The first horror book I remember reading
It was It Came From Beneath The Sink from R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series.
The First Horror Film I remember watching
Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) with my dad. I can neither confirm nor deny running from the living room screaming in terror after the bedroom ceiling sequence.
The Greatest Horror Book of All Time
The Rats by James Herbert. My uncle very generously gave me his collection of Herbert books, and that was the first one I read.
The Greatest Horror Film of all time
Jaws (1985) dir. Steven Spielberg.
THE GREATEST WRITER OF ALL TIME
Wes Craven. I mean, come on. He wrote Elm Street and created Freddy Krueger!
THE BEST BOOK COVER OF ALL TIME
Tim Meyer’s Malignant Summer. It’s SO beautiful.
THE BEST FILM POSTER OFF ALL TIME
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) by Graham Humphreys. It looked like it was going to be the scariest movie I would ever see. Ha!
THE BEST BOOK / FILM I HAVE WRITTEN
The Boatmore Butcher, my first novel. Out Now!
THE WORST BOOK / FILM I HAVE WRITTEN
An unpublished monstrosity entitled THING, which will luckily never see the light of day. In hindsight, the one time I was grateful for a computer crash.
THE MOST UNDERRATED FILM OF ALL TIME
Several. Even great classics from the 70s through to the 90s are considered “too old” for most new horror lovers to give them the time of day, including films such as Candyman (1992). CANDYMAN!
THE MOST UNDERRATED BOOK OF ALL TIME
Speaking of Candyman… I have noticed that it’s original short story, ‘The Forbidden’ is not held with much regard in comparison to Hellraiser’s original material, the novella The Hellbound Heart.
THE MOST UNDERRATED AUTHOR OF ALL TIME
There are no underrated known authors. They have their voice. However, there are plenty of unknown and, as a result, underrated authors out there. Far too many to name just one.
THE BOOK / FILM THAT SCARED ME THE MOST
The film that scared me the most was Hammer Film Production’s 1959 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles.
THE BOOK / FILM I AM WORKING ON NEXT
I am currently working on re-writes to a supernatural horror novella entitled Matthew’s Punishment.
My debut novel, The Boatmore Butcher is out now, through Dark Ink Books.
Three paramedics are drawn into a bizarre spree on a quiet island town. Devastated by loss, Liam Price, must lead this team against a killer who finds new and twisted ways to prevent them from saving the lives of their victims.
But one serious mistake puts them and everyone they love in grave danger. Able to hide in plain sight, the killer is now out for revenge. Meanwhile, they go to gruesome lengths to conceal their identity as they close in on their prey.
Available on paperback & Kindle, plus the audiobook is on the way!
The Boatmore Butcher by L. Stephenson
Three paramedics are drawn into the mystery of a bizarre spree unfolding in a quiet island town. Devastated by the loss of his son, Liam Price, must hold it together whilst leading his team against a killer who finds new and twisted ways to prevent them for saving the lives of their victims. But one serious mistake puts them and everyone they love in grave danger.
As the island starts to slip into hysteria, our villain goes to gruesome lengths to keep their identity a secret. Able to hide in plain sight, the killer is out for revenge as they close in on their prey. Can they escape the wrath of the Boatmore Butcher?
L. Stephenson’s work has been published in anthologies since 2018, most recently in the well-received American Cannibal with Maenad Press. The best of which he released in early 2023 in his first short collection, Candles, Bullets, & Dead Skin. And just in time for Halloween ‘23, he released his debut slasher novel, The Boatmore Butcher in September.