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Influences
Inclement weather. Dark, overcast, or rainy days; winter; the period during daylight savings time or when there are fewer hours of sunlight. For me those are amazing times to cuddle up with a book, watch a movie, or do some writing, not curse or be down about it. All days, including dark, dismal, or gloomy ones, are great days!

Literary Influences
All kinds of stuff but not quite what you may suspect or believe. Fantasy authors like Tolkien and CS Lewis? Certainly, but major influences stem from writers of satire, literary fiction, plays, philosophy, etc. Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels will forever be my favorite novel.

Writers & Favorite Works
Alex Haley, The Autobiography Of Malcolm X
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
Arthur Miller, Death Of A Salesman
Chinua Achebe, Arrow Of God and more
George Orwell, 1984, Animal Farm
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Classic Slave Narratives
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Joseph Conrad, Heart Of Darkness
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Emilia Galotti
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Oscar Wilde, The Importance Of Being Earnest
Plato, Five Dialogues
Samuel Selvon, Moses Ascending and more
Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle

Movies
Alien, Aliens, Blade Runner, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Dark City, The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Matrix trilogy, The Terminator I and II

Artists
HR Giger and now madly in love after having been invited to examine the works of Zdzislaw Beksinski.

Musical Influences
For this series: chamber music with heavy orchestration and every form of heavy metal under the sun; thrash, death, doom, black, everything. I listened to a lot of that stuff before or during while I was writing. Many times I’d have the music on softly in the background while writing.

Bands & Albums
Bolt Thrower, War Master
Bathory, Blood Fire Death
Carcass, Symphonies of Sickness
Death, Leprosy
Deicide, Deicide
Exciter, Heavy Metal Maniac
Judas Priest, Several, practically everything
Motörhead, No Sleep ’Till Hammersmith and everything else
Napalm Death, Mentally Murdered
Nocturnal, Storming Evil
Pagan Altar, Mythical & Magical
Slayer, Reign in Blood
Suffocation, Effigy Of The Forgotten and more

Dracula, Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Martian, Motion Picture Soundtrack

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