Fan-Boy Heaven: An Interview with Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni and JF Gonzalez

Brian Keene

Brian Keene has singlehandedly redefined the way we look at the modern horror author.  He has an abrasive personality that many find endearing, while others seem to find fault with everything the man does.  The interesting thing about Brian is that it doesn’t seem to faze him either way.  He has the persona of the ultimate mid-lister with an F-U attitude, a whiskey in one hand and a cigar in the other. The man is not afraid to call others out for their faults and is always willing to hold himself accountable for his own mistakes.

Mary SanGiovanni

All of these thoughts were racing through my head as I sat in the hotel lobby waiting for Brian Keene to arrive for our early morning interview.  As if fate was looking to add to my anxious state, Mary SanGiovanni had agreed to join us for the interview as well. I sat in a high back chair reviewing my notes when I got a text message from Brian saying that they were waiting for me outside.  I nervously shuffled through the lobby, through the sliding electric doors and found Brian and Mary waiting for me. Any sense of trepidation immediately vanished as I was greeted with smiles and handshakes.  As we made our way to a quiet spot in the lobby, Brian called over to genre heavyweight, JF Gonzalez, and asked him to join us.  I sat and talked to these amazing people and came

JF Gonzalez

away with one realization- these writers are ready for change.  They are tired of trying to please everyone and are looking to start playing the game by their own rules.  The following interview plays out like a passionate conversation among three friends and I just happened to be there to moderate.

Enjoy!

FAN BOY HEAVEN: An Interview with Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, and JF Gonzalez

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About Pat Dreadful

Father of three. Impregnator of one. Pat lives in the backwoods of Pennsylvania where he splits his time between moonshining and moonlighting. He used to be the sole proprietor of a funky little site called Grade Z Horror but jumped at the chance to work with Meli and Colum. He was raised on King and Crichton but quickly found true salvation in the works of Ketchum and Laymon. When not selling plasma to afford those highly sought after Jeff Strand limited editions, Pat can be found sitting on his back porch with a pipe full of Perique and the sounds of summer coming through a beat up transistor radio. Simply put, he is a true ramblin’ boy of pleasure. The books that have shaped Pat’s warped lil’ ol’ mind have included Dweller by Jeff Strand, It by Stephen King, Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon, The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon and The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. Pat is always on the lookout for a good coming-of-age yarn so shoot your suggestions to PatDreadful@gmail.com You can also follow his unsavory exploits over at theblackwoodsbible.wordpress.com

6 thoughts on “Fan-Boy Heaven: An Interview with Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni and JF Gonzalez

    • Thanks for the comment! Talking to Pat after he did the interview was almost as funny as the piece itself! He was ridiculously stoked. That dude is top notch, in my books.

      • Yeah I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Brian Keen on a couple of occasions. He is most certainly an entertaining fellow. Both to talk to and read. That man is like a disease. He infects anyone he comes in contact with. 🙂 And I mean that in the nicest way possible. LOL

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