Welcome to the blog Ed
I’ve read pretty much all of your stuff, Crawl, Full Moon over Cedar Hill, Bay’s End and Cruelty are my favourites. Let’s start with Bay’s End I listened to the audio of this and was completely blown away, which are your favourite scenes and anything you deliberated over?
First off, Paul, thanks for seeking out and reading my stuff. You and others like you are the reason I do what I do.
My favorite scene is while the kids are under the Westerns, playing a life-or-death version of hide and go seek. I worked hard to have that section be the exact opposite of the earlier game of hide and go seek in the Lance’s house. Hopefully that brought everything full circle for the reader.
As for deliberation, I think the hardest parts to write were the sections from my real life that I fictionalized. A great deal of that book is autobiographical, and I had to be very careful not to reveal too much while staying true to the story. I get a kick out of people who think the truest parts of that book are the most outlandish and unlikely sections. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Who are your favourite characters both from what you’ve written and what you’ve read?
From what I’ve written, I’d say Twon from Cruelty and Dane Peters from Life After Dane. My favorite fictional characters are Charlie Manx from Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 and Pennywise from Stephen King’s It. Stanislas Cordova from Night Film is another terrifically drawn character. As you can tell, I appreciate villains far more than heroes. I find bad guys fascinating.
I agree Twon is pretty awesome “COME BACK HERE, YOU MUDDAHFUCKAH! GET WHAT COMIN’ TO YOU,SEEN”.
You’re a wrestler, what’s your name and finishing move?
Name: The Lorn.
Finishing Moves: The Donkey and the Clothes Hanger.
I love the humour in your work, what’s your favourite scene for laughs?
Oh man, that’s a good question. I think the end of The Scare Rows is my favorite. I had so much fun writing that disgusting little story, but the twist at the end really put a smile on my face.
Know any good jokes?
I knew a guy who had sex with a sheep on an elevator. It was wrong on so many levels.
Favourite scene from Cruelty & the one you deliberated over the most?
The escape from the hospital is one of my favorite scenes in that book.
Everything in the Withered was difficult to write. My biggest challenge as a writer is explaining stuff that doesn’t exist. I saw that place clearly in my mind, but getting it out was strenuous.
Have you struggled to get inside any of the characters you’ve written about and are you prone to masses of research?
I think if you have to struggle too hard to get inside a character you shouldn’t be using that character. To me, these people exist while I’m writing their stories. They’re the ones telling me what to write. If they don’t talk, I have no material. If that makes me a bit schizo, so be it. At least I’ve found a way to profit from my mental illness.
I research as much as I need to for every project, but I try not to get stuck on the minutiae.
Authors and books that influenced you the most?
Stephen King’s It, Richard Laymon’s The Traveling Vampire Show, and most recently, James Newman’s Animosity and Marisha Pessl’s Night Film. Each one of those books has taught me something that I still use to this day. Overall though, I don’t think it will surprise anyone that I consider Stephen King my biggest influence. I definitely get my sense of character and humor from him.
What scene from any book will stick with you till the day you fall into Waverly chasm?
Of stuff I’ve published… The Show sequence in Hope for the Wicked. But I have a scene in my upcoming book Fairy Lights that took me several days to write due to how badly it disturbed me. I think I’ve finally gone too far, but I’ll let the readers decide.
Looking forward to that one then :)
If you were a superhero what would your name be and what special powers would you have?
Name: The Reader
Superpower: Speed reading.
I’d be the most boring, useless superhero ever, but at least I’d be able to get through my ever-growing TBR.
It’s my view that a good author needs to be an exceptional study of people, do you notice things others don’t or does it all come from the imagination?
Before the internet, I used to go to coffee shops and parks to people-watch. The human condition intrigues me. I especially love the way people converse, how some speak differently depending on who they’re around. Now that we have Facebook and Twitter, all I have to do is boot up my computer and I can people-watch to my heart’s content. Everyone I know online, everyone I’ve ever spoken with in a virtual environment, has ended up in my books. Sometimes, the connections are obvious. Other times, not so much. I think some would be happy to find themselves within my stories, while others would be quite upset to know that some of my most vile creations are based on them.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could choose 2 books as companions. One to read again and again, and one, page by page to wipe your backside with. Which books would you choose?
To get the most out of my time alone, I’d take King’s It with me to reread. There’s so much to that book, and the sections with the kids bring back fond memories of my own childhood.
The toilet-paper novel would have to be… wow, this is harder to decide than I thought it would be. I would probably go with whichever book in the Twilight series is the longest, because, you know, I’d want to make sure I had plenty of pages. I actually hate James Patterson more than Stephenie Meyer, but his books are so short, I’d be out of tissue in a week. Sigh… Okay, never mind, give me the Patterson. I’ll just have to suffer and hope I don’t get the shits.
Twilight - good choice
What’s the funniest thing that's ever happened to you?
When I was a CNA, I had to clean up quite a few female patients. One night, I was told to bathe an elderly lady who had been comatose since she’d been admitted. I prepared everything: basin, soapy water, wash clothes, towels. Then I began her sponge bath. She remained unconscious during most of the cleaning. It wasn’t until I started cleaning between her legs that her eyes popped open. She glared at me and shrieked, “Get your hand out of my pocket book!”
Is there a particular book that made you want to be a writer?
Richard Laymon’s The Traveling Vampire Show. I read that novel and thought, “I can do this.”
You're a nymphomaniac, you wake up one morning and the population has been wiped out, everyone but you is a pile of dust. The animal kingdom is unaffected, which animal would become your best friend (nod, nod, wink, wink).
Oh fuck. Okay. Lemme think…
Dude, I couldn’t do it. I’d have to settle on strokin’ the ol’ maypole. Polishing the trailer hitch. Playin’ whack-a-mole. Floggin’ the dolphin. Tuggin’ the taffy. Wax on, wax off, and all that.
What’s next in the pipeline and can you give us some inside information? Just between me and you of course ;)
I have two novels in the works. Fairy Lights is done and awaiting red ink. Everything is Horrible Now is about halfway done, and will likely be around 1,000 printed pages. Been working on that one for almost a year now. It’ll be a nice big doorstop for those old school fans of Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Robert McCammon.
Favourite cartoon, which cartoon character resembles you the most and if you were a cartoon character what would be your name?
Favorite cartoon: The crocodile from Disney’s Peter Pan.
Cartoon I resemble: Porky Pig. Seriously, you should see my baby pictures.
I already am a cartoon character:
I notice the two sentence story is becoming more and more popular, and is in itself a powerful storytelling method, can you give it a go for us?
Flash Fiction, if I give you five words can you knock a short piece of fiction out?
Here they are – Figging – knife play --- hogtie – Viagra – apeshit – pumpkin head
How about I try both?
Tom popped three Viagra and thought his dick looked like a pumpkin head. He’d just gone apeshit figging Beverly and was up for a bit of knife play or a good old-fashioned hogtie, when Beverly rolled over and said, “I mixed your dick pills with a bit of rat poison, so who’s fucked now?”
That is just fucking brilliant ;)
Any issues close to you heart you’d like to share?
I’m a big advocate for literacy. Read to your kids. If you don’t have kids, donate to your local library or to organizations like Firstbooks.org, if you have the means to, of course. Every little bit helps. Our future depends on it.
Thanks for having me, Paul. This was big fun.
And thanks for answering all the questions, good fun.
Now if you do a google image search for Ed Lorn there are some corking pictures that come up, this is definitely E.
Not so sure with this one.
Or this one to be fair.
All good fun, I think we all know Ed so I won't put up any links to his stuff but if you've not read Bays End and Cruelty then you are missing out, so get going to your nearest Amazon store.