The Subconscious Interview: where authors babble themselves into an induced Q&A over a cup of specially-brewed coffee that the interviewer has enhanced with mild doses of sodium pentathol and methamphetamines.
Today, Canadian author Craig Davidson (Cataract City, Sarah Court, and [as Nick Cutter] The Troop) asks himself why he’s not Jonah Hill, what influenced him, and (most importantly) why he hates all members of the animal kingdom. [ED.: he really doesn’t]
Did you always want to be a writer?
No. I probably wanted to do something theatrical at first. A comedian, maybe, or one of those fat character actors whose careers are kinda based on their girth. But then I lost weight and sort of lost some of my humour so I settled on writing.
What was one of your favorite books growing up?
Y’know, I enjoyed the Monstrous Compendiums, from Dungeons and Dragons publications. I didn’t really play the game but I loved leafing through those books, with their b&w illustrations, checking out all the demon lords and giant centipedes and brainsuckers and so on.
Animals come to some grisly ends in your book. Do you hate animals?
No, I love them. I grew up with animals of all sorts. We have 2 cats now. My son will be taught to treat all animals with love and respect. Horror is about causing dread and unease. The mistreatment of animals makes my soul sick. My job is to make a reader’s soul sick. Ergo, we get some of that in my books.