Comedy Horror Interview
Interview -- J.S. Bannerman, Creator of Pitchfork DiariesWednesday, September 14, 2011Zena Horror
The Pitchfork Diaries is a collection of short stories and prose unlike anything you have ever read before. Even the darkest and most violent imaginings of your mind cannot come close to matching the horrors contained within.
J.S. Bannerman, a new name in the horror genre, has skilfully woven a collection of tales that will inescapably work their way into your psyche, take up residence and relentlessly haunt you. Prepare yourself to be confronted by words that will threaten to shake the foundation of everything you thought you knew; no truth is too uncomfortable, no thought too gruesome to share.
All are invited to read The Pitchfork Diaries. Many will never be the same.
Born and raised in the church, J.S. Bannerman has taken the dangerous stance to question events that have been spoon fed to him as the truth since his childhood. He continually pushes boundaries as a purveyor of terror and often strives to find that disquietude that exists inside each one of us.
He is a nomad, calling no one place home; choosing the life of a traveler while on the mission of writing the Family of Dog series. As a result you may find him in your town, writing at your local pub, crafting tales of horror so terrifyingly depraved and heartbreakingly cruel that you would never believe that they come from a mind as normal as his. Just beware, because within each tale is a message; it’s just up to you to figure out what it means.
An excerpt from his book:
He boarded the aeroplane due to simple, morbid curiosity more than anything else. He had experienced all of the thrills that he had thought life had to offer him; a self-made billionaire, he had swum in the ocean of pleasures that only the filthily rich ever knew. Drunk with the joys of wealth, he had sipped champagne from diamond flutes, snorted cocaine off the pert breasts of the wives of rich Arab oligarchs, hunted endangered species; whatever the forbidden pleasure, whatever the sin, he had done it all.
This, though – watching someone as they engaged in sexual intercourse, knowing that they were sharing a virus that would inevitably lead to death after their final orgasm – no, this was something else entirely! He did not think that he had ever heard of something so erotic, and to know that it had the potential to add to his fortune was an equally stimulating thrill.
1) What was the inspiration for Pitchfork Diaries?
Mankind and the filth it has become. The thought at the end of the book is that the things you just read could possibly be real is why it is terrifying.
2) What was the process and how long did it take to complete Pitchfork Diaries?
The idea actually came from a few parts of my full length (The Family of Dog: The Harvest) that just did not fit at all, So it was mentioned I should do a collection of short stories and so began The Pitchfork Diaries.
I wrote the book in about 2 months time at a pub called McFinns in Oklahoma City. I write 3 nights a week usually for 6 hours a night. It was actually quite a fresh breath of air to just write stories and step away from the complicated tale of Harvest because Harvest is part of a trilogy and has many tangled themes running through it so Pitchfork was a break in a way though it turned out to be much more extreme and sinister than Harvest.
3) How long have you been writing?
I started writing in February of 2011.
4) Who are your favorite writers?
Dr. Suess and Silverstine and Fredric Neitchze.
5) What is your next project?
The Harvest is complete and just waiting for release on Christmas day. My main priority between now and Christmas is to push Pitchfork and gear up for the press blitz for HARVEST, I have an awesome crew around me The Goat Gals will kick your ass!
Thanks for having me here Zena. Your support is awesome!
For more J.S. Bannerman:
The Pitchfork Diaries Vol.1 is available now: Smashwords.com
I hope you guys enjoyed, Thanks for reading guys!