I think America would do anything through a drive-through.
Stephen Graham Jones
I figure anytime you put an adjective before 'writer,' it's a way of dismissing the writer.
For me, the facts in anything are always secondary. You don't lie convincingly with the truth. You lie convincingly with being a good liar.
I feel very at home in L.A., I think, because it's dry, and there's sun, like the West Texas I grew up in.
When Ellen Datlow was running the fiction at 'Omni' in the late '80s and into the '90s, I had a subscription. It was one of two subscriptions I'd saved for, the other being 'Spider-Man.' And they each opened my mind and my heart in wonderful ways.
Making people laugh is so much more difficult than making them sad. Too much fiction defaults to the somber, the tragic. This is because sad endings are easy in comparison - happy endings aren't at all simple to earn, especially when writing to an audience jaded by them.
Every time I lock my people in a spacecraft or land them on an asteroid, the blood wells up again, and I'm writing horror. Horror's my default setting. It's also where I prefer to write.
You can't negotiate with a zombie. They have only one impulse - that's to eat us or our brains.
Most zombie stories, the problems they solve are not the actual zombies. The problems they solve are the human interactions.
Vampires have become tragic or romantic figures. Vampire are largely seduction tales. They're no longer the scary creature in the dark.
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