And today on our Meet the Dead Heads feature is our fearless leader, Patrick McDonough. Somehow, Patrick has managed to head up the current team of Dead Heads, create a new podcast, and work on his own fiction. He also has an adorable little boy who brightens up everyone’s day when his picture appears on social media. Find out more about Patrick below.
- How did you come to join Dead Head Reviews?
The founder, Garrett Witt, invited me to write a review for him. I just so happened to be finishing Paul Tremblay’s Growing Things and Other Stories, so I wrote a review on that, which led to more reviews, which turned into me becoming his partner, and eventually he told me I was the captain of the ship.
- What’s your role at Dead Head Reviews? Can you tell us a bit about it?
I am the co-founder of Dead Head Reviews. I did not initially create this platform, but what I did was keep it alive when the founder was unable to do so (life got in the way for him).
What my current role is, I oversee the website, edit reviews, run a podcast that’s in association with this platform, and network on a daily basis to continue the growth of DHR.
- What do you look for in a book? What bumps a book from ‘good’ to ‘great’ for you?
To hit the great mark for me a book has to – have snappy dialogue, well-written narration, a pace that doesn’t drag in any place, a unique story, and a building-tension that causes me to flip through more pages than I’m aware of.
- What’s your favourite horror sub-genre?
Slasher, crime, virus, and undead.
- Outside of reading/reviewing, what are your passions?
Spending time with my family, writing fiction, animals, my podcast show, and music.
- What about hobbies?
Hiking, camping, and shooting guns.
- Favourite horror film?
Tough to pick just one, so here’s three: 28 Days Later, House on Haunted Hill (1999 remake), and Parasite.
- Favourite recent read?
Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door
- Favourite non-horror book/movie/show/podcast etc.?
Book: The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Show: Breaking Bad
Movie: The Matrix
- What are you currently reading?
Michael Clark’s The Patience of a Dead Man and Gloria Kempton’s Dialogue: Techniques and exercises for crafting effective dialogue
- Anything spooky/paranormal that’s happened to you that you’d like to share?
Even though I grew up in a 200-square mile supernatural site (The Bridgewater Triangle), I had never experienced anything supernatural. Kind of bummed about that.
- Is there anywhere else people can find out more about you?
Sure, my twitter (@PRMcDonough) as well as my podcast show, Dead Headspace.