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.
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
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.