Today I am interviewing Ivan Ewert, author of the new horror omnibus, Famished: The Gentleman Ghouls Omnibus.
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DJ: Hey Ivan! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Ivan Ewert: Thanks so much for having me! By day I sit in a cube and alternate between watching the screen for trouble and looking out the window, dreaming of more interesting trouble. By night I cook delicious meals, then write delicious nightmares. I’m lucky to be seventeen years married to the same wonderful artist and to be part of a small but supportive family – even if they can’t enjoy reading my horror, they always support my writing.
DJ: What is The Gentleman Ghouls series about?
Ivan: At its heart, the series is about insatiable hunger, isolation, and body horror. It follows our protagonist, Gordon Velander, across the breadth of the United States in a passionate hunt for both self-redemption and terrible vengeance.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Gentleman Ghouls series?
Ivan: The idea started with Lovecraft’s The Picture in the House. I was asked to write the most horrible things I could imagine, and the subject, restraint and localization of that short story has haunted me since I was a child. An interest in Goetic magic and a strong distaste for authoritarianism influenced the world, while the small towns around which I grew up informed the environments. I don’t read much horror, to be honest, but I can’t help being influenced by writers like Chuck Wendig and Catherynne M. Valente. I wouldn’t dare compare myself to them, but the default style I aspire to straddles theirs. Continue reading