Conrad Williams – The Inquisition
Conrad Williams is the author of the novels Head Injuries, London Revenant, The Unblemished, One, Decay Inevitable and Blonde on a Stick; the novellas Nearly People, Game, The Scalding Rooms and Rain and a collection of short fiction, Use Once then Destroy. Although there are many quality writers currently working in the horror genre Conrad William’s is, for me, one of the best, so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome him to the Black Abyss.
1 – Which book has been most influential in your career?
There have been a few. ‘Run For Your Life‘ by David Line was my favourite book as a child. Teenage years, probably ‘The Shining‘ by Stephen King. Now I would say ‘The Road‘ by Cormac McCarthy.
2 – Which writer has most influenced your style?
Again, there are a number. Graham Greene. Ramsey Campbell. M John Harrison.
3 – What’s the future for the horror genre?
Death. And reanimation. And then death again. Et cetera…
4 – Which book do you wish you had written?
House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski.
5 – What writing equipment could you not live without?
My Moleskine notebook and my Fisher Space pen. And Scrivener.
6 – Do you plan in detail before starting a new piece of writing?
More so these days, yes.
7 – Ebooks or Paper Books?
8 – Horror, Weird Fiction or Dark Fiction?
Horror. Let’s get rid of all the fig leaves.
9 – Who should I read next?
10 – What was your last book and what is your next book?
My last book was Loss of Separation (find it here) which was based on a horrible true story. My next book is a secret, but I’ve started writing it. It too has a connection to a horrible true story.