Confessions of my Past, Present and Future
Iain Rob Wright
Growing up, I first started reading the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine (the Mask!) and the Point Horror book series. Later I went onto the work of Terry Pratchett, The Colour of Magic being my introduction to that great man. I loved the amazing cast of characters (Rincewind!) and the world-building. My love of reading truly ignited then (when I was around 12) and I never looked back.
As a kid, one of my favourite things would be visiting the book seller at a weekly car boot in the next village. My dad would give me some money and I would leaf through all of the tattered paperbacks with excitement. I found James Herbert’s The Rats amongst those second-hand tomes and read it in one night (it’s not the longest of books). My mum went ahead and bought me The Lair and Domain (books 2 and 3). Eventually I got a copy of Once, when it first came out, but it disappointed me. I felt the book was more porn than horror and I sadly went off James Herbert then.
Next I discovered Stephen King. I have read just about everything he has released by now, but along the way I discovered the books of Dean Koontz, Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand, and dozens more. I devoured horror for many, many years. That was my past.
My absolutely favourite books recently have been The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (release the Winds of Winter already!) and the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough (the chick who wrote The Thorn Birds). You’re probably surprised by that – a horror writer reading History and Fantasy – but I struggle to find new horror books I enjoy, and I have come to enjoy more challenging reads that span the globe and thousands of pages. One day I would like to expand the horror genre in the same way by writing long, epic-as-all-hell doorstop novels. Once I am established enough that I can take a whole year to write a book, then I may just do that.
I have also come to enjoy thrillers. I enjoy the Joe Ledger books by Jonathan Maberry, the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child, and have just discovered a series by Rebecca Cantrell, featuring an agoraphobic protagonist named Joe Tesla, and his dog Edison. It’s set in the underground tunnels beneath Manhattan, and it has a similar feel to the works of Douglas Preston (whose books I also enjoy). I love urban legends about secret places (Like Denver Airport) and Rebecca Cantrell delivers in spades. The first book is called The World Beneath and I highly suggest you check it out.
Horror-wise, I have just read 22/11/63 by King, which I really enjoyed, and I finished the Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch which was fantastic. My favourite horror authors at the moment are Jeff Strand (who needs to write more!), Blake Crouch, and F. Paul Wilson (I have been hurtling through the Repairman Jack books and think there should be a movie). Then there are guys like Scott Sigler, Brian Keene, Kim Paffenroth, Robert McCammon, and David Wellington who are all amazing.
I hope that in the future all of the horror superstars are amongst my friends. There are a lot of authors who are on the same journey as me, and it would be great to see some of them become genre icons. Some guys like Matt Shaw are probably already there, but there are a lot of underappreciated guys like Craig Saunders, Jacob Raynes, and many, many more who I don’t have time to name, and I would enjoy seeing them rise into well-known names. I have cordial relationships with J.A. Konrath, Jeff Carlson, David Moody, Hugh Howey, Jeff Strand, Russel Blake, Scott Nicholson, and others, and it’s nice to see that they are all guys who are willing to help the little guys coming up.
My only beef with the horror genre right now is that there are not enough women at the top. Two-thirds of my readers are female, yet it’s a complete sausage fest in the horror writer groups. I would love to see a really successful female horror writer come along. Sarah Pinborough is waving the flag highest at the moment I think, but there needs to be more.
And if I’m still selling books of my own in the future then I would consider myself extremely lucky.
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Iain Rob Wright is from the English town of Redditch, where he worked for many years as a mobile telephone salesman. After publishing his debut novel, THE FINAL WINTER, in 2011 to great success, he quit his job and became a full time writer. He now has over a dozen novels, and in 2013 he co-wrote a book with bestselling author, J.A.Konrath.
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