Chainsaw Exorcism With Linus Locke and His Intense Zombie Novel Decay: Civilization
Tell me about yourself and your writing?
I’m an IT professional who loves horror and zombies. I love my day job, but there are days where I spend so much time looking at computer screens at work that I can’t come home and write.
I really hope that the love I have for the horror genre shows in every word I write. I want to paint the clearest picture possible while still allowing readers to use their own imaginations. I believe that to truly terrify readers you have to give them the ability to pull their own fears into the story.
Why do you write?
I love being scared. I’m the type of person that will lie in bed at night and imagine looking up and seeing someone standing at the edge of my bed with half of their face hanging from their skull. There is always a monster under my bed that will grab me by my legs and pull me under. When I walk down the stairs in the dark I know that any second now someone is going to whisper my name. I want to share that with the world.
What’s the process like? What inspired you to write Decay: Civilization?
I really want to write more of a traditional style of horror, but my love of zombies and the need to experiment with character development, plot, and story pacing were the real inspiration for Decay: Civilization. About halfway through writing it I really fell in love with everything about it, and it became less of an experiment and more of a labor of love.
The process was different for me. Anything I planned for didn’t work. I scrapped it several times and started over. When I finally let the story move itself is when it really started coming together. I knew the major plot points, but all the details in between just happened as I wrote. I was really as along for the ride as the readers.
What character or characters do you most identify with and why?
I think most of the characters have a little bit of me in them, but I feel Guillermo is probably the one I can identify with the most. He is this serious guy who can’t quite contain his inner child. I’m the type of person that will wear a button up shirt to the office and have a Ninja Turtles shirt on underneath.
What about writing makes you feel powerful?
That’s a question I wasn’t prepared for. I think there are times when the story has all the power, but being able to create an entire world is definitely empowering. I do feel powerful being able to manipulate my characters, create who they are, write their dialogue, choose their actions, and ultimately decide their fate.
Is the novel scary? What’s it like writing scary parts?
I don’t think it is so much scary as it is intense. I do hope it scares people, however. Writing the parts that scared me were actually the hardest parts to write. The big scenes that were intense and scary had to be a certain level of perfect before I was happy with them. I really had to capture the terror that each character felt.
What did you learn about yourself while writing the book?
I learned that I am capable of creating amazing characters that readers really seem to love. So many readers have reached out to me wanting to know what will happen next. I've had readers say, “Don’t kill off my favorite character in the next book” or “Why did you kill off my favorite character?”
What might readers learn about themselves?
I hope that readers learn that they too can create amazing worlds where anything can happen at any time. I really want my writing to inspire readers to create and share their own stories. There is also a theme that runs through the story about the decisions we make. I really hope readers learn that the decisions they make can change everything.
Where can readers go to find out more about your writing?
Readers can visit my website at www.linuslocke.com for more information about me and my writing.