Today I am interviewing William Dresden, award-wining screenwriter, and author of the new horror novel, Dead Reckoning.
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DJ: Hey William! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
William Dresden: Hi DJ! Thanks for the interview. I’ve been writing for a while now. Most of my writing has been screenwriting. I got into film when I was a teenager and ended up winning a few awards. That led me into becoming a script doctor where directors would hire me to fix problematic projects that they were working on.
DJ: What is Dead Reckoning about?
WD: It’s a Western with heavy Horror and Fantasy influences. In it, we follow Jesse, an ex-gunslinger cursed with a supernatural ability called – the Reckoning. He has a mysterious past and is being hunted by a group of Native Americans that have an uneasy alliance with a dark force not of this world.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Dead Reckoning?
WD: I had this idea of writing a series like the x-files but set in the 1800’s. I was hugely influenced by Sergio Leone Western’s and Giallos’ like Suspiria. Stylized genre films from the late 70’s. So came the idea to spin a Western and set it where I grew up, in the North-East. A North-Eastern if you will. As a kid I used to hear these stories about an infamous gang of horse thieves that used to steal horses from the south and bring them back up north and sell them. So I went and checked out their old cabin. That set up the first scene in the book. Oh and there was this one time when I found two bucks pulled like forty feet up into a pine tree. They had begun to decay up there, so a ring of hair had formed around the base of the tree. Still don’t know how they got up there, but I tried to explain it in my book. Continue reading