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: 



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