AUDIO BOOK: State of Horror: Illinois
RELEASE: February 2015
TODAY’S AUTHOR FEATURE: Eric I. Dean
STORY: My Porcelain Monster
We continue with our visits with the authors of State of Horror: Illinois in celebration of the audio book release. Today, we visit with Eric I. Dean and discuss his story “My Porcelain Monster“. Upon hearing the story was going to be included in the anthology, Dean contacted us to discuss the possibility of an audio book. Well, we will let him tell you about it. Welcome to another author feature with Eric I. Dean.
Charon Coin Press: What do you think about your story being translated into an audio format?
Eric I. Dean: I’d always imagined that “My Porcelain Monster” would eventually be recorded. I was actually looking into the process on my own before Jerry Benns told me to hold off, and that Charon Coin Press was officially pursuing this as well. I was ecstatic, as I trusted that Jerry would choose the right team to make it happen, and he did. The product is beautiful.
CCP: What aspect of your story do you feel is enhanced by being heard as opposed to read?
ED: “My Porcelain Monster” is very much about communicating the feelings of the character in a way that the audience can identify with. It requires a gravity and a sincerity that Jack Wallen delivers in spades. Listening to it was the first time I’d heard a professional dramatic reading of one of my own stories, ever, and it was a pretty surreal and gratifying experience.
CCP: What books have most influenced your life?
ED: As a small child, I read Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, but the little critter books by Mercer Mayer were always my favorite. I loved the artwork. In elementary school, I read nothing but fantasy, and Dennis McKiernan’s Iron Tower trilogy made me want to be a fantasy writer. I remember writing a fanfic of it in my 6th grade creative writing class. In college, Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael and My Ishmael were a major pivot-point in my life and my way of thinking. As an adult, I always recommend Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and Byron Katie’s A Thousand Names for Joy.
CCP: Do you have a favorite monster/horror character?
ED: My favorite monster would be Seth Brundle in “The Fly”(1986), as played by Jeff Goldblum. I’ve always loved the idea of a protagonist that slowly loses his mind and his grip on reality, and becomes the antagonist. I’ve tried to emulate this in my writing ever since. I love “In the Mouth of Madness” (1994) for the same reason. My favorite horror hero is Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the “Alien” series. She’s tough, courageous, and capable, and despite overwhelming odds, her sheer will to survive carries her through, and the circumstances slowly sharpen her into a killer on par with her enemies. Other great examples of this kind of hero are Bruce Campbell as Ash in the “Evil Dead” series and Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the “Terminator” series.
CCP: What do you see as the perfect setting for listening to State of Horror: Illinois?
ED: A candle-lit bath in an otherwise dark bathroom on a stormy night. When my story “My Porcelain Monster” comes up, move to the toilet.