Wade H. Garrett is an American novelist specializing in the extreme-horror genre. He was born and raised in Texas, and currently resides in Central Texas.
Wade uses extreme violence and the most abhorrent and disturbing combination of visceral words to get his point across. He pushes the boundaries of human torment and suffering, and his books should only be read by the seasoned extreme-horror reader.
Many of Wade’s fans have said his books are original, thought-provoking, and some of the most graphic literature they’ve ever read.
Wade’s writing can be very technical and detailed at times. This is a reflection of life experiences combined with his technical knowledge and abilities.
He sells exclusively on Amazon as a self-published author, but German publisher, Festa-Verlag, has acquired the German translation rights to his first book, The Angel of Vengeance, and his fourth book, Human Cruelty.
For anyone that has not met Wade H Garrett they are truly missing out on a wonderful friend and writer. He has a wicked sense of humor and is passionate about what he writes. His books are dark and extreme horror that I would put up against Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum and you all know how much I love Edward Lee books! If you haven’t read anything of Wade’s I highly recommend Filthy Movie to be your first introduction and trust me you won’t put it down. Please remember to leave him a review on Amazon.
Please welcome Wade H Garrett to Roadie Notes…………
How old were you when you wrote your first story?
I started writing in my late thirties. Never written anything before that, except technical documents. What I wrote turned into my first full-length novel, The Angel of Vengeance. It took about eight years to write it. When I started out, it was a way to channel my anger in a constructive manner and I never intended it to be a book, much less having it published. In fact, at the time, I didn’t even know the extreme-horror/ splatterpunk genre existed and that there was a big audience for such. My lack of knowledge of this is primarily due to me not reading fiction, so I had never heard of Richard Laymon, Edward Lee, Matt Shaw, Tim Miller, Jack Ketchum, Wrath James White, Ryan Harding, Dawn Cano, Sam West, etc. I do read though, mainly technical stuff due to my job, and non-fiction for personal enjoyment. In the last couple of years, I started reading the authors mentioned above, so technically, I can’t say I don’t read fiction anymore.
Who or what inspired you to write?
As I mentioned previously, I wrote to channel my anger in a constructive manner. To shed some light to why I prefer, or I could even say, take pleasure in, writing about torturing lowlifes in the most sadistic and barbaric ways, I’ll share something personal. When I was eight, my four-year-old sister, and only sibling at the time, was killed by a drunk driver. She was sitting on the curb next door waiting for a friend to come out and play when the driver backed over her, crushing her head with a tire. My mom was in the house baking her birthday cake, which was a few days away. I was at school and my dad at work. This was in the seventies, and we lived in a residential neighborhood in a small town. The street seldom had traffic. It wasn’t like she was sitting next to a busy intersection or highway. I’m not going to go in detail with the aftermath, you can probably imagine the horror our family endured. The worst part is, it was considered an accident and the jackass only had to pay a fine. Remember, this was the seventies, and driving while intoxicated didn’t have the repercussions like today.
When I was eighteen, I was living with my grandmother, who I called Granny. She was the most important person in my life. She was seventy-years-old and could have been retired, but chose to keep working. She worked at a rental company that also did Western Union transactions. Three scumbags, all AWOL from the Fort Hood military base, murdered her during a robbery. They beat her, shot her in the legs multiple times, once in the stomach, then blew her brains out. They stole less than two-hundred dollars. That was a life changing event for me, and something I thought about often for the next two decades. I had a lot of anger in those days. When I was in my late thirties, the assholes came up for parole. Their parole comes around every three years, but instead of all three coming up at the same time, they were, and still are, staggered. Meaning, jackass #1 comes up this year, jackass #2 next, Jackass #3 the following, then back to jackass #1. Each year I have a discussion with the parole board regarding one of the assholes and relive that horrible event. This has been going on for ten years. When this parole shit started, I needed to find a way to release my anger since I had to re-experience the horrendous act of three men in their early twenties torturing and murdering my seventy-year-old grandmother. I have a family, and carrying out what I’d like to do to them wouldn’t be fair to them since I’d be dead or in prison, so I started writing. Writing about things I’d like to do to shitheads like them. Out of approximately 2000 pages that I’ve written, and over a hundred scumbags that I’ve tortured, I’ve never written about them. Not sure why, but, something in the deepest and darkest parts of my mind is whispering to me, deviously insinuating I’m saving them for the grand finale, and all the sadistic torture that I have constructed in my writing is a “how to manual”. Fortunately for them, and all the other assholes I’ve ran across in my life, I have no desire to be worm food or Bubba’s bitch.
I’ve had some criticism that my first book was too much torture, one sadistic event after another, with not much storyline in between. Like I revealed, I never intended it to be published, and considering what influenced me to write should shed some perspective to that. Now I write for enjoyment since there is a market for such. I only wish I had more time to write. If I’m lucky, I might get two books completed a year. I’m planning on writing short stories between novels to help fill in the large gaps.
Why did you decide to self-publish?
A few of my friends that read my first book said I should self-publish on Amazon. I didn’t even know that was possible at the time. Once I released it, I assumed it wouldn’t be read, and if it was, it would be despised. I was shocked when it started receiving good reviews. That was a humbling experience when I realized there were others who related to it, which encouraged me to write book two. Currently, I have six books and a short story self-published on Amazon. My first and fourth books have been published by Festa Verlag, a German publishing company in Germany.
How do you create your characters? Are they based on real people?
Yes, they are based on real people. The scumbags in my books are based on real life criminals, and all others are friends and acquaintances. I have a bizarre story I’d like to share regarding a particular scumbag, Kenneth Allen McDuff (March 21, 1946 – November 17, 1998). McDuff was an American serial killer. He was convicted in 1966 for murdering a 16-year-old girl, her 17-year-old boyfriend and the boyfriend’s 15-year-old cousin. The three teenagers were abducted by the twenty-two-year-old McDuff at a baseball field in Everman, TX. McDuff used a broomstick to break the girl’s neck after he raped and tortured her, and the incident is known as the Broomstick Murders. McDuff received three death sentences. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all death penalty statutes in the United States. McDuff’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. In 1989, his parole board decided that he could still “contribute to society” and granted him parole. Between 1990 and 1992, McDuff raped, tortured and murdered three women. It’s alleged he killed a lot more women during this time, and the time before he was convicted for the Broomstick Murders. He was executed on November 17, 1998.
Fuckers like McDuff help fuel my anger towards the predators of society, and amplify my annoyance for our judicial system. In my first book, my main character, Seth Coker, captured and tortured the members of the parole board in a story that was loosely based on McDuff. The bizarre part of this is, my wife and I own the land where McDuff, and his accomplice, Hank Worley, had raped, tortured and killed one of his latest victims. Of course, that information wasn’t disclosed to us at the time of purchase. I have a 1976 GMC truck that I use on the farm. My father had bought it new, and I’m not sure of the reason, but it didn’t have a rear bumper. During that time, Hank Worley was into stealing and parting out vehicles. My father bought a bumper from him. I’ve never driven the GMC to the part of the property where McDuff and Worley murdered that woman out of fear the damn thing might burst into flames.
How many books have you written?
Five in my “A Glimpse into Hell” series, one kid’s horror book and one short story that author Matt Shaw published in his book, The Devil’s Guests. So far, my combined page count is approximately 2,000 pages.
Anything you won’t write about?
Harming kids or animals. In my short story, Filthy Movie, I did use a fetus in the early stage of gestation. That entire story was outside of my normal character since I usually don’t write about killing innocent people. Matt Shaw invited me to write a chapter for his book “The Devil’s Guests” and not to hold back. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the shit out of pushing my boundaries, ‘cause I did. I just don’t want to be known as an author that must resort to that type of gore to get attention.
Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
Wrong side of 40, married 28 years to my high school sweetheart, and one son. I’m a building inspector, plan reviewer and instructor in the residential, commercial and industrial building industries. I hold a Texas electrical masters license, HVAC license, Texas plumbing inspector license and back flow license, a dozen or so inspector and plan review certifications and a degree in electrical technologies.
What’s your favorite book you have written?
Human Cruelty because I love animals so much.
What do you like to do for fun?
I spend a lot of time in my shop designing and fabricating, such as woodworking, metal fabrication, industrial controls and integrated systems, gunsmithing, restoring, modifying and repairing ATVs, motorcycles and vehicles, making props and painting. I also enjoy spending time with my family watching TV, geocaching, metal detecting, hiking, shooting and rocketry. I spend a lot of time building on my house and working on the farm. Tattooing (getting and giving) has also become a pastime. Oh yeah, and playing pranks.
Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Where do you write? Quiet or music?
Usually in the living room. Quiet is nice sometimes, but I am more relaxed and focused if my wife and son are watching TV in the same room. I play music on occasion, depending on my mood.
Anything you would change about your writing?
I would like to re-write my first book since I’ve evolved as a writer. At least I think I’ve evolved. But, it’s who I was at the time and probably should remain as is. I enjoy writing from the perspective of the killer, which drastically reduces the reader’s emotional bond with the victims, so I’d like to try my hand at a traditional horror story written from the viewpoint of the victims. But, I will never stray from my signature writing style since I enjoy it so much.
What is your dream? Famous writer?
Just to keep writing what I enjoy. As long as there are others who appreciate my work, I’ll continue. I know my limitations and will never be a Stephen King or Jack Ketchum. Those guys are extremely crafted. I just finished Jack Ketchum’s book, The Girl Next Door, and all I can say is, that man is a phenomenal writer and storyteller.
Where do you live?
Central Texas out in the country.
As of now, dogs, cats, rats, mice, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, ducks, roosters and turtles.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Having others relate to how I feel about certain issues, and that my work is appreciated.
What is coming next for you?
“Insane Bastards”. I’m about two-thirds done. It’s a story about two psychopaths that escape from a mental institution and wreak havoc on the assholes of society. One is a midget and the other a large man with gigantism. The book is packed with extreme violence and dark humor. After that, I’d like to do some short stories: “Pigs”, which is about getting justice against crooked cops, “Jihadists”, fucking up ragheads, and “Critic”, a story about teaching someone a lesson. I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the sixth book in my “A Glimpse into Hell” series, so I’ll be working on that too. Also, I’m working on a book with my wife, Missy, called “Scorned”. It will have a female main character with two personalities. My wife is writing one of her personalities and I’m writing the other. These projects have their covers designed and the stories are outlined. The only obstacle now is finding the time to write them.
Is there anything else you’d like to discuss?
I don’t get bothered by negative reviews, because whatever that person is criticizing me about, another person is giving me praise for it. I know I can’t please everyone, no writer can, and what one person likes, another doesn’t. But, there is one pet peeve that I have; some folks make comments how a lot of the stuff I write couldn’t happen. I beg to differ. I spent years extensively researching medical procedures, the human body/mind, and drugs. Everything I write about I feel that I could implement. A person doesn’t just fall over dead from torture. The human body can take a lot of punishment when blood loss is controlled, blood pressure maintained, and organs performing correctly. Anyone can do a simple search on the internet and see how much trauma soldiers have endured and survived. Same is true with people involved in car wrecks. There are numerous stories of people being mutilated and left for dead by real serial killers who’ve have in deed survived.
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Website at http://www.wadehgarrett.com
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