Thursday, July 22, 2010

Someone you should know

In this special post I have the honor of interviewing an awesome writer and someone you should know:

Anthony J. Rapino whose friends call "He Who Eats Nachos."

Genre you write:

Horror, speculative fiction, urban fantasy, surrealistic meat, lunchbox electric, and hardwood tree porn.  

Published credits:

Over the past three years I’ve had nine short stories and ten reviews published. I also have a short story coming out in Black Ink Horror’s seventh issue, and a chapbook being published by Sand’s Chapbook line, both coming out by this winter (tentatively).

Many of the published stories are no longer available. It’s unfortunate, but so often publications go under and are unable to archive the stories. Most recently Nossa Morte, who had published my short, “Just Once More, Little Sister,” went under. And on my last visit, Scalped Magazine, who had published “Smiles Beneath,” was no longer online.

I have a full list of available stories and reviews on my blog: And once the full website is up, I’ll have a complete bibliography available.

How long have you been writing?

I started writing seriously in 2002. There was a brief period in 2005 when I found myself in the small town of Moon Hill, in Eastern Pennsylvania. I can’t remember most of the six months I spent there, and recent attempts to revisit the town have proved impossible. I just can’t find it. It’s not on any maps, not even Google. But let’s just say I didn’t get any writing done.

How do you balance writing with everything else...with life?

I’m not sure there’s much of a balance. As of this writing, I’ve been on sabbatical (euphemism alert!), making it easy to write whenever I want. But for normal people, it’s all about time management. Schedule a time to write every day, and do it.

Who or what motivates you to write? Your muse?

For me, it’s a creative form of escapism. And an addiction. The same way I love to disappear into a good book or movie, I love creating a world where I can vacation for a couple hours a day. I write about stuff that interests me, scenarios that I’d either like to be in, or would like to imagine the outcomes of.

As for a muse, I don’t have one, except maybe suffering. I’ve noticed that when things aren’t going very well, I write more. I guess that goes back to escapism. Writing can be a way to stop thinking about the stuff that hurts. Or, if you prefer the less cynical approach, it’s a way to work through the issues.

Tell us about your new book and when will it be released?

Soundtrack to the End of the World follows the story of Marty Raft, a wrestler-sized security guard who investigates and discovers underground clubs peddling music that induces an out-of-body experience. But these special frequencies prove to permanently alter the spectators, turning scores of club-goers into soulless wanderers.

Marty’s best friend, Corey, becomes one of these mindless husks.

With the help of a determined aura reader--who claims she is a scientist and not some granola-crunching hippie--Marty sets out to defy the odds and save his friend, all the time believing there must be a cure

It’s basically an apocalyptic horror novel, as you can probably tell from the title. It has a tentative release date of late 2011, and will be published by Bad Moon Books.

What or who inspired your new book...a bit about the story behind the story?

The plot arose from a few different short story ideas that I realized fit together really well. The themes came from some Tool songs I’d been listening to, especially “Aenima.”

I find music to be inspirational when I’m writing. Sometimes it helps set the tone I’m working on. Other times, as with Soundtrack, it helps unearth a theme I’d like to explore.

Any future projects?

I have a few short stories doing their rounds. A couple of them have been short-listed, which is always a good sign.

I’m currently writing my second novel, as yet untitled. It’s still very new, and I’m still working out where it’s headed.

Share five favorites with us.

1. Halloween/October/autumn (I figure these all go together)

2. Night-walking. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

3. Thunderstorms. Especially watching a scary movie during one.

4. Trying new kinds of food

5. Knowing there is someone else as crazy as me

Any advice you would like to share with aspiring authors.

I’m afraid anything I have to say on the subject has already been said by someone smarter and more talented than me. The best advice I can give is to keep writing as long as you love it.

And whatever you do, don’t turn around.

Thanks Anthony and I look forward to reading your new book!


  1. Hmm, I want to know more about those 6 months spent in Moon Hill, PA., a place that can't be found or remembered. Sounds like a story if you ask me.

  2. Thanks for doing this, Liz. :-)

  3. No problem Tony. mshatch: Thanks for the comment. I agree. Sometimes stories can come from the most strangest places. =-)

  4. Mshatch is right, of course. The thing about Moon Hill was a joke based the novel I'm working on. The majority of it takes place in the small town of Moon Hill. :-D

  5. Hey there! Love the new blog layout!
    That was a great interview. I must say I'm also intrigued by the disappearing town where he didn't get any writing done. That sounds like a story unto itself.

  6. Thanks Lydia. It's a work in progress.


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