A quick insight
My love of the horror genre all stems from a visit to the set of the Shining when I was only five years old. My Father worked in the film industry for over thirty years and visiting Elstree studios was not out of the norm; but this set was different to any I had visited before. One aspect was the scale … it was enormous, the largest I had ever seen, and it had a bone-chilling cold atmosphere. Stanley Kubrick had music – that would eventually become part of the soundtrack – playing in the background while the cameras weren’t rolling, all to create a constant atmosphere of uneasiness. Although I was too young to know why … I was already hooked.
When I got home I started to work my way through my mother’s collection of books, she was a huge fan of both horror and science fiction. I gobbled up everything she had; from H.P. Lovecraft, Graham Masterton, Ramsey Campbell, Richard Matheson and of course, Stephen King.
I soon started writing as a hobby and I continued during a fairly successful music career – although most of my time was spent writing music & lyrics rather than stories. After headlining the Marquee five times, touring Europe, and releasing a number of albums, I worked as session musician, but after losing both my parents in the space of 18 months I felt I needed to settle down and “grow–up”.
Since then I’ve been working in sales and marketing, and apart from becoming a speciality food expert, my constant hobby, has grown to take over my life. I now write whenever, and wherever I can; finishing my third novel, and compiling an extensive list of short stories.
I live in Barnes, London with my wife and son. James O'Kane