Our next Dead Head for this feature is Jason, our resident splatterpunk/extreme horror expert. Checking out any of his reviews, it’s clear Jason knows what he’s talking about. So enjoy this peek behind the curtain.
- How did you come to join Dead Head Reviews?
Patrick asked me. Because he’s way too nice.
- What’s your role at Dead Head Reviews? Can you tell us a bit about it?
I mainly review splatterpunk/extreme horror ARCs.
- What do you look for in a book? What bumps a book from ‘good’ to ‘great’ for you?
Good question. A “good” book is generally fun to read, and has no major perceived flaws, BUT if I’m hungry, I will put it down for a few minutes to fix something to eat. If I’m reading a “great” book, I will try to convince myself that I’m not hungry.
- What’s your favourite horror sub-genre?
This is probably a cliché’ answer, but I’m definitely a sucker for coming-of-age stories.
- Outside of reading/reviewing, what are your passions?
It would be easy for me to just say “music,” but from around 14 – 22 yrs old, drumming consumed me. I practiced relentlessly. I didn’t just want to be in a good band. I wanted to be a great drummer that could be in ANY band. I’ve probably fallen short of that, but I still think it was a noble cause.
- What about hobbies?
I’m glad that this is a separate question. I certainly believe that “passions and “hobbies” are completely separate entities. To me, a hobby is something that I do for fun. (Drumming isn’t always fun. Sometimes it hurts, and it’s often frustrating). For fun, I play sports. Baseball was definitely my sport growing up, so now I play men’s softball. I also play basketball and occasionally flag football.
- Favourite horror film?
Either Jaws or Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, aka BrainDead.
- Favourite recent read?
Define recent. This month? Blood Sugar by Daniel Kraus. This year? The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix.
- Favourite non-horror book/movie/show/podcast etc.?
Book: The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum/Lucky McKee. If that doesn’t count (because it’s Ketchum), then I elect The Memory Tree by John R Little, if that doesn’t count (because it was nominated for a Stoker, ergo…horror) then I elect Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (definitely NOT horror)
Movie: either Dumb and Dumber or Idiocracy.
- What are you currently reading?
The Terrible Thing That Happens by Carlton Mellick. Mellick is “the godfather of bizarro fiction” for a reason!
- Anything spooky/paranormal that’s happened to you that you’d like to share?
No, but I really wish something WOULD happen. I’m tired of not believing in ghosts.
- Is there anywhere else people can find out more about you?