mind. I’m urging people to take a punt, as I know they will enjoy this off-the-wall tale. For £1.99, you can’t go wrong…So come on people, and have a bash…If you’re not too scared, that is!
What was it like to work with Shaw?
I didn’t really get to know Shaw until a few weeks back – poor bastard hadn’t heard of me, until some lunatic suggested to him I should be in his up-and-coming Easter anthology, Easter Eggs and Bunny Boilers. After accepting my story, Shaw and I got chatting, and I haven’t looked back since. I have to say, he’s a pretty great guy who knows his shit. He knows what works and what doesn’t. I’m really excited to see where Man-Eating Fucks could go…
Also, Shaw has a cute arse and dazzling eyes. He paid me to say that, by the way…
Will you write more like this book?
Most definitely! Extreme is the field I write in, so you can expect a lot more from me in the future. Having said that, I do plan to write a thriller at the end of this year; the plot will revolve around a down-and-out gumshoe, who has a love for jazz and Gin.
Tell me a little about it
I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll leave the synopsis here. I know, I’m a bastard. I think Shaw likes that about me. X
Man-Eating Fucks: Matt Shaw Presents David Owain Hughes’ “Man-Eating F*cks”…
An average teenage girl and her father find themselves caught up in a brutal nightmare at their local recreational centre, when an age-old enemy comes stumbling out of the woods to crash a heavy-metal gig; a gig that has all the promises of being killer.
This is one blood-soaked gig you won’t want to miss!
Endorsement: Man-Eating Fucks is old school horror, but with a new, blood-soaked twist! David Owain Hughes effectively creates enjoyable and lethal characters in this tale that is sure to keep you up at night. This is the type of tale that you need to read with a light on…I’m serious. You better put your seatbelt on ‘cause you’re in for one helluva ride. Look out, Hughes might very well be headed to the major leagues after this twisted tale! Highly recommended!”
~Ty Schwamberger, author of The Fields, Deep Dark Woods & The Death of a Horror Writer
Thank you for taking the time to let us all get to know you better David. It has been my pleasure getting to know you. I wish you best of luck with your books. Not that you will need it!