One of my most interesting interviews to date has to be Stanley Wiater. This man has interviewed everyone I have always wanted to meet and then some. He got to sit in the same room with them and pick their brains. I can’t even imagine. I would faint. I met him on a pod cast where I did book reviews and I can say that he is the most down to earth and kindest person I have had the pleasure to meet. He is smart and funny and gives great advice. I learned a lot by talking to him and how to do better interviews. Normally I send the questions to the author and they fill them out and send them back to me. However I had the honor of a phone call for this one. It was an honor and pleasure to be able to speak with him and pick his brain a little. The responses for this interview are paraphrased from the notes I took from our conversation. So if there are errors the fault lies totally in my lap. Thank you for giving me the incredible opportunity to interview you and for being patient with me.
Please welcome Stanley Wiater to Roadie Notes………
1. How many books have you written?
At least 30+ and essays, countless reviews and interviews. You can find the links to them here
2. You have a tag line. Tell me what it is please?
“Are you a Dark Dreamer?”
This came from the Dark Dreamers series
3. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), do you have another job etc…
I’m 65 Writing is my job.
4. What kind of awards have you received?
He has won the coveted Bram Stoker Award three times, and been nominated for the International Horror Guild, Hugo, Rondo, Eisner, Harvey, Locus, and Readercon awards, among other nominations.
5. Who or what inspired you to write?
I’m a long time friend of Stephen King and have written books and interviews about him as well as so many others. But Edgar Allen Poe and Ray Bradbury were both major influences.
6. What else in the writing world have you done?
I have taught workshops at the University of Massachusetts about writing and the business of writing. I have also edited many books and stories. Pretty much everything.
7. You have a YouTube channel.
Yes, there are some interviews on there. You can follow this link https://www.youtube.com/user/gorgo3
8. What is your dream? Famous writer?
He told me he has lived his dream. He has interviewed the best of the best in the Horror industry. He is also the man behind Dark Dreamers a very popular show running 26 episode series. They are available on dvd and some are on YouTube.
9. Where do you live?
10. What’s your favorite thing about interviews?
Getting to meet the people and sit down and talk to them. He has interviewed more major horror and suspense authors, filmmakers, actors, and artists than any other journalist, living or undead.
11. Where do you get your ideas?
They come from everywhere.
You can connect with Stanley Wiater here:
Some of Stanley Wiater’s books: