[Feature] – Meet The Dead Heads: Jason

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?

I do a monthly column at www.horrordrive-in.com.  I’m also in these bands:  www.devouredbyplagues.com and www.facebook.com/hexcampaign

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Dead Head Reviews is a platform that promotes authors, publishers, film makers, and just about anyone you can think of in the horror community. They mainly focus on the book industry, but if something is horror-related, they want to get their hands on it.

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