Interview with Rex Clark

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Guest in 519 is a combination of Lovecraft influence and many years spent working in customer service, specifically a video store (yes, they still do exist; there were a lot of 'em when I was working there) and hotel night audit.

You always get "those" customers- you know, the ones who want to bitch at you about every little thing they can think of, usually to try and get a big discount, or threaten to write negative reviews of your establishment online (ever since the advent of the interwebz, this one has been a favorite of penny-pinching schmucks the world over. And, given that the portrayal of Nyarlathotep by Lovecraft and others is that of a being who delights in tormenting people and driving them insane, who would make a better one of "those" customers than him?

I will confess, I had time deciding to keep the bit with the list of adult movie names- I ended up keeping it in there because I've had to deal with people who pull that exact crap, usually just becasue they think it's funny, and it just didn't feel right leaving it out.

Hope y'all enjoy it!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in the mid-nineties. It was poetry, and of course it was inspired by a broken heart, a really cool movie (Dead Poets Society) and hours upon hours spent listening to The Doors. I also took a Creative Writing class (which was recommended to me by Composition 1 teacher about seven years earlier; ironically, she was also the CW teacher, and had absolutely no memory of telling me I should take the class), and it helped me focus my ideas, overcome my fear of public speaking (thanks to an assignment to attend and write about a public event, which was a poetry slam), and got me into writing short stories.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the words on the page. When you start something new and that blank page is staring you in the face, daring you to write something, anything, it's really kind of intimidating. So, getting the words down, even if it's just in a rough draft, is like saying "I don't sweat you." It's cathartic, and it's magic all in one.
What is your writing process?
There's a process?

No, seriously, I'm like the least organized person in the world. For me, it's get an idea (usually lifted out of a conversation and spliced into a healthy dose of "what if"), break out the laptop and write whenever I get the chance.

I really wish I had some profound nugget of wisdom to share, but that's really pretty much it. Write whenever I can.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I write because I enjoy telling stories; but it doesn't mean a thing if there's no one out there reading them. So everybody that picks up one of my stories and reads it, and likes it, I deeply appreciate that. It's for you guys that I do this!
Who are your favorite authors?
Well, being a horror fan, of course Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft and Stephen King are on the list. I also groove on Neil Gaiman, and Brian Lumley. And the Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia is frickin awesomesauce.

But, trying to expand the horizons: Frank Herbert (the Dune series is fantastic), William Gibson, Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, Plato, Lao Tzu, Nietzsche... It's a pretty long list, but you get the idea. And I'm always willing to check out some new authors!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's easy. The absolute love of my life- my Lady Chastidy. She's amazing. She is all kinds of determined and focused and organized in every way that I'm not. She's also my first audience for new stories; she gets first crack before anyone else lays eyes on it.

Likewise, my three daughters: Kaylee, Carly and Eowyn. If it wasn't for these three, my life would be empty and dull. But now Kaylee's about to get her driver's license and Carly's just a few months away from her permit... yeah. Never a dull moment!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably not first story EVER, but I can say for sure the first horror story I really read was The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. Horror addict ever since. You ruined me, sir. You ruined me.
How do you approach cover design?
Fear? It's really a haphazard approach for me. I'm not the world's foremost authority on Photoshop or Paint or, well, anything involving graphic design. I just get a basic idea for the cover, then google clip art and public domain images until I find something close enough to the picture in my head. Then it's a matter of cross everything and doctor the image in Paint until it fits the guidelines. Then I usually sigh in relief and drink a Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver. Or two.
Describe your desk
I have one, somewhere under the clutter. It's brown and it's quite old, and I see bits and pieces of it sometimes when the light hits it just right. I probably need to clean it off someday...
Published 2015-07-15.
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