Interview with Steve Dillon

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To write down all the thoughts that visited me in the night...
What is your writing process?
I am currently writing several shorts simultaneously, leaping between them. It works because they are interactive in that the plots and characters are linked, and the characters sometimes interact with each other. Recently I have been able to sit down and 'stream' my unconsciousness straight into the computer. Prior to this, I have used procrastination, distraction and delays to avoid writing. I have attempted three novels (at least) and none were completed. In honesty, though; they were probably not very good either.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No but my first published poem was read out on Radio Merseyside when I was 10 or 11. It went along the lines of:
"Tutankamen was Egyptian
Egyptian King was he.
Lord of Lords, King of South and North,
Lived 1400 years B.C." - That's the first time I've written those words since childhood!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job working in IT. I am married to Jackie and we have two sons and a loopy Labrador called Daisy. I run lots of horror related groups including the Clive Barker Fans Down Under group on FaceBook as well as Oz Horror Con (www.OzHorrorCon.com). I sometimes run charity screenings for various causes, including interactive screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I love reading. I listen to audio books a lot.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually via FaceBook. Now I have Smashwords I'm sure I'll use that more and more.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Apart from school books, I think it was a Doctor Who story from the public library. Reading from a young age gave me a sense of independence as I could visit the library and read any book that had ever been published! I loved the Famous Five books as a child...
How do you approach cover design?
Trial and Error, feedback from trusted advisors, and great artwork!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Weaveworld. Ancient Images. The Cthulhu Omnibus. The Bible. Discworld.
-The answer is longer than my patience, but in short, they all changed my life.
What do you read for pleasure?
Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, various Australian Horror Writers, Brian Lumley, HP Lovecraft, MR James, Algernon Blackwood, Paul Kane, etc. etc. etc. I prefer short stories, because each new tale has the potential to take me anywhere...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer audio books and beautifully printed hardcovers. After that, it's just my laptop.
Describe your desk
Wooden with leatherette cover. Eight drawers, one central seat cavity. Additional storage space. Static. Surface usually contains several computers, printers and assorted papers. Often contains a tea cup and assorted books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Liverpool, England. Because of that I was once able to meet Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell. That has been the biggest influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Infants school. I recall the lessons, struggling to memorize the letters, then later realising they were part of a beautiful code for capturing thoughts, ideas and dreams. My first published work was a poem about Tutankhamen which was read aloud on Radio Merseyside when I was 11.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a study of men, masks, mirrors and meaning. Also evil clowns. And narcissism.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To see more of my work published, and to empower me to publish other work that I love in my anthologies.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Capturing the thoughts that buzz around in my head and then finding a way to make sense of them, hopefully threading them together into a cohesive story.
What are you working on next?
The working title for my novel is 'Circus Runner,' although I have another novel in mind that I'm itching to write. I'm also putting to bed two anthologies, one is a book called 'Behind the Mask - Tales from the Id' and the other is a Hallowe'en magazine called 'Trickster's Treats.' I also write random bits of work which I try to capture and may never revisit. I call these 'Unholy Beginnings.'
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, HP Lovecraft, Brian Lumley, MR James. It goes on...
Published 2017-09-24.
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Books by This Author

Trickster's Treats 2
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 33,400. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Another bumper crop of Halloween short-fiction from the pumpkin-master himself, the Trickster! This, our second collection of themed tales, presents six new themes for 2018:- Halloween House, Pumpkin Head, Trick or Treat, Haunted Forests and Trees, Bob Apple, and Fancy Dress. 34 short stories all between 666-1,000 words. All proceeds go to charity (Community Women's Shelters Ltd).
Trickster's Treats #1
Series: Things in the Well. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,600. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Horror » General
A collection of Halloween short stories. Six categories, each story contains up to 666 words. Plus a bonus short story. Plus a longer-length Halloween tale, 'Lambskin' by Steve Dillon
The Refuge Collection, Hell to Others!
Series: The Refuge Collection, BOOK 2, Volumes 4-6. Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 131,440. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Volumes 4-6 of The Refuge Collection. 18 tales of dark, supernatural and psychological thrillers, terrifying tales of murder, kidnap, mythical creatures and political intrigue. All set in the mysterious town of Refuge, often described as "Heaven to Some, Hell to Others."
The Empath's Tale - The Whole Story
Series: The Refuge Collection, SPECIAL. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 49,260. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
This is the first time we've published the whole set of parts 1-6 of The Empath's Tale. Approximately 50,000 words of paranoia, occult horror, monsters and mayhem as Joe Dolan tries to unravel the mysteries of Refuge... Horror Heads art by Steve Dillon, (C) 2016.