Interview with Author David Price

by Jason Harris

 

Author David Price at the 2013 New England Author Expo. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author David Price at the 2013 New England Author Expo. Photo by Jason Harris.

David Price is the author of Dead in the USA. He resides in Massachusetts. His new story, “Necrophone,” appeared in the online sci-fi & fantasy magazine, Buzzy Mag, today.

JH: How did your adventure in writing come about?

DP: Well, I’ve always loved reading. I was a huge comic book fan, and later moved on to Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Brian Lumley and many other speculative fiction writers. In my freshman year of college, I absolutely aced Composition 1. I was undeclared, and my professor suggested I become an English Major. That’s really when I first started thinking seriously about becoming a writer.

JH: What was your first published work?

DP: I had a short story based on the haunted experiences in my life published in a collection called Tales from the Grave.

JH: Do you have a specific writing style?

DP: The most frequent comment or compliment to my writing is that it’s “page-turning.” I’ve also been told that I do particularly well with dialogue. I don’t tend to bog down on details or describe a scene for very long. If you like extensive, detailed descriptions, I’m probably not for you. If you like stuff that moves along, I might be your guy.

JH: What year were you published?

DP: 2012 was the first time I saw myself in print, other than an online article or two.

JH: Have any real life instances influenced your work?

DP: Oh sure, I’ve put many of my real life experiences in my work. In my story “Necrophone,” coming out in Buzzy Mag in March, I mention cliff jumping at a quarry.  That really happened. Actually quite a bit of that story is based on my relationship with my grandfather, as I wrote it shortly after he died.

JH: What books have influenced your life the most?

DP: Hmm, my life or my writing? The Stand is my favorite book, so it’s certainly influenced me. The works of Stephen King have changed the way I see the world, at times. Some of the ideas in the Dark Tower series will always influence me, I think. And then of course, there’s J.R.R. Tolkien. The fact that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are the main influence for the Dungeons & Dragons game is important. D & D is the inspiration for the series of epic fantasy books I am currently writing.

JH: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

DP: Stephen King, hands down. Even when his stories don’t quite hit the mark, he has the way of always getting me to care about his characters. I don’t think I write much like Stephen King myself, but I am always conscious of trying to get the reader to care about my characters.

JH: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

DP: Well, J.K. Rowling isn’t that new, but I consider the Harry Potter series pretty much revolutionary. I’m a big fan of John McIlveen, having recently read his collection, Jerks. Bracken MacLeod is an up and coming writer, as anyone who is paying attention to the horror and crime markets will tell you. Kealan Patrick Burke writes so beautifully, that I doubt I’ll ever equal his style.

JH: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

DP: As I said, “Necrophone” is a short story that will be published online in Buzzy Mag on March 27. It’s about a man who discovers a phone app that allows him to communicate with the dead, in this case, his recently deceased grandfather. Other than that, I’m putting some more polish on the first book of my epic Lovecraftian fantasy series: Lightbringer.

JH: What was the last book or piece of work that you had published? What was it about?

DP: Last year I had my essay “Shark Bait” published in the collection, Phobias, from Hidden Thoughts Press.

JH: Do you have a ritual before you write?

DP: Not really. I’ve used music at times, usually Tool or Puscifer. Sometimes I drink coffee, sometimes wine.

JH: Do you have any advice for other writers?

DP: If you don’t have the stomach for rejection, this might not be the business or hobby for you. I wasn’t ready for all the rejection, to be honest. I mean, I knew it was part of the business, but I didn’t realize how hard it would be to handle at times. That story, “Necrophone” that I’ve mentioned already? That was rejected more than ten times. I finally sold it to Buzzy Mag, making it the best paying story I’ve sold to date. You just never know. Stick with it and try not to take it personally. Just keep writing, keep improving, and keep submitting.

JH: Are you going to be signing anywhere in the near future?

DP: I will be at Super MegaFest in Marlborough, MA, April 17-19, Anthocon in Portsmouth, NH, June 5-7, Necon in Portsmouth, RI, July 16-19, Granite State ComicCon in Manchester, NH September 12-13, and possibly Necronomicon in Providence, RI, August 20-23. That’s all for now!

You can follow David on Twitter here and find out about David on his website here and on his Amazon page here.

Pictures from Super Megafest 2014

By Jason Harris

Super Megafest has come to New England once again. It’s a show that draws hundreds of people every year. If you couldn’t make it this year, you will have two chances next year. There will be two Super Megafests next year. A Spring Edition in April to be held at the Marlborough Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. This convention will be held over three days, April 17 through 19. The Fall Edition will once again be held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel in Framingham, MA. November 21 and 22.

Dwight Schultz (The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Dwight Schultz (The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Walking Dead).

Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Walking Dead).

Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean series).

Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean series).

Paul Amos (Lost Girl).

Paul Amos (Lost Girl).

Me and Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl).

Me and Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl).

Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, Daredevil).

Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, Daredevil).

Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Scream 2).

Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Scream 2).

Ian Ziering (90210, Sharknado).

Ian Ziering (90210, Sharknado).

Wrestler Scott Hall.

Wrestler Scott Hall.

Wrestler Kevin Nash (Magic Mike, Rock of Ages).

Wrestler Kevin Nash (Magic Mike, Rock of Ages).

Kiss Demon.

Kiss Demon.

Vincent Pastore (The Celebrity Apprentice, The Sopranos).

Vincent Pastore (The Celebrity Apprentice, The Sopranos).

Aileen Quinn (Annie).

Aileen Quinn (Annie).

Debbie Gibson (Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, Rock of Ages).

Debbie Gibson (Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, Rock of Ages).

Author Stacey Longo and musician Gary DeCarlo.

Author Stacey Longo and musician Gary DeCarlo.

Musician Micky Dolenz signing an autograph for a fan.

Musician Micky Dolenz signing an autograph for a fan.

The pictures below are pirates from the Rogues’ Armada. You can also find these pirates on Facebook here.

A pirates from the Rogues’ Armada.

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Commodore Samuel “WeirdBeard” Hain of the Rogues’ Armada.

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Authors Della Rita Rossetti and Lory La Selva Paduano.

Authors Della Rita Rossetti and Lory La Selva Paduano.

Spawn.

Spawn.

A Dalek from Dr. Who.

A Dalek from Dr. Who.

Santa Darth Vader.

Santa Darth Vader.

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A Starfleet officer.

A Starfleet officer.

BB hanging with the Ghostbusters.

BB hanging with the Ghostbusters.

Spawn.

Spawn.

BB hanging with some superheroes.

BB hanging with some superheroes.

Pictures from Super Megafest 2013

By Jason Harris

The DeLorean

The DeLorean.

Aaron Ashmore of Smallvile.

Aaron Ashmore of Smallvile.

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DC Comics' characters

Characters from DC Comics.

From right to left: Draco and Lucius Malfoy of Harry Potter.

From right to left: Draco and Lucius Malfoy of Harry Potter.

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A Victoria Secret Angel

A Victoria Secret Angel.

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Orko from He-man and the Masters of the Universe

Orko from He-man and the Masters of the Universe.

The crowds at Super Megafest.

The crowds at Super Megafest.

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Bronson Pinchot of Perfect Stangers.

Bronson Pinchot of Perfect Stangers.

Spider-man

Spider-man.

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Rogue of The X-men.

Rogue of The X-men.

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Shredder and the Foot Clan.

Shredder and the Foot Clan.

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Ron Jeremy of One-Eyed Monster.

Ron Jeremy of One-Eyed Monster.

The Emperor, Joker, and Batman.

The Emperor, Joker, and Batman.

Tom Felton of Harry Potter.

Tom Felton of Harry Potter.

Dorothy Gale of The Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy Gale of The Wizard of Oz.

Superman and Supergirl.

Superman and Supergirl.

Eliza Dusku of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (center).

Eliza Dusku of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (center).

Spider-man.

Robert Remus a.k.a. Sgt. Slaughter.

Robert Remus a.k.a. Sgt. Slaughter.

The Tin Man and Dorothy.

The Tin Man and Dorothy.

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Vonn Ray, professional cosplayer.

Vonn Ray, professional cosplayer.

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The Evil Witch.

The Evil Witch.

Steampunk Batman.

Steampunk Batman.

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Barbie Jean Blank a.k.a. Kelly Kelly.

Barbie Jean Blank a.k.a. Kelly Kelly with a fan.

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A Jason Vorhees' candy dish.

A Jason Voorhees’ candy dish.

Batgirl and Green Arrow.

Batgirl and Green Arrow.

I Dream of Jeannie actors  Bill Daily and Barbara Eden.

I Dream of Jeannie actors Bill Daily and Barbara Eden.

Christopher Lloyd.

Christopher Lloyd.

Darth Maul.

Darth Maul.

Jack Sparrow and companion.

Jack Sparrow and companion.

Ernie Hudson.

Ernie Hudson.

Vic Mignogna

Vic Mignogna of Fullmetal Alchemist.

Super Megafest Happens this Weekend

 

New England’s Largest Multimedia Fanfest, Super Megafest,  takes place at the Sheraton Framington Hotel in Framington. This two-day convention will have celebrities from television, the movies, comics, wrestling, rock and roll and more. Here are some of the celebrities who will be at Super Megafest: Christopher Lloyd, Eliza Dusku, Ray park, Ron Jeremy, Sgt. Slaughter, Billy West, Jon Heder, and Tom Felton.

There will also be a music fest, which starts at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday.

Along with the celebrities, there will also be  a comic and collectibles room.

The convention operates from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Click on the links in this post for more information and ticket prices.